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    Thermal Imager question

    Does anyone that has or has used one know if they would be any good for locating water pipes in walls or under ground/in concrete floors etc??

    Would something like the Pulsar XQ38 do this?
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    If the pipe was against the inside of the wall and the water was warmer than the wall - then you would see a brighter line (more like a blur line) - but you will not see a pipe like an X Ray.
    The answer really is - no.
    Another point not many know is Thermal will not work looking through glass - like your vehicle window/windscreen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarvo View Post
    Another point not many know is Thermal will not work looking through glass - like your vehicle window/windscreen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarvo View Post
    Another point not many know is Thermal will not work looking through glass - like your vehicle window/windscreen.
    Yeah, ain't that a bitch for spotlighting...

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    What about Velvet on a Stag Jan/Feb - like Glow Sticks waving at ya

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    What about Velvet on a Stag Jan/Feb - like Glow Sticks waving at ya

    Just between you few and me - if you want price on Mono (handheld Thermal or Night Vision Armasight/Pulsar) drop me a PM

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    Actually it's nothing to do with being warm pipes or water - it's the temp difference that counts
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    And actually thermal cameras are used for checking underfloor pipes and systems

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    Quote Originally Posted by Huntn View Post
    Does anyone that has or has used one know if they would be any good for locating water pipes in walls or under ground/in concrete floors etc??

    Would something like the Pulsar XQ38 do this?
    Cheers.
    Thats a creative excuse to buy a thermal .... "mr tax man I really need it to find water pipes"
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    Quote Originally Posted by faregame View Post
    And actually thermal cameras are used for checking underfloor pipes and systems
    Sell him one then

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    Quote Originally Posted by faregame View Post
    Actually it's nothing to do with being warm pipes or water - it's the temp difference that counts
    and the difference is exactly ?? You are talking in riddles
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarvo View Post
    and the difference is exactly ?? You are talking in riddles
    That is what salesmen do
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    They show the difference in temparture - regardless of hot or cold

    Ideally you need a calibrated radiometric camera to find the pipes and give proper measurements
    It also depends on performance of the camera as well - they range from similar to the outdoors models to a lot better
    Also depends on what you are looking at on the surface concrete, dirt etc
    - that's from a professional aspect - for the tax man too - best to think security for them

    The outdoors models also operate on the same principles; but aren't calibrated and show it all relative to what's in the image; but you don't know what the actual temp difference is

    They are generally good enough to show what you want for someone looking for pipes etc
    Also for spotting missing insulation etc in homes
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    XQ38s will show the underfloor heating pipes in my concrete floor when they have been heating for a couple of hrs. It shows studs behind gib but a bit fuzzy. Haven't been able to see any pipes or wiring. No you cant see through glass but you do see reflections of heat in glass which find a bit freaky.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sneeze View Post
    XQ38s will show the underfloor heating pipes in my concrete floor when they have been heating for a couple of hrs. It shows studs behind gib but a bit fuzzy. Haven't been able to see any pipes or wiring. No you cant see through glass but you do see reflections of heat in glass which find a bit freaky.
    That’s amazing (no sarcasm)
    We don't have power or such luxuries here in the bush :-((
    I remember my parent back in 70's were early ones to get underfloor heating in concrete floor - disaster it was

 

 

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