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    Just had a thought, why not use a metal metal detector in conjunction with a snake cable to locate pipe? A very good metal detector can be bought for 300 which is far less than the scout. In addition, metal detectors are designed to locate coins, jewelry, small metal objects. Surely they should be able to locate a snake cable. What do you think, will it work?
    Buy cheap, buy twice.

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    Re: Better, cheaper locator?

    Originally posted by gear junkie View Post
    Just had a thought, why not use a metal metal detector in conjunction with a snake cable to locate pipe? A very good metal detector can be bought for 300 which is far less than the scout. In addition, metal detectors are designed to locate coins, jewelry, small metal objects. Surely they should be able to locate a snake cable. What do you think, will it work?
    The problem is it will find every piece of metal you walk over. With a locator you are locating a specific signal.

    Mark

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      Re: Better, cheaper locator?

      no, a metal detector has a broad weak beam only able to go down a few inches, maybe a foot if your lucky
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        Re: Better, cheaper locator?

        i use a metal detector to locate buried valve boxes.

        such as the time when disney/ california adventure buried dozens of them with the landscaping crew.

        rick.

        ben it won't work very good and your scout is perfect for the job.
        phoebe it is

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          Re: Better, cheaper locator?

          Ya i tried that, and i was picking up everything....transmitter/reciever is the best option
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            Re: Better, cheaper locator?

            Originally posted by PLUMBER RICK View Post
            i use a metal detector to locate buried valve boxes.

            such as the time when disney/ california adventure buried dozens of them with the landscaping crew.

            rick.
            I use a Metrotech valve box locator when I am looking for buried valve boxes.

            Mark
            "Somewhere a Village is Missing Twelve Idiots!" - Casey Anthony

            I never lost a cent on the jobs I didn't get!

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            • #7
              Re: Better, cheaper locator?

              Thanks for getting me back to reality.
              Buy cheap, buy twice.

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