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    Identify outlets by yourself.

    Identify outlets by yourself.

    I often have to figure out wich breaker services an outlet alone. Some are cracked and or damaged in some way but still have not tripped the breaker.

    If there's power to the suspect outlet I simply plug in my radio and turn it up so I can hear it at the breaker box. Keep a flashlight handy as one could end up in the dark.

    Turn off each breaker (and back on if radio still plays) until radio is confirmed to be "off".

    Use a meter at outlet to be sure you have isolated the power source.

    Replace oulet and unisolate and test .

    I just thought I'd throw it out there as I do this all the time on resedentual property I own.

    P.S. anything over 4160 KV YOU should have a buddy with you although back in the
    day I did it myself but did wear PPE. This is for home trouble shooting only. Simple receptial work.

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    ^

    A simple way to do I suppose. Good idea to double check though before touching any exposed wires.

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    Not forgetting of course to write the circuit description next to the breaker concerned?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishlocker
    Turn off each breaker (and back on if radio still plays) until radio is confirmed to be "off".
    If you had just left this line out there might have been few people scratching their heads wondering how you could hear the radio through the wires..

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    4,160,000 volts?
    Ouch don't get within 6 meter. It will jump that far

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    Oops. I meant 4160v. The 6.9 kv crank out I have not done for 8 to 10 years. And oh yes any energized breaker will jump.

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    Not rocket science I suppose.....6kv at an outlet...? Factory or what?

    Better throw the main breaker and use 'continuity' on a meter..bit of wire short L to N or ground at outlet.....observe meter at breaker panel.

    When I wired our house,prior to power on,hooked up an old car battery with crocodile clips, similarly equipped lamp at outlets and lighting points... good way to check all switches etc and identify possible f/u's...a lot of walking, without a buzzer or bell though..shoulda bought a door bell...55

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    Dunno but being a lazy old bugger:
    If I discovered a dodgy domestic outlet I would just turn of the power and install a new outlet..a couple of bucks, twenty minutes tops to remove disconnect and connect three wires?? Guess that would piss off the western 50 bucks an hour sparkies though...

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    I'm lazy and work alone. So in many old houses the breaker box is poorly labeled. So if I simply want to replace an outlet that is old, damaged but not yet shorted I simply plug in a boom box and crank it so I can hear it in the "basement" or where ever. Then open each breaker until I find the one powering that outlet.

    I did say I was lazy. Then use a meter to verify. Then fill out a lock out tag out form, lock out the breaker and submit it for verification. Now the verifier has his butt on the line. Fill out more paper work bla bla bla...... Nice to work alone on "MY' stuff. So simple.

    Thank goodness for the Mark V1e (DCS). No more manual sync of TGs. Have not done that for over ten years. Have not had to split the bus between multiple TGs either. The good old days.
    Last edited by fishlocker; 31-12-2015 at 12:42 PM.

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