Rated 5 out of 5Â by 3
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Contractor Great way to find wires through walls.
I am not an electrician and when I asked my brother what device I could use to trace a short in a 120V line he lead me to a site with higher priced devices capable of tracing live wires. He tired to steer me away from tone and probe kits which are numerous. His reasoning was that many are meant to trace lines that you have access to and not able to tone through drywall or covered walls. So I did review research. There are only a couple of reviews for tone and probe kits which do state that theirs will tone through walls. However some customers don't state that as the purpose for their purchase. It came down to two kits this one and another from another company. Since the reviews for each tone and probe kit were down to a couple of reviews for the capability toning through walls, it came down to how deep either could get a signal. I believe in one review it stated that Fox 2 Hound 3 was capable of getting a signal up to 18". While it can get a signal at that distance (I tested it on wire with a break in it prior) on bare wire that is not covered I'm not sure if it is able to do that in a cavity through drywall and insulation in the cavity also. After reading instructions and doing dry runs on wire both exposed and behind objects to test signal strength I was ready to try on a run that I could not get power on. I shut off the breaker since batteries provide the signal through the (romex) wire from the Fox 2 Device and the Hound 3 picks up the signal and gives a visual light as well as a tone to tell you where the wire is behind the drywall. I started from the end point and traced the tone to a point on the ceiling (2x10 joist) I then marked that point. Not wanting to make several holes in the drywall I wanted to tone from the opposite direction. I went to the main removed the breaker and wires and connected the alligator clips to the wires there and traced the same run toward the end point. I came to the exact same point in the ceiling as the first tone point. Since I had essentially an X marks the spot on the ceiling I took out the drywall saw and cut a hole in the ceiling. There it was the point where the wire was damaged dead center of where the Fox and Hound said it would be. The wire was stapled to the joist about 6" from the face of the drywall and the signal came in quite loud. I did get faint tone when I went the wire went through blocks and beams but it did pick up a strong signal once I passed these obstruction. I did this in a matter of 15 minutes now I can't state enough what a deal this device is at just under 100 dollars to be able to do this. I researched products that find breaks in live wires at a price of over 400.00. This product is absolutely amazing because aside from that it does do other things with other low voltage wiring and testing. When I informed my brother the electrician his reply was "I'm going to have to get one". The only other complaint I read was the dial for volume control was sticky or hard to operate. I did not experience this myself and use was very simple. My advice is to read the manual there are a couple of ways to trace with this device. As for me I can honestly say I got my money back on this one job I can't wait to use this on other jobs and projects.
September 29, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Sneezer Buy it! Hard to Find
If you are toning out wires, then you NEED this. Don't be cheap, spend the money and think of it as an investment. This product has so many features, you will realize how much you love it once you begin to use it!
April 7, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by RenoTool This tool is AWESOME!
This testing tool is incredible. I had a tech show up and spent hours trying to find the problem in the security system lines with no success. I saw this tool, ordered it, it arrived quickly. After reading the instructions, I was able to find the problem in minutes. Now I use this tool for all of our lines, telephone, security, computer and it always works. It is awesome. If you do this type of work, even once a year, this tool pays for itself the first time.
June 5, 2013