Benefits of Tracer Wire

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Tracer Wire

GAS | WATER | FIBER | SEWER

Pipeline Tracer Wire is a single conductor wire that is intended to carry a radio signal to aid in the location of buried pipelines. This specification describes a solid or stranded copper conductor that is insulated with low-density polyethylene (LDPE), linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE), medium density polyethylene (MDPE), or high-density polyethylene (HDPE). All of the mentioned are classified as high molecular weight polyethylene (HMWPE) that provides excellent abrasion, crush, chemical, oil, and moisture resistance.

Construction

Conductor: The conductor is a solid or stranded copper per spec ASTM B-1, B-3, or B-8

Insulation: Insulation is yellow, high molecular weight polyethylene (HMWPE), conforms to ASTM D-1248

Applications

Suitable for direct burial with plastic pipe to facilitate the detection and tracing of underground pipe systems.

Features

Underground tracer wire is available in sizes 14 through 6 AWG in an array of colors, depending on the intended use. The insulation is high molecular weight and high-density polyethylene, which is resistant to abrasions, crushing, chemicals, oils, and moisture.

Temperature

Operating temperature is 70 degree Celsius dry and wet

Rating

Voltage is 20 & 30 Mil = 30 – 300 volts (45 Mil = 600 volts)

Packaging

500 ft, 1000 ft, 2500 ft standard reel lengths; custom lengths are available upon request. Identified by surface printing indicating manufacturer, conductor size, and insulation type; custom print legends are available upon request.

Uniform Color Code for Marking Underground Facilities

Tracer Wire Uniform Color Code for Marking Underground Facilities: White - Proposed Excavation, Pink - Temporary Survey, Red - Electrical Power, Yellow - Gas, Oil, Dangerous Materials, Product Lines, Orange - Communication, Cable Television, Fiber Optics, Blue - Water Systems, Purple - Reclaimed Water, Green - Sanitary Sewer Systems

Underground Tracer Wire

Underground tracer wire, sometimes known as electrical wire tracer, is used to accurately locate underground pipes and lines. The electrical wire tracer is laid alongside the pipes or lines during installation in order to find them at a later date for safe digging.

Benefits of Tracer Wire Vs. THHN:

These two wires are NOT interchangeable! Tracer wire, when used as an underground locating wire, possesses many favorable characteristics that THHN wire does not. Tracer wire is much more resistant to liquids, harmful chemicals, corrosion, and more thanks to its PVC insulation. As a result, tracer wire lasts much longer than THHN wire and can prevent potentially dangerous accidents from occurring.

Tracer Wire Specifications:

This specification describes a single conductor tracer wire. It is intended to carry a radio signal to aid in the location of buried plastic pipes. The electric wire tracer may be identified by surface printing, indicating manufacturer and/or conductor size. Custom legends are available.

ConductorInsulationFinished Product
AWGStrDiameter (in.)HDPE (in.)Diameter (in.)Lbs/MftStandard Put-up (ft.)Ship Package (ft.)
16SOL0.05080.0200.0919.65002000
16SOL0.05080.03o0.11110.15002000
16SOL0.05080.0450.14113.35002000
14SOL0.06410.0200.10415.35002000
14SOL0.06410.0300.12416.85002000
14SOL0.06410.0450.15419.55002000
1470.07260.0200.11315.65002000
1470.07260.0300.13317.15002000
1470.07260.0450.16315.95002000
12SOL0.08080.0200.12123.75002000
12SOL0.08080.0300.14124.55002000
12SOL0.08080.0450.17127.45002000
1270.09150.0200.13224500200
1270.09150.0300.15224.85002000
1270.09150.0450.18227.75002000
10SOL0.10190.0300.16239.35002000
10SOL0.10190.0450.192435002000
1070.1160.0300.17639.95001000
1070.1160.0450.20643.65001000
10190.1170.0450.20743.65001000
8SOL0.12850.0300.189565001000
8SOL0.12850.0450.220605001000
870.1460.0300.206575001000
870.1460.0450.236615001000
6SOL0.1620.0300.22292.4500500
6SOL0.1620.0450.25297500500
670.1840.0300.24494500500
670.1840.0450.27498.6500500
4SOL0.2040.0300.264135.5500500
4SOL0.2040.0450.294140.8500500
470.2320.0300.292139.1500500
470.2320.0450.322145.1500500

Tracer Wire Resources

Different Types of Tracer Wire – This article will help you decide which type of tracer wire is perfect for your next job.

Tracer Wire Vs. THHN Wire – Learn the differences between these two wires.

Benefits of Tracer Wire – Why use tracer wire? Find out here!

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