test light on ground/neutral

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Old 06-19-02, 08:01 PM
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test light on ground/neutral

I know aguy who tests alternators, starters and their components with a rig that consists of two propes connected to the ground or neutral of a circuit (110 volt). I say ground or neutral because after reading a past post on the subject, I am a little confused now. He checks the components of different things for continuity with this setup. If there is continuity, the light on the wall lights. He said it will only give you a little buzz if you make contact with the leads. Sounds dangerous to me. Would this be dangerous even if it is a dedicated circuit not connected to any other load downstream?
 
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Old 07-03-02, 04:55 PM
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I've heard of that before. Not the smartest thing to do, but it does work. Any idiot that says a alternator isn't dangerous needs his head checked. Look around close at your nearest garage. I'm sure you'll find a mechanic that lost a finger or has a real nasty burn where his wedding band used to be. Or lost his favorite screwdriver or cresent wrech because of a alternator.There are safer ways to check these things.
 
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