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    Default Re: Mythbusting a Pipehorn

    Quote Originally Posted by Utilitrack View Post
    "Whats More I can locate the entire RFC pipe which I was told at Locating school would be impossible without a trace rod ."

    Hy GroundScope- Not sure what RFC pipe is, but sounds like it would be fiberglass or something like it, your Pipehorn was not locating the fiberglass or RFC pipe it must have been locating the water in it, or you were too close to the transmitter and was getting air coupling.
    I think he's probably referring to RCP- Reinforced Concrete Pipe.....or something similar. The metal reinforcing wire mesh inside the pipe WILL carry a radio signal, especially with a pipehorn. Correct me if I'm wrong GroundScope.
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    Default Re: Mythbusting a Pipehorn

    I'm not sure how a Pipehorn can locate RCP. I know my splitbox can light it up, but for inducing a signal on the reinforcement alone..... that sounds kinda shaky. In theory you are limited by the continuity of your signal, even though the reinforcement is touching in a single section of pipe, the continuity of the signal doesn't transfer down the section of pipe. i'm not sure on how reliably you can chase your signal. The reason we use a split box is strictly to find some metalic utilities that will not locate via the 810.

    Just curious

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    Default Re: Mythbusting a Pipehorn

    Quote Originally Posted by Mke View Post
    I'm not sure how a Pipehorn can locate RCP. I know my splitbox can light it up, but for inducing a signal on the reinforcement alone..... that sounds kinda shaky. In theory you are limited by the continuity of your signal, even though the reinforcement is touching in a single section of pipe, the continuity of the signal doesn't transfer down the section of pipe. i'm not sure on how reliably you can chase your signal. The reason we use a split box is strictly to find some metalic utilities that will not locate via the 810.

    Just curious

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    MKE, that is the beauty of a pipehorn, the super-high frequency will jump those gaps. I've seen it and done it.
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    Default Re: Mythbusting a Pipehorn

    Quote Originally Posted by ifinditunderground View Post
    MKE, that is the beauty of a pipehorn, the super-high frequency will jump those gaps. I've seen it and done it.
    You and me both. But like many others, I carry multiple machines, and use what I think works best for that locate. I absolutely prefer a multifrequency unit, and work from lower frequencies to higher as demanded by the site, but I keep my trusty 100 A nearby and use it when needed. (Have used the 800, but wasn't issued one)
    Chances are there is some sort of plant condition like a broken tracer, or an inserted pipe or the line is deep as hell if I am reaching for the pipehorn.
    Word to all who have never been properly trained on a pipehorn... get trained on the machine before you use it! In the right hands, its a great tool for certian situations, but in the wrong hands it's a cut line waiting to happen!
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    Default Re: Mythbusting a Pipehorn

    pipehorn is a very good tool but it can also get u in troble if not used right. it can be very helpfull

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    Default Re: Mythbusting a Pipehorn

    went through peoples gas training the other day and they used a pipehorn to teach us. confused the hell out of me lol. maybe once im confident about my locating skills i may invest in one. for now, its the RD4000....... baby steps lol

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    Default Re: Mythbusting a Pipehorn

    Quote Originally Posted by UULC View Post
    I have two. A 100 original and a new 800. They are great for the hard to locate that an RD, Met-tec and others will not pick up. You just have to be careful as they light up everything.

    If you ever need service for your Pipehorn, my company services the 100 and 800 series.

    Mohawk Ltd
    1 Newell Lane
    Chadwicks, NY 13319

    1-800-225-6642

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    Default Re: Mythbusting a Pipehorn

    Thought there was some good info to this thread but nope just spam on a over 2 year old post

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