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Old 04-16-2012, 04:05 PM   #1
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How To Check Electrical Outlets for the right connection?


I was wondering how I can do that. I know there is a small bunch of testers available, but which one? I am moving into a new place, and want to do this myself. Any ideas are welcome.

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I am moving into a new place, and want to do this myself.
Are you renting or buying?

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The right tester is what is between your nose. The second best one out there costs more than you realize. It generally runs about $290. Ideal Suretest
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You can start with something like this;

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You can start with something like this;

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Ditto. An outlet tester is the place to start. Get one that tests the usual and fault interruption. Trigger and test the fault interruptors with the onboard test switches too.

You will want a simple voltage tester for switches, light and ceiling fan connections, etc. too.



If you get into this, you will find many uses for a multi-tester and learning to use one can save you some money in doing preliminary diagnoses prior to bringing in an electrician. THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR A QUALIFIED ELECTRICIAN THOUGH! When in doubt, or most times even when you are absolutely sure, call one. They are much cheaper than house fires.

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Get the plug in tester first. If your experience grows and you want to do more you can always get a multimeter.
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The right tester is what is between your nose. The second best one out there costs more than you realize. It generally runs about $290. Ideal Suretest
I'm having a hard time understanding this because I only have one nose so how can something be "between" it?
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I'm having a hard time understanding this because I only have one nose so how can something be "between" it?

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Your eyes, goof. If you can not tell visually if something is amiss, then next step is the tester, or vice versa. I never trust the testers, because they can not tell you if there is a "bootlegged" ground, without actually taking the cover plate off the outlets.

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