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Pipe & Cable Locators

We sell professional-grade Pipe Locators, Cable Utility Locators, Underground Utility Locators, Underground Utility Location Tools, and Underground Pipe Locators that set the standards for reliability and dependability. When you need to locate a pipe or utility cable underground, utility location equipment can help you find it easier and faster.

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Locating Sondes with Schonstedt

A sonde is a small battery-operated beacon that can be placed inside PVC pipe for easy tracing. Schonstedt pipe locators allow you to detect the signal from a sonde and use it to determine the location of underground piping. These dependably accurate readings go a long way toward decreasing risk and inspiring confidence throughout the construction process.

Principles of Magnetic Locating

Magnetic pipe and cable locators work due to the magnetic fields present under the Earth’s surface. Metallic objects below the Earth’s surface are impacted by magnetic fields and can therefore be detected using magnetic locators. Schonstedt locators can detect the presence of a metallic object when there is a difference in the attraction of the two magnetic fields on the unit. The locator informs the user that a metallic object is present with a high-pitched sound and a visual display.

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These underground utility location tools are designed to withstand the rigors of tough daily field use and a wide range of environmental conditions. We are factory-authorized dealers and represent multiple underground location equipment brands. We carry Schonstedt Utility Locators, PipeHorn Utility Locators, Leica Pipe and Cable Location Tools, and Rigid SeekTech Water Pipe and Cable Location Equipment. Keep in mind that locating underground utilities requires a well-trained and experienced operator, as well as reliable equipment. If you have questions about selecting underground utility location tools and location equipment, please feel free to contact us.

TIP: The basic premise behind an underground utility locator is that it works by producing and transmitting a signal onto a utility that is metallic that the receiver can detect. A signal (measured in kHz or Hz) can be produced by a transmitter and is sent through the utility by either conductive or inductive means. "Conductive" means a direct connect connection such as alligator clips. "Inductive" means the signal is "induced" onto the metallic utility line with an induction clamp which is secured or clamped around the utility line but does not connect metal to metal as the conductive alligator clip does. Inductive is great when you don't have access or ability to do a direct connection. In case you're wondering, the conductive method is better since it is metal to metal and the transmitter is able to send a signal better. Once your transmitter is connected and turned on producing a signal on the utility, you can then take the receiver part of the instrument and wave it over the areas you believe the utility to be in. When you start picking up the signal you will over time learn how to pin-point exactly where the utility line is buried, and how deep. This takes practice over time but new-comers to the utility location profession can learn it fairly quickly but should be trained by someone with years of experience. We have trained and knowledgeable staff waiting to help you with questions with any of the Pipe Locators, Cable Locators, Pipe Location Tools, and Best Pipe and Cable Locators that we sell.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How Do You Use a Pipe Locator?

A pipe locator can be invaluable when it comes to finding underground pipes. The device puts off an electromagnetic frequency that can push through the ground to bounce off of any of the pipes or similar materials that are buried below. When searching for water pipes, the device is connected to a valve or hydrant.

How Do Pipe Locators Find Underground Utilities?

Much like how the pipe locator is able to approximate the location of pipes by putting off the right frequency of electromagnetic waves, an underground utility locator is able to find underground utilities in the same manner. Exactly how the device operates will come down to what you are using it for and the exact model you invest in.

How Deep Are Power Lines Usually Found?

There are very strict regulations surrounding how deep residential power lines must be buried. This will largely depend on the voltage of the lines. A low-voltage wire only needs to be buried about 18 inches below the ground. Wires with higher voltages, on the other hand, must be buried deeper than 2 feet below the surface.

How Do You Use a Cable Locator?

A cable locator is a type of utility locator that is designed in a way that is very similar to a pipe locator. The device puts off electromagnetic frequencies in order to approximate the location of underground wires and cables. It can often be used for both direct-connect or inductive-coupling methods.

How Can I Find the Right Underground Cables?

After investing in a device to help you find buried wires, you need to know how to go about starting the process. Beginning with a “sweep” of the land with your locator is a useful method when it comes to pinpointing exactly where buried cables and pipes are found on a piece of property.

Customer Reviews

  • 5 Stars
    great quick supply of items that make it easier to do jobs for large and small projects ... when building infrastructure ...the essence of engineering... great prices considering the economy .
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    Was easy to navigate and purchase, need them for work!!!!
  • 1 Star
    photo of pipe laser that I purchased clearly shows a target for the laser included. Why wouldn't it the laser is not useful without a target. When it arrived there was no target and I was told I had to purchase it even though the photo showed it. So now I have purchased the target. Very disappointed in the whole process. Customer service was very pleasant but were unable to help me.
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