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Help with non contact voltage tester

Post by emtnut » Sun Sep 22, 2019 11:32 am

Take a look at the video, is this normal for a NCVT ?? :shock:


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Re: Help with non contact voltage tester

Post by A. Spruce » Sun Sep 22, 2019 3:52 pm

Pretty sure it's operator error. :? :| :lol:
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Re: Help with non contact voltage tester

Post by Aaron » Sun Sep 22, 2019 11:55 pm

Yeah he didn't push the button on it quite right.

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Post by emtnut » Mon Sep 23, 2019 7:37 am

It made me laugh when I saw it. Glad they didn't edit it out, I think the viewers got a laugh out of it too.

My NCVTs usually work perfect, but I remember showing my Nephew how to use it, and same thing ... it lit up like a christmas tree :lol: (on a dead circuit)

I think they act up when someone is watching you (or when the camera is on) ! :lol:
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Re: Help with non contact voltage tester

Post by A. Spruce » Mon Sep 23, 2019 9:38 am

The EM field of the camera must be what set it off. :wink: :lol:
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Re: Help with non contact voltage tester

Post by Aaron » Mon Sep 23, 2019 3:19 pm

I'm not a fan of those buzz sticks. They always seem to give you a false positive. I prefer using a contact tool, like a multimeter or a simple little voltage tester with leads. It's absolutely definitive with no shadow of doubt whether a circuit is energized or not.

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Re: Help with non contact voltage tester

Post by A. Spruce » Mon Sep 23, 2019 4:48 pm

As do I, I've got an NCVT, but tend to defer to my Wiggy, just no question with that thing.
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Re: Help with non contact voltage tester

Post by Aaron » Mon Sep 23, 2019 8:10 pm

Yeah we know you love your wiggy. :roll: :D :lol: :mrgreen:

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Re: Help with non contact voltage tester

Post by A. Spruce » Mon Sep 23, 2019 10:06 pm

You darn right I love my wiggy, and play with it every chance I get!

Wait, we're still talking about one of these, right?!?!?! :| :?
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Re: Help with non contact voltage tester

Post by Aaron » Mon Sep 23, 2019 10:29 pm

Wtf is that? No, I'm serious. lol

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Re: Help with non contact voltage tester

Post by A. Spruce » Mon Sep 23, 2019 11:15 pm

That, my friend, is a wiggy! I don't even want to know where your dirty mind was. :| :mrgreen: :lol:
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Re: Help with non contact voltage tester

Post by Aaron » Tue Sep 24, 2019 12:40 am

Just by cursory appearance it looks like a very good tool. Can you reply with a manufacturer and model number?

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Re: Help with non contact voltage tester

Post by A. Spruce » Tue Sep 24, 2019 9:41 am

I believe that was a Klein, but I could be mistaken. I wanted a pic of the one I have, which is over 20 years old, this was the closest. Mine just has two probes and analog doohickies (industry technical term). The bar "meter" measures the level of voltage and it's got a buzzer/rattle as well that acts as additional audible/tactile feedback if voltage is present.

One of these days I gotta get me one of them fancy digical muti-cultural meters and learn how to use it. What I got works well enough for my needs though. :mrgreen:
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Re: Help with non contact voltage tester

Post by A. Spruce » Tue Sep 24, 2019 9:58 am

Nope, not Klein, it's a Sperry
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Post by emtnut » Tue Sep 24, 2019 4:52 pm

Square D stopped making the wiggy, but there is still the knopp k-60 and Ideal makes one too.

The BIG advantage of the solenoid tester is that it loads the circuit, so you never get a ghost reading. Since it is powered by the circuit, no batteries either.

Need to be careful with those in control panels though, you can actually turn on a circuit with them !
Also, you can burn them out if you leave it connected to the power source too long. I think it's either 15 or 30secs max recommended. After that the solenoid will get very hot.
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Re: Help with non contact voltage tester

Post by Shannon » Wed Sep 25, 2019 8:32 am

That was a cheaper Buzz stick I had for years and I got used to it giving false positives on contact but it did not usually give a solid constant buzz like that. That could have been a weak breaker and there was some minor voltage leak? Not sure?
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Re: Help with non contact voltage tester

Post by Aaron » Wed Sep 25, 2019 3:47 pm

You seemed to be in good spirits in that video too!

Before someone took your garage remote. Who does that. Such a dick move.

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Re: Help with non contact voltage tester

Post by Shannon » Thu Sep 26, 2019 3:37 pm

Ya that was an old video form a few years back. Maybe I've gotten more crusty in my old age now? LOL
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Re: Help with non contact voltage tester

Post by A. Spruce » Thu Sep 26, 2019 6:41 pm

Shannon wrote:
Thu Sep 26, 2019 3:37 pm
. Maybe I've gotten more crusty in my old age now? LOL
Yeah, that happens when you hang out with delinquents and malcontents on the interwebbies. :? :| :shock: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Help with non contact voltage tester

Post by Aaron » Thu Sep 26, 2019 9:17 pm

Yeah they're all mostly in the YouTube comments. lol

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Re: Help with non contact voltage tester

Post by A. Spruce » Thu Sep 26, 2019 10:00 pm

Aaron wrote:
Thu Sep 26, 2019 9:17 pm
Yeah they're all mostly in the YouTube comments. lol
Usually, but there are other instances where the malcontents might congregate en-mass. Mind you, I'm not quite certain where these instances are, but I'm sure they exist.

Maybe the dark web?!?!?!?!? :shock:
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Re: Help with non contact voltage tester

Post by Aaron » Thu Sep 26, 2019 10:54 pm

Yeah I wouldn't know, I couldn't care less about the dark web!

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