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#130073 - 01/31/06 12:51 PM Time Domain Reflectometers  
maintenanceguy  Offline
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Can a TDR be used to find faults in electrical installations. I know they'll work on long cable runs but if you tried to use one to find an open wire in a building, would you get a bounce off of every wire nut, lug, and terminal screw between you and the open?


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#130074 - 01/31/06 06:34 PM Re: Time Domain Reflectometers  
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Yes, you would see every splice and tap, but the reflections from those would be a lot smaller than the reflection from the open conductor.


#130075 - 02/02/06 01:28 AM Re: Time Domain Reflectometers  
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I don't think that it would be the technology of choice to hunt down an open in a building though. I would think that some sort of signal injection and sniffing scheme would serve better than a TDR in that application.
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