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A continuity testing flashlight

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Dear Mr. Electrician:  What tool reviews have you written for products that you have used? Answer:  Tool reviews of my own tools are down below.  NOTE: Some text links below go to applicable products on Amazon.  As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. There are a number of tools I have grown to love working with because work just goes so much better with the proper tools.  Having the right tool for the job increases productivity and also helps ensure that the work is getting done correctly.  My tool reviews are based on my actual use of the tools as part of my work as an electrician. One thing I can say with certainty is that not everything is manufactured to the same standards, and identical services from different companies don't always match up.  Now more than ever it is important to shop around to find the best deal or product for you and your needs.  Read many tool reviews. One of my favorite tools from my young electrician days that I still use occasionally is my Bright Star 1618-CT continuity testing flashlight(s).  See the photo at the top of this post.  They are very handy for checking fuses and incandescent or halogen light bulbs.  They are also good for identifying wires on dead circuits or wires that are shorted together. The flashlight has a jack in the back screw cap that a set of alligator leads can plug into.  After the leads are inserted in, the flashlight will only light when the two alligator clips are connected together. I saw in a store LED upgrade kits for these flashlights so I bought one.  The original PR type incandescent bulb was not that bright. These flashlight continuity testers are no longer made by the original manufacturer, but there are plenty of other types of testers available. I have always been a tool nut and when I was much younger would buy tools because I liked them and hoped to be able to use them one day.  Now I have many tools in my collection that I have never or hardly ever used. My current advice to myself is to wait until I actually need the tool before buying it unless a bargain buying opportunity comes along that is too good to pass.  My tool reviews are based on my own experiences with using them while working as an electrician. TOOL REVIEWS I have used BX cutters since I was a kid.  Working with my dad in the 1960's we mostly installed BX cable.  A hacksaw and these BX cutters were what was used to cut and trim BX cable.  The round opening below the jaws on the BX cutters is used to reshape the BX armor after trimming.  I have found that the BX cutters are also useful for cutting sheet metal. On my blog post about removing concentric knockouts I demonstrate how I cut the knockout rings with my BX cutting pliers and my Knipex high leverage diagonal pliers. I don't remember how I came to purchase my Knipex...