How To Use Electrical Testers and Meters

By Dave Rongey - Summary:

How to Use an Electrical Tester or Meter: Types of Electrical Meter Testers and Basic Electrical Testing Procedures, Induction Voltage Testers, Analog Testers, Digital Meters, Common Mistakes With When Testing Voltage, How to Test an Electrical Circuit.

The Basics of Electrical Testers and Meters

Electrical Question: How do I test a regular residential electrical panel box for 220volts?

This electrical wiring question came from: Darome, a Student from Miami, Florida.

Dave’s Reply:

Thanks for your electrical troubleshooting question Darome.

Preparations for Testing Electrical Wiring

Application: Testing Electrical Circuit Wiring.
Skill Level: Advanced – Should be performed only by a Licensed Electrical Contractor or Certified Electrician.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools, Ammeter and Voltage Tester, electricians gloves, face protection, and insulated personal protection.
Estimated Time: Depends on age of the home, the condition of the electrical system and available access to electrical components.
Precaution:  Working in an electric panel is dangerous due to arc flash hazards and the possibility of electric shock.
Notice: Making changes to electrical panel or electric circuits should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.

How to Use an Electrical Tester or Meter

Darome, that’s a great question. The testing procedure will depend on the electrical tester that you are using, weather it is a digital meter or a induction type tester.

Types of Electrical Meter Testers and Basic Electrical Testing Procedures

How to Test an Electrical Circuit

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