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Testing

Trace-Safe® sends strong signals about excellence.

We conducted a directional bore and locate comparison test between Trace-Safe® water blocking tracer wire and 12 AWG copper tracer. The tests were conducted at Staking University in Manteno, IL, using a McGlaughlin Verifier G2 Digital Locator. Two directional bores were completed, each 320 feet long. Comparable lengths of Trace-Safe® and of 12 AWG copper trace wire were installed and pulled back through the bore hole. The Trace-Safe® had a19 AWG copper conductor.

Summary of results

This tracer wire comparison chart illustrates the test results.

It’s important to also note that locating iron or steel pipes without a tracer wire is not the best or safest method related to accuracy, because

  • higher frequency is required due to joints and pipe size
  • higher frequency means signal can be induced on nearby utilities
  • lower frequency induced on small conductor will result in a longer and more accurate locate

Since the cost of Trace-Safe® is less than .005% compared to the cost related to pipeline installations, it makes sense to be safer with Trace-Safe®.

Trace-Safe® earns the “safe” part of its name.

Trace-Safe tracer wire vaporized We were asked by a number of gas companies what would happen if Trace-Safe® was hit by lightning. Since there is no gas pipe industry lightning test standard, we conducted tests that followed the standards for buried fiber optic cables. Lightning strike testing was conducted on site by Lightning Technologies, Inc., of Pittsfield, MA.

Applicable Test Documents

Summary of lightning strike test results

Request our full lightning strike test report.