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Old 01-04-2008, 06:57 AM   #1
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What gloves to wear when working with electrical?

Since I am working with a lot of electrical items in the house I was wondering what the best gloves are for this type of work. I have seen leather and rubber but most of the rubber gloves are made for high power line work. Do they make a rubber set for lower voltage work in home 120 and 240 V? Any info would be appreciated.


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Old 01-04-2008, 07:53 AM   #2
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Myself,... I work Bare handed.......
If you're thinking that wearing rubber Gloves is a Safety issue,......
Turning Off the circuits you're working on is Much Safer........
'cause a Pinhole in your glove will still Kill you........


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High voltage gloves work just as well at lower voltages.

Not vice versa.

Gloves are needed because the linemen need to work with the power on.

After the power is turned off, feel free to plug an incandescent lamp into a receptacle upstream and leave it in the on position, or short hot to ground and neutral to ground near the working area using wires with alligator clips on the ends. This eliminates any surprise shocks from induced voltages. (Be sure to remove the latter before turning the power back on.)
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Thanks guys. I will always turn off the power and check with 2 seperate meters but I still want to be safe so I want to wear a pair of gloves. I haven't seen low voltage electrical gloves. I will look for some. Mainly working on 120 and some 240V.

Can someone provide a good brand or link to a nice pro set?
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I have always found gloves to be cumbersome in doing minor electrical work. If you are doing small jobs around the house you don't need gloves. If you are bending and threading ridged conduit all day, then you would need gloves. If you just want to keep your hands free of nicks and scrapes any kind of soft leather will do the trick. The suggestions above are all you need as far as safety goes. I always keep a pair of soft leather gloves handy. Repetative work would be a good example of when you might consider using them. I got a new pair for Christmas.
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The only time I usually wear gloves is when pulling cable and drilling holes.
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Mainly working on 120 and some 240V.

If the power is off you will be working on 0v
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220 is right. A DIYer would be insane to ever ever ever work anything hot ever. Turn circuit off. Do work. Turn circuit on. Check voltage. Safety first, people.

Wiring houses, I worked bare handed. Working commercial, it is company policy to have gloves on when running pipe or mc. I wear mechanix gloves.


Edit to add: I also wear my $4.97 safety glasses from Wally World from the second I start work 'til I'm finished...All day, everyday.

Edit to add again: What kind of shock does induced voltage give? Is it static? Line voltage wearing a phantom's mask?


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