Originally Posted by txirrigation
That is the way I learned. Except I didn't ever charge for time spent figuring it out, just a flat rate for finding a fault or break. As I got better I could just find them faster.
I have a few guys that cannot drive, speak/read english, or order at a fast food joint; but stick a 521a in their hand a they can locate at a dead sprint. I may have a better understanding of how it works and the science behind it, but head to head they could find a fault/break/valve much faster than I.
In 1980 when I first saw a 521 almost nobody had them. Valves were found the old fashioned way with potholes and educated guesses. In some ways hunting valves down that way helped me when I started using a locator. I'll be the first to admit I've learned more about how locators work from Jim. I'd be curious to see how that would change some of my methodology but ain't going to happen. I do believe relative to those in the industry doing what I did that my customers were getting a good deal. I charged by the hour and didn't charge for the locator and in most cases it was used maybe 15 minutes or less.