Locating a breaker when you have a circuit overload can be a real problem. Usually it’s the darn hair dryer or the microwave that seems to always leave us in the dark.
It’s a great idea to have your circuit breakers labeled for this reason and for a lot of others. This can come in handy for electrical repairs, a back-up generator hook up and especially electrical emergencies. Here’s a very simple gadget that will take care of that in a flash.
This is a circuit breaker finder. It operates off a regular 9-volt battery and allows one person to quickly find which breaker affects which outlet.
We first start off by plugging in the transmitter to the outlet we want to identify. Then, at the circuit breaker panel, we scan over all the breakers to calibrate the unit and then slowly pass the receiver probe over each circuit breaker to identify which breaker is currently active with our transmitting unit.
When the LED light turns green and the buzzer sounds, we’ve found the one we were looking for.
The circuit breaker finder is not only useful for being organized, but by having your circuit breakers labeled, it can help you respond quickly in the event of an actually electrical emergency.