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Old 11-09-2010, 05:29 PM   #1
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tracing wire

Is there any simple way for homeowner to trace an underground wire ?
Maybe renting?
14/2 UF no conduit


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Old 11-09-2010, 06:15 PM   #2
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They do make toners for this sort of thing but to buy them is really expensive. You can try calling your local electrical supply house and see if they rent them. Here are some made by amprobe.


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Old 11-09-2010, 08:45 PM   #3
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Otherwise you can get ahold of electrician some of them will have underground tracer unit for small fee for it and they will mark it down where it run and spot where the broken connection of the cable if need to.

I Have couple verison to use it and one can able go down deep as 2 to 3 meter deep { 6 to 9 Feet }

Typically most 2.5mm˛ twinners { 14-2 UF } typically buried about 12 to 18 inch deep as long it have RCD { GFCI } protected if not drop down to 18 to 24 inch deep { depending on your local area requirement }

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Old 11-09-2010, 09:50 PM   #4
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I used a "finder" for years. Both in the electrical field and for a lot of plumbers that lost their pipes.....even found a septic tank (with a metal fish tape) that was not suppost to be there. It used a pulse wave (sender and reciever) (now I can't find anything because of old age) lol
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Old 11-09-2010, 10:03 PM   #5
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I rented a signal tracer at a Building Center to find some pipes under my basement floor.
You could try wichin' rods also.

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