Electrical Tools & Supplies

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Multimeter Basics

Multimeters can be used to test a number of different items.

How to Install a Ceiling Fan

Take the time to work through these instructions, and installing your ceiling fan will be a breeze.

How to Crimp Ring Terminals

Ring terminals create very secure connections.

4 Types of Surge Protectors Explained

A power surge can wreak havoc on your electronics.

How to Replace a Circuit Breaker Fuse

A broken fuse can be a safety hazard.

How to Install a Ground Rod

A ground rod is a handy tool to install to prevent the risk of electrical fires in your home.

When to Use Flexible Metal Conduits

Electrical conduit protects and routes electrical wiring.

How to Clean a Fuse Holder

A fuse holder is for mounting fuses of all sizes and types.

4 Different Uses for Split Bolts

Split bolts have a split between the head and the end.

How to Bend a Plastic Electrical Conduit

Plastic electrical conduit is piping that covers wires.

Line Conditioners vs. Surge Protectors

The electronics in your home are likey a significant investment so it's important to protect them from power surges that can fry their components.

How to Make Your Own Tone Generator

To make your own tone generator, find an old speaker and brush off the soldering iron.

How to Use Electrical Wire Connectors

Installing an electrical wire connector is an easy DIY project.

Knowing When to Use a Liquid Tight Conduit

Conduit can make installation of electrical cables easier.

4 Different Types of Flexible Conduits Explained

Different types of flexible conduit offer advantages and disadvantages for you to consider.

How to Calibrate a Sound Level Meter

Before you do any kind of measuring, you should calibrate your sound level meter.

Testing and Replacing a Cartridge Fuse

A cartridge fuse is an important component of your electrical system.

Conduit Sizes 101

Conduits protect the conductors inside them from various environmental factors.

How to Install a Double Pole Circuit Breaker

Some appliances need a designated circuit, called a 240-volt, or double circuit breaker.

How to Use a Sling Psychrometer

The sling psychrometer is used to measure relative humidity.

How to Fix an Electrical Ground Wire

An electrical ground wire could be the most important aspect of your home wiring.

Ceramic Fuse vs Glass Fuse

Glass and ceramic fuses have different pros and cons.

How to Cut Flexible Metal Conduit

If your vice has a slot in the center, align your cut mark on the conduit with the slot.

7 Sizes of Heat Shrink Tubing

The tubing size should be larger than the wire and a shrink size less than the wire.

Continuity Tester vs Voltage Tester

Should you be using a continuity tester or a voltage tester?

Installing Wires: Is Conduit Necessary?

Electrical conduit protects and routes electrical wiring.

Troubleshooting Magnetic Contactor Problems

Electricity travels in circuits, and in the heart of those circuits are magnetic contactors.

How to Test a Magnetic Contactor

A magnetic contactor produces power to electric motors.

5 Uses for Miniature Circuit Breakers

A miniature circuit breaker is used in new constructions.

3 Types of Copper Grounding Wire Explained

Ground copper wire is commonly found in electrical components.

How to Test and Replace a Microwave Ceramic Fuse

Ceramic fuses are among the most commonly used fuses in household electrical appliances.

How to Use a Network Cable Tester

A network cable tester calculates how well your high-speed network cables are performing.

Slow-Blow Fuse vs Fast-Blow Fuse

Knowing the difference between slow-blow and fast-blow fuses not only can prevent electric shortages in your home, but also can prevent serious injury from electrocution. This guide will help you understand the difference between the two types, when to use them, and what to do if you're still unsure (i.e. ask a professional).

How to Use a Clamp Meter

Unlike a multi-meter, a clamp meter can read electrical current without being connected to a circuit, making it a particularly useful home improvement tool when doing electrical work. Before using your clamp meter for the first time, read the following instructions to learn the tips and tricks of getting a proper reading.

Knowing When to Use a Time Delay Fuse

Learn why you should invest in a time delay fuse.

How to Use a Voltage Tester

A voltage tester is only a handy tool if you know what you can do with it.

How to Install an Hour Meter

While you don't need an hour meter in your boat, one of these devices is a helpful addition that can be installed in just a few steps.

How to Test Ground Rod Resistance

Ground rods dissipate the current that is recovered in any faulty electrical circuit near your house, so it's important to check your rod's resistance.

Heating Your Heat Shrink Tubing

Find a heat source and start shrinking things.

3 Advantages of a Series Circuit

Come to better understand your circuit types so you can decide if having a series circuit instead of a parallel circuit is all that bad.

Understanding Different Types of Wires and Cables

Don't just use your electricity. Understand it, starting with the wiring and cables commonly used around your home.

How to Test a Thermal Fuse

Follow these steps to test a thermal fuse.