- Adjust receiver gain to a steady tone (No Sound: turn it up; Beeping:
turning it down). Keeping receiver upright, scan left and right to determine
location of strongest signal.
Direction - At the pinpoint spot, slowly twist the receiver in your hand.
At strongest signal, the handle is IN LINE with the conductor.
Signal Source - Raise the receiver and point it at the transmitter and
toward any other potential nearby sources (overhead lines, fences). If the
signal from your underground target is the strongest, proceed to the next step.
- Place your foot at the pinpoint spot. Keeping
your receiver upright and in line with the conductor, slowly move to the side of
the pinpoint spot until the receiver tone stops.
Note the distance from the spot. Without
adjusting the gain slowly move it from the pinpoint spot to the other side.
Note the distance from the spot. If
the distance from the pinpoint spot is equal on both sides then your pinpoint is
directly on top of the conductor (a symmetrical magnetic field) and you can
proceed to the next step. If the
distances are not equal then your pinpoint is not on top of the conductor (an
asymmetrical field) and you must change the way you are putting signal on the
conductor (do something different with the transmitter).
Depth - Touch the receiver to the pinpoint spot.
Adjust the sensitivity until the meter reads 10.
Raise receiver, staying in line with the conductor. Stop when the meter
reads ZERO. The distance from ground
to tip of receiver is an estimated depth from the ground to the center of the
- Mark the conductor away from your starting point.
Place the transmitter on that mark.
Trace back to your starting point to confirm that you are still on that