Results 1 to 13 of 13

Thread: Look or Listen?

  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    around the corner
    Posts
    588
    Years of Experience
    21
    Rep Power
    34

    Default Look or Listen?

    DO you look at the screen listen to the sound or both. I was locating about a mile of fiber today and got about 1/2 way done and realized I hadn t looked at my screen since the first 50 ft. But I am sure on shorter locates I look at the screen more

  2. #2
    Senior Member ProfessionalLocator's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Maryland
    Posts
    2,525
    Years of Experience
    20
    Rep Power
    113

    Default Re: Look or Listen?

    Quote Originally Posted by orangeboots View Post
    DO you look at the screen listen to the sound or both. I was locating about a mile of fiber today and got about 1/2 way done and realized I hadn t looked at my screen since the first 50 ft. But I am sure on shorter locates I look at the screen more
    With the metrotech 810 I mostly listened and checked the dial indicator every so many feet on a long run. Short runs I did both pretty constantly. The value of a good audio indicator is safety, less likely to walk into something.


    With the ViVax I find I have to mostly look at the screen and have walked into so many things I always wear my hardhat.

  3. #3
    Senior Member sprayandpray's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    North Texas
    Posts
    2,120
    Rep Power
    96

    Default Re: Look or Listen?

    With the 8000 I find myself watching the screen more. I learned with the 400 and was taught it was better, safer and faster to listen.
    I might not be as good as I once was, but I'm as good once as I ever was !


    It's better to be Pissed Off than Pissed On or Stood On and Pissed Off Of !


    The views expressed on this website/blog are mine alone and do not reflect the views of my employer. or my wife , if that matters.

  4. #4
    Mke
    Mke is offline
    Senior Member Mke's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Republic of Washington
    Posts
    1,542
    Years of Experience
    16
    Rep Power
    78

    Default Re: Look or Listen?

    I'm an 810 guy and listen mostly. I listen and every now and then glance down at the needle or signal strength. Mostly listen though. I should of prefaced that with "as long as its a machine I can trust", but that should be understood without saying.

    Mke

  5. #5
    Member spraypray&sweat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Georgia
    Posts
    36
    Rep Power
    10

    Default Re: Look or Listen?

    I'm a both person I like the sound and directional indicator to line up on my locates better safe than sorry and it only takes a second to check your screen.

  6. #6
    Moderator Goldenboy's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Wisconsin
    Posts
    1,308
    Years of Experience
    18
    Rep Power
    67

    Default Re: Look or Listen?

    I pretty much listen only. It drives me nuts when I'm in a construction site and all the heavy equiptment is so loud I have to look.

  7. #7
    Administrator TheCableVine's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Idaho
    Posts
    2,960
    Years of Experience
    16
    Rep Power
    137

    Default Re: Look or Listen?

    I look and listen in the beginning but by the end I'm mostly listening. The last 5 feet I will do both.
    "Change does not always equal progress."

  8. #8
    Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Somewhere over the hill
    Posts
    34
    Years of Experience
    8
    Rep Power
    11

    Default Re: Look or Listen?

    I do both with the RD 7000. From start to finish.

  9. #9
    Member Danger's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    US
    Posts
    99
    Years of Experience
    5+
    Rep Power
    12

    Default Re: Look or Listen?

    I do both as well... start to finish...

  10. #10
    Senior Member The Big-E's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Tampa
    Posts
    248
    Years of Experience
    10
    Rep Power
    21

    Default Re: Look or Listen?

    I started locating with a Subsite and mostly went by sound when I was confident I was on my target... Now I use an 8000 and I 30-40 percent look at the screen with sound now during a typical locate...

  11. #11
    Junior Member viper's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Depends were I am working
    Posts
    10
    Rep Power
    11

    Default Re: Look or Listen?

    Depends on the Equipment & experience. RD always listen, only time i looked at screen was to make sure freq's were the same or depth reading. viaVax looked at screen more then sound. Metrotec Sound got me close but trusted the screen more .

  12. #12
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    wisconsin
    Posts
    868
    Years of Experience
    11.75 yrs
    Rep Power
    44

    Default Re: Look or Listen?

    i prefer the sound. this way i can look ahead and concentrate of not stepping into a hole or something. I start with gain high on my sweep. When I find the cable i want I lower the gain until just a beep when I go over it. The 7000 doesn't have as loud a speaker as the 4000. I too have trouble in high traffic areas. i bought that ear amplifier advertised on TV. It was $4.99 at Menards so going to try it when i get near traffic

  13. #13
    Senior Member GPGrasshopper's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    319
    Years of Experience
    25
    Rep Power
    23

    Default Re: Look or Listen?

    For me its both. I listen for peak, but use the information on the screen to check for drops in signal strength, depth changes or distortion that might indicate I jumped onto another conductor.
    I seek not to know the answers, but to understand the questions.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
A 'Rook Media' Website