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Re: [Shop-talk] Finding underground plastic water pipes.

To: Drew Rogge <>
Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] Finding underground plastic water pipes.
From: Brian Kemp <>
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2009 16:42:54 -0700
Drew - I've traced assorted PCV and ABS pipe with a metal rod attached 
to a 2x4 handle.  I know where it started, so just poked in the ground 
till I hit the pipe.  I then moved a bit further and poked till I hit 
the pipe again.  Every place I hit the pipe, I put down a rock.  Once I 
had the direction down, it was easier to guess the path till the pipe 
changed direction.  This is good for pipe up to about 2 feet down in my 
clay soil.


Drew Rogge wrote:
> Hi all,
> I want to add some permanent irrigation pipes to some Walnut trees and
> need to find the closest water source to hook in to. We purchased the
> property about a year ago and know where the faucets are in the yard
> but don't know the route of the PVC pipes that run between them. Other
> than digging test holes, the only way that I can think of to try to find
> the pipes is to turn the faucet on and use one of those stethoscope 
> thingys
> with the tube on it to see if I can hear the water running at various
> places on the property.
> Anyone have any other idea? A water witcher?
> Thanks,
> Drew
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