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    I'm sure you have the idea by now, just thought i would give you another horror story. I used a circuit tester when moving wiring in a wall. It read hot, I assumed it was a full 110 volt. continued with my wiring, sealed up the wall pugged refrig. in,,, no worky. tested outlet w/ multimeter 6.4 volts. enough to light "hot stik" NOT enough to light refrig. Had to rewire entire kitchen after I had finished walls(wife not happy).Upon inspection found original electrican had "back fed" some of the house. Sounds like you are in a similar situation.

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    Circuit testers and " No Contact " voltage testers are junk , in my less than humble opinion .

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    Testers do have a purpose rough testing for energized wiring but certainly won't tell what the voltage is. There is no denying a volt meter is the best way to go.
    Last edited by canuk; 09-15-2007 at 07:37 AM.

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    Just curious, how do you guys feel about wiggys? Not really a voltage tester, but they do show an energized conductor and the rough voltage it's got running to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by A. Spruce View Post
    Just curious, how do you guys feel about wiggys? Not really a voltage tester, but they do show an energized conductor and the rough voltage it's got running to it.
    Maybe for " homeowner use " , they're OK . I can't use them in my type of work , so I don't have much experience with one .

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    While I never use them ...I'd have to agree for general purpose testing they're fine but if I'm using contact leads might as well use a volt meter.

    For example I recall a situation where instrumentation at a plant would be acting up , the feeling was a power issue. The plant electrician used a "wiggy" and said everything seemed ok yet when I used my volt meter I found they were only being feed 102 volts and fluctuating down to 98 volts.

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