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The fact of your asking really says you would need a lot of coaching to keep you out of trouble here. Meters, by nature, aren't really designed to be dependably or safely put into electrical outlets. I suggest you buy a outlet tester at your local home store for $6- or so. Instructions are with it, and all you do is plug it in- generally two green lights is good, any red is bad, none is dead/no voltage. If you are inside a power panel and asking this, I refer you to the first sentence above :) lbg

I would love to help you, I just need to know what type of meter you are using. There are so many you could possibly have. Post another question and I'll see if I can help.


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