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  1. leonwildey
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    leonwildey New EF Member

    What do you all thick about Volt sticks and there use in the in the electrical industry ?.
     
  2. Andy78
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    Andy78 Respected Member

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    Apparently there are uses for them. I've not found one yet though, not in my sphere of work.
     
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  3. SJD
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    SJD Forum Mentor

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    Can be very useful to detect in twin & earth cable which side is L, if you want to cut the cable without shorting N to E. [Obviously the circuit MCB is then turned off first, but perhaps not the RCD.]
     
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  4. PEG
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    PEG Respected Member

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    I find that a volt stick,is ideal for using as a pointer in the suppliers,as in "Pass me one of them...no next to it...no,the other side....that's it...that AVI..." ;)
     
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  5. mydigitalhome
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    mydigitalhome Regular EF Member

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    Fine for checking live but not proving something is electrically dead. Can help with fault finding.
     
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  6. KEV 1 N
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    KEV 1 N Electrician's Arms

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    Wouldn’t trust them to prove something’s dead, but I find them useful to locate and verify circuits particularly where you can’t use a martindale or where FCUs don’t have neons, and you don’t have to unscrew fronts to get at the terminals.
    Also handy for identifying a cable you need to trace, again no need to make contact with the wire.
     
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  7. sam400
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    sam400 Regular EF Member

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    I don’t currently own one but have used one for identifying a cable in a loft that I wanted to ‘tap into’ I think it was to run a tv amplifier,
     
  8. Flanders
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    Flanders Regular EF Member

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    The old death stick, yes handing for checking if a spur or switch pendant could be live , comes in handy when doing eicr to locate circuits but, thats about it.
     
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  9. Gavin John Hyde
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    Gavin John Hyde Electrician's Arms

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    if you have ever shopped with testermans and sign up to the newsletter they will give you a free voltstick.. which tells you all you need to know! on the positive side the used and reconditioned testing kit on the website is quite well priced.
     
  10. Strima
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    Strima Electrician's Arms

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    Can be handing for fault finding when tracing out conductors etc and for stirring my brew...

    No good for stabbing apprentices with though, not sharp enough...
     
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  11. static zap
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    static zap Regular EF Member

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    Tap/stroke some models rhythmically ,and you can pretend something is dangerous , even with the power off.
    --BEST keep you fingers out-of here--
    Red Light means danger.
    All that capacitance -stuff is dangerous..
    (..they can tell lies.. as we all know)
     
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  12. Gavin John Hyde
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    Gavin John Hyde Electrician's Arms

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    got one with my clamp meter thrown in the box, even my weetabix makes it glow! found out when i put it on the side with the shopping next to it!
     
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  13. MFS Electrical
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    MFS Electrical Forum Mentor

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    Good blunt force trauma though a well placed dig between the ribs could be effective;) joking of courseo_O
     
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  14. PEG
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    PEG Respected Member

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    Manchester
    Although these items get a bit of stick :rolleyes: they do find a use.
    I have some,somewhere, i think,if my 10 year old hasn't used them as a tiny light-sabre...

    I do use the volt-sense end of one of my Megger devices,330 maybe? So,a large,glorified stick of sorts ;)As ever,used appropriately,even an elastic band is a suitable tool...
     
  15. Matthewd29
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    Matthewd29 Regular EF Member

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    An absolutely useless way to get yourself hurt
     
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