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Location: Michigan


Friday, April 29th 2016, 9:22am

Find pipes

I know there is a tool to use to find valves but is there a way to find the existing pipes? I want to add a sprinkler head to a zone but not sure if there is already a pipe running by the location or if I need to run new.



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Friday, April 29th 2016, 2:58pm

I have a special tool on my truck I use for that. It's pretty handy. It has a long handle with a sharp metal blade on the end of it. =)
You can probe the ground with the shovel to follow a sprinkler line.

Just look around and see where there might be a line and dig a hole.

I had a customer last summer who insisted dowsing rods work and he watched a guy find a pipe before. The guy wanted me to use one in his yard. Didn't happen.

If the pipes are metal you can use a wire locator.


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Friday, April 29th 2016, 6:40pm

You allow for the possibility of having to run the new line from an existing head, and that might make for more shovel work than you want, but at least you aren't second-guessing yourself.

If you have poly pipe lines in the system, you could run a metal fish tape into them, and use a cable locater to follow the tape, until it is stopped at a right-angle fitting. This may work for you only when the pipes are empty of water. (opinions vary on this)


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Location: Michigan


Monday, May 2nd 2016, 2:37pm

Thanks everyone. I was just seeing if there was an easier way.

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