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edlithgow
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PostSubject: Locating a short   Mon Sep 09, 2013 3:01 pm

Heard this in Australia. Havn't tried it myself, but I thought it quite elegant.

Tune your radio off-station and then work your way down the wire, pressing on it. A short will spark and generate a radio signal, which'll make your radio crackle.
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PostSubject: Re: Locating a short   Mon Sep 09, 2013 6:41 pm

I suspect that would only work on an am radio. A better way to do it is to get a fuse, remove the plastic case from it and cut the fuse wire off of it. Then solder a length of wire to each blade and connect the other ends of the wire to a 12v low wattage (3w) bulb. The circuit that is shorted will have blown a fuse if properly protected. Replace the blown fuse with the device you have made. All the time there is a short circuit the bulb will be alight. Once you have located the short the bulb will go out.
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