October 18, 2021

Professional Tool Reviews for Pros


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Best Electrical Wire Pulling Tools | Fish Tape, Rods, or Vacuum?

When you are wiring a house, either high or low voltage there are several situations where you will come across the need to arm yourself with good electrical wire pulling tools. It’s simply part of the job and something that even the best laid plans will intersect with from time to time. Overall this isn’t a terribly difficult situation to deal with, but depending upon whether you are in the midst of a complex retrofit, or a more open new construction situation, the tools you use can change the job from one of extreme frustration to one that is more or less routine.

Greenlee CS-8000 Circuit Tracer

How Circuit Breaker Finders Work

Having looked at the best circuit breaker finders and tracers, we also wanted to cover how circuit breaker finders work. Some readers (perhaps even some electricians) may not know what really goes on under the hood of these tools. For most of us, the little plastic boxes seem like magic. They can peer into walls […]

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Best Circuit Breaker Finders and Tracers Tested

As an electrician, I have some opportunities to work on some great commercial job sites. When I say “great” I mean intensely complex and challenging. In comparison to some of those larger projects, residential remodels feel like a refreshing change of pace. It also lets me dust off and use some tools that have been […]

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Wiring a GFCI Outlet with Diagrams

Almost everyone has heard of a GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter). These devices precisely monitor the balance of electrical current moving through a circuit and immediately cut off the electricity when a short occurs. For more on the basics of a GFCI see our article on Ground Fault Interrupter Circuits. Wiring a GFCI may vary slightly from manufacturer to manufacturer, but for the most part they follow the same general principles. We’ll try to simply and succinctly outline those below so that you understand how to correctly connect a GFCI into your electrical circuit and provide protection for an outlet or series of outlets and fixtures.

Southwire 7-in-1 Multi Tool Plier

Southwire 7-in-1 Multi Tool Pliers S7N1HD

Southwire 7-in-1 Multi Tool Pliers Brings Robust Multi-Function Design to Electricians The new Southwire 7-in-1 Multi Tool Pliers pulls together seven common electrician functions to help save you time and space. The Southwire S7N1HD is another one of their heavy-duty forged designs in the same vein as their forged Romex and forged wire strippers. This […]

Fluke Insulated Hand Tools Starter Kit

Fluke Insulated Hand Tools

Fluke Insulated Hand Tools Deliver German Quality The new Fluke insulated hand tools combine safety and comfort for electricians and techs that work in hazardous environments. Since working on and around de-energized equipment isn’t always possible, you want your tools to provide as much protection as possible. These new insulated tools have a 1000-volt rating […]

May Is National Electrical Safety Month (NESM)

Prepare to Celebrate Electrical Safety with Greenlee and ProToolReviews.com! In case you aren’t aware, May is National Electrical Safety Month. So we’re partnering with Greenlee to help everyone get into the spirit of the season by giving away a bunch of Greenlee electrical tools over the next month. Happy NESM to us all! About Those […]

Klein ET45 Voltage Tester

Klein Tools Voltage Tester ET45

ET45 Klein Tools Voltage Tester Makes Electrical Presence Testing Super Simple Not every tool in your bag has to cost your firstborn child, take up a ton of space, and require an engineering degree to understand. The ET45 Klein Tools Voltage Tester not only makes testing voltages simple and takes up so little space that […]

Milwaukee Force Logic 15T Crimper 2879

Milwaukee Force Logic 15T Crimper Designed to Reduce Muscle Effort and Wrist Strain At less than 18 pounds with a battery, the new Milwaukee Force Logic 15T Crimper is the lightest 15T crimper on the market. Combined with its inline design, rotating head, and centered grip, Milwaukee’s new crimper targets muscle strain and fatigue that […]