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    Default Fault finder?

    Got a call today from somebody who had a broken wire somewhere but he didn't know where. I told him I could get him close to the end but I couldn't find it with any real accuracy. So, now I'm wondering if I should invest in a fault finder. I understand those are what will find a broken wire underground with some accuracy.

    Am I right on this? If so can anyone recommend a good fault finder?

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    Default Re: Fault finder?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheCableVine View Post
    Got a call today from somebody who had a broken wire somewhere but he didn't know where. I told him I could get him close to the end but I couldn't find it with any real accuracy. So, now I'm wondering if I should invest in a fault finder. I understand those are what will find a broken wire underground with some accuracy.

    Am I right on this? If so can anyone recommend a good fault finder?

    Thanks
    Steve
    I have found them accurately with the old MetroTech 810.

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    Default Re: Fault finder?

    Steve, A fault finder is a good pick up. When I was with the private locate firm, we did a crap load of fault finds.

    The 810 can find some faults, but it blows past quite a few. I love the high frequency, but it has it's draw backs depending on the task.

    we used one similar to this... Timco Instruments - Spitfire Secondary Direct Buried Cable Fault Locator with reliable results. We currently use the Vivax A-frame one and it does ok.

    Good luck.

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    Default Re: Fault finder?

    Why don't you think of a simple TDR? Something like Bicotest Lexxi T810 would give you distance to the fault quite accurately.

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