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Old 12-04-2012, 02:08 PM   #1
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I'm running power to a kitchen island. I have an access panel in my basement under my kitchen sink area. I see romex running up into the wall, and I'm 95% sure it runs up to the GFI outlet to the left of my sink. That would be the perfect line to tap into.

I usually plug a light into an outlet I'm about to work with, then kill the power - if the light goes off - I'm OK. And I'm sure I'm working with the box/outlet/romex running to THAT outlet.

But in this case - I can't be 100% sure where that romex goes. Sure, a light might go off plugged into the GFI outlet above. But that doesn't tell me that the romex I see in the basement 100% runs to that outlet.

I need a way to test the romex line AND have the light go off at the same time. Then I know it's the right line.

Is there some tool or way to do this?

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Yes, it is posted on here all of the time. There is a unit you plug into an outlet, then you use the receiver to find what breaker it is.

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Yeah, but I'm saying even with that, I still don't know if the romex line going up into the wall in my basement ceiling is THAT outlet. In other words, it's easy for me to tell what outlet has the power off.

But how can I tell if a piece of romex is actually going to THAT outlet?

If there something that you can touch to the romex to see if it's hot - then I kill the breaker and the romex is dead - I know I have it?
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Yeah, but I'm saying even with that, I still don't know if the romex line going up into the wall in my basement ceiling is THAT outlet. In other words, it's easy for me to tell what outlet has the power off.

But how can I tell if a piece of romex is actually going to THAT outlet?

If there something that you can touch to the romex to see if it's hot - then I kill the breaker and the romex is dead - I know I have it?

The last question, yes, a non-contact voltage tester, which can be indispensable safety items at times.

http://www.fluke.com/fluke/caen/elec....htm?PID=56200

You're also asking about a circuit tracer, like this....

http://www.idealindustries.com/prodD...trical_testers

the above also is a non-contact tester like the Fluke, so "two for one", so to speak.
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Use a non contact tester. Plug a radio into the receptacle. Use the tester to verify power on the cable in the basement. Turn of breaker, radio stops. Test wire in basement, it should be dead.

Does that wire go directly to the receptacle? You don't care, it is the right circuit.

Unless the circuit has a GFCI breaker, you will have to install a GFCI recep. at the island.
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Use a non contact tester. Plug a radio into the receptacle. Use the tester to verify power on the cable in the basement. Turn of breaker, radio stops. Test wire in basement, it should be dead.

Does that wire go directly to the receptacle? You don't care, it is the right circuit.

Unless the circuit has a GFCI breaker, you will have to install a GFCI recep. at the island.
Exactly how I would do it.

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