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TheCircuitDetective

  • There is a neon bulb and, I believe, a resistor in series with it. Together, their resistance is enough to let the bulb glow for 80-500 volts (AC or DC) without hurting a person (at 120 volts anyway). At least that it what the one I use consists of.

    Neon Tester -One Prong in your Hand

    • 3 years ago
    • 19,093 views
    I tell you, you won't get shocked, and this is the cheapest electrical tester and the best one for more household purposes than even a multimeter! Master electrician vouches for the usefulness and ...
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  • What Adam says is usually true. However, if almost anything you try to run trips the GFCI, then they are not the problem and neither is the GFCI. Rather, some accidental contact is happening somewhere in the house wiring itself - contact between the neutral and ground further along on the circuit.

    GFCI GFI Outlet -Line Load, and Where's the Red Button?

    • 3 years ago
    • 80,881 views
    GFIs are hiding more than ever. Who can tell if an outlet is a ground-fault interrupter anymore? How can you tell which button to push? This master electrician goes over the basics. Did you know th...
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  • If earth were connected to the terminal where line (hot wire) was still connected, you are right. But hot/ground reverse (when it is literally true - which is very rare) would refer to when the hot wire has not been connected to that "line" terminal of the socket but to the earth terminal. So there is no tripping of the protective device. However, there would be a hazardous energizing (a making hot) of the metal frame of anything plugged into that socket. A shock waiting to happen.

    Hot and Ground Reversed is Not True

    • 3 years ago
    • 111,161 views
    If you get this reading on an outlet tester, don't believe it. That reading is the one that will often show up when the actual condition is the more common one called "open neutral." This master el...
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  • That one (and most rocker switches) can take 12 gauge or 14 gauge solid (not stranded) copper wire under its screws, but only 14 gauge in the push-in holes.

    Rocker 3-Way Switch -Tricky Hookup

    • 3 years ago
    • 94,165 views
    Replacing an old 3-way switch with a new rocker-style one can give you trouble. Master electrician gives a foolproof rule for hooking any 3-way switch up. These switches all have 3 main terminals f...
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  • Any tester can go bad. I recommend using a 7-watt or 15-watt bulb. They last for years. Also, I am not recommending this bulb-tester idea for confirming whether voltage is present, just for whether a voltage that IS present can operate a load.

    Best Electrical Tester for 120 volts

    • 3 years ago
    • 33,364 views
    When an outlet won't work, sometimes your multimeter or other tester will say it should! But the acid test remains running a good old light bulb. This master electrician recommends using such a bul...
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  • I actually do favor pigtailing but not religiously... In regard to dissimilar metals, the metal spiral in a wirenut is also different from the copper it bites hold of. Your comment makes good points.

    A Common Goof Replacing Outlets

    • 3 years ago
    • 358,783 views
    How hard can it be, you say? Watch out for this little pitfall! This master electrician demonstrates one of the ways the "simple" replacement of a receptacle can backfire. Just when you thought you...
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  • Go to my website or call an electrician.

    Circuit Detective & the Jiggle Method

    • 2 years ago
    • 13,983 views
    Henry Homeowner gets advice from Larry, The Circuit Detective, on how to solve an electrical outage using Larry's "Jiggle Method".
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  • I see your point. I did show where to look for line and load on the GFCI. Another video of mine talks a little more about what load is. And if a person is not stuck on learning everything via video, my website tells a lot more about GFCIs.

    GFCI Line versus Load

    • 3 years ago
    • 52,745 views
    How do you know which is which? Master electrician shows you where a GFI outlet tells you the answer. [I thought my eyesight was failing when I tried to read "line" and "load" in English and French...
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  • It probably isn't designed to do that much switching, but might do OK. In addition, most kitchen GFCIs would turn off other outlets in the area, not just your light. Is that OK with you and your people?

    Using GFI or Circuit Breaker as an Electrical Tester

    • 3 years ago
    • 17,779 views
    You don't usually need a multimeter to troubleshoot electrical problems in the home. Among the things already available for you to test with are the circuit's breaker or the ground-fault interrupte...
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