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#217027 - 04/05/16 12:50 PM Finding live buried wires?
Panterawill Offline
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Registered: 03/15/16
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Loc: Ontario
Hey guys. Hope you can help me.
I have a home that definitely has a buried junction box in the drywall. The wires are live and are feeding a chandelier and pot lights. Some load, but not a huge amount.
Its an expensive home and I don't want to start poking holes in the drywall.
Thermal gun? I spoke to a person in the field and he said it wouldn't pick it up unless there was a massive load or bad connection creating a lot of heat.
Any suggestions for electronic tracing devices?
Thanks in advance

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#217028 - 04/05/16 02:44 PM Re: Finding live buried wires? [Re: Panterawill]
HotLine1 Offline


Registered: 04/03/02
Posts: 6791
Loc: Brick, NJ USA
You may want to check this out.....

I had some success with the old model back in the day. Note that I say 'some'.

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#217029 - 04/06/16 11:30 AM Re: Finding live buried wires? [Re: Panterawill]
ghost307 Offline

Registered: 05/09/05
Posts: 881
Loc: Chicago Illinois USA
If it's a metal junction box that's buried a stud finder should have some reaction.
Generally it detects the increased density of the wood but there's a chance that it would also give some lesser indication when it encounters a metal box between studs.
Once you narrow it down you can drill a small hole and look inside the wall with a borescope to try to get the exact location.

#217032 - 04/08/16 07:52 PM Re: Finding live buried wires? [Re: Panterawill]
Trumpy Offline


Registered: 07/05/02
Posts: 8532
Loc: SI,New Zealand
I had a job that was very similar to this some years back.
Not wanting to buy a proper metal detector, I made up a small oscillator that had a coil of wire on a plastic former attached to it, after some initial workshop testing, I took out to the job, long story short, it took a matter of seconds to find the offending joint.
It's pretty poor form joining stuff in a wall though, all the same.
Let's face it, these days if you're not young, you're old - Red Green grin

#217035 - 04/10/16 05:48 AM Re: Finding live buried wires? [Re: Panterawill]
Texas_Ranger Offline

Registered: 12/17/01
Posts: 2332
Loc: Vienna, Austria
I love my tone tracer! It even works with wires inside Bergmann conduit (Orangeburg pipe with a thin outer coating of sheet metal, not earthed) in plastered brick walls. I only have a rather inexpensive one, 85 Euros. Allowed me to spot a buried splice +/- 1 cm! Some moron moved a door (and light switch) by just splicing new wires to the old cloth-covered ones and plastering over the old switch box. I found the splice, patched in a new section of flex conduit instead of the box, pulled new wires through the now complete conduit run and that was it.

#217083 - 04/30/16 06:02 PM Re: Finding live buried wires? [Re: Panterawill]
lesk Offline
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Registered: 01/18/16
Posts: 1
Loc: new jersey
Yes the Amp detector worked well for me

#217090 - 05/01/16 03:29 PM Re: Finding live buried wires? [Re: Panterawill]
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Loc: Brick, NJ USA
Welcome to ECN from another Jersey guy....


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