DIY Electrical Devices

16 Sep 2014
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These electrical devices can be used around the home for diagnosing electrical problems, ensuring electrical safety and maintaining electrical health. Read on to find out why these tools are worth having around the home.

Now, although we don’t recommend that you undertake large electrical projects unless you educate yourself and you feel comfortable working with electricity, we do however recommend that you arm yourself with the tools needed to check your electricity health and stability. When purchasing electrical tools it is important to remember to go for high quality even if it may cost you more money it is worth it in the end. Here are some very useful Electrical Diagnostic Tools that you will not regret having around the house.

Multimeter
multimeter on table

This tool is also known as the Volt-Ohm Meter.  It has the ability to measure voltage, current and resistance. Measuring voltage in home projects come in very handy, for example you can use your multimeter to check if your batteries are fresh. You can also use the multimeter to check voltage on a device to make sure that the circuits are powered up correctly. It will indicate in its reading whether something’s wrong and if you need to check your power connections or the wiring of your circuit.

Power Monitor
power monitor on table

This device measures voltage, amps, watts, volt-amps, frequency and power. It’s ideal for checking how much power your home appliances are using anytime. Not all appliances suck up the same amount of energy, this device will be able to tell you which of your appliances take up large amounts of energy, so you will know which ones to unplug when not in use.

Circuit Tester
circuit tester on table

This device is used to safely check wires for current and confirm that circuits are alive or dead. It’s perfect for when you’re doing electrical work on outlets. A circuit tester not only detects current but also lets you know if the outlet is wired correctly.

Clamp-On Ammeter
clamp on ammeter on table

This electrical device is used to determine problems with alternating current. The Clamp-On Ammeter is a great tool to help you troubleshoot and pinpoint the problem you are experiencing. How the Ammeter works is basically by turning it on and dialling the amperage draw of the item you’ll be testing into it. Once you’ve done that, open the jaws of the clamp you will need to place on the power wire that you are testing, make sure it is closed fully and locked into position, then you will be able to determine if the item is drawing the amount of current that it needs.

For more on electricity read our "Glossary of Electrical Terms".

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