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How to Safely Restore Electrical Service Following a Flood
 
 
TORRANCE, CA, SEPTEMBER 18, 2017 -- Hurricanes Irma and Harvey have left trails of devastation throughout Texas, Florida and many Southeastern states, bringing heavy rains, storm surges and flash flooding. Now, as evacuated residents are beginning to return to their houses, repairing and restoring electrical systems is paramount to getting their lives back to normal.

"If a house has flooded, an electrical system should be thoroughly checked and repaired by a professional electrician," says Warren Tarbell, president of the Nonconductive Tool Company, the maker of Voltclaw™ nonconductive pliers. "However, homeowners with a background in electrical work can perform minor repairs if they follow important safety steps."
  1. Disconnect the main electrical breaker. If the main switch is located in the basement, be sure all flood water has been pumped out before working on the electrical system. Water conducts electricity and live power lines can be deadly, especially if they are submerged or not easily visible.
  2. Remove covers from switches, outlets and other electrical connections. Double check with voltmeter or non-contact voltage detector to make sure the electricity is turned off. Next, pull receptacles, switches and wires about 2 inches out from their boxes without disconnecting the wires. Clean out mud and dirt with clean water and allow wires and connections to dry. 
  3. Check the system for electrical shorts. Close the main switch and look for sparks or smoking wires which indicate shorted switch connections. If you see evidence of such shorts, you need a new switch.
  4. For 24-48 hours be careful when using receptacles and switches. There may be residual moisture which could cause shocks.
  5. If some of the circuits are faulty, use only the undamaged circuits. However, do not overload undamaged circuits with too many lights or appliances until normal capacity is restored.
  6. Newer homes have ground fault circuit interruptions with their circuit breaker. GFCIs will need to be replaced.
  7. Call a professional electrician if you need assistance on how to complete these electrical tasks.

The Importance of Insulation

Wear rubber gloves and rubber-soled boots for all work with electrical circuits in a wet environment. Rubber is an insulator and will help protect from electrocution. Standing on a dry wooden board is also good practice.

Insulated, non-conductive tools are the safest choice. For example, Voltclaw pliers are non-conductive to 1000V making the tools a far safer alternative to metal screwdrivers or wire strippers when grabbing, pulling, pushing and bending of electrical wires. With no metal parts, the tool will also not cut or scrap the insulation off of wires which can create a potential electrocution or fire hazard. 

For more information, visit www.voltclaw.com. 
 
About Nonconductive Tool Company, LLC
Headquartered in Torrance, California, the Nonconductive Tool Company, LLC is committed to creating and manufacturing tools that help keep electricians safe and able to perform their functions to the highest level of their abilities. It's American made tools include the award-winning VoltClaw™, a groundbreaking new way for electricians to work safely around wiring. The Voltclaw was invented by the company's founder, Warren Tarbell, an electrician and contractor. To learn more, visit www.voltclaw.com.
 
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Kicking Task! Voltclaw Gives Electricians A Safer, Timesaving Way to Get the Job Done
 
TORRANCE, CA, AUGUST 21, 2017 -- Professional electricians and heavy DIYers pride themselves in having a tool for virtually any job. Yet the basic task of grabbing and moving wires has been largely ignored, leaving them to rely on dangerous metal screwdrivers, wire strippers or, worse yet, their fingers, to manipulate wires inside of electrical boxes and panels. 

The new Voltclaw Multi-Gauge tool provides a new "task-kicking" way to manage the most common wire installation jobs in residential and commercial systems. The Voltclaw Multi-Gauge solves wiring challenges using its unique pull hook, sliding wire gripper, and V-groove. An essential safety tool, the Voltclaw Multi-Gauge is non-conductive to 1000V making it a far safer alternative to metal screwdrivers or wire strippers for grabbing and moving wires. It delivers peace-of-mind, even when navigating around wires in the most crowded boxes. It also answers the need for versatility with a sliding wire gripper optimized for a secure grip on almost wire ranging in size from 6 to 14 gauge. 

The Voltclaw Multi-Gauge has a powerful arsenal of wire management solutions every professional and heavy DIYer should have on hand. Using it is as simple as 1-2-3.
  1. The Reach: Safely reach deep inside of junction boxes, switch boxes, and service panels to grab 6-14 gauge wires with the Voltclaw's two hooks and pull them out. Use the front hook for smaller gauge wires and the rear hook for larger gauge wires.
  2. The Slide: Pro's appreciate the Voltclaw Multi-Gauge's sliding wire gripper. Simply set the wire into the front hook and slide the thumb slide forward to grip the wire. The wire can now be pushed, pulled or bent.
  3. The Groove: Use the V-groove on the front of the VoltClaw Multi-Gauge to push wires back into junction boxes, switch boxes, service panels and other applications.
The Voltclaw Multi-Gauge is immediately available for $19.97 (USD) through electrical distribution and at leading home improvement stores including Home Depot.
 
WIN ON FACEBOOK 
For years, loyal Voltclaw users have shared ways the tools have been used, and now Voltclaw is asking them to share those uses with others on its Facebook page, www.facebook.com/voltclaw. Post how you use Voltclaw, and you'll instantly be entered to win a Voltclaw Combo Pack containing the Voltclaw Multi-Gauge and the original Voltclaw-12.
 
For more information, visit www.voltclaw.com. 
 
About Nonconductive Tool Company, LLC
Headquartered in Torrance, California, the Nonconductive Tool Company, LLC is committed to creating and manufacturing tools that help keep electricians safe and able to perform their functions to the highest level of their abilities. It's American made tools include the award-winning VoltClaw™, a groundbreaking new way for electricians to work safely around wiring. The Voltclaw was invented by the company's founder, Warren Tarbell, an electrician and contractor. To learn more, visit www.voltclaw.com.
 
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Introducing A Safer, Faster Way To Handle A Wider Range Of Electrical Wires

Building on the success of the original Voltclaw-12, NTC launches the Voltclaw Multi-Gauge for safe management of 6-14 gauge electrical wires
 
TORRANCE, CA, JULY 18, 2017 -- Nonconductive Tool Company (NTC) continues to revolutionize the tool industry with the introduction of the Voltclaw Multi-Gauge electrician's tool. Designed to bring added productivity to the jobsite, the new tool provides electricians with a safer, faster way to manage 6-16 gauge wires inside of junction boxes, switch boxes and service panels, than any solution they've had up until now.
 
The Voltclaw Multi-Gauge is non-conductive to 1000V making it a far safer alternative to metal screwdrivers or wire strippers for the grabbing, pulling, pushing and bending of electrical wires. It delivers peace-of-mind, even when navigating around wires in the most crowded electrical boxes. With no metal parts, the new tool will not cut or scrap the insulation off of electrical wires which can create a potential electrocution or fire hazard. And because of its lightweight, compact design it is exceptionally convenient to carry therefore encouraging electricians to use it whenever a wire needs to be moved, rather than endanger themselves with a metal tool or their hands. 
 
The new tool delivers unmatched versatility with a sliding wire gripper optimized for a secure grip on almost any wire used in commercial and residential installations. The user simply inserts a wire into the front hook and slides the thumb slide forward to grip it. Now the wire can be pushed, pulled or bent precisely into place. It also features two pull hooks, one on the front and one on the back, to handle both small or larger wires., along with a V-groove for pushing wires back into junction boxes. Deep finger grips ensure a safe grasp with greasy or gloved hands. 
 
TREAT EVERY WIRE LIKE IT’S LIVE
Industry best practices call for electricians to always remove power before beginning work; however, they should continue to treat every wire as though it were still live. Circuit breakers can be turned back on accidentally while the electrician is working, especially if proper lockout/tagout procedures are not in place. The Voltclaw Multi-Gauge is an essential tool for helping electricians achieve these best practice goals.
 
The Voltclaw Multi-Gauge builds on the success of the widely popular Voltclaw-12. It is immediately available for $19.97 (USD) through electrical distribution and at leading home improvement stores including Home Depot.
 
For complete information, visit www.voltclaw.com.
 
About Nonconductive Tool Company, LLC
Headquartered in Torrance, California, the Nonconductive Tool Company, LLC is committed to creating and manufacturing tools that help keep electricians safe and able to perform their functions to the highest level of their abilities. It's American made tools include the award-winning VoltClaw™, a groundbreaking new way for electricians to work safely around wiring. The Voltclaw was invented by the company's founder, Warren Tarbell, an electrician and contractor. To learn more, visit www.voltclaw.com.
 
 

Don't Get Shocked! How to Avoid Danger and Safely Wire Your Home

TORRANCE, CA, JUNE 8, 2017 -- Home wiring is not a job that should be undertaken by a novice. Getting shocked is more than unpleasant - it can cause serious injuries and even be lethal. As little as 14 milliamps, about that of a plug-in nightlight, is enough to kill a person. 

"No matter how often you may have carried out home wiring jobs, never be tempted to skip basic precautions or use the wrong tools or protection," explained Warren Tarbell, President of Nonconductive Tool Company and a licensed electrician. "Preparation is the key to electrical safety." 

Tarbell offers these safety tips to guide the DIY'r through a home wiring project. 

  1. Before doing any electrical work, shut the power off at the breaker. Use a voltage tester to check that wires or electrical connections are dead before working with them. However, work as though the electricity was on, avoiding physical contact with exposed wiring. 

  2. Dress for distress: Wear solid shoes or boots that have nice thick insulated soles and avoid standing on wet ground. Use insulated tools - they may cost more but they can save your life. Also safety glasses are a must.

  3. Don't put your pedals on the metal. Some jobs will require a ladder. Make sure sit is made of fiberglass or another non-conductive material.

  4. Professional electricians will sometimes put one hand in their pocket if they are working on something hot or potentially hot. You should too. That way if you get shocked it won't be as severe.And never touch a ground, such as plumbing or a gas pipe, while you work with the other hand. 

  5. Always work to a plan so that you know exactly where the outlets, switches, and fixtures are going to be placed before you begin. This allows you to check that you've got the appropriate amount of materials.

  6. Use the tools of the trade. At the very least, your toolbar should include : long-nose pliers, wire cutter and strippers, an electric drill, fish tape, cable stripper, colored tape, voltage tester and continuity tester. The Voltclaw nonconductive wire management tool from Nonconductive Tool Company is another safety tool for the DIY. Designed to work with 12 to 14 gauge wires, it prevents contact with wires, allowing the user to pull wires from junction boxes, push wires back into junction boxes, and move and bend wires. It even has a twist-on wire connector wrench and a wire loop bender to make the job faster.

  7. Never splice wires together and conceal them within a wall. An accessible junction box should always be used to join wires, and is normally required by code. Finally, if the conductor covering a wire looks frayed or is showing signs of deterioration, replace it. An exposed conductor, however small, can lead to a major house fire.

When in doubt, call a licensed electrician to do the work. An electrician is well schooled in residential wiring and likely will be able to complete the job in less time than it takes you to learn. To purchase the Voltclaw go to www.homedepot.com or visit www.voltclaw.com. MSRP is $14.97 (USD).

About Nonconductive Tool Company, LLC

Headquartered in Torrance, California, the Nonconductive Tool Company, LLC is committed to creating and manufacturing tools that help keep electricians safe and able to perform their functions to the highest level of their abilities. It's American made tools include the award-winning VoltClaw™, a groundbreaking new way for electricians to work safely around wiring. The Voltclaw was invented by the company's founder, Warren Tarbell, an electrician and contractor. To learn more, visit www.voltclaw.com.

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Voltclaw Tools Now Available at HomeDepot.com  

Affordably priced at $14.97 just in time for Father's Day

TORRANCE, CA, MAY 22, 2017 -- Nonconductive Tool Company (NTC) announced today that its Voltclaw-12 multi-use electrician's tool will now be sold online by the world's largest home improvement retailer, The Home Depot® via HomeDepot.com.

"This is an important milestone for our company, and a great endorsement by the most trusted name in home improvement," said Warren Tarbell, CEO of NTC and the inventor of the Voltclaw. "Now electricians and Do-It-Yourselfer's across the nation can easily purchase our safety-enhancing Voltclaw."NTC brings performance-driven solutions to the professional trades and DIY's with its Voltclaw-12. By harnessing a patented design the Voltclaw-12 allows electricians to grip, push, pull and move 12-gauge electrical wires in outlets, switches, junction boxes and breaker panels - safer, faster and easier. 

Until Voltclaw-12, electrical wires were typically manipulated by hand or with tools designed for other purposes, such as a screwdriver or wire stripper. These methods put the electrician in serious danger of electrical shock, especially when metal tools are used to move wires. Metal tools can also damage the insulation which protects the copper wire. The Voltclaw-12 has no metal parts and is nonconductive up to 1000V. Its smooth edges allow an electrician to safely bend and move wires without damaging insulation, unlike with standard metal tools that can nick and break insulation.

"NTC is committed to making our Voltclaw products widely available in the United States," said Tarbell. "Partnering with The Home Depot is an important step in increasing ours customers'  convenience for purchasing, and we look forward to continuing to expand our reach and product availability."Affordably priced starting at $14.97, the Voltclaw makes its debut on homedepot.comjust in time for Father's Day, June 18, 2017. It is the perfect gift for electricians and for the dad that doubles as the family's handyman.

For complete information, visit www.voltclaw.com. 

About Nonconductive Tool Company, LLC

Headquartered in Torrance, California, the Nonconductive Tool Company, LLC is committed to creating and manufacturing tools that help keep electricians safe and able to perform their functions to the highest level of their abilities. It's American made tools include the award-winning VoltClaw™, a groundbreaking new way for electricians to work safely around wiring. The Voltclaw was invented by the company's founder, Warren Tarbell, an electrician and contractor. To learn more, visit www.voltclaw.com.

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Voltclaw Tools Featured on "Ask This Old House" TV Show

TORRANCE, CA, MAY 5, 2017 -- Nonconductive Tool Company (NTC) announced today that its Voltclaw-12 multi-use tool was featured on a recent episode of the Emmy award winning PBS home improvement series Ask This Old House.  

During the program, master electrician Scott Caron demonstrates how the Voltclaw-12 makes working with wires easier to Ask This Old House host Kevin O'Connor. First, Scott shows Kevin how the Voltclaw easily "cranks" on wire connectors with its built-in wrench. Next, Scott gives a lesson on using the nonconductive Voltclaw-12 to safely push-in and then grab wires to remove them from an electrical box. Last, Scott employs the Voltclaw to loop the end of a stripped wire for connection onto an electrical switch. 

"We are thrilled Voltclaw was featured on Ask This Old House," said Warren Tarbell the CEO of NTC and the inventor of the Voltclaw. "Being put to use by an electrician of Scott Caron's caliber validates what we believe: the Voltclaw is a safety-enhancing, timesaving multi-use tool that is a necessary addition to the tool bags of professional electricians like Scott as well as DIY homeowners."

This Old House Ventures, LLC, is America's No. 1 multiplatform home-enthusiast brand, providing trusted information and expert advice through its award-winning television shows, This Old House and Ask This Old House, its highly regarded This Old House magazine, and its inspiration- and information-driven digital properties, including thisoldhouse.com.

For complete information, visit www.voltclaw.com. 

About Nonconductive Tool Company, LLC
Headquartered in Torrance, California, the Nonconductive Tool Company, LLC is committed to creating and manufacturing tools that help keep electricians safe and able to perform their functions to the highest level of their abilities. It's American made tools include the award-winning VoltClaw™, a groundbreaking new way for electricians to work safely around wiring. The Voltclaw was invented by the company's founder, Warren Tarbell, an electrician and contractor. To learn more, visit www.voltclaw.com.
 
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Electrician Invents Groundbreaking New Tool to Pull, Bend and Move Wires with Less Risk of Electrical Shock

Patented Voltclaw-12 fundamentally changes how electricians work 

TORRANCE, CA, APRIL 10, 2017 -- Nonconductive Tool Company, founded by electrician Warren Tarbell, has developed a revolutionary new tool that is leading to safer, faster and more productive work methods for electricians, maintenance professionals and Do-It-Yourselfers. 

The company's latest breakthrough fills a serious gap in the hand-tool industry. It is a simple-to-use, low-cost tool that is nonconductive to allow the safer management of 12-14 gauge electrical wiring within junction boxes, switch boxes, outlets, panels or anywhere electrical wires are installed. Immediately available with an MSRP of only $14.95 (USD), the new Voltclaw-12 is one of the most important new tools to reach the electrical market in a decade. 

ELECTRICAL HAZARDS

Until Voltclaw-12, electrical wires were typically manipulated by hand or with tools designed for other purposes, such as a screwdriver or wire stripper. These methods put the electrician in serious danger of electrical shock, especially when metal tools are used to move wires. Metal tools can also damage the insulation which protects the copper wire. Exposed bare copper wire greatly increases the chances of electrical malfunction or serious injury.

 Even when circuits are turned off the danger of electrical shock remains. In a commercial building, which may have hundreds of circuits, the possibility of a wrong circuit being left on is a very real danger. Also, circuits may be accidentally turned back on during a wiring project. Using a VoltClaw provides another level of protection. 

 VOLTCLAW-12 IS THE ANSWER

Molded from rugged, impact-resistant nylon, the Voltclaw-12 has no metal parts and is nonconductive up to 1000V. Its smooth edges allow an electrician to safely bend and move wires without damaging insulation, unlike with standard metal tools that can nick and break insulation. Since ergonomics plays a role in the tool safety, the Voltclaw-12 was designed to encourage a confident grip with only minimal torque required to secure, bend and pull wires. The stress-reducing contoured grip feels natural and comfortably in a gloved hand.

Although Voltclaw-12 weighs just a few ounces and measures less than 9 inches it is a rugged tool. It is equipped with six unique functions that greatly contribute to its value. Using the Voltclaw, the electrician can:

  • Reach inside crowded junction boxes, service panels and other applications to tightly grab wires with either one of the tool's two Pull Hooks

  • Push, pull or bend wires with the T-Groove by sliding the wire into the groove and twisting the tool.

  • Push wires back into outlets, switch boxes, GFCIs or other tight spaces with the tool's V-groove. Push in ground wires first, white wires second and hot wires last.

  • Create a J-shaped loop on the end of a pre-stripped wire with the Loop Bender. Electricians need a J-shaped loop to attach wires securely to the screws on the side of a receptacle or a switch.

  • Remove or tighten twist-on wire connectors with the built-in wrench. Simply slide the wire connector into the wrench and turn counterclockwise for loosening or clockwise for tightening.

VOLTCLAW-12 ORIGINS

The concept behind the Voltclaw emerged nearly a decade ago. While on a job site working on a junction box, NTC founder Warren Tarbell and an apprentice were confronted with a breaker that couldn't be shut off. 

Recalls Tarbell: "The apprentice said, 'I wish I had a toothbrush to pull this wire out of the box,' and that's what sparked the Voltclaw idea. Electricians want a nonconductive tool that lets them reach into a deep junction box, outlet box, switch or breaker panel and simply grab the wire. There was nothing like it on the market." 

It took Tarbell and his team more than 80 prototypes to arrive at the current design. "I had a lot of assistance along the way," he notes. "There were a lot of long days and late nights but in the end we introduced a tool that does more than just move, push and pull wires. It does it safer."

EDITOR NOTE: For a sample Voltclaw-12 to feature in a published product review, please email dan@oconnellpr.com or warren@ntctools.com

About Nonconductive Tool Company, LLC

Headquartered in Torrance, California, the Nonconductive Tool Company, LLC is committed to creating and manufacturing tools that help keep electricians safe and able to perform their functions to the highest level of their abilities. It's American made tools include the award-winning VoltClaw™, a groundbreaking new way for electricians to work safely around wiring. The Voltclaw was invented by the company's founder, Warren Tarbell, an electrician and contractor. To learn more, visit www.voltclaw.com.

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