Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use a soil probe on wet or frozen ground?
Which probes are best for areas suspected to have underground electricity lines?
Are water probes and water sensors the same?
How to properly use a soil probe?
- Wear the proper PPE that your company requires.
- Choose a probe that can reach the depth you need to survey.
- Remove subsurface rocks and debris from the area where you will insert the probe.
- If you are using a T-bar probe, hold both sides of its handle and center your weight over the probe. If you are using a hammer or striking head probe, hold its shaft with one hand and hold your hammer or maul with the other.
- Carefully press the probe into the ground. Bend your knees, and allow your weight to force the probe into the soil until the probe touches the utility line you wanted to locate. If you are using a maul or hammer, strike the probe’s head with the tool to allow the probe to penetrate the soil.
- Once the utility line is located, mark the area with a marking flag or any other utility marker.
- Prepare the tools that you need. Usually, this includes the probe you’ll use, a container for the soil samples, and a data sheet.
- If the soil is firm, you may have to bend your knees while inserting the probe to protect yourself from injuries.
- Hold the probe on its handle and carefully insert it into the soil depth that you need to reach.
- Once the needed depth is reached, carefully and slowly withdraw the probe and transfer the soil on the probe’s tip to your container.
Before starting construction and excavation, the area must first be cleared of any hazard. This calls for the task of probing to find out if there are buried pipelines and to check the conditions of the soil. By driving a soil probe into the ground and withdrawing it, professionals can then collect the sample of the soil on the probe’s tip.
However, not all probes can get the job done as efficiently and safely as the ones that are available here on Engineer Warehouse. These soil probes are so durable that they can resist breaking and bending. Some models, such as the hammer probes and striking head probes, are specially designed to break through hard soil and frozen layers.
Because of these probes’ tough steel construction and comfortable handles, users can easily penetrate the probes into the ground and pull them back out. To reach deep beneath the ground’s surface, these soil probes come in varying lengths of 36 to 78 inches. Some of them are even insulated against electrical shock so that users can be protected when they accidentally come in contact with energized utility lines. Insulated soil probes have already been tested to 50,000 volts, which goes to show that they are some of the safest probes to use.