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Isolating Lines and Nulling Out Adjacent Conductors

The trick is to maximize the signal on the target while minimizing the signal applied to any adjacent conductors.


Below are a few of many techniques that can get you through some tough spots.  If they don't work for you, give us a call at 800-952-3710.  We can help you with the best techniques for your specific application.


Conductive Locating (Directly Connected) 


Improve your grounding situation by:


Ground away from trouble.  Stretch the leads 90 to the run of the conductor as far from adjacent conductors as possible (do not cross adjacent conductors with your leads)


Increase the ground surface area and/or depth


Wet the area around the ground stake


Be sure your connection point is a good metal to metal contact (no paint or rust) and that you are below any insulators)


If authorized disconnect any common bonds.


Use a double-ended transmitter connection.  Connect to the target as usual at an access point, then ground via a long wire to the target at another access point farther down the direction you want to locate.


If you can't directly connect to the target, another way is to use a Signal Clamp with the 800 series transmitter.  If using the 800-HL or dual frequency transmitter, both frequencies are emitted from the clamp.  The clamp will induce the majority of it's signal(s) onto the conductor(s) that it is clamped around, thus minimizing the signal on the adjacent conductors.  This gives you more options for finding the target conductor.

Click here to learn more about the Signal Clamp


If using High-frequency inductively.


If you have a place to hook up to, connect a wire to the target conductor and lay it out perpendicular to the other conductors.  Place the transmitter on the wire, a few feet from the end.  The wire acts as part of the conductor and in that position the transmitter will put a much stronger signal on the target conductor vs. the adjacent conductors.  Click here to see image


In a lot of cases you can simply move the transmitter slightly to the opposite side of an adjacent conductor.  This puts a slightly weaker signal on the target conductor but also significantly weakens the signal put on the adjacent conductor.

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If there are two lines causing confusion you can place the transmitter on its side in "null" position over the unwanted conductor.  This will put a signal on the target conductor and make the unwanted adjacent conductor nearly disappear.

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Table of Contents


Pipe and Cable Locator Tips

  1. Setting up the transmitter for Inductive Locating

  2. The Pipehorn 6 Steps to an Accurate Locate

  3. Setting up the transmitter for Conductive Locating

  4. Using the transmitter to Avoid "Bleed-over" (Inductive)

  5. Proper Pinpointing

  6. Isolating lines and Nulling out adjacent conductors

  7. Performing a Sweep of an area

  8. Download the Quick Guide!


Ferromagnetic Locator Tips

  1. Searching Near a Fence or Metal Building

  2. Pinpointing and Tracing Objects

  3. Proper Sensitivity Setting


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Last modified: 01/08/2016


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