Re: OT: underground pipe locating


I made a similar noise source for detecting wires in the wall. I used
1MHz then and similar 555 based modulation. I believe I used just a
simple squarewave oscillator, one of these 5V metal box jobs, and a
small AM radio.
It worked very well (too powerful even) but I think the high frequency
would not go through soil much.

In hindsight I should have just hammered nails into the wall. Because
of Murphy's law it is certain any nail hammered into any wall will hit
a wire. Murphy is much stronger than dousing even.

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in common with is really crazy, and you only had a very narrow subject
in common after all. Best not to stray off topic really, and stay
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On Sun, Mar 20, 2016 at 10:17 PM, Dwayne Verhey tekscopes@...

Tracking the wire for the fence, I generated an RF frequency of around
600KHz with a signal generator and modulated it with a 4 or 500Hz AF 1/2
wave generated by a real down-and-dirty 555 based circuit, connected one
end to the wire and followed the sound with a cheap $10 transistor
radio tuned to my carrier. A bit of time was spent fine-tuning the
output power so I was following the wire instead of listening to the
source but once I had that figured out, I was able to locate the break
within a foot or two in short order.

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