Drain locators

Discussion in 'Buildings & Infrastructure' started by fermerboy, Jul 12, 2018 at 8:45 PM.

  1. fermerboy

    fermerboy Member

    Location:
    Banffshire
    Having a right ballache trying to find drains in a field of mine.
    They seem to go all directions and new ones crossing over old ones, the map we have is pretty vague.
    I don't have the dowsing gift either. :cry::cry:

    So been considering some sort of drain locator to go on to the drain rods.

    I read on here before about using terrier or ferret locators so any recomendations for what is good???
    How do you attach to the rods? and What sort of range do they have in the ground?.

    Any advice very welcome!!
     
  2. mo!

    mo! Member

    Location:
    York
    I've got a ferret finder, it's cable tied onto the drain rods inside a bit of 25mm water pipe. It is quite handy.
     
  3. fermerboy

    fermerboy Member

    Location:
    Banffshire
    Do you know what brand it is? and whats the real life range like?
    Thanks
     

  4. You want some of these

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  5. fermerboy

    fermerboy Member

    Location:
    Banffshire
  6. Bugger (n)
     
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  7. renewablejohn

    renewablejohn Member

    Location:
    lancs
    Looks like your to handy with a big hammer. Next time take your thumb out before you hit it.
     
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  8. mo!

    mo! Member

    Location:
    York
    It's a Deben. It has a two stage finder, coarse is about 10 feet and then you switch to fine. Easiest to follow it across the field.
     
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  9. Old picture, I didn’t hit it, got it trapped
     
  10. KennyO

    KennyO Member

    Location:
    Angus
    @fermerboy Are they not showing just now with the dry. I should be getting drone pictures/ maps done of the farm just now cause most of the drains are showing.
     
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  11. Kidds

    Kidds Member

    Location:
    Warrington
    I can see all mine right now and a lot I didn't know I had.
     
  12. fermerboy

    fermerboy Member

    Location:
    Banffshire
    A few drains are but this bit is just a bloody maze!!!
    There has been a lot of draining attempts in this bit and it's just a lottery what you find when you dig. Got a tile more or less running on top of another today.:banghead::banghead::banghead:

    Quite fancy a drone for mapping drains.
     
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  13. NH 200

    NH 200 Member

    Location:
    Ceredigion
    In previous years iv'e used a deben ferret finder with some success but only has a small range of 5m so unless you know roughly where the drain is it can take some time, locator eventually stopped working and looked around for a better alternative. In the end i bought a bellman & flint ferret locator based on an avalanche locator although more expensive it paid for itself the first day i used it. The locator is very robust, waterproof and has a range of 60m with directional pointer. Best used on a 100metre cobra drain reel as rods are a slow to assemble.
     
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  14. Did you buy the whole kit eg receiver and screen? Do you think the receiver would work with a normal cat?
     
  15. NH 200

    NH 200 Member

    Location:
    Ceredigion
    Yeah, bought the complete kit £300+ vat was going to by a pieps locator box which is cheaper elsewhere but isn't IP66 rated. Think the cat works on a different frequency but not sure.
     
  16. fermerboy

    fermerboy Member

    Location:
    Banffshire
    Well last night after @RWG Contracts post about divining rods, I thought I'd see if the wife could work them. So went and got an old coat hanger cut it in two, bent into a L shape.
    Out the back of the house and she gets nothing and f**k me they worked for me!! Couldn't believe it and still can't, near 40 years I've had various goes and nothing, I mean absolutely not a twitch and now they work!!
    Down to the field today and sure enough they cross, mark he spot a few times to get a line, and dug up the drain!!!!

    Cant understand it, always tried with s bit of galv fence wire or a welding rod before, a coat hanger this time is the only difference.
    Weird stuff!!
     
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  17. Possibly because the ground is so dry there is not so much groundwater to confuse your reading
     
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  18. Land Rover

    Land Rover Member

    Location:
    North Ayrshire
    Used the rods myself , not quite sure how they worked or what happened , but there is some truth behind it .
     
  19. tomlad

    tomlad Member

    Location:
    nr. preston
    Any wire then ???
     
  20. fermerboy

    fermerboy Member

    Location:
    Banffshire
    I've tried a good few times before with welding rods, various bits of fence wire and nothing. Even tried it barefoot once, still nothing.
    One day I was with another chap who could dowse looking for a water pipe and I couldn't get any twitch from the wires, he held on to my arm and sure enough they turned. He said any old bit of wire worked for him.
    I made the latest rods with a coat hanger and so far they work for me. Still can't fathom out why they work now, wonder if it's because every thing is so dry.
     
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