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Do-Everything Electrical Tester
Al Hildenbrand, master electrician, has several favorite tools. But the one dearest to his heart and the workhorse of his stable is the Greenlee GT-95 electrical tester. It’s durable and easy to use. The feature that sold Al was the ability to test for a hot wire without the need for a known ground. You simply hold the tester in your hand and touch one probe to the wire you want to test. Push the test button to see if the wire is hot. The GT-95 also features a GFCI tester, a non-contact voltage tester and a continuity tester in addition to a digital and LED display for reading voltage.
The GT-95 costs about $80 online, but it’s the only tester you’re likely to need. And it’ll last a lifetime. Buy it on Amazon today.
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The Secret to Super-Smooth Finishes
Bill, a painting pro, has two favorite tools for helping him achieve a flawless finish. One is this handy cone filter stand Bill picked up at a paint store many years ago. And the other is mesh socks, available at paint stores and home centers, to strain latex paint before using it.