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#41817 - 09/10/04 05:05 AM Equipment ground at receptacle
Frank Cinker Offline

Registered: 07/29/01
Posts: 317
Loc: Pennsylvania
What is the easiest way to test for adequate grounding integrity at a receptacle outlet?
I suppose just plugging in a simple circuit checker would be okay. Does anyone else do it different?

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#41818 - 09/10/04 09:04 AM Re: Equipment ground at receptacle
CTwireman Offline

Registered: 02/07/02
Posts: 839
Loc: Connecticut, USA
I use a plug-in tester or a VolCon.

Whenver I encounter questionable installations, removal of the device and inspection of the wiring is in order.


#41819 - 09/10/04 10:44 AM Re: Equipment ground at receptacle
amp-man Offline

Registered: 06/23/01
Posts: 144
Loc: Sacto, California US of A
The Ideal Sure-Test.

About $200 and worth every penny.

Measures impedance of each current-carrying condictor and the equipment ground. Measures voltage drop under load. Does a few other cool things.

I do a lot of old work and couldn't get along without it.


#41820 - 09/10/04 02:17 PM Re: Equipment ground at receptacle
dereckbc Offline

Registered: 10/08/03
Posts: 158
Loc: Tulsa, OK
I use the Sure test for inspections and testing. Great product. However if you want a "poor-mans" version use a 1500 watt blow dryer and volt meter. Measure the voltage between N-G with the blow dryer on the "high" setting. Should see around 3 volts or less. Bad reading would be around 0 or above 3.

#41821 - 09/10/04 08:19 PM Re: Equipment ground at receptacle
Jps1006 Offline

Registered: 01/22/04
Posts: 609
Loc: Northern IL
derek, could you explain why? I don't quite follow how that works.


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