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    Is there such thing as a pipe tracer???

    Was wondering if anyone knows of a pipe tracing system besides 2 guys and a hammer (one on each end) Something similar to what is used for underground with the wire? The only thing I could think of that would cause a potential problem is if that pipe was up against something else metallic or another pipe that would give you false readings.

    We’re in an apartment building and a few units are being remodeled. Everything is hydronic and all the piping is covered. Even after walls are open it’s difficult to tell at times.

    Thanks for your input.


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    So you're looking to turn those units systems off for the renovations ?

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    Is there such thing as a pipe tracer???

    Yes. Everything in each unit is off. I have 6 circuits per unit. Supply’s all have valves, and I have 1 main return at the pump iso flange. I know I could disconnect the supplies and blow nitro through them. Problem is the heaters for each unit are 2” below a fire rated ceiling, so I don’t have any room for that.

    We’re just re routing some lines in the unit so they can take walls down.

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    So there's a common return manifold ?

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    Correct. I can isolate every supply circuit in every unit. But the return circuits just tie into 1 manifold per unit and go back to that particular units pump. Each unit has its own supply and return header. Supply headers only have valves on them per each circuit.


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    Is the manifold accessible ? Would they be up for isolation valves at the manifold ?

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    If only I had the room for it.


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    Isn't there a mechanical room ?

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    Yes. But the way everything is out together I don’t have any room to add valves on the return unless I take that entire manifold down. I have to go back there today. I’ll take a couple pictures.


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