Location and Leak Detection/ Drainline TV Inspection Equipment

Location and Leak Detection/ Drainline TV Inspection Equipment
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The Leak Detective tablet kit from Bright Dyes includes two dye tablets and instruction booklet. It allows users to find sources of water loss. The tablets are NSF certified food grade with detailed usage instructions on the package. The instruction booklet shows usage of leak detective tablets with other waste saving ideas. Custom message and imprinting is available at additional cost. 800/394-0678; www.brightdyes.com.


Transporter wheels

The Cua Claws transporter wheels were developed to increase camera footage in slippery PVC pipes. The wheels come in 2.5-inch, 4-inch-narrow, 4-inch-wide, and 5.5-inch-wide sizes and are made of stamped 16-gauge steel. They are furnace-brazed to attach a coating of 16-grit carbide chips for traction. Attaching the carbide extends wheel life. The wheels fit most cameras with no modifications necessary. They are predrilled for specific applications. 714/697-8697; www.cuaclaws.com.


All-inclusive push camera

The CUES Mini-Push 20/20 is a portable, color video inspection system with a built-in battery power supply, battery charger and self-leveling camera with built-in sonde. It is used to view and record 2-inch and larger pipes and can operate with existing CUES PS2, PS3 and self-upright cameras. The 6.4-inch color LCD monitor is adjustable with a fold-down position for protection during transport and includes a sun shield for viewing in sunlight.

The lightweight system includes wheels for easy portability and a balanced footprint for stability. An optional DV-1 Touch mobile digital video recorder is available for one-button digital recording. 800/327-7791; www.cuesinc.com.


Portable TV inspection

The AS340 portable pipe inspection TV system from Cyclops Electronics inspects pipes from 1 to 3 inches and other inaccessible places. The system comes with a 3/4-inch camera head, 410,000 pixel CCD and 50 feet of cable. It has an all-in-one design (SD recorder built-in) with a small carrying case. The built-in LCD monitor provides real-time video and the footage counter keeps track of problem locations. 830/249-9756; www.cyclopstv.com.


Cordless camera

The EasyCAM II inspection camera can be repaired by the user, eliminating maintenance and downtime. The smaller titanium camera head is steerable for a better turning radius. Other features include an on-screen digital footage counter and onboard DVR/LCD monitor. The camera is now cordless and works up to 12 hours before recharging. 239/260-2056; www.easycamllc.com.


Sapphire lens camera

The eCAM ACE pipeline inspection camera system from Electric Eel Mfg. is made for inspecting sewer and drain lines, septic tanks, service laterals and more. The system has a stainless steel-housed 1.68-inch-diameter color camera with sapphire lens, 20-LED light ring, high-resolution CCD element and flexible camera spring that can navigate 3-inch P-traps. A 1.23-inch-diameter color camera for inspecting 1 1/2- to 4-inch lines and negotiating 2-inch plastic P-traps and 1 1/2-inch 90-degree bends is available.

Other features include automatic iris adjusting lighting, impact-resistant polycarbonate light ring cover, 512 Hz sonde, 5.4-inch LCD monitor with AR film for optimal viewing in sunlight and anti-glare monitor shield. The system has a video output jack, powder-coated steel frame and 125-foot Kevlar braided 1/2-inch-diameter pushrod. 800/833-1212; www.electriceel.com.


Extended-range crawler

The Rovver X steerable 6-wheel-drive camera crawler from Envirosight provides extended crawl range (up to 1,650 feet) in a simplified three-piece system with a touch-screen control pendant. The pendant captures days’ worth of MPEG video and JPEG still images and lets users upload observations directly to WinCan software. Twin multifunction joysticks simplify operation and macros automate everyday inspection routines. The pendant accepts USB media and connects via Rovver-Link for remote diagnostics and firmware updates.

The system includes a detachable remote-operated camera lift, three onboard cameras (forward pan/tilt/zoom, cable view and elevated rear view), an integrated sensor package (sonde, dual lasers, inclination and roll) and concurrent control for all system functions. The reel uses 0.03 lb-ft with 1,000-pound break strength cable, and continuously monitors cable tension to minimize drag on the crawler. 973/252-6700; www.envirosight.com.


Compatible camera

The CHD-C12 camera from Forbest Products inspects pipe as small as 1 inch. The camera head is 1/2 inch in diameter and 2 1/2 inches long. With a flexible spring behind the camera head, the unit can get through most pipe curves. The stainless steel body is painted black and attachable to 100- or 130-foot push cable. The camera/reel is compatible with all color control stations from Forbest. 650/757-4786; www.forbestusa.net.


Detectable rodders

Duct Hunter detectable rodders from Jameson use heavy-duty frames and feature a copper wire in the rod to trace or map underground conduit or pipe without digging a trench. The user connects a signal transmitter to the unit to energize it with an alternating current of specific frequency. When the energized rod is pushed into an underground pipe, the signal radiates outward through the soil to the surface. A signal receiver is then used to detect the frequency applied to the unit by the transmitter. The rodders trace underground conduit, including waterlines and sewer laterals, without digging. The entire buried utility pipe can be traced and marked continuously from above ground. 800/222-6400; www.jamesonllc.com.


Simple leak location

The Gen-Ear LE from General Pipe Cleaners is a simplified water leak locator with strong sound amplification. The compact amplifier fits in the palm of your hand and provides noise-free amplification with built-in preset audio filters. The noise cancellation feature on the high-performance headphones blocks out interference from surrounding ambient noise. The system pinpoints leaks in residential and commercial lines, under concrete slabs, in walls, swimming pools and hot tubs. 800/245-6200; www.drainbrain.com.


Smoke generator

The Power Smoker 2 from Hurco Technologies allows users to test new plumbing installations and identify leaks before final inspections. The system is safe for indoor use, as all exhaust goes through the plumbing and out the roof vent. The LiquiSmoke used in the smoker is forced through the plumbing and out from the leak. 800/888-1436; www.gethurco.com.


Manhole smoker

The Turbo-Fog MH-75 manhole smoke blower from Kingscote Chemicals Inc. uses leak-proof liquid smoke cartridges to generate uninterrupted white smoke, eliminating the need for additional smoke bombs or pump sprayers. The self-contained unit generates up to 7,500 cfm. Made of powder-coated 11-gauge steel, the smoke blower is available with a Briggs & Stratton or Honda engine. 800/394-0678; www.turbo-fog.com.


GIS mapping module

The WinCan GIS module for WinCan V8 pipe inspection and asset management software from Pipeline Analytics helps manage water, stormwater and sewer infrastructure using GIS data. Users simply click-and-drag or query a map to create entire WinCan projects with prepopulated section data; automatically create linked map elements from observations; dispatch inspection and repair crews; and augment GIS data with more infrastructure detail.

Users can filter, report, browse media, track progress and create work orders through one intuitive map interface and geo-located observations in a GIS business process. The GIS module supports feature extraction (plotting observations into a GIS as point features with links to videos and photos), revision detection (highlighting differences between GIS and WinCan data), creating reports and export data into Excel software, creating pipe-specific repair strategies using observation data, and mission planning (using the GIS to create subsets of data for pipes to be inspected). 877/626-8386; www.pipelineanalytics.com.


Frequency finder

The LineFinder LF2200 from Prototek Corp. locates any frequency sonde or transmitter box between 16 Hz and 100 kHz using a frequency-sniffing feature. Preset support of 16 Hz (steel, ductile iron, cast iron and nonmetallic), 512 Hz (cast iron or nonmetallic), and 8 kHz (nonmetallic only) sondes. The unit traces underground metallic lines at four built-in industry standard frequencies using an external transmitter box; other frequencies can be sniffed as well. It locates underground power at 50 or 60 Hz.

Power frequency and scaling in English and Metric units are user selectable. A series of LCD screens (with automatic backlight compensation) guides the user through steps to locate both sondes and lines with position and depth. Locating is enhanced by handle vibration and LED feedback at key locating points, in addition to on-screen imagery. The locator uses six AA alkaline batteries. 800/541-9123; www.prototek.net.


Subsurface locator

The Pulsar 2000 Line Tracer locates subsurface metallic lines, lines in walls and in ceilings, and does not require an earth ground. It also locates irrigation solenoid valves. To trace a hot waterline from a water heater to the kitchen sink, users would connect to the hot waterline and energize and trace only the hot waterline. The unit is a directional-type tracer. 214/388-8838; www.pulsar2000.com.


High-resolution camera

The high-resolution ORION 2.5 camera system from RapidView IBAK North America offers pan, tilt and zoom with a wide-angle view. It can rotate automatically around pipe joints and provides a picture that is always right side up. The low-light camera technology allows users to inspect pipes over 60 inches. The camera can be used on a pushrod, mainline tractor or as a launch camera. It is pressurized to provide a diagnostic warning in case of pressure loss during operations. The onboard laser system measures defects, diameter and pipe deformation. 800/656-4225; www.rapidview.com.


Portable inspection

The Plumber’s Inspection PC-Xi portable system from Ratech Electronics inspects pipes and drains as small as 2 inches. The lightweight system incorporates all recording capabilities using a portable laptop computer. The removable laptop is mounted on a swivel stand on the cable reel.

Users can record MPEG video and JPEG photos to the laptop hard drive, USB port, flash drive, or the built-in DVD recorder. Custom software allows final reporting of inspections. An on-screen display overlay system includes electronic distance counter, time, date and eight pages of memory. The system comes standard with high-intensity LEDs, condenser microphone, AC/DC capability, variable light intensity control, 1.375-inch self-leveling color camera with scratch-resistant sapphire lens, and 200-foot Gel-Rod cable. 800/461-9200; www.ratech-electronics.com.


Micro gas detector

The micro CD-100 combustible gas detector from RIDGID offers adjustable sensitivity with a range from 0 to 6,400 ppm (methane). Alerts include visual, audible or vibration with Tri-Mode detection based on the environment. The unit also features a 16-inch flexible detection probe and sensor that automatically calibrates. 800/769-7743; www.ridgid.com.


Touch-screen inspection

All operating controls for the PROvision Touch inspection system from Spartan Tool appear directly on screen. With the system’s daylight visibility, an operator can see images clearly even in bright sunlight. The system features a self-leveling camera head, 512 Hz beacon and fully daylight-visible 15-inch screen. All video is recorded to a thumb drive. Telestration allows users to draw directly on the screen to show a customer a problem. The system also includes an on-screen keyboard. 800/435-3866; www.spartantool.com.


Smoke blower

The Model 20 smoke blower from Superior Signal Company is engineered for smoke testing of sewer lines to detect sources of inflow and other faults. Used with the classic smoke candles, the blower produces visible smoke at a longer distance. The smoke candle produces a volume of 40,000 cubic feet of smoke in three minutes, with the option of joining candles together to create larger volumes of smoke for a longer time.

The smoke blower can be configured with the fluid system to offer a liquid-based alternative for mainline sewer inspection, featuring an insulated heating chamber with stainless steel injector to maximize dry smoke output, and producing high-quality liquid-based smoke. 800/945-8378; www.superiorsignal.com.


Mini pushrod

The Snake Eye mini pushrod camera system from TV Ferret features a stainless steel frame and low-friction multiconductor push cable. The system comes standard with a 10.4-inch color LCD monitor, DVR, footage counter and built-in microphone housed in a hard portable case. The mobile push camera comes with its own self-charging power source, allowing it to operate when no electrical power source is available. The unit comes with a self-leveling head and variable LED lights. A sonde for locating is optional. 518/399-2211; www.tvferret.com.


Mini camera

The EagleCam color mini camera inspection system from UEMSI for 2-inch and larger pipes includes a lightweight, briefcase-style power control unit with a 10.4-inch LCD monitor, 200 feet of video push cable on a steel powder-painted portable reel and a CM-1 color camera head. The system works on AC or DC and has video in and out RCA connections. The multiconductor push cable includes water-blocking gel to prevent water infiltration. Options include the Pro Eye self-leveling color camera head, the Tracker II inline locator system and a variety of skids. 800/666-0766; www.uemsi.com.


Sonde locator

The vLocCam sonde and camera locator from Vivax-Metrotech is a lightweight, durable locator with a new faster dual-core processor, color display, and USB interface. The compass feature points the user in the direction of the sonde or camera below ground and eliminates guesswork about false peaks or ghost signals. Push-button depth displays the depth of cover in feet and inches. The receiver comes standard with frequencies of 8 kHz, 33 kHz, 512 kHz and 640 kHz. The frequency range provides versatility for locating metallic and nonmetallic pipes, drains and ducts. The sondes come in different sizes rated to depths from 12 to 20 feet. The receiver is equipped with two passive locate modes of power and radio that detect the presence of power lines, CATV, telephone and some metallic pipes that radiate 64 Hz and VLF signal. 800/446-3392; www.vivax-metrotech.com.


Dual camera heads

The VIS 340 Plus inspection camera system from Wohler USA features dual camera heads. It comes with a 1 1/2-inch, 360-degree-pan and 180-degree-tilt camera head, and a 1-inch straight camera head. Both camera heads are waterproof and come with brilliant LED lights. The system has a TFT color monitor and can maneuver 90-degree bends. The digital distance measurement feature pinpoints the exact location of trouble spots. Users can record, save and replay inspections. The camera set comes in a tough, self-contained carrying case. 978/750-9876; www.wohlerusa.com.


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