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    Howdy CableVine readers. I was wondering what other locators do to find ETC's that are missing (covered by grass, asphalt, etc...). Are there cheap metal detectors that actually work that won't break the bank. My company will not buy one for us...Thanks, All

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    Sorry, I'm a west coaster. What do you mean by ETC?

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    I was curious about that one too ???? ha !
    wise men talk because they have something to say and fools because they have to say something....plato

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    sorry everyone. ETC's are underground test stations for Nicor Gas. Does that help?

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    ahhhh, Si. There are some cheap metal detectors out there, I've watched a geologist ues a few to look for rebar once.

    You really are in a better position to know then us. Cheap ones are fine fors stuff just under the dirt or grass, but if they are down a foot or so.... you're gunna be screwed. you can probably pick it up, but depending on the sensitivity of the detector, you may just blow right on past it. you have to weigh your needs.


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    A good Schonstedt would work if you can find one used.

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    If the guy before you was any good he would of hard marked the location with how many feet in it was. I use my "T" handle ground rod as a probe. A pin finder would work to find the valve covers. I did buy an inexpensive metal detector but really have not had to pull it out. With the valve covers sometimes under sod and such I would go with a mid range metal detector. Around $75-100. If in Rockford area try harbor freight in Lovers Park sometimes has specials.

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    Call it in as unlocatable and let Nicor find the ETC.

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    Your Company doesn't supply you with a Schonstedt Metal Detector?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Locator in NY View Post
    Your Company doesn't supply you with a Schonstedt Metal Detector?
    He works for USIC so that would be a "No", the only way most contract locating companies will issue you one of those is if you locate water

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    Default Re: locating missing ETC's

    I locate Gas & CATV and my Company gave me one. actually as far as i know every locator in our company has a Schonstedt.

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