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February 16, 2008

Easy Circuit Finder

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From the website:

    Easy Circuit Finder

    Here's an easy and inexpensive way to track down what fuse or breaker controls which outlet.

    Just plug the Easy Circuit Finder into the outlet in question.

    When the power is turned on, it makes a very loud tone you can even hear in the basement.

    No more yelling up and down the stairs, "Is it on? Is it off?".

    Easy Circuit Finder makes it easy to track down switches or breakers without an assistant.

    Adjustable volume control lets you use it in close quarters, too.

    Plugs into any 115 volt outlet.

$15.95.

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What I do when checking circuits with a partner is bring walkie talkies. No shouting needed, just speak into the mike.

Depending on how often you need to check circuits, there are more sophisticated tools. For $30-40, Lowes and Home Depot carry testers. You plug one part into the outlet (some have lights to tell you if the wiring is correct) and the other you pass over the breaker. No loud noises to disturb the neighbors, it can light up or have a soft tone. There may be cheaper versions at Wal Mart or Kmart.

http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=10051&langId=-1&catalogId=10053&productId=100578253

Posted by: Richard | Feb 18, 2008 12:32:30 PM

I'll bet this thing makes a louder - and more penetrating - noise than most radios. It's probably got a smoke alarm transducer in it - it looks as if the "volume control" could just be a thing you turn to block the holes that lead to the piezo screamer inside, which keeps screaming at maximum volume whenever it's powered.

Any noisy mains-powered thing will do for this purpose, but most noisy things are likely to be less noisy, and are definitely much less portable, than this little gizmo.

Posted by: Daniel Rutter | Feb 17, 2008 5:01:04 AM

How about just using a radio that you already own?

Posted by: Linda B | Feb 16, 2008 3:23:52 PM

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