Arc fault testing

Discussion in 'Electrical Forum discussion & Blog' started by brosnt1, Feb 6, 2008.

  1. brosnt1

    brosnt1 New Member

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    Hello all,
    I have my final electrical inspection this week and was wondering if there is a way to test arc fault circuts, other than using the test button? I've heard that the devices on the market for testing them (similar to the gfci circuit testers) do not work as advertized.
    Any replys will be greatly appreciated.
  2. Mikey

    Mikey Aspiring Old Fart, EE, computer & networking geek

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    You could use a pigtailed light socket with a low-wattage light and just touch the pigtails to the live circuit to make an arc. Dunno if this qualifies as a high-tolerance test, but I doubt it.
  3. Speedy Petey

    Speedy Petey Licensed Electrical Contractor

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    Why do you need a test other than the test button?
  4. Lakee911

    Lakee911 I&C Engineer (mostly WWTP)

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    May not work, they should be design to avoid nuisence tripping...this would be a lot like plugging in a lamp that is on and seeing a little arc-it wouldn't trip.
  5. brosnt1

    brosnt1 New Member

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    All,
    thanks for the reply's
    I just wanted to make sure they trip before the inspection, for the GFCI's I used a plug in device to check that the wiring is correct, and it has a button to trip the GFCI. I was just wondering if there was a similar way to check the AF.
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  7. jwelectric

    jwelectric Electrical Contractor/Instructor

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    There is no such thing as a GFCI plugin tester either. Does that item that you plug in and push the button give you a reading of what amount of current caused the GFCI to trip?
    NO, then it is not a GFCI tester but instead it is a GFCI tripper.
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