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  1. *selah*

    *selah* Guest

    We've got a problem in apartments that have been renovated. The
    electricians sometimes run wires to outlets, etc. that they don't
    connect to power or neutral. Is there a circuit tester that can trace
    wires that are not connected?
     
  2. Robert Baer

    Robert Baer Guest

    RadioShack (Micronta) 23-1521 / 23-115 are AC electrostatic sensors;
    when close to a powered line, the LED lights up.
    A.W. Sperry (model number unknown) also made a similar unit that was
    about 10 times more sensitive, with an adjustable sensitivity and piezo
    sounder.
    They all use a CMOS logic IC (MC14069UB or HCF4069UB) to get the
    sensitivity and gain; they runoff of 3V supplied by 2 cells that last
    "forever".
    Such an item may also be uaseful.
     
  3. Jamie

    Jamie Guest

    yes, look on the internet for a Fox & Hound wire tracer.
    there are others also.
     
  4. Ryan Weihl

    Ryan Weihl Guest

    hi
    the original op said the outlets are not connected.
    if the outlets have not been connect then you can trace the wires with
    this method.
    but if the wires from the outlets are not connected at the junction box
    you got to feed a signal into the outlet and find out to which junction
    box they go, or you open each junction box and check the wiring.
    fun!
     
  5. *selah*

    *selah* Guest

    The wires are connected to the outlet but not to anything else. No
    ground, neutral, or hot connection.
     
  6. *selah*

    *selah* Guest

    Actually, I didn't test to see if there is a ground to ground. That
    would make it possible with the tester I have.
     
  7. CJT

    CJT Guest

    You do have to be able to access one end of the wire. The "Fox" imposes
    its own signal, which can then be tracked using the "Hound."
     
  8. Ryan Weihl

    Ryan Weihl Guest

    or you may have the case that the outlets are wired to
    the fuse panel and just no fuse installed or left hanging there to save
    the cost of a breaker.
    rw
     
  9. *selah*

    *selah* Guest

    Are you saying that the fox and hound can trace a wire that isn't
    connected to anything?
     
  10. Jamie

    Jamie Guest

    hmm, you connect the Transmitter in one of the wires in the outlet
    the you use the probe..
    its a 2 piece kit. it will pick up your romx a few inches away..
     
  11. *selah*

    *selah* Guest

    So if it was connected to one end of a wire, you could trace the wire
    without having the other end of the wire connected to anything? With all
    the testers I've seen there's a transmitter and a receiver - and you
    have to have a closed circuit or the transmitter doesn't function.
     
  12. Von Heler

    Von Heler Guest

     
  13. Von Heler

    Von Heler Guest

     
  14. Von Heler

    Von Heler Guest

    yes, look on the internet for a Fox & Hound wire tracer.
    there are others also.
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