| I recently purchased a multimeter & know little to nothing of how to | use it to test outlet voltage. I wanted to verify that I have power | going to a 220V outlet. I chose the 'ACV' option on the multimeter, | and for the voltage (mine had 200 & 740 to choose from), I chose 740 to | be safe. | | The socket (as you probably know) consists of two slanted line shaped | holes & a 'Lazy L' shaped hole. Which holes should I put the red | electrode into & which should I put the black into?
Since I don't know what country you are in, how would I know that your socket has two slanted line shaped holes, and a "Lazy L" shaped hole?
In many countries in Europe, "220" volts comes from a socket with two round holes. In Australia, there are 2 slanted holes, but no "L" shaped hole. Even in the United States, not all "220" volt sockets are like that. For example the NEMA 6-15R and 6-30R has 2 horizontal slots and one round ground hole. The NEMA 14-50R has 3 vertical slots and one round hole.
A safer way to verify you have power is to use a "voltage detector". It is a device that has no metallic connection to the circuit, but can sense the existance of voltage within an inch or two of one of the hot wires. The one I have beeps and flashes when it is in front of a receptacle, and even along the wall where the wire runs inside.