Do you have a multimeter in your toolbox? I had no idea I needed one until I started fixing things around the house. It was then that I learned that I should purchase a multimeter. No matter what you do, from mounting a new fan onto your ceiling, to any other kind of electrical task, you need to know if there is electricity on the wires.

If you don’t know such a thing, accidents can happen. It can be very dangerous to work with electrical fixtures and wires, as you can get electrocuted. A multimeter will provide you with essential information on the electric power flowing through the wires, expressed in volts, amps, and ohms.

It is not only you who is in danger of injury or worse. Anyone in the house who may touch the exposed electrical wires by accident will be exposed to the same risk. Also, electrical short-circuits can be responsible for fire hazards, and that means that a fire can break out without your knowledge.

 

 

Things you can do with a multimeter

Testing batteries – you can use your trusty multimeter to test battery life. Since you can troubleshoot any electrical device using one, you just need to see what the readings tell you when you check your batteries. You will notice that the reading lets you know the battery voltage; if that sits at less than 20%, the battery is depleted and you should replace it.

Testing broken cords – extension cord may bend, and break and exposed wires are a real hazard for one’s life. By checking the wires, you will know if the cable is still safe to use or not. If the reading on your multimeter is “0.00”, that means that you are dealing with a closed circuit. The “0.L” result indicates an open circuit.

Testing appliances around the home – the same readings as before apply. This is something you must do when you suspect your blender or any other device in your kitchen and home to be defective.

 

Safety above everything else

You should always take the necessary precautions when you’re testing electrical wires and devices. That includes as a basic rule to have the power disconnected. Keep in mind to handle the multimeter by its handles, which are insulated and will not allow electricity to be transferred to your body.

These are a few things you should know about owning a multimeter and how to use it. Household appliances can break down, and there are situations when you need to fix things that involve electrical power. To deal with them in perfect safety, this is the type of tool you should get for your home.