Hi, I just purchased a GB amp/Volt clamp on tester Model GCM-221.
I tried to measure the amps of a wire, and after clamping the tester around the wire, I was unable to obtain anything. After a quick check in the manual, it states u have to take the reading from either the Hot or the nuetral wire, not both.
Is this a lower end model and thus why I have to clamp on a single wire (Hot or Nuetral) to get an amp reading, or do all of these testers work this way?
It's not because it's a lower end model (if it is). It's because +120 and -120 cancel each other out to zero. I don't know of ANY amp-clamp that will read amperage when clamped over both sides of a cable.
If it is just a plug in item you are checking there are adapter available. You plug the adapter into the wall and then plug the item into the adapter. Then you clamp the meter around the loop in the splitter.
Sometimes I feel like if I answer any more questions it is like someone trying to climb over a fence to jump off a bridge and me giving them a boost.
Answers based on the 2008 & 2011 NEC.