The Voltclaw-12 from the Nonconductive Tool Company is a patented, non-conductive hand tool. It allows the safer management of 12-14 gauge electrical wiring within junction boxes, switch boxes, outlets, panels, or anywhere electrical wires are installed.
Electrical wires have typically been manipulated by hand or with tools designed for other purposes (e.g., screwdriver, wire stripper). These methods put the electrician in danger of electrical shock, especially when metal tools are used. Metal tools can also damage the insulation which protects the copper wire. Exposed bare copper wire increases the chances of electrical malfunction or 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 danger. Circuits may also be accidentally turned back on during a wiring project. Using a VoltClaw provides another level of protection.
Molded from rugged, impact-resistant nylon, the Voltclaw-12 has no metal parts and is non-conductive up to 1000V. Its mooth edges allow the user to safely bend and move wires without damaging insulation, unlike with standard metal tools that can nick and break insulation.
The Voltclaw-12 was designed to encourage a confident, stress-reducing contoured grip with only minimal torque required to secure, bend, and pull wires. The hand tool is equipped with six valuable functions. Users 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 hand 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. Users slide the wire connector into the wrench and turn counterclockwise for loosening or clockwise for tightening.
The Voltclaw-12 weighs a few ounces and measures less than 9″.