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Old 10-28-2008, 04:01 PM   #16
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IMO testing to ground is not always a good indicator. As you point out "if the ground is good"? What if it's not. The point being the fan does not need a ground to operate, so why test to ground when the circuit neutral is present.

I really do not understand what you guys mean by the extension cord method. If you could clarify what this method is, I will be more than happy to retract my statement.......Thanks John
Then you use the neutral. All you do is get an extension cord, plug it in somewhere, use the neutral from that cord to determine the voltage.

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Old 10-28-2008, 06:12 PM   #17
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Then you use the neutral. All you do is get an extension cord, plug it in somewhere, use the neutral from that cord to determine the voltage.
Exactly, either use the neutral (assuming you know which side if neutral from the outlet you pluged it into), or if the ground is good, (i.e. if at the outlet the cord is pluged into hot to ground is 120v) then you use the ground as one leg of the testing. (and using the ground you know your not accidentally testing hot to hot)

I've used this method myself in the past, and have seen it talked about on here before. I didn't consider it crazy dangerous, but my prespective on what perfectly safe and whats crazy dangerous sometimes conflict with reality.

So I will leave it open to others to make commentary as to the risk level of this particular task.

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