Homes will often encounter electrical problems from minor to severe. The minor ones can often be handled by a competent homeowner. However while learning more about your home’s electrical system, you will find there are some essential tools you never want to be without when dealing with even minor problems. Electricians generally agree that there are six tools you will want in your home’s electrical tool bag. Burley Electrical Services will list these top tools and why you should never be without them while fixing those minor repairs.
Electrical Hazards & Safety Measures
Electricity is dangerous and for those who don’t appreciate these dangers, it is always best to hire a professional to inspect and repair any electrical problems that may occur. When handling the smallest of repairs, the best thing is to kill all the power to the home while you do a simple or minor repair. Always keep safety in mind when working with electrical systems. When you do your own repairs your will want certain tools at your side.
Circuit Test Equipment
Having a circuit test is extremely valuable. A circuit tester is a tool you plug into an outlet to see how much power is being outputted. This information is important to know if you’re working on your outlets especially if power is live before you turn off the power and after it is off. This will help indicate any problems with an outlet and let you know when it is safe to work on one.
Wire Stripping Tool
Another great tool is a pair of wire strippers. Wire often needs to make contact with other wires and an output component. You will sometimes need to strip the rubber or plastic coating to join the wires with its needed component. Often, not enough of the exposed wire can lead to some electrical problems and this simple tool can make a world of difference.
Insulated Electrical Screwdrivers
Many electrical jobs will require a good set of screwdrivers. Have a Flat and Phillips head screw driver in multiple sizes. Try to get an insulated set of screw drivers; they will protect you against electricity.
Electrical tape is important to have on hand to cover any exposed wire under the rubber or plastic coating. If the protective coating has been damaged and left the wiring exposed this can cause shortages and even fires.
Wire Nuts & Connectors
Wire nuts often fall off or go missing during electrical projects, it is important to cap wires that have been twisted together, or if a line is no longer being used you will want to seal the end of the wiring.
Long & Needle Nose Pliers
Long and needle nose pliers are great for holding and handling wires, especially if they might be live. You can reach in tight places to retrieve the wiring you need and for feeding the wire in the places it needs to go.
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These tools are frequently used by electricians and have many uses. If you are able to handle the simpler or minor repairs safely, these are the tools you will always want with you. If you have a major electrical problem or can’t find the source of the problem Burley Electrical Services are here to help. Contact us today for all your homes and business electrical needs.