The secret of electricians is not only their expertise in the field. They also have the requisite organizational skills to ensure the safety of their workers and clients. As you can imagine, working in the home electrical industry is no joke. Aside from the typical safety precautions, electricians must keep a close eye on the environment to avoid dangers.
Using the right tools for the job is key. While you may be tempted to slap a hammer on a wire, it is important to use the proper tools. Using the wrong tools can cause more harm than good. For example, you can’t be sure whether or not a wire is faulty if it is a tangled mess. Similarly, you cannot be certain that a wire is in the right place if it is a loose connection.
Among the many tools on your toolbox, the non-contact voltage tester is a must. This device measures the current at the source in milliamps. You can use it to determine if your outlet is overloaded or if you need to upgrade your wiring.
If you do decide to install a new outlet or replace your old one, you may want to consider a GFCI for outlets near a water source. This device shuts off power if a circuit loses amperage.
However, you should still exercise caution when installing a GFCI. Some people have a tendency to obstruct access to the breaker box, and this can lead to expensive and unnecessary downtime.