Electrical Testers for the Advanced DIYer

If you were looking to find out about the most common electrical testers that homeowners often keep in their homes, you may want to take a look at our blog “Common Electrical Testers”. There we discussed the usage of an Inductance Tester, a Neon Circuit Tester, and a Plug-in Circuit Analyzer.

This time we’re going to talk about the next 3 testers that, while not as common, is often found stashed away in many of our homes.

Continuity Tester – First off, this tool is always used with a circuit that is turned OFF. This tool is powered by batteries. When you clip one probe to one end and then use the other probe at the other end, it will light up when you are successful at completing the circuit. Remember, always turn off the power to the circuit you are testing. Safety first!

Multimeter – This tester is invaluable to professional electricians because of all the readings it can provide. It can deliver information on resistance, continuity, capacitance, frequency and AC/DC voltage. Sound like a lot of information? It probably is more than you need for the average electrical project you decide to take on.

Solenoid Voltage Tester – This is also able to provide multiple readings, but is simpler to use, though may be a bit less accurate by not providing numerical findings. It does not require batteries and signals its results with clicking or vibrations instead of exact digital findings.

Before using any electrical tool always completely read the instructions. Always investigate if power should be turned off. Safety should always be your first priority!

Douthit Electrical can perform a home electrical safety inspection and offer the best solution to any problems that we find. Check out our current specials and give us a call. Douthit Electrical has been providing Charlotte with quality electrical services since 1990.


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