Most homeowners cringe at the mere mention of needing an electrician or his tools of the trade. This is especially true for those who have no knowledge or skills in fixing basic electrical problems, as well as for those who have no intention of learning about them. On the contrary, it is actually recommended that every homeowner know a thing or two about electrical systems, particularly how to detect problems, find out where problems are coming from, and what is causing them.
A professional electrical contractor may not immediately respond to your call and arrive at your house as soon as you finish your call. The problem might already be worse by the time the contractor arrives. To avoid this, it is highly recommended that you as the homeowner be able to do some basic resolutions while waiting for the electrical contractor to arrive. This is why you need to have some basic electrical tools on hand at home.
What should I do while waiting for the electrician to arrive and which tools do I need?
Basically, if you notice problems with your electrical system, the first thing you need to do is find out where the problem is and what’s causing the problem. To accomplish this, you will need the following basic tools:
- Flashlights – These come in handy when you are trying to look at dark corners and areas, such as in your attic. It’s also convenient when you want to check the area behind your HVAC or water heater. For maximum benefits, have several flashlights on hand and store them in different places of your house: in your kitchen, garage, basement, and even inside your car.
- Droplight – If you think that a flashlight will not provide you with sufficient lighting, you can opt to invest on a droplight. This is a long cord with a lock socket at the end. Some have a cage or housing as protection to the bulb. You can also opt to purchase it with a bulb or you can buy the bulb separately. Any type of bulb will do, either fluorescent or incandescent, as long as it is a construction-grade bulb. Keep in mind that you will most likely be dragging the droplight everywhere so it’s important that its bulb can withstand being thrown and kicked around.
- Line Tester – This is an important tool even if you have no plans of becoming an expert in electrician tasks. A line tester will allow you to test whether or not receptacles and terminals throughout your home are active or not. This helps you to ensure your family’s safety against being electrocuted, especially if you have kids and toddlers who like to explore their surroundings
- Extension cords – Having an extension cord on hand could help you do tasks that require electricity in areas of your house that have no or limited power connection. So if you need to drill a hole in your attic or basement, you can do so without worrying about tripping your electrical connection by using extension cords and plugging it inside the house. Experts suggest choosing extension cords that have three or more plug receptacles, with wires that have three conductors, and with grounded plugs and receptacles.
Having these electrician tools on hand may help you protect your home and family from electrical emergencies and accidents. Call MB Electrician Pros now for more information.
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