Re: finding a sewer line
Posted by dale's plumbing service on February 27, 1999 at 22:27:48:
In response to Re: finding a sewer line
: thanks guys. we're working on the "witching the rod" thing right now. we're going to try digging a few more holes. we got some help from the parish (county) but not enough to get an exact location. we never did find a cleanout! go figure.
:I'll let you know if we find it without totally destroying our yard! oh - by the way - we think there are 2 3" pipes that lead from each side of the house and tie in to a 4" pipe in the front yard. can we tie the new plumbing in to the 3" pipe - or should we tie it in to the 4" ? it would be much more convenient for us to tie it in to the 3". thanks
: lisa

: : Dale,
: : Of course getting someone with a locator is a good idea. I recommend them when people need to find leaks in parking lots, slabs, ect. I use the coat hangers when I am in a hurry and don't expect to miss. In other words, I have a pretty good guess before I start. It is well worth the expense to bring in a locator, it's better than digging up the yard.

: : but do try the coat hanger trick yourself, just for fun, it works. (note: trouble is, it can even pick up over head pipes)

: : : terry is right on witching with a rod but for some people a brass rod will work and others a coat hanger will work, also with some people the rod will go out and if you are standing over the pipe with the pipe running between your legs the rod will cross. type neg blood and pos blood are my opinion as to the difference. but if you know of someone who has a cable locator ,like me, then they can put a cable down the vent line ,out to yard and then put the locator on it. walla, there you go.
terry, I have been using coat hangers for years, but I will also pick up water in streams in the ground. I witch wells for people using coat hangers and I try to locate pipe also with them. I have good luck locating water and it's pretty fair luck with pipes.

 

 



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