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Triplett 3388 HotWire Fox & Hound Live Wire Circuit Tracing Kit


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Specifications for this item
Brand Name Triplett
Part Number 3388
UPC 614395001247 , 163120430536 , 132017624754
EAN 0614395001247 , 0163120430536 , 0132017624754
Import Designation Made in USA or Imported
Item Weight 2.6 pounds
Number of Items 1
Size Name 12.2500" l x 11.2500" w x 3.2500" h x
UNSPSC Code 43222643

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Product Features

  • Handheld wire and cable tracing kit for finding live wires on 120V and 220V circuits in walls, ceilings, and floors
  • Inductive tracer indicates magnetic fields with audio and visual signals
  • Tone generator has a warble or pulsed tone with adjustable pitch for guiding tracer to wires
  • Tracer has field effect transistor (FET) for detecting electrical fields and integrated circuit (IC) for detecting frequency
  • Kit includes tone generator, inductive tracer, and carrying case


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 11.1 x 4 inches ; 2.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0046SPMG4
  • Item model number: 3388
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,439 in Industrial & Scientific (See Top 100 in Industrial & Scientific)
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Frequently Bought Together

Triplett 3388 HotWire Fox & Hound Live Wire Circuit Tracing Kit + Triplett 9650 Breaker Sniff-It Type 2 Digital Circuit Breaker Locator, 250 VAC + Klein Tool 69411 Circuit Breaker Finder Accessory Kit
Price for all three: $195.80

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Product Description

The Triplett 3388 handheld wire and cable tracing kit for finding live wires on 120V and 220V circuits has an inductive tracer with audio and visual signals, and a tone generator that has a warble or pulsed tone, with adjustable pitch. The tracer has a field effect transistor (FET) for detecting electrical fields, and integrated circuit (IC) for detecting frequency. The tracer beeps and flashes a red light to indicate magnetic fields. The tone generator uses a warble or pulsed tone with adjustable pitch to overcome interference, and guide the tracer to wires. The tracer and tone generator are each cased in acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) plastic for strength and light weight. The tracer can detect a signal from the tone generator up to three feet away in open air. This kit can be used to locate buried wires up to six inches deep, and trace wires up to 1,000 feet long. The kit has a one year warranty, and is often used by home remodelers and in the telephone, electrical, and security industries to identify specific wires, trace their path, and find malfunctioning sections.

The tone generator connects to live wires with either a 2 ft. or 5 ft. test lead, with interchangeable ends that accept flat or pointed test probes, or alligator clips (included). The tracer has an earphone jack that accepts a 1/8” (3.5 mm), 8 to 50 Ohms mono or stereo earphone plug, and automatically mutes the speaker. Tone generator dimensions are 3.5 x 4.5 x 1.5 inches (H x W x D). (H is height, the vertical distance from lowest to highest point; W is width, the horizontal distance from left to right; D is depth, the horizontal distance from front to back.) Tracer dimensions are 1-7/8" (diameter) speaker, 1-3/8" (diameter) body, 7-1/2" (length). The tone generator can be powered by AC current when connected to an AC line or by a 9V battery (sold separately). The tracer operates on a 9V battery (sold separately).

Wire tracers are used to locate wires in walls or underground locations. They identify circuit breakers and short or open circuits, which break electrical connections and prevent optimal electrical flow. Wire tracers are commonly used by home remodelers, and in the telephone, electrical, and video industries.

Triplett manufactures test equipment for electricians, home security installers, and telecommunications technicians. The company, founded in 1904, is headquartered in Manchester, NH.

What’s in the Box?

  • Triplett HotWire Fox 3388-FOX
  • Triplett HotWire Hound 3388-HOUND
  • 2 ft. test leads 79-805 (quantity 2)
  • 5 ft. test leads 79-806 (2)
  • Pointed test probes (2)
  • Flat test probes (2)
  • Alligator clips, modular 79-803 (2)
  • Alligator clips, screw-on 79-813 (2)
  • Carrying case 10-4300
  • Instructions 84-877



Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Nick on December 4, 2012
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This device works exactly as described. I was able to trace energized and non-energized wire without much hassle. Once you understand the product and read the manual you can use this product effectively with minimal issues. I was able to trace my dog fence, some live outlets throughout my house and now I am going to take it to work (I am a Master Electrician). It has a feature called "TrueTrace" which helped me identify the exact wire I was looking for. I did use this to identify a breaker, but it is hard because if you read the manual this product is not specifically designed to find breakers. That is why they have certain products that do just that. I will admit I was wiry because of the reviews, but figured I could return if it did not meet my criteria. It went above my expectations. Now that I have used this product I am going to take a look at other triplett products. Overall, product worked well, felt well built, and was designed well.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gloria Artus on November 13, 2013
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My daughter called to say they had no electricity in the master bath of a home we own so my husband went over and systematically went through every outlet, switch, etc. in the master bath. He checked out the attic where power came down to the ceiling fan in the master bedroom. He found absolutely nothing wrong. No flipped breaker, no loose/broken wiring, etc. We were at the point where we had to call an electrician when he said that if he could trace the circuits we could save the hundreds of dollars for an electrician. We found this on Amazon and bought it. Works like a charm. Found out that the bedroom beside the master had a broken wire in a receptacle where the builder had tapped off of to bring power to the master bathroom. After the broken wire was replaced by my husband the master bedroom was no longer dark. My husband has many years of experience with electricity even though he is not an electrician. I'm not sure I'd recommend someone unfamiliar with electricity doing what he did with the receptacles/switches/fans. The unit is now in Ohio where our brother-in-law is having a similar problem.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 7, 2012
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I have tried other versions of these kind of tracers but this one works better than I would have anticipated. I was able to easily find wiring behind drywall/shear wall construction. Many similar (and cheaper) tracers can't do this. I have to assume that it is because this one has a better receiver/probe than others. As far as I can determine, it can see hidden cables up about 6 inches away but it can be significantly less depending upon what you are looking through. For example, concrete tends to block the signal. However, for most applications, I would tend to believe that this would do the job; it worked great for my applications.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark J. on February 14, 2014
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This is a pretty good unit for tracing wires behind the walls and through the attic. They do warn though, that if your traced wire gets bundled anywhere, you will have signal bleed into those adjacent wires. You do. You can scale back the signal strength to combat this though. In my case, It's pretty much hopeless trying to find a particular breaker attached to an outlet though. At least 8 breakers had a VERY strong signal, none of which were the actual breaker I was looking for. They include the true trace functionality that should help in this case, but they make a reference that it's not to be used with the packaged hound. Eh, just leaves room for more accessories to compliment the signal generator.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Wes Guy on February 7, 2014
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Getting the right sensitivity setting is tough, but it does some pretty long runs. Got it 'cause my electrician had one and I was chasing wires myself. Finding the 'plug in' sensors better(for circuit breakers) as when chasing circuits, turning off breaker shuts off the sender. This unit sends no matter what. Find the Model 3399 a little better for chasing the open circuits...
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I'm not an electrician so I don't trace circuits often. But I am an electrical engineer and do most of my own electrical maintenance.

I used the Fox & Hound to trace an unenergized line between a junction box and a switch. It saved a lot of holes in the drywall, so it's paid for itself already. (Drywall may be cheap but my time isn't.) I wish I'd had this tool the last time I went on an Easter egg hunt to trace a circuit.

Your mileage may vary: I have not used the Fox & Hound to find a breaker nor to trace a circuit in conduit, so I can't say how well it works for those problems.
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By rick cropsey jr on April 28, 2014
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was a little different than any other tracer i've used before but after a little bit working with it ive found it to be simpl and mostly accurate. very nice tool
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By Joe Van Ryzin on February 26, 2014
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I had read reviews and the manufacturers info and I would say that it preformed as advertised. I think if it was used often it would probably work in many cases. If you want some thing that works better I think you will need to spend a lot more money.
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