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Circuit Break

Circuit Break

Circuit Break

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Given a length of wire is there a device that can pinpoint the location of a break in that wire. ie. a single telephone cable strecthed over a two mile length that has suffered a break somewhere along it's length which cannot be detetected visually because it is hidden underground. Please respond to CBalin1090@aol.com

RE: Circuit Break

http://www.instronics.com/Tone_Generators_2.html
The page above shows one such fault finder.
I've used this one myself and found it to be quility.
Try searching "cable fault finders" or "wire locators".
Most phone utility's have fault locators and will locate privat line for a fee.
Many electrical contractors also have them too.
You could buy the locater above for $600 to $1100 US dollars.

RE: Circuit Break

also try renting one from Tucker Electronics or similar. You may be better off hiring someone to do this for you....if you don't know how to operate the equipment, it's useless to you. Cable TV companies have this sort of equipment, too

RE: Circuit Break

For wire breaks on airplanes in production we use a Time Domain Reflectometer (TDR) made by HP. With the right equipment it will only take minutes to determine the distance from the wire end to the break. But we know where the wire routes and its total length. Finding a cable underground will be different. I believe the phone companys use a device that follows a signal given off of the wire until you get to the break then it disappers or changes. Most wire breaks occur where stress or damage occurs. If the line was nicked when installed it would get noisy as ground water makes contact with the exposed conductor, then eventually the exposed conductor will erode away by electrolisys. Any ground work near the line should be suspect. My experience has been that wire breaks of this nature occur at the ends or near, or any splices in between. Another approach would be to go to the half way point and tap in to determine which direction has the break then go half way in that direction.

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