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Triplett Fox & Hound HotWire 3388 Live Wire Circuit Tracing Kit with Tone Generator and Probe
|Price:||$159.34 & FREE Shipping. Details|
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|UPC||012300051651 , 614395001247 , 584814534253 , 031111418231 , 132017624754 , 881119932112|
|EAN||0132017624754 , 0584814534253 , 0012300051651 , 7241870614703 , 0614395001247 , 0881119932112 , 1374920791355 , 0031111418231|
|Item Weight||2.8 pounds|
|Number of Items||1|
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(a) the price, in view of what my local supply shops were asking for similar Ideal and Fluke products (neither of which could do live circuits), and
(b) my network cable tracer, which in the past has worked on AC wiring in a pinch, but doesn't have great range
I used this unit to trace a ridiculously long bedroom circuit that had a mystery short. I traced something close to 200' of 15 gauge, including through a section of 18" concrete floor that has a 6-inch topping slab on 2 inches of foam insulation over it, and also through about 50' of 12 inch concrete wall, loaded with double rebar.
Steering this probe requires a bit of patience, trial and error, and disconnecting a few junction boxes along the way. There's the potential for bleedover into parallel wires, and the signal will propagate through common neutrals (actually a good thing -- caught a few that shouldn't have been!), but with a little bit of attentive use it becomes pretty easy to figure out good from bad leads.
As others have stated, NOT a good circuit breaker finder. It'll do in a pinch, but I recommend spending the few bucks on the dedicated tool if that's what you need.
The live wire function works flawlessly, the tone generator is adequately loud and discernible, and I got much more use out of the continuity tester than I imagined, mainly because it was already connected to the wires, vs. disconnecting and clipping up my multimeter.
So while this tracer doesn't work miracles and has a bit of a learning curve, it's really great at what it does, especially for the price. Wholehearted recommendation.
Ended up using my 20yr old cat5 toner(has alligator clips) to trace from receptacle box to receptacle box & then to panel.
And on the baseball game, home team won :)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
When I first got this I was a bit underwhelmed by it. It seemed to bleed into other circuits and it confused me. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kevin
3 stars because everytime i try to use it there is a radio station that gets crossed with my toner signal making it very annoying to use.Published 2 months ago by Julian Carmona
Meh... it kind of works, but not especially well. Save your cash.
I thought this would work like an ethernet toner, sending a pulse that the probe picks up. Read more
Does not do the job as intended too many variables in the manual and lots of AM station feedback, definitely not worth $200 also unhappy with the return policyPublished 7 months ago by Al
You should get a warble noise when tracing the wire. The only noise I'm able to get is AM Radio Station 650. It comes in loud and clear. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Neal