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Johnboy555 12-30-2007 11:40 AM

Help! Need way to locate low voltage light cables
 
Hey!
I'm a handyman and sometimes I need a way to find breaks in low voltage light cables. Usually they're less than 6 inches underground, but sometimes the landscapers will cut through them and then it becomes my problem.

I've seen lots of cable locators, but they range from $400 +. That's a little high for something that I would use only about 3 times a year. I'm looking for something that injects a signal into the wire and then has a receiver that can locate the wires ( and breaks). Not a lot to ask for, but all I've seen are ones that are meant for house voltage, and such.
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Has ANYONE got an idea where I can even look for something to accomplish what I need for under $200???
Thanks!

AppleMac*Fit 01-01-2008 06:37 PM

Bury the wires to 18" then you don't have to worry about cuts anymore. It's a lot cheaper than a tic tracer.

If you don't want to do that, here's your best option...
You shut off power to the system, and it will send a signal through the wires that you can trace to the point of the break.
Greenlee Buried Line Locator 508S $286.00

http://www.grainger.com/images/produ...d/XL-1UG79.JPG

http://www.grainger.com/Grainger/items/1UG79

Johnboy555 01-02-2008 02:39 AM

Thanks Apple-Mac This is closer to what I had in mind. I will look into this.


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