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How to Wire a Relay – Lights, Fan, Arduino, Switch

Learning how to wire a relay is one of the fundamental skills of an electrician. Although it may present a challenge to some, in most cases it's just a matter of understanding the basic principles of a common relay. With those on hand as well as a diagram for your particular relay, you should have absolutely no difficulty wiring a relay. Today, I will be covering the basics of a relay, discussing some of the diagrams you may encounter and talk about what the best practices for wiring a relay are. I will also talk about the different relays [...]

May 10th, 2018|

7 Realities of an Electrician – Job Career Profession Expectations

Becoming an electrician can lead to a fruitful and rewarding career. However, the realities of the field are often obscure to those interested in joining the trade. Although my goal is to encourage everyone to look into this path, it's important to talk about some of the realities of this profession and how they impact our daily routine, excitement about the field and career progression. I will be covering the top 7 most interesting realities I've encountered within my career as an electrician. Some of them are positive and some are negative. Keep in mind that most of my [...]

May 4th, 2018|

The Top 7 Ways to Use a Digital Multimeter Voltmeter Ohmmeter

By | May 2nd, 2018|

A digital multimeter, which is also known as a voltmeter, ohmmeter or DMM, is an incredibly versatile electrical tool. Not a single professional electrician I know would go more than a day without using a multimeter. At first glance and without proper training, it's not always obvious to recognize the different situations in which you would need a meter. Furthermore, even experienced [...]

Top 17 Tools Used by Professional Electricians – Project Home Work

By | May 1st, 2018|

Acquiring a new tool as an electrician is always exciting. Investing in a reliable tool is always a priority, so seeing your purchase arrive for the first time is quite a moment. Electricians rely on a wide array of tools to accomplish their job on a construction site, in an industrial environment or at home. These tools need to be reliable, [...]

How to Crimp rj45 Cat6 – EtherNet Cable Crimping Color Code

By | April 30th, 2018|

EtherNet has been taking over the world for the last few decades. Knowing how to crimp rj45 cat6 cables as well as being familiar with the cat6 crimping color code is critical for an electrician, network technician, engineer and anyone interested in installing an EtherNet cable. RJ45 connectors have been used for phone and EtherNet connections for a long time, but [...]

How to Connect Two Wires With a Wire Nut Connector Size Chart

By | April 24th, 2018|

Knowing how to connect two wires with a connector is critical in electrical work. Furthermore, knowing the proper method of using a wire nut as well as having access to a wire nut size chart, will be extremely helpful in the process. Today, I will be covering the way I've always prepared and applied wires into a wire nut connector. this [...]

How to Tap Into an Existing Electrical Wire

By | April 17th, 2018|

Knowing how to properly tap into an existing electrical wire in order to add an appliance is an extremely important skill for an electrician, contractor or homeowner. It is not uncommon to have the task of expanding an existing circuit in order to add an extra outlet, light or otherwise. Such circuitry requires you to splice into an existing wiring system to [...]

Does Electrical Tape Conduct Electricity & How to Use It

By | April 10th, 2018|

Many questions arise when it comes to electrical tape. The most common being: does electrical tape conduct electricity? Although some of the worries are justified, we want you to rest assured that when properly applied, electrical tape can be a great insulator. However, just like with any other tool, it is important to know when and how to use it. Due [...]

What are the Wire Colors for a Thermostat 5 Wire Tutorial

By | April 6th, 2018|

Knowing what are the wire colors for a thermostat is half the battle when it comes to installing one. Although it may seem tedious and challenging to most, including novice electricians, completing a thermostat replacement project in your home can be quite simple. In this article, we will cover different kinds of thermostats commonly seen today, what challenges they pose during [...]

3 Phase Wiring for Dummies – Understanding Motor Connections

By | March 30th, 2018|

Three phase systems are extremely common in industrial and commercial settings. They can also be found in large residential complexes and appliances requiring a large amount of power. Although these systems may seem intimidating at first, a walkthrough on 3 phase wiring for dummies will help clarify the whole situation. Different regions may use different voltages, frequencies, and requirements when it [...]

Best Electrician Tool Bag & Organizers 2018 Reviews

By | March 23rd, 2018|

Every electrician carries his backpack wherever he goes. Electrical work requires a vast amount of different tools and accessories and carrying them in a comfortable and well-partitioned toolbag is crucial. Although it does not seem like a big deal to novice electricians, purchasing the right toolbag will improve your performance, increase your organization and allow you to work much better overall. [...]

Are Wire Nuts Safe and Reusable? – How to Use Wire Nuts

By | March 2nd, 2018|

Wire nuts have been in the electrical industry for decades. You can see them in homes, at work and industrial wiring. However, there are still many unanswered questions with regards to this contraption. How are they supposed to be used? Which wire combinations can be used on? Are wire nuts safe? Are wire nuts reusable? My goal is to go over [...]