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Can a metal detector find underground wires?

Can a metal detector find underground wires?

There are many reasons why you might want to locate a power line or buried electrical wiring! If you're planning on working underground, this step will prevent you from touching these underground lines and damaging them.

Here, we will help you learn how to use a metal detector to precisely locate these power lines!

Do metal detectors find power lines and underground wires?

Short answer, yes they do! Most metal detectors can identify underground cables as long as they are buried within your machine's range.

A detector's signal will easily penetrate the plastic pipe and detect the metallic wire inside the power line. If the conduit is made from metal, that will make it easier for your detector to locate it.

Metal Detectors for Underground Utilities

Buried copper wiring can be found in many forms lying underneath most front yards. It could be television cables, phone lines, electrical wires, or any other type of underground utility like water, sewer, and gas pipes.

These installations could become an inconvenience when trying to dig in your yard! Don't shut down your systems or utility lines; find them with a metal detector.

Conduct research on your area's utility system and look for a metal detector that goes as deep as you need its signal to go.

Study the ground before making your choice. If you're not sure, it's safer to go with an all-terrain detector that will work on all types of soil!

Find our vast selection of entry-level metal detectors that could be perfect for this job.

And if you want to go even further into your construction plans, locate underwater deposits with these underwater metal detectors.

Can a metal detector find underground wires


What are power lines made of?

When looking for metal underground, it is essential to know what type of material you are looking for.

Most underground wires are found inside copper and aluminum conduits, with a steel core. Transmission lines are also made of aluminum.

Most metal detectors will find these materials with ease! Copper is a better and stronger conductor, but it can also be heavy and expensive. Some choose aluminum as their metal, as it is conductive but also light and cheap.

The many uses of a metal detector

Metal detecting can be used for much more than treasure hunting and finding valuable items. On top of these hobbyist activities, metal detecting can be done professionally to help with construction, archaeology, and looking for underground utilities.

Check this blog post to learn more about the varied purposes metal detectors can be used for.

If you need further assistance on which metal detector to choose for your specific needs, we're here to help you! Don't doubt contacting us on any of our social media profiles, phone numbers, or email addresses.

Can a metal detector find underground wires?
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With your new detector, you will receive a Quick Start Guide, a valuable resource designed to guide you through the essential steps of operating your new device seamlessly. This user-friendly guide is tailored to ensure that even beginners can quickly grasp the fundamental functions and features.

For those seeking a more profound understanding, a comprehensive manual accompanies your purchase. This detailed manual delves into the intricacies of your detector, providing a wealth of information for users eager to explore advanced settings and capabilities.

However, the pinnacle of expertise in harnessing your detector's full potential lies in professional training. While guides and manuals offer a solid foundation, professional training takes your knowledge to the next level. Through hands-on instruction and insights from seasoned experts, you'll gain a deeper understanding of your detector's nuances and unlock its optimal performance.

During the individual training, our detector Expert addresses your wishes and questions, provides you tips and tricks and helps you to improve your chances of success with your detector.

  • Theoretical introduction
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  • Improving your measurement procedure
  • Evaluation of the scans on the detector display
  • Answers to your questions

In addition to a general introduction to the functionality and operating modes of your detector, the detector Expert explains how to use the detector efficiently in the field. In doing so, he can correct small errors during the measurement and advise you on special features of your search projects.

You will learn how to check your measurements and further improve your scanning technique independently. You can also draw initial conclusions about potential target objects in the underground.

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