WIRE & GROUND FAULT LOCATORS

New Safety Direction

Spring Maintenance and upgrade is right around the corner and so are many of your campground improvement plans I imagine. Ensuring your campground is correctly wired is very important. New RV’s will point out reverse polarity. Electrical inspectors are gearing up to pay closer attention to electrical GFCI protection. 

Last June we talked about Site Circuit Testers & Reverse Polarity Detectors and how they can help you find reverse polarity, open ground wires, and open neutral wires. Once you have either proven your circuits are correctly wired or you have found a problem, how do you locate the source of the problem? There are many types of locators and detectors out there to help you find and fix wiring issues.

With Underground Cable Locators and Wire ( Ground) Fault Locators you can do just that. Utility owned wires must be located and maintained by the utility. But wire on the campground’s side of the panel is your responsibility. Using available locators will save you a lot of time and money and could reduce injury when used properly.

Underground Cable Locators are essential tools for anyone looking to create more sites on their property or foreseeing making upgrades. These locators are excellent at finding many types of wire such as CATV, Electrical, Telephone & Lighting. They do this by using a transmitter and receiver. While the need to use these locators to find live wire may be obvious. Many people don’t realize the importance of finding not only the live wires but also the unused wires. Even though they are less of a risk they may pose a conflict with your proposed construction.

(Ground) Fault Locators are a different beast. Faults bring many different issues with them such as, voltage breakdowns, stray currents and GFCI trips. These locators pinpoint the cause of those breakdowns, usually caused by nicks and cuts in underground cables or wires.

The 2020 National Electrical Code meetings this past fall are the notice that Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ), that means electrical inspectors, will pay much closer attention to possible shock hazards. You will notice that many more circuits will require GFCI protection. While we prevented the inclusion of 50 and 30 amp site power in this requirement nearly every other outdoor 15 and 20 amp circuit will require GFCI protection.

Get out front of this new electrical safety direction.

~ Wizard of Watts

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