Isn't it kind of dangerous holding you meter while using one hand to insert the test pins into the circuit like that?
The red probe could slip and the metal could touch your finger, couldn't it?
I always put the meter on a surface and use two separate hands to hold each probe (stick neutral in first and then the hot).
Joe: Was this an outside receptacle or in a courtyard? It sure looks like it was a picture taken outside.
Thinkgood: That looks like the old receptacles in my apartment. Although mine were two-hole instead of three-hole.
After a while, enough paint leaks into the holes and covers up the contacts, rendering the device unusable, even if the holes are still open.
Sometimes the devices are so old and the contacts have lost their spring-action that the only things holding the plug into the socket are the layers upon layers of paint!!
On another note, what do you guys think about the practice of removing box covers and covering the device with masking-tape prior to painting?
[This message has been edited by SvenNYC (edited 01-17-2003).]