Please tell me if this would work for identifying the circuit breaker for a partial outage in a residence (breaker not tripped),
Turn off main breaker in panel, and make sure all light/device switches are off. In one of the outlets not working on the circuit, install a jumper wire across hot & neutral. Go to the panel and place one lead of an ohmmeter on the neutral bus bar, then with the other lead probe the individual breaker terminal screws until you get continuity beeper or low resistance. Or would the neutral bus bar connection (with my ohmmeter lead) pose a problem since neutral bus bar would still be connected through meter to transformer? And if the neutral bus bar is also connected to ground, would the ohmmeter current take the path of least resistance and just head for "ground" instead of back through my ohmmeter?
After writing the above, I have just now learned about Klein's TONEcube & PROBEplus Kit, model number VDV 500-808 . Klein rep. told me to remove outlet cover (loosen the outlet screws that hold it in the box) and attach alligator clips to hot & neutral, then scan the breakers at the panel with the handheld receiver.
I assume Fluke's Pro 3000 Tone & Probe Kit would do the same thing and since home depot carries the Fluke unit, will probably buy that one ("he said", without first checking out Klein's price and features). However, would still appreciate knowing if my idea above would work or not with just an ohmmeter. I realize that even if it did, would certainly be quicker to just remove/replace an outlet cover instead of the panel cover, and the Pro 3000 has really good reviews on Amazon.com for tracing cables inside wall also.
After identifying the circuit breaker for the partial outage, then I'm hoping the Pro 3000 hooked up to the hot and neutral (at panel) of this circuit, would trace the cable outbound from the panel and indicate likely spots where an "open" might be - would that work?