Finding Sleeves

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by bobw, Feb 26, 2014.

  1. greenmonster304

    greenmonster304 LawnSite Gold Member
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    My ferro magnetic locator picks up rods buried vertical in the ground like nobody's business. Why not drive the rod in next to the sleeve at each end?
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  2. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
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    Past experience has been that vertical pins become very hard to find once they're removed. Most disappear during excavation, sub grade, asphalt or just cause somebody tripped on them.

    Laying horizontal in the tube there's a hit on each end and a null in the middle. Pretty easy to find and there's nothing to lose.
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  3. Dirt Boy

    Dirt Boy LawnSite Senior Member
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    IED's my friend, just hire your local taliban member to build, small scale of course, then when your ready to locate, simple cell phone should set them off:hammerhead: you are set, all excavated and ready to go.

    Not exactly how they work, but they must.
  4. CAPT Stream Rotar

    CAPT Stream Rotar LawnSite Fanatic
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    Take pictures and videos
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  5. jcr4au

    jcr4au LawnSite Member
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    Could you go back a couple of months later and mark/take pics once you have a reference point?
  6. twomancrew

    twomancrew LawnSite Senior Member
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    I don't think it is the answer BUT my metal detector was -$300 and will discriminate metals. I can set it to find copper or whatever. Also in open mode the different metals sound different. A piece of aluminum will sound totally different than all the rebar and nails. It will detect down to about 16" if the target is fair sized or set to iron it can go deeper. It can pinpoint a target. If you put aluminum in those sleeves I could find them in a few minutes as long as you could tell me where abouts to start looking. A metal detector is big and goofy looking and is a huge distraction from work.
  7. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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    Bob, you can find a used survey grade unit for less than 10K, they exist if you look around, but do you really need that kind of accuracy to map & (re)locate a few assets? It takes time to setup a RTK base station, probably as much time as it would for you to physically locate the asset once your in the ballpark with a mapping grade GPS unit and a GIS map of the site.

    What I was trying to get at is your cheapo mapping grade GPS unit, while less than accurate, it still gets you in the ballpark for locating a handful of assets. Couple that with post processing and an accurate GIS map of the site and your ballpark just became much much smaller. Verify your assets with physical measurements (control points) transferred to your GIS map and you end up with an accurate map. Use open source GIS applications to reduce your overhead.

    Certainly this requires some additional steps and more back end processing to generate a relatively accurate map of the site to be used for return visits, but it also won't cost you 20K+ for a survey grade unit either.
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2014
  8. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
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    I pm'd you the contact number for an EMS locator. There is one in stock at this time.
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    Btw. I'm with chief on your gps accuracy requirements.
  9. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    there's always Ground Penetrating Radar...
  10. NC_Irrigator

    NC_Irrigator LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
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    We pound metal T posts in the ground. Like what they use for silt fencing at each end of the sleeve.

    Maybe put a T post IN the sleeve before you tape up the ends, should be able to find that with a metal detector.

    We also take field measurements if we can for as-builts.

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