ECN Electrical Forum - Discussion Forums for Electricians, Inspectors and Related Professionals
ECN Shout Chat
Top Posters(30 Days)
Potseal 11
Recent Posts
600 KW 120/208 3 Phase Y protection
by Yooperup. 07/21/17 09:27 AM
1913 American Electrician's Handbook
by gfretwell. 07/20/17 01:08 PM
Green House wiring
by ghost307. 07/20/17 09:10 AM
Permit Snafus...AHJs and Contractors Jump in
by HotLine1. 07/18/17 08:06 PM
New in the Gallery:
SE cable question
Popular Topics(Views)
239,222 Are you busy
174,623 Re: Forum
167,049 Need opinion
Who's Online Now
0 registered members (), 57 guests, and 9 spiders.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Rate This Thread
Page 1 of 2 1 2
#40271 - 07/17/04 01:37 PM Why a Megger?  
DougW  Offline
Joined: Jun 2003
Posts: 1,143
North Chicago, IL
(Not the Brand Name "Megger", but...)

Re-equipping my truck, and the Wife asked if there was anything I needed that I didn't have before. Seeing my chance to buy some toys, (hehehe [Linked Image] ) I suggested a few things off the top of my head, and then told her I needed to think about some others.

Perhaps I'm showing the limits of my experience here, but, since we pride ourselves in continually learning, I'll ask the question. What's a megohmmeter used for?

I know the primary use is to check insulation integrity, but how often do you use one? What are the other uses? Will the $249.00 one work as well as the $1899.00 one for "basic" use? Do I need one for resi work?

Just need to satisfy my brain on this.

Thanks in advance,


Work Gear for Electricians and the Trades

#40272 - 07/17/04 02:16 PM Re: Why a Megger?  
twh  Offline
Joined: Mar 2004
Posts: 916
Regina, Sask.
Maybe I'll show the limits of my experience, too. I have a cheap megger that I bought through ebay.

I've never used a megger on residential work. My main use is to confirm that a motor is good. Most ground faults in a motor can be read with an ohmmeter. Apparently they are a good tool for preventative maintenance, but I never get called until something has failed.

So, when the customer has a motor that they are going to install, or start, and I am asked to check it, I hit it with 500 or 1000 volts just to cover my ass.


#40273 - 07/17/04 02:59 PM Re: Why a Megger?  
Bjarney  Offline
Joined: Apr 2002
Posts: 2,527
West-Southern Inner-Northeast ...
An ohmmeter is effectively a low-voltage DC source, with measurement of current when the low-voltage source is applied to an electrical assembly—displaying resistance according to Ohm’s Law for the actual voltage and current.

Meg-o-meters are also resistance-measuring devices, but work at a much higher voltage, [250-5,000 VDC] to better stress insulation in an electrical assembly.

Meg-o-meter use often depends on policy of your employer or client. With experience, they can be indispensable for insulation testing.

#40274 - 07/17/04 04:00 PM Re: Why a Megger?  
pauluk  Offline
Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 7,520
Norfolk, England
I wouldn't be without one. They're very handy for finding leakage on motor windings, as already mentioned, or testing for suspected moisture incursion, and so on.

Under British "code," an insulation test is also specified for all newly installed wiring anyway, so a megger is considered an essential piece of equipment here. Our "Regs." specify a 500V DC test voltage for all 1-ph 240V and 3-ph 240/415V systems.

I have a couple of portable meggers, switchable ranges and with test voltages from 25V to 1000V.

#40275 - 07/17/04 06:57 PM Re: Why a Megger?  
DougW  Offline
Joined: Jun 2003
Posts: 1,143
North Chicago, IL
Thanks to all who've replied so far.

The only time I've ever seen a need in my usual work was the unusual case of submitting a bid for a buddy who was looking at buying a house that had been involved in a fire. Our mutual friend (a County AHJ) suggested hooking a megger to any conductors not removed due to obvious fire area involvement to "prove" integrity for house inspection by the insurance company.

#40276 - 07/17/04 07:20 PM Re: Why a Megger?  
Roger  Offline
Joined: May 2002
Posts: 1,716
Doug, I agree with the others, but I'll add that unless you're doing alot of big commercial or industrial work that would require the calibrated results of a high dollar meter, I would go with an economy meter of a good name or quality.

Tell your wife that you need a megger and an Ideal Sure Test with the AFCI tester.

Tell her that these two meters must work together. [Linked Image]


#40277 - 07/17/04 09:24 PM Re: Why a Megger?  
LK  Offline
Joined: Jan 2003
Posts: 1,429
New Jersey
We use the megger on every pipe job, today we megged the wires for a pool instalation, last week we megged a take-over job, we use it more for residential work then commercial or industrial.
Buy that megger, and use it, checking your installation is the way it should be done, as years have passed the just get it done attitude is a standard practice.

#40278 - 07/17/04 11:54 PM Re: Why a Megger?  
Bjarney  Offline
Joined: Apr 2002
Posts: 2,527
West-Southern Inner-Northeast ...

#40279 - 07/18/04 12:33 AM Re: Why a Megger?  
golf junkie  Offline
Joined: Apr 2001
Posts: 507
York, NE
Besides the uses allready listed I use mine often for troubleshooting direct buried wire ground faults.

#40280 - 07/18/04 01:49 AM Re: Why a Megger?  
Trumpy  Offline

Joined: Jul 2002
Posts: 8,217
SI,New Zealand
Bjarney and Paul said it all!. [Linked Image]
The Megger that I use has 250, 500 and 1000V ranges on it.
Like Paul said above, I would just stay at home if I didn't have a Megohm meter, a very useful and essential piece of kit, don't leave the house without it!. [Linked Image]

Let's face it, these days if you're not young, you're old - Red Green grin

Page 1 of 2 1 2

Member Spotlight
lil suzi
lil suzi
Posts: 57
Joined: August 2003
Show All Member Profiles 

2017 NEC and Related
2017 NEC
Now Available!

Shout Box
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.6.0
Page Time: 0.016s Queries: 15 (0.003s) Memory: 0.8198 MB (Peak: 0.9956 MB) Zlib enabled. Server Time: 2017-07-23 04:48:37 UTC