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How to Test Electrical Current With a Voltage Tester

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Locate a Working Electrical Receptacle
How to Test Electrical Current With a Voltage Tester
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A voltage tester is a lifesaver--and I mean this literally.  Unlike other helpful, time-saving home remodeling-related gadgets that we call lifesavers--paintbrush combs, Zip Walls, or paint sprayers--voltage testers can aid in the prevention of injury or death from accidental electric shock.  In fact, I rated voltage testers are one of the five best tools you can buy for home remodeling.

Begin:

Find an electrical receptacle that you positively know is live. Typically, this is a receptacle that is powering an appliance, radio, TV, computer, etc.  Make sure that this appliance is on.

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