does anyone have experience with the GB Circuit Breaker Finder
(Get-1200)? Ace Hardware near me sells this. I would like purchase a
good reliable circuit tracer to:
-map out by circuit panel
-investigate certain issues with some switches in the house.
Are there any Circuit Finder/Tracers you can recommend?
Save your money and use a radio or a lamp and flip the circuit breakers on
and off. I'm an electrician who has circuit tracers and several meters, but
the tester that I use the most consists of a rough service light bulb
screwed into a pigtail socket. Sometimes I will put one of my flasher
buttons in the socket and use my analog ammeter to find the circuit. The
circuit tracers are nice, but many times you get false readings and need to
continuously adjust the sensitivity to pin down the correct circuit. I
usually reserve the tracers to situations where you cannot flip circuit
breakers on and off to find the correct one such as in an office building.
My favorite tracers are the ones made by Amprobe. They used to be Paser
until Amprobe bought the company.
As others have suggested, a lamp or radio is great for ID'ing sockets
and breakers. But if you need to find wiring inside a wall, the
circuit tracers can't be beat. I've got one from Radio Shack and it
works exactly as expected. In the breaker panel, things can be a bit
ambiguous but the sensitivity control helps a great deal.
Check Amazon they have a few reviews.
I purchased a 'version' of this type of circuit finder, and found it
unreliable (not 100%) in finding circuit breakers. I strongly believe
with that, the idea of tracing wires in a wall seem unrealistic.
As for a circuit tracer for wires, I've been eyeing an IDEAL model.
Expensive so didn't run out and get one. Sorry.
As for problems with switches, maybe posting the symptoms will get you
tom @ www.Consolidated-Loans.info
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