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Old 10-23-2008, 09:39 PM   #1
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I recently had to trace a number of wires through a fairly complicated series of light and switch boxes in my home. I remembered mention of using a tone generator to help with finding wires.

I got out my Progressive Electronics 77HP "The Tracer" and 200EP Inductive Amplifier, that I use on network cables. I put it on a wire with the power off, and used the probe to find the other end.

It was amazing, it left no doubt in your mind as to what cable it was. I even used it on a wire back to my panel, and with all the circuits right next to each other, even with all the electrical interference, it was crystal clear which cable you were on.

Just a tool to keep in mind if you ever needs to trace down some wires. I just looked online and you can get both the tone generator and the probe for around $100.

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A small battery and a volt meter would work also. That way you can find the ends of two wires at a time. Just a thought...

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A small battery and a volt meter would work also. That way you can find the ends of two wires at a time. Just a thought...
Yes, good idea. That is a much cheaper way of locating the wires. However it does require contact with the wires. vs a probe only requires you to get next to the wire, even with insulation on it you can normally tell which wire is which. Just a time saving tool....

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Next to the wire ? It seems to me that if that was the case, you would hear the signal thru all the wires that run next to the one you put the signal into then. A continuity beeper would be very dependable too, but you would need a very long jumper in alot of cases. Dennis
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Next to the wire ? It seems to me that if that was the case, you would hear the signal thru all the wires that run next to the one you put the signal into then. A continuity beeper would be very dependable too, but you would need a very long jumper in alot of cases. Dennis
Yes, through the insulation. It is very very clear which wire the tone generator is on. Leaves no question in your mind. Very easy to use. Next time I have to trace a wire I will try to remember to shoot a digital video of it and upload it.

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ok, so the signal is louder on the one your actually touching with the probe. Nifty tool...
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You don't have to "actually touch" anything. Keyword here is induction.

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