08:30AM | 01/21/03
Member Since: 11/26/02
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I'm learning how to use a multimeter and want to test a standard wall outlet. If I insert the probes (hot/neutral) to read AC voltage, shouldn't I get 120V? I have a Radio Shack meter with autoranging that is rated up to 400v, but when I try to test an outlet I always get O.L. (over limit).


11:37AM | 01/21/03
Member Since: 01/13/03
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Even with autoranging, check your settings. But, some multimeters (especially autoranging) will go to OL for a shorttime until it resets itself and will then give you a reading of 120.



01:05PM | 01/21/03
Member Since: 09/17/02
524 lifetime posts
Even auto ranging meter have a lock setting. Make sure it is in 'auto' or on the range 400v. Alos make sure you are on AC volts.

[This message has been edited by joed (edited January 21, 2003).]

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