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Leak Detection Equipment (beyond the shovel)

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by SmartWaterApps, Sep 7, 2010.

  1. SmartWaterApps

    SmartWaterApps Inactive
    Messages: 37

    Hi there,

    Just wondering if anyone here has much experience with any of the mainstream leak detectors used for larger municipal infrastructure all the way to residential piping.

    I am considering investing in a piece of equipment and any additional training for next year and figured I would start the search on that here.

    Anyone have some input on this?

  2. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 22,728

    If they are thinking they're players, they'll be at I.A., we'll check them out.
  3. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,447

    which equipment?

    i own fisher and have been around correlation equipment enough to have a basic understanding of it's use.

    what's your market ? pools, slab and plumbing are different animals than municipal correlation or survey projects.
  4. SmartWaterApps

    SmartWaterApps Inactive
    Messages: 37

    Well, I have only done some very preliminary searches, and have not spent any real time working with any of the equipment.

    I guess a "catch-all" piece of detection equipment isn't going to happen then is it? :) Unfortunately I am unsure of the greatest use that I would be putting the equipment to at this point other than "general" leak detection in outdoor settings. (indoor leaks are a little easier to find)

    And sorry, you own Fisher, or own A Fisher? I assume you are talking about


    Thank you for the reply. I will be looking at that site right now.
  5. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,447

    i have the xlt-16 which i prefer over the newer xlt-17 or the xlt-30.

    you will prolly find gathering information on leak detection to be pretty tough, most leak detectors are pretty tight lipped as far as web published material goes.

    one might search the larger companies websites focusing on the equipment they're using, along with a leak detector you'll need an underground cable finder of some type, if you like i can email some pdf's for you to browse.

  6. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 22,728

    You sure have some cool stuff, Jim. :clapping:
  7. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,447

    one way or another i have worked around water most of my life, it wasn't until i was in my early 40's that i started looking at water conservation and that's when i started acquiring my specialty tools and equipment.

    i think that you more than anyone on this forum understands that the things we own eventually own us...

    i admire your early recognition of this fact and that you are a solid role model for the minimalist lifestyle that we should strive to live. :waving:
  8. SmartWaterApps

    SmartWaterApps Inactive
    Messages: 37

    Thanks for the photo.

    If you are able to send anything you think would be relevant along when you have a moment on a rainy day, that would be great.

    I just read up on some of those models. How is the learning curve on them?

    Thanks again.
  9. mitchgo

    mitchgo LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,869

    Do you remember the one we have? LoL

    I haven't touched it since april.
  10. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,447


    after you finish winterizing, spend some time getting to know the machine, i think i sent you the manual, if not i can get one for you.

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