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Hey Stella! Is it off now?!

Yes, that is the type of question shouted from the basement to the 2nd floor bedroom as weekend warriors across the land have tried to figure out which circuit breaker or fuse controls what outlet in their home.

But no longer do you have to make turning off the right circuit breaker a two person affair. No longer do you have to reset your clocks and DVD players or VCR's because you incorrectly turned off power trying to locate the proper circuit breaker.

In the tutorial Circuit Breaker Finder I want you to know about a great little electronic device called a circuit breaker finder or circuit breaker tracer that makes this now a one person task. You simply plug the receiver into the outlet and wave the "magic wand" (OK, the electronic receiver) over your circuit breakers in your power panel and lights flash and beeper beeps when you find the right one! EASY!

So take a read and learn how easy locating the correct circuit breaker or fuse for a remote outlet or light fixture has become.


July 12, 2010 at 10:05 am
(1) Dan says:

Is it possible to use this same technique to trace light switches to the light fixtures they control and trace outlets to their controlling GFCI outlet that are “upstream” from them on the same daisy chained power trace?


July 15, 2010 at 6:56 pm
(2) Jack Zimmerer says:

What happened to just plugging a turned on radio into the duplexes???????

July 15, 2010 at 8:07 pm
(3) homerepair says:

Batteries. ;-)

July 22, 2010 at 4:02 pm
(4) Douglas says:

These are not reliable because previous owners or tinkering causes this circuits to run into each other so there are a lot of false reading!

July 22, 2010 at 4:22 pm
(5) homerepair says:

LOL! Sorry Doug, that’s just an utterly inaccurate and ridiculous post.

July 24, 2010 at 1:01 pm
(6) rvf says:

not really – in an old house with a lot of neutrals tied together incorrectly, you can plug in the receiver and have 3 or 4 breakers signal. Wadsworth breakers are not your friend…

July 24, 2010 at 8:23 pm
(7) homerepair says:

Really? Now how exactly are a “lot of neutrals tied together incorrectly”? Please explain how 3 or 4 circuits will go off this way.

You can have multiple circuits “false” by not properly setting the sensitivity of the receiver as I explain is necessary in the tutorial, or maybe with a shared neutral feeding 2 circuits, but I’m fascinated to know how you tie lots of neutrals together causing the false. Especially since all the neutrals for all the circuits are tied together anyway in the breaker service panel with the neutral bar.

December 3, 2012 at 12:18 pm
(8) mrfrank says:

I want to find the breaker that controls the furnace. How can I do that?

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