Ever had to jam your metal needle nose pliers into a junction box to get to that hard-to-reach wire? Or used a screwdriver to try to pull a wire from the back of a service panel? It’s not the safest course of action, but some of us have probably danced with the devil at least once or twice. The Nonconductive Tool Company addresses this safety concern with the release of the Voltclaw, a nonconductive nylon tool that allows electricians and DIYers to access, grip, push, pull, and bend wires safely.
Two Ways About It
The Voltclaw comes in two models. One is designed for use with 12 gauge wire, and one for gauges between 6-14. Molded from impact-resistant nylon, the Voltclaw features a nonconductivity rating of up to 1000 volts. The Voltclaw is incredibly lightweight, and its smooth edges won’t damage insulation while bending or pulling wires. It also features an ergonomic design for comfort, and the finger grips are deep enough to ensure a safe grasp with gloved or greasy hands.
The Voltclaw-12 features two pull hooks, a T-groove for bending wire, and a V-groove for pushing wires back into outlets or switch boxes. It also includes a wrench for loosening and tightening twist-on wire connectors.
The Multi-gauge Voltclaw features two pull hooks and a V-groove similar to the 12. However, it also features a sliding wire gripper for holding onto almost any wire used in residential and commercial installations. This is operated by a simple thumb slide on the handle.
For any electrical work, having a nonconductive tool handy really just seems like a no-brainer. The Voltclaw only weighs a few ounces, and the ergonomic grip makes it comfortable to hold and move around. Having the ability to push, pull, and bend wires without being subject to metal’s high conductivity make this item a worthwhile investment.
Speaking of cost, both models are relatively cheap at under $20 a piece, which seems like a small price to pay for added peace of mind. The Voltclaw definitely provides a safer and more functional alternative to sticking a screwdriver, or your fingers, into a circuit box.
The Voltclaw Features & Specs
- Available in two models: Volclaw-12 and Volclaw Multigauge
- Constructed from rugged, impact-resistant nylon
- Nonconductive up to 1000 Volts
- Smooth edges and ergonomic handle
- Priced separately at $14.97 (12 Gauge) and $19.97 (Multi Gauge), or $29.97 for both