simple earth checking?

Had to remove a socket to do a spot of tiling, and found that the earth wire to a spur socket was not properly connected, probably due to 3 sets of cables in the box. After tiling I reconnected the earth. Now I would like to check that the earth has in fact stayed connected. Is there a simple way to do this for a non-knowledgeable diyer who has a 5.00 Maplins meter?
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On Wed, 30 Jul 2003 22:07:36 +0100, "michael cane"

Go back to Maplins and buy a Socket Tester, about 4-99. It plugs into the socket, displays LEDs, and tests for more than just earth connection.
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IMHO, this does nothing a DVM won't, although it's quicker.
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Olav Marjasoo wrote:

Agreed, and to test it better than that would need serious test gear.
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Before the days that earth loop resistance meters were common, and things were protected by re-wirable fuses, I used to put a short from line to earth then switch on. If it blew the fuse, the earth was ok.
But there are hazards with this approach, so I'm not recommending it today.
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Given that you not only need low resistance, but the ability to take full fault current, isn't it safer to do this than trust to an ohmeter?
If it blows a 13A fuse in a sshort circuit, surely thats an indication there's a "prarper" earth.
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Oh, I used to use a plug with no fuse, and expect the 30 amp ring fuse to blow.;-)
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