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    Default Re: Which is the most difficult to locate?

    You guys got your witching sticks, right? Should be all set for anything The Beast can throw at you.

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    Default Re: Which is the most difficult to locate?

    Quote Originally Posted by elvee View Post
    Good ole Street Lite wire is my enemy!
    how come elvee these should be the easiest ?

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    Default Re: Which is the most difficult to locate?

    the hardest i find is plastics even with Radar.occasionally i get issues with some phone lines, and some Hv cables can be a bugger at times due to them being well balanced
    but by far the most difficult to find is my sodding pay rise

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    Default Re: Which is the most difficult to locate?

    The notoriously infamous pay raise is the rarest and most beautiful of god's precious creatures on this island earth.

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    Default Re: Which is the most difficult to locate?

    I only located gas, so I always hated Plastic Insert. There's no way to tone it, since we don't know where the insert started to drop on the steel part. Our policy was to read the measurements to the main. If the data shows 40' to the main, but the tape measure goes 35', we had to mark it in a 'V' shape, which is ignorant because there's almost 0 chance it was run that way. I had a damage where if I marked it directly across the road, it would have been wrong, or if I marked it in the 'V', it still would have been wrong. Thankfully they dug before they were supposed to, so I was covered.

    I also hated a plastic bypassing a steel main with no wire/measurements.

    As far as the raise is concerned, I found out after I left that if I had stuck around, I would've gotten a 10% raise.

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    Default Re: Which is the most difficult to locate?

    Any non metallic infrastructure without tracer wire, tape, etc. You could witch it, but still if you have no prints showing where it is suppose to be or what it is....

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    Default Re: Which is the most difficult to locate?

    Sometimes, with an 810, smaller gauge tracer wires are hard to induce. Especially if the wire is 20 ft deep with the pipe.

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    Default Re: Which is the most difficult to locate?

    WOW! we locate 6 different utilities and I would say by far it would have to be the ol Black Plastic gas main that has no tracer wire and was put in back in the 60's when people didn't think about needing to know where it ran at a later date. Witching sticks and post hole diggers...

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    Default Re: Which is the most difficult to locate?

    AC mains that are 6 or more feet deep. Even with gpr, I have had a terrible time locating them.

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    Default Re: Which is the most difficult to locate?

    Quote Originally Posted by sauroke View Post
    AC mains that are 6 or more feet deep. Even with gpr, I have had a terrible time locating them.
    I agree. My 950 had a heck of a time going more than 50' horizontally down a pipe or conductor that was more than 6' deep. My Utiliguard has been a lot better but I haven't been able to use it on a long haul yet. GPR won't work here due to all the substrate being clay. (Dense soils and GPR don't mix really well neither do the prices when you present it to management...)

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    Default Re: Which is the most difficult to locate?

    i saw that one company now has a locator that can locate pvc. It works off density

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    Default Re: Which is the most difficult to locate?

    Hey paintit I read up on that locator is was laughable something like + - 15% at 2 feet video I watched said 1 hour to trace 40 ft and the main problem is if you have a plastic gas service with no wire you probably have a abandoned line in there too

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    Default Re: Which is the most difficult to locate?

    I would have to go with a tie on this one at least where I am. #1 would be unsheathed fibers with no tracer wire because of obvious reasons (most do have some sort of metal buried with them but there are a few notorious ones in the area, 2, really ancient elelectric or copper phone lines, 3, plasitic gas lines with no tracer wire (the utility company buried them joint trench with other utilities in the 70s with no locate wire). Easy if they are joint, not so easy when everything else was replaced and the abandoned lines can't be accessed to mark it.

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