House Stuff

May 1, 2013
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Electrical - Find and Map Electrical outlets and switchs
Electrical - What Circuit breaker does this Electrical outlet go to
Electrical - Where does this outlet come from or go to
Electrical - Is this outlet wired correctly
Electrical - Is this outlet live

Equipment that was used:

  1. Gardner Bender Wire-Tracker Wire Tracer
  2. Gardner Bender 50-600 VAC Circuit Alert Non-Contact Voltage Tester
  3. Klein Tools Digital Circuit Breaker Finder
  4. Klein Tools Circuit Breaker Finder Accessory Kit
  5. Gardner Bender 120 VAC GFCI Outlet Tester
  6. 7 Function Digital Multimeter
  7. Screw Drivers
  8. Pliers
Electrical - Find and Map Electrical outlets and switchs

When you want to find where the wire goes from a receptacle to ....
First if you use Klein Tools Digital Circuit Breaker Finder to find the Circuit breaker in the Electrical box that that outlet is on. Plug the toner into the live outlet, turn on circuit breaker finder and when the circuit breaker finder finds the signal the green arrow will light up. This is the breaker that you are looking for. If you shut off the power to that recepticle. Now if you go back to the recepticle, if you use the Gardner Bender 50-600 VAC Circuit Alert Non-Contact Voltage Tester or 7 Function Digital Multimeter to test that the recepticle has no voltage running to it. You can remove the faceplate and recepticle. You can attach the Gardner Bender Wire-Tracker Wire Tracer to the bare wires. Now you can trace the wire as it goes through your house. Once you are done replace the recepticle and faceplate. Plug in the Gardner Bender 120 VAC GFCI Outlet Tester to the recepticle. Go back to the Electrical box and return the power to that recepticle. When returning to the recepticle you can see if the recepticle is wired correctly.