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SureTest...again, again


Paul MacLean
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Yesterday inspecting new construction, I found four receptacle outlets that did nothing on my SureTest...a blank screen. So I got out the trusty old three light tester and it told me there was an open neutral.

I can't find anything in my SureTest instructions that identifies open neutrals.

Any comments?

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Paul,

I've seen that happen on my inspectors Sure Test. I have the older ST-1D unit and mine will show an open neutral.

This is only one reason I haven't bought one of the newer Sure Test. Why should I have to carry around a three light tester to tell me about an open neutral?

Donald

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I actually use my Sure-Test first and only use my three light tester as a second opinion. The three light tester will not tell you about a false ground. If you're only testing a few receptacles with a Sure Test then you could be missing false grounds or excessive voltage drops.

Donald

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Hi Paul,

I have an ST-1D. No lights at all is supposed to indicate no juice on the hot conductor. With an open neutral or with a reversed hot and ground you'll have a left and a center light lit and the right light will be out. However, the SureTest will not identify "multiple" deficiencies, reversal of ground and neutral conductors nor detect two hot wires on a circuit, so maybe there is more going on there than just an open neutral.

ONE TEAM - ONE FIGHT!!!

Mike

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