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What do you use for toning wires?
This thread has 20 replies. Displaying posts 16 through 21.
Post 16 made on Wednesday February 7, 2018 at 20:51
Active Member
June 2008
I use a set from Ideal. I like it because the tone generator has a female F-connector built right into the chassis, which comes in really handy for toning coax.
Post 17 made on Thursday February 8, 2018 at 05:43
Senior Member
February 2008
I use a crack pipe for coax. Basically it's a battery holder you connect to an f connector and a buzzer you put on other end. Also use fox and hound and a much larger version. Transmitting box has adjustable output and an induction type clamp to put around active wires along with alligator clips. Long handle so you can walk underground wires or reach ceilings. Have a multi coax trader set from JDSU. Use a speaker level toner from anaconda for speakers/wires. It has also line level out for testing amps. My best tool has always been a sharpie or other types of labels. And a good set of eyes for just following a wire in racks/cabinets and house wrapped wiring.
Post 18 made on Tuesday February 27, 2018 at 23:02
Long Time Member
February 2012
On February 7, 2018 at 11:19, SammPX said...
I have a Fluke Intellitone Pro 200. Had to return the first one as the wand stopped working. Has two digital settings that are supposed to work better with twisted pair cables and network jacks that are plugged in to live equipment. Has the traditional analog setting, cable mapping and a service setting that will detect live phone or network connections

So far so good, still have my old Progressive 200EP with a metal tip as backup

+1 Yes what I use. It has a digital tone and two settings on the wand a wide one to find the cable in a big bunch and a narrow one to find the exact cable in a smaller bunch. You can also pinpoint breaks along the cable. I also have a Fluke Microscanner which has TDR and can tell you length to a break and has the digital tone that can work with the 200 wand. Very useful. Had a customer put up christmas decorations, stapled the cable and we were able to find the break right away and repair it.
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Post 19 made on Friday March 2, 2018 at 19:39
Long Time Member
January 2003
On February 27, 2018 at 23:02, AnilAppleLink said...
+1 Yes what I use.

same here
Post 20 made on Friday March 2, 2018 at 20:34
Active Member
March 2003
I just carry a small hammer and a tub of spackle

j/k +1 on the pro200

I did have an off brand from Home Depot (that was similar to the Fluke) that used to eat 9v batteries but haven't had that issue with the Fluke
One thing I have learned in this industry. It is easier to pull a wire than it is to push one.
Post 21 made on Friday March 2, 2018 at 22:14
Ernie Gilman
Yes, That Ernie!
December 2001
On March 2, 2018 at 20:34, rbhfan said...
I just carry a small hammer and a tub of spackle

Nice. Love it.

I did have an off brand from Home Depot (that was similar to the Fluke) that used to eat 9v batteries but haven't had that issue with the Fluke

There's a toner model out there that doesn't have a power switch. Maybe it's that one.
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