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Electrical Current Detector

Electrical Current Detector

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I'm structural so I hope everyone will cut me some slack as far as my terminology goes. My question is: does anyone know of a reliable device that can detect a live electrical wire embedded in some concrete (say, about an inch)?

My situation is: I handle a lot of structural vibration issues......and sometimes I feel the need to drive some concrete/masonry nails into the pedestals, slabs, etc where I take measurements (for accurate measurements). Even though I use very shallow nails (typically about 3/4"), I still worry about frying myself......so any suggestions are welcome. Thanks in advance.

RE: Electrical Current Detector

Do a search for "non contact circuit detector", commonly called a "Tic Tracer", but that is actually a brand name. There are cheap ones, and there are good ones. The cheaper they are, the closer you need to be to the live wire. You want good.


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RE: Electrical Current Detector

Try a "Tic-Tester"
Gardiner Bender market a unit under the name of "Circuit Alert"
This has adjustable sensitivity and on high sensitivity may be able to do your job.
Be aware that those who use "Non-Contact Voltage Sensors" don't trust them completely.
An alert indicates that an electric field is present. No alert does not always mean the absence of potential.
Still a lot better than nothing.
I am not sure but wet concrete may seriously attenuate the sensitivity.
Try one on a known hot wire buried in concrete.
A hot wire in metallic conduit will probably not be detected.
The Tic-Testers are cheap. Probably under $20.

Bill
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RE: Electrical Current Detector

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Thanks for the feedback guys. I might be able to test it with a masonry wall I have.

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