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Essential Tools and Toys For Irrigators

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by Kiril, Jan 27, 2009.

  1. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,219

    That just started my day off with a smile :)

    And for just 3 low payments of $19.95.
    But wait there's more - order today and we'll send you a SECOND IrriBucket absolutely free.
  2. Sprinkus

    Sprinkus LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,310

    Sondes are small, self contained transmitters used to trace the path of non-metallic pipes and locate blockage in a line. Sondes are inserted into a pipe or duct by means of a push rod and the location found by means of a receiver.

    Actually I have done the same kind of thing using a valve solenoid on the end of a fish tape. Just hook up two long wires to the solenoid, tape it to the fish tape (or a small pipe), and shove it down the pipe you are tracking. Hook it up to your 521 locator and follow the "hot spot". I've found the location of damaged sleeves and pipes underneath concrete and asphalt using this method.
    Last edited: Jan 28, 2009
  3. ARGOS

    ARGOS LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,808

    That's a great idea I never thought of. There are a few situations where I had to have roto rotor out with their camera, the "solenoid on a stick" would have worked. I probably would not have done this on the job yesterday. Public sewer line and all.
  4. Sprinkus

    Sprinkus LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,310

    I found these little sondes that can go into very small pipes. I may have to pick one up to see how it would work with the 521 locator.

    TRILAWNCARE LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 946

    At $230.00 you best not lose it in the mud.
  6. Sprinkus

    Sprinkus LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,310

    Or in the poop! They actually sell flushable sondes that are used to locate buried septic tanks!
  7. rlpsystems

    rlpsystems LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 472

    Best tool has got to be the brain...In a 5 gallon bucket or not...
  8. Stuttering Stan

    Stuttering Stan LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,504

    I came across some literature about the PE2003 Pulsar A frame. I don't recall this being discussed on the forum. Any pros/cons to this tool?

    Last edited: Jan 30, 2009
  9. Waterit

    Waterit LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,931

    It's a great tool to have when dealing with shorted or broken field wires that you might not be to follow with a 521. I've tried it in areas that a 521 gets whited-out (around power, etc) and had some luck.
  10. cppendergrast

    cppendergrast LawnSite Member
    Messages: 107

    I have one that is tricky to locate faults with. Depending on the type of damage to the wire, you can spend all day looking for that bubble in the insulation on a wire that was damaged by lightning, dig it up & repair it, go on down the line and find another spot at the next twist or turn in the wire....... Better to unload the old Burkeen B30 and put in another. The pulser does have some uses though. I think I paid $750 for mine ten years ago.

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