Some of the best electricians think outside of the box (or the wire) when carrying out their daily projects and work.
No matter what industry you’re in, it’s great when you can learn some new, or in this case, old tips and tricks to make your job a little easier. Even if you’re not looking for electrician tips and tricks, but perhaps want to create some variation in your workday by learning or trying something new, here are some innovation suggestions.
First Strike Electrical have collated a handful of innovative electrician tips and tricks to make future wiring projects easier and a little fun.
5 Innovative Wiring Tips & Tricks For Electricians
1. Carry a strong magnet
When carrying out house wiring work behind walls and ceilings, with a magnet you can detect metal components easily through any lightweight building materials. If you use a strong magnet you can detect key things such as looking for studs, use it as a fishing guide or as a retrieval method.
2. Use paper to hold a screw on a screwdriver
If you have a screwdriver or nut-driver, you can try using a piece of paper to wrap around the head of the device. Then slip the head into the slot on the screw, you may have to bend the paper in order to tighten the slot. This paper trick works best with deep slots, so give it a try next time you’re using a screwdriver or nut driver.
3. Use a tennis ball to pull the cable
When pulling communications to the wire, you can tie a jet-line to a tennis ball and then throw the ball to the wire’s desired destination. This will hook the wire to the string and pull.
4. Use the end of a hanger
You can use the end of a hanger to find a drilling location. If you’re still measuring from the foundations to find a location to drill up a wall then try this instead. Take a coat hanger and cut the end at a 45-degree angle. When you’ve done this you can insert it into your drill and make a small hole at a 45-degree angle on the floor next to the moulding. The hole created is so small that homeowners will never notice.
5. Use a new light bulb to replace an old one
Before replacing anything check and test to see if the circuit is dead. After this, you can clean the broken particles that remain in the socket with a screwdriver or pliers. Then you can insert the new light bulb into the socket by twisting it in reverse. This will help remove the broken end of the old light bulb, typically this is the most difficult to take out. You should clean out all the damaged parts, leaving the socket ready for the new light bulb.
If you’re interested in domestic or commercial electrical services, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with First Strike Electrical. We’re based in London and can help with an electrical fault or need, call us today on 0203 633 4536, alternatively, you can fill out our online enquiry form.