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#21038 - 01/26/03 11:00 AM Testing damaged circuits
jes Offline

Registered: 07/12/02
Posts: 103
Loc: CT
In cases where you are called to fire and/or water damage cases what testing do you typically do to assure yourself that circuits which are not destroyed are still serviceable? If megging what value is considered good?? WHat is your damage criteria for removing equipment completely and starting over?? Anyone had callbacks where there were problems down the road on reused circuits/equipment??

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#21039 - 01/26/03 05:19 PM Re: Testing damaged circuits
harold endean Offline

Registered: 02/16/02
Posts: 2248
Loc: Boonton, NJ
You might be able to get a megger and test all of the remaining circuitry. Just a thought.

#21040 - 01/27/03 03:31 PM Re: Testing damaged circuits
jes Offline

Registered: 07/12/02
Posts: 103
Loc: CT
Hi Harold,
What value of resistance would you consider 'good'?? How would you treat the problem from an inspector's standpoint with the EC??

#21041 - 01/27/03 03:46 PM Re: Testing damaged circuits
golf junkie Offline

Registered: 04/22/01
Posts: 511
Loc: York, NE

FWIW....I would like to see >10meg , but would probably accept anything over 1 meg.


#21042 - 01/27/03 08:54 PM Re: Testing damaged circuits
ThinkGood Offline

Registered: 08/07/02
Posts: 1084
Loc: Milwaukee, WI
Pardon my ignorance, but does a "megger" place voltages on the circuit that is tested?

Wouldn't that be dangerous in a situation where there is damage, and one is not certain if insulation is bare, etc?

#21043 - 01/28/03 06:10 AM Re: Testing damaged circuits
pauluk Offline

Registered: 08/11/01
Posts: 7693
Loc: Norfolk, England
Yes, a megger places voltage on the system. In England we typically test normal 240/415V systems at 500V DC.

It's a high voltage, but supplied through a high impedance so that the current is limited, typically 3 or 4mA into a dead short. The 500V level is achieved only if the circuit insulation is good.

I'd be looking for a value of at least 1 meg., although I'd rather let the wiring dry out some more and get it higher before re-applying power.


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