Tricks and Tips

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by Chris J, Sep 18, 2008.

  1. Chris J

    Chris J LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,843

    I thought I'd start this thread so we can share ideas that we have found that make our lives easier. The thought occured to me as I was working on a job today.

    My first tip: When jetting or boring under driveways, the pipe can sometimes veer off course by hitting a rock or obstacle and not come out in the box that you have prepared. When this happens, it usually means a lot of digging because you don't know if it went left, right or down. If you have a locator such as the 521, you can simply place a length of wire through the pipe and track to where it has gone at the end. Then you simply dig straight down until you find it. I've been doing this for quite some time now, but I thought this might help some of you who have gotten yourself into this situation. Yet another good reason to have a locator on your truck as they will save you huge amounts of time and hassle.
  2. bmwsmity

    bmwsmity LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Ohio
    Messages: 276

    great info chris! thanks!
  3. Chris J

    Chris J LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,843

    Here's another tip:

    When running wire down pipes, gutter down spouts or other enclosures like the beams in screen enclosures, attach a length of chain (pull cord, like ceiling fan chain) to the end of the wire. When you get to the exit hole, you can use a magnet to pull it out along with the wire. This method prevents you from having to make a large exit hole.
  4. David Gretzmier

    David Gretzmier LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,645

    sweet tips. One I have tested this year- get a tool belt-pouch that goes on your belt. mine has 2 large pockets for connectors and tools, and several small pockets for screwdriver, volt meter, cell phone, util. knife, etc. I have tried carrying around the cutters, strippers, connectors, screwdriver, etc, in a bag, and it is way faster to have it right at your hip like a gunslinger. they only cost 15 bucks or so, and well worth it.
  5. JoeyD

    JoeyD LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,933

    know ohms law and use an amp meter for everything when troubleshooting.........IF you dont understand call me and I will enlighten!
  6. irrig8r

    irrig8r LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,553

    When checking well-shielded pathlights on a job during the day, use a telescoping inspection mirror and spend less time on your knees.
  7. TXNSLighting

    TXNSLighting LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 6,464

    I just use my hand. I guess i have reflective hands! ha!
  8. EOL

    EOL LawnSite Member
    Messages: 62

    I am a great fan of the locating machine. I have one, and will not ever leave home without it. I installed for this developer that had a community lazy river put in. Instead of installing a community pool he install a lazy river which you float round and round on a tube. Well he wanted lights on two oaks on the island. Thank god I had that locator because all I did was pushed a steel fish tape in the conduit which ran straight to the island and then dead end. I located it with my locator and dug 4' straight down. I would have been there all freakin day if I did'nt have that locator.
  9. Lite4

    Lite4 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,183

    What brand and model locator are you guys using?
  10. EOL

    EOL LawnSite Member
    Messages: 62

    When I get back to my trailer this evening I will get that for you. This one can also tell you how many inches below ground the conduit, wire, or what ever you are locating is.

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