Working on your own? Need some technical advice? Don’t know where to turn? The technical team at Megger answers the latest technical query from end users.
I’M WORKING ON AN ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION THAT HAS SOME CABLES THAT ARE BURIED ABOUT A METRE UNDERGROUND. UNFORTUNATELY, NOBODY HAS ANY RELIABLE INFORMATION ABOUT WHERE THE BURIED CABLES RUN. CAN YOU SUGGEST A WAY OF TRACING THEM?
Your best option is to use the new Megger MCT105 cable tracer kit. This has two parts – a transmitter and a receiver. You connect the transmitter to the cable you want to trace, and it injects a test signal. The receiver picks this signal up, and by looking for the maximum signal strength as you move the receiver, you can easily follow the route of the cable. Depending on soil conditions, it will work with cables buried at depths up to around two metres, so it will be ideal for your requirements. You’ll find the MCT105 kit is also useful in many other applications. It can trace cables in walls as well as underground, it works on live and dead circuits, and it provides a fast and reliable way of identifying which fuses or circuit breakers are protecting a particular circuit. You can find cable breaks and short circuits with it and even trace metal water and heating pipes. As an added bonus, the receiver incorporates a handy torch. Once you have an MCT105, you’ll probably wonder how you managed without it!
Browse the Megger MCT105 cable tracer kit product data sheet here