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low voltage circuit finder?
Posted by: space-time
Date: October 12, 2021 09:27AM
There are a ton of unlabeled wires in the basement. The previous owner probably had several phone/fax lines since there are rooms with 4 RJ11 outlets. And there are several speaker wires, thermostats wires, Ethernet cables, COAX, etc.

I do have a Klein scout to identify the RX45/11 and COAX cables once I identify the end, but, I would like something that beeps once I am near a wire, without having to cut the wire.

is this what I want?

[www.amazon.com]
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Re: low voltage circuit finder?
Posted by: mattkime
Date: October 12, 2021 09:50AM
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space-time
There are a ton of unlabeled wires in the basement. The previous owner probably had several phone/fax lines since there are rooms with 4 RJ11 outlets. And there are several speaker wires, thermostats wires, Ethernet cables, COAX, etc.

I do have a Klein scout to identify the RX45/11 and COAX cables once I identify the end, but, I would like something that beeps once I am near a wire, without having to cut the wire.

is this what I want?

[www.amazon.com]

Thats exactly what I bought for the same reason. Good choice.



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Re: low voltage circuit finder?
Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: October 12, 2021 10:08AM
Bear in mind, the VDV500-820 won't do coax w/o adapters.
Spend a $13 more & get the VDV501-851. [www.amazon.com]
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Re: low voltage circuit finder?
Posted by: space-time
Date: October 12, 2021 10:21AM
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MrNoBody
Bear in mind, the VDV500-820 won't do coax w/o adapters.
Spend a $13 more & get the VDV501-851. [www.amazon.com]
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I have this one: Klein Tools VDV501-823 Cable Tester, VDV Scout Pro 2 Traces and Tests Coax Cable, Network Data Cable, and Telephone Cable with Remotes

[www.amazon.com]

but that will only work if I can hook up the RJ or Coax at the end of the cable.

What I want to so connect a signal generator to one end (it could be telephone, thermostat, speaker wire, etc) and probe around in the basement to see which is the wire that carries that signal.

I was hoping the model I linked first can do that.
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Re: low voltage circuit finder?
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: October 12, 2021 12:39PM
I got something similar on Bezosville to trace low voltage lines at my wife's work. It worked very well. And you don't "Need" all the adapters... a sharp knife will get you into any wire and the alligator clips will work well.

All it does is drop a 'ring' signal on the line that the receiver sniffer picks up.
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Re: low voltage circuit finder?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: October 12, 2021 02:57PM
.....would this help to find.....circuit.....city.....??



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Re: low voltage circuit finder?
Posted by: C(-)ris
Date: October 13, 2021 10:19AM
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space-time
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MrNoBody
Bear in mind, the VDV500-820 won't do coax w/o adapters.
Spend a $13 more & get the VDV501-851. [www.amazon.com]
thumbsup smiley

I have this one: Klein Tools VDV501-823 Cable Tester, VDV Scout Pro 2 Traces and Tests Coax Cable, Network Data Cable, and Telephone Cable with Remotes

[www.amazon.com]

but that will only work if I can hook up the RJ or Coax at the end of the cable.

What I want to so connect a signal generator to one end (it could be telephone, thermostat, speaker wire, etc) and probe around in the basement to see which is the wire that carries that signal.

I was hoping the model I linked first can do that.

Yes, that is exactly what the tool you linked to does.



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Re: low voltage circuit finder?
Posted by: space-time
Date: October 13, 2021 11:28AM
Great, thanks
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