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#16394 - 11/10/02 10:33 PM ceiling heat cable repair
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Loc: Oregon
I used to use an old a.m. transistor radio to find noisy breaks in ceiling heat cable. Just wondering what everybody else does to find the breaks and make repairs.

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#16395 - 11/11/02 02:18 PM Re: ceiling heat cable repair
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How do you do that?

A buddy of mine (who was crashing at my place a long time ago) and is a computer nut once used my pocket AM radio (while I was out at work) to trace a break in the phone wire tacked to the wall.

I don't know how he found the broken wire. He was a bit schizo (in the true sense of the word) so I never got him to focus on it long enough for him to tell me....

[This message has been edited by SvenNYC (edited 11-11-2002).]

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#16396 - 11/12/02 10:51 PM Re: ceiling heat cable repair
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No big deal, just turn up the T-stat and move the transister radio (tuned between stations so all you get is noise) around the ceiling area to locate the spot that makes the most electrical noise..there's usually a carbon trail in the break for some leakage to occur.. enough arcing and sparking to zero in on the bad spot. Of course, this is all done after just scoping things out for home owner or renter swag hook installations, or discolored areas of the ceiling, etc.

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#16397 - 11/13/02 07:37 AM Re: ceiling heat cable repair
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Registered: 08/07/01
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Loc: North Salem, IN 46165
Hi guys,

Haven't visited or posted here in a while. but this is exactly what I needed.

Does anyone here who works on ceiling cable heat have a source for the cable? My local suppliers either can't seem to find any, or don't care to.

By the way, I always used a Tic-Tracer to locate breaks. Energize one side of the cable, and follow 'til the tic stops. Then follow it on the other leg 'til it stops. There's your break. Not really that simple in reality, only in direction

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#16398 - 11/13/02 11:19 PM Re: ceiling heat cable repair
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Registered: 11/14/02
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Loc: California
I always used to use a neon transformer.
it would cause an immediate arc across the break in the wire. I never had any problems finding a break. Use a crimp barrel to splice it, then use some of that accoustic spray in a can to cover it up. I'm not sure if that is considered an accessible connection or not.

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