Electrical Tools & Supplies

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3 Advantages of a Series Circuit

They're best for simple, low-power devices.

Installing Hard-Wired Smoke Detectors

They're more reliable than their battery counterparts.

12-2 Wire vs 12-3 Wire

Choosing the right materials can be confusing.

How to Use a Clamp Meter

They only seem more complex than regular multimeters.

Multimeter Basics

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

How to Fix an Electrical Ground Wire

Electrical ground wire is an important part of home wiring.

How to Use a Voltage Tester

A voltage tester is a handy tool if you know how to use it.

4 Types of Electrical Receptacles Explained

There are many different types of electrical receptacles, and it's important to know the difference between

How to Install a Double Pole Circuit Breaker

Some appliances need a designated circuit.

How to Install a Ground Rod

Prevent the risk of electrical fires in your home.

3 Types of Copper Grounding Wire Explained

Ground copper wire is commonly found in electrical components.

How to Use Electrical Wire Connectors

Installing electrical wire connectors can be easy.

How to Clean and Repair Power Relays

A great way to get cheap relays is to restore used models.

How to Replace a Circuit Breaker Fuse

A broken fuse can be a safety hazard.

How to Clean a Fuse Holder

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

How to Test a Thermal Fuse

Start by disconnecting appliances.

Relays and Timers

These devices can be very useful for electrical projects.

Understanding Different Types of Wires and Cables

Don't just use your electricity—understand it.

How to Test and Replace a Microwave Ceramic Fuse

Ceramic fuses are among the most commonly used.

How to Use a Tone Generator

A tone generator is an extremely versatile device.

Knowing When to Use a Liquid Tight Conduit

Conduit can make installation of electrical cables easier.

How to Bend a Plastic Electrical Conduit

Plastic electrical conduit is piping that covers wires.

Testing and Replacing a Cartridge Fuse

A cartridge fuse is a key part of an electrical system.

4 Different Types of Flexible Conduits Explained

There are some advantages and disadvantages to consider.

How to Use a Sling Psychrometer

The sling psychrometer is used to measure relative humidity.

How to Use a Network Cable Tester

Take these steps to use a network cable tester on your own.

How to Calibrate a Sound Level Meter

Before measuring, calibrate your sound level meter.

5 Uses for Miniature Circuit Breakers

A miniature circuit breaker is used in new constructions.

4 Types of Flexible Electrical Conduit Explained

Flexible electrical conduit is easier to use than metal.

How to Test Ground Rod Resistance

Ground rods dissipate current.

Heating Your Heat Shrink Tubing

Find a heat source and start shrinking things.

Ceramic Fuse vs Glass Fuse

Glass and ceramic fuses have different pros and cons.

Troubleshooting Magnetic Contactor Problems

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

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.

Installing Wires: Is Conduit Necessary?

Electrical conduit protects and routes electrical wiring.

How to Test a Magnetic Contactor

A magnetic contactor produces power to electric motors.

7 Sizes of Heat Shrink Tubing

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

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.

When to Use Flexible Metal Conduits

Electrical conduit protects and routes electrical wiring.

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 Crimp Ring Terminals

Ring terminals create very secure connections.

Knowing When to Use a Time Delay Fuse

Learn why you should invest in a time delay fuse.

4 Types of Surge Protectors Explained

A power surge can wreak havoc on your electronics.

4 Different Uses for Split Bolts

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

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.