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I have the same toner unit and used it for years when in the Telco industry. I have since used it in the method that Newman is suggesting and worked great. I actually just did the same thing about 2 months ago with some 12/2 wire in the basement and it worked great. I wonder if perhaps the batteries are low in either the unit or wand side? You did verify the wires are not shorted? Even with the volume turned to high when using mine with telephone wire I could get the signal radiating from the Dmarc from a couple feet away. With larger diameter electrical copper wire the signal distance is even further in my experience.
The tracer did pick up the signal for about 20 feet, but it disappeared after, and I was under the delusion that this wire was going all the way to the breaker panel. I made the assumption that it was somehow buried deeper in the wall and the tracer did not get enough signal strength.
I borrowed a 3M instrument that tells you how long the wire connected to it is, and I was told 27', which would be 60' short from the breaker box.
As it turned out, I opened the wall at the point where the signal stopped and found a junction box that was meant to be an electrical outlet, but the drywallers just covered it and did not cut out the opening. As soon as I connected the wires inside this box, everything got to work properly.
No intention to hide it. It is being fixed properly, and when it's done, one will not be able to tell that there was a hole in the wall before. I am a great believer in the "If it's worth doing, it's worth doing right".
Glad the TDR did the job. I read this thread the other day and couldn't come up with anything different to try than others had suggested. It didn't even down on me to think about a TDR to measure the cable length.
Like PapaDan says: "My mind is not what it used to be...and another thing; My mind..."
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Why did not the inspector or the electrician find the problem before?
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A friend, who is an installer for Bell Canada brought this handheld instrument over, I am not sure what the model or name is, but I saw a 3M logo on it. He hooked it to the wire and it showed on the display how long it was.