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Old 07-31-2013, 09:08 PM
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More root damage

A customer called about a wet area near the house. When I got there it was a swamp so I shut the water off to the sprinkler system for a couple days.

The system is about 25 years old and has a PVB set in a bed on a front corner of the house. 5' away is a HUGE River Birch and the roots caused a slow main leak on the PVC going to or from the PVB. Trying to dig anywhere near the tree was impossible because of the massive shallow roots.

I ended up cutting the backflow out above ground and running a fishtape down each pipe. I was able to pinpoint the exact location of both pipes using my 501. The pipes were only about 4' away from each other 20' from the tree, so I set the PVB there. Luckily there were no tees or valves between.

The system is fully operational now with no leaks but the location of the backflow is unacceptable and I need to move it. Not going to be easy, there is no clear path to a bed without going near that tree.
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Old 07-31-2013, 09:23 PM
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You are one of the few guys that realize the utility purposes of the 501
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Old 07-31-2013, 09:40 PM
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You are one of the few guys that realize the utility purposes of the 501
The 501 has its place. Not so good for finding valves but good for inducing hot conductors and locating fish tapes.
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Old 07-31-2013, 09:59 PM
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The 501 has its place. Not so good for finding valves but good for inducing hot conductors and locating fish tapes.
I like my 508 for this also. Works perfectly when you just want to track a wire.
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Old 07-31-2013, 10:36 PM
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The easy valves can be found with just about any locator if you know what the response is.

Tough valves are a different story.
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