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Old 05-07-2015, 03:51 PM   #1
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Wire Tracing Made Easier

Somewhere along the line of posts about finding various wires in trailers it occurred to me to share a tip I've just naturally used as a consummate geek - using a wire signal tracer.

To that end, unsolicited as it may be, take it for what it may be worth, I created a basic how-to document with non-specific product suggestions.

It should help find orphan, dead-end, open, shorted and other mysteries of wires for anything from phone cabling, TV cable, speakers, lights, etc. with a few other pointers.

Attached here (I hope), and linked to my ham radio presence site NO1PC.ORG Home Page, where I'll be posting an incremental set of articles covering DC to 'light'.

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Old 05-07-2015, 03:55 PM   #2
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Old 05-07-2015, 04:00 PM   #3
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Thank you, good read.
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This is super helpful; thank you! This will save me a lot of time!
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Thanks so much for this information. I do believe that it will help me with my tow vehicle and my Airstream.
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Old 05-10-2015, 01:24 PM   #6
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Thank you for your efforts ...shared!
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Thanks Jim for sharing this excellent worksheet..although i would like to buy a Tracer 200EP seems they are quiet expensive. so, I'm considering this model from Amazon (and others)..what do you think?
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Thanks.

Thanks for the info , another tool for me to buy , I just ordered one from Amazon 😈
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Great article!

Been in telecommunications since 1978. I have had and used many types. LOL, I still have the old yellow Banana (retired now). Invaluable tools in my business. Thank you for sharing this.


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Still have my old 66 block punch-down tool. (And a few 66 blocks here and there.) and other nice telecom tools in my kit.

Just be sure ALL power is off before hooking up the tone generator....they will smoke if you hook to AC by accident.


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Wire tracing

How well do the signal generators pass a signal through the aluminum skin? From your experience it sounds like it has not problem?

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Aluminum will probably attenuate the signal too much. These are primarily designed to trace wires in bundles or identify the ends of a particular wire in a group. It uses capacitance to pick up the signal, so aluminum skin will probably shield it out totally. Worth a try, however.


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