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October 19,2019

Tools Every Homeowner Needs for Electrical Maintenance

The key to extending the longevity of your electrical system is proper maintenance. While occasional issues will likely arise over the years, staying on top of the condition of your electrical system will encourage long time effectiveness and efficiency. At Mr. Electric of Fort Worth, we help local North Texas home and business owners find ways to keep their wiring, circuits and other electrical components in great shape, and we want to help you achieve the same results. Successful maintenance often requires the use of some basic, inexpensive tools. Here is a short list of some of the most important tools for homeowners to have on hand for routine electrical issues. 

Voltage Tester

This device helps electricians and homeowners alike detect the presence of electricity. This can be helpful when you’re struggling with a failing outlet, or for knowing when electrical power has been restored following an outage. Keep in mind, that when working with electricity in any capacity, you run the risk of electrocution. A voltage tester can help you determine if the power has been properly shut off before installing a new electrical fixture, changing a fuse or another common maintenance task. 

Wire Stripper

A wire stripper is another handy tool that homeowners might need when working with new installations or basic repairs. This device will take the rubber coating off easily, without damaging the delicate metal wires inside.

Screwdrivers

You probably already have several screwdrivers lying around the house. These tools are also valuable when performing electricity related tasks, like switching out outlet covers and switch plates, or replacing fixtures. Make sure you have several different varieties available, as the hardware may vary depending on the manufacturers of your products. 

Pliers

Pliers are also another commonly used tool that performs double duty for electrical maintenance. Pliers make it easy to twist and cut wires for different needs. Keep a few different types on hand, including reaming pliers, side-cutting pliers and needle-nose pliers for versatility.

Flashlight

When dealing with electricity problems, there’s a good chance you might have the electricity turned off. Whether you’ve shut the power off yourself for safety while working, or you’re dealing with an outage issue, flashlights can give you the right amount of light needed to carry out your goals without losing visibility. 

Insulated Gloves

Again, working with electricity yourself can be very dangerous. Complex repairs, replacements and new installations should always be performed by a certified electrician with appropriate training. However, for personal checkups or basic household tasks, a pair of insulated gloves can add an extra layer of protection. 

Need Help with Your Electrical Problems? Call Mr. Electric of Fort Worth

Is it time for your next electrical inspection, lighting replacement, ceiling fan replacement, dedicated circuit installation, wiring upgrade or other important electrical maintenance service? Then get the help you need from the licensed experts at Mr. Electric of Fort Worth. We proudly provide services for home and business owners in Fort Worth, White Settlement, Burleson, Arlington, Weatherford, Aledo, Texas and other DFW communities. Contact us today to schedule a convenient appointment.