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Frequently Asked Questions
What are probes used for?
What are the parts of a probe?
- Head - connects the handle to the rod
- Handle - allows the user to grip the probe
- Rod - refers to the shaft of the probe
- Tip - is found at the end of the probe
How do I safely use a probe?
What features should I look for when choosing a probe?
How do I drive a probe into compact soil or frosted ground?
How to Take Soil Samples Using a Soil Probe
Soil probes are typically used for taking soil samples. These samples are used to determine the soil’s moisture content and identify the activities or interventions necessary to attain the landowner’s goals for their property. This video explains how taking soil samples can be done using a regular stainless-steel probe. For more detailed information, be sure to check out the guidelines from your probe manufacturer.
Preparing a site for construction requires probing operations to examine the condition of the soil and identify if there are utility lines underground. This way, construction professionals can avoid costly damage and safety risks as well. Those who are assigned to accomplish this task need to penetrate the ground with high-quality probes, which are available in different designs on Engineer Warehouse.
Most soil probes offer electric shock resistance when users come in contact with energized lines. To break hard or tightly packed soil, diggers and other construction professionals should strike their mauls or hammers onto a striking head probe, which can withstand impact. A hammer probe can also be driven into the hard ground, except that it has a sliding head that eliminates the need for hammers or mauls. A water probe is ideal for frosted ground surfaces with aqueous layers underneath. It has a hollow shaft and a beveled end that allows water to flow through, which can help users drive the probe deeper.
Of course, without complete parts, probes won’t be able to function as optimally as they are designed to. These parts include ball nose and standard rod tips, probe shafts, and round and hexagonal rods.