Locating underground PVC pipe

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  1. peterl

    peterl New Member

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    Any trick to locate buried sprinkler pipe without digging everywhere?
     
  2. HudsonDIY

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    I guess that depends on your soil and how deeply they are buried. Around here the soil is very loose and the PVC isn't buried very deep. I just use a very long thin screwdriver and a handful of flags starting from either end. I actually used this method to locate a missing valve set in my last house. There were two valve sets. One for the front yard and one for the back. The one in the back was hidden very well and buried about 6 inches deep over the years.

    There are locating devices but from my experience they are cost prohibitive for a homeowner. Unless you can find one for rent somewhere.
     
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  4. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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    I would witch for the plastic lines.

     
  5. peterl

    peterl New Member

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    I have seen this but does it work?
     
  6. Terry

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    Yes it works. Your local utility department also uses this to locate lines.
    How much effort would it take for you to copy this? Or does digging up your entire yard sound easier?
     
  7. peterl

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    I rather copy your expertise because you haven't failed me yet.
     
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