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Jonathan Johnson

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Re: Wiring Documentation
« Reply #10 on: September 03, 2014, 07:00:44 pm »

Well, when it comes to knowing what breaker powers what outlet.... a day spent with a label maker and putting labels on outlets is probably time well spent. Just like what you see at (some newer) schools and office buildings (and occasionally hotels and event venues, at least the smarter ones) -- the outlet displays circuit #s and (if applicable) panel ID that it's being fed from. I have to admit I really enjoy when it's super easy to find enough separate circuits to plug into.

Until the painters come along and remove all the plates.

It's also a good idea to place a label INSIDE the boxes (de-energize the box first).
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Re: Wiring Documentation
« Reply #11 on: September 03, 2014, 07:24:41 pm »

This isn't really an answer to the documentation question, but I have used a circuit tracer in the past to identifier breakers. I haven't used it much, so i can't vouch for the pitfalls of this approach, but when I did use it, it seemed to work okay. Something like this: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Klein-Tools-Digital-Circuit-Breaker-Finder-ET300/202330830

If nothing else, might be a useful tool in the toolbag when going to a new location.

Once I *think* I've identified a circuit, I use this method to verify:
  • Connect a working lamp on the circuit. Turn it on. Have a helper watch the lamp (if you can't see it from the panel) and be in direct communication.
  • Turn the circuit off. Helper verifies "off."
  • Turn the circuit back on. Helper verifies "on."
  • Turn the circuit back off. Helper verifies "off."
  • Lock out / tag out / sign out breaker (if applicable).

Why do I do the off-on-off? To verify. Last thing I want is a simultaneous failure of the indicator (the lamp) when I turn off the circuit.
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Re: Wiring Documentation
« Reply #12 on: September 04, 2014, 03:16:19 pm »

I'd like to do this at my church. I have spreadsheets with all of the patching and rack wiring, but nothing for power yet.
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Re: Wiring Documentation
« Reply #13 on: September 04, 2014, 03:55:38 pm »

I'd like to do this at my church. I have spreadsheets with all of the patching and rack wiring, but nothing for power yet.

You know, Jason, if you wanted help with that, plus talk a bit about the other things you've been asking about on here lately, I'd be down for a quick trip out to that side of the hills.

-Ray "lives in Vancouver, WA" Aberle
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