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    Circuit tracing, power on

    Hello !

    Hope everyone is as good as can be.

    So went to look at a earth works yard and they wanting to get a bit done.

    However I want to do some circuit tracing and proving however I can not turn the power off...

    I have that "socketandsee" thing but I then would often turn circuit off to comfirm so I guess thats an option.

    Anyways wondering if anyone has a cool tip of how else it can be done and if you don't mind sharing it.

    Been racking m brain on ways to do it but to no fruition as yet.

    One was with armoured cables could long lead tone the steel wire armour, may have issues with parallel earth stuff but not sure...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dylboy View Post
    Hello !

    Hope everyone is as good as can be.

    So went to look at a earth works yard and they wanting to get a bit done.

    However I want to do some circuit tracing and proving however I can not turn the power off...

    I have that "socketandsee" thing but I then would often turn circuit off to comfirm so I guess thats an option.

    Anyways wondering if anyone has a cool tip of how else it can be done and if you don't mind sharing it.

    Been racking m brain on ways to do it but to no fruition as yet.

    One was with armoured cables could long lead tone the steel wire armour, may have issues with parallel earth stuff but not sure...

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    Good morning brother

    What an interesting question. Just proves how important comprehensive labelling is.
    I cannot remember ever having to trace circuits without being able to switch off the power.

    I've given this some thought and the only solution I can think of is as follows:

    Connect a known load to the circuit in question through a flip flop timer set at, lets say, 3 seconds. ( a spiral stove plate should work lekker )
    Now you go back to the DB and using your tong tester check the current in each live until you find the one thats changing every 3 seconds.

    That's my contribution.

    Let's see if the other toppies have any other ideas. Like I said .... interesting question.

    Peace out ... Derek Stuart

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    Evening !

    That is a very good contiubituon! Really smart. thank you, that will come in very handy.

    Don't know why I didn't think of a load and then clamp but hey thats what is also so nice about this forum is to ask, chat, discuss and learn

    Agreed with the circuit diagrams and labelling, want to motivate to get the whole electrical installion mapped out, labled and all done properly.
    Hard ask as not many people want to spend bucks at the moment but hey.

    Anyways that was a great tip and idea!

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