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A good workman always has the right tools

In the digital age there’s not much stopping anyone with an internet connection from exploring home DIY. Learning how to make small home improvements and performing general maintenance in a domestic setting has never been easier. A simple internet search can produce hundreds of links to step by step videos and instruction on virtually anything. The only thing standing in your way now are the right tools to get the job done.

The efficient use of a wide range of tools is what separates us from other animals. Access to the right tools make jobs far safer and easier, allowing us to solve unique problems with more efficiency and finesse.

Choosing the correct tools for the right job can be a daunting and an overwhelming task – there are so many to choose from at so many different price points! The tools you bought to fix your toilet won’t be the same ones you need to maintain your gate motor. While building your basic tool collection, look for the highest quality you can afford and remember to maintain the tools you already have – ensuring they will continue to serve you for many years.

Tools for electrical work are often completely different to the ones a plumber may have in his toolkit. Jobs where wiring and electricity are involved will require tools that can measure voltage or manipulate and cut wires. Pliers of all kinds are especially useful for electrical work. Long nose pliers are used to reach wires in tight spaces and hold small objects in place while working. Groove joint pliers are useful for removing knockouts from metal electrical boxes, tightening cable clamps and for other general adjustments. These tools would, however, be useless to a carpenter or brick layer.

Other great tools for electrical projects include general use items like torches, measuring tape, screwdrivers and a good quality spirit level. A full kit that includes everything necessary can be the difference between a half-job and a job-well-done. It’s generally considered a bad idea to start a project before you have everything you need.

Buying tools when they’re on special is ideal to ensure affordability. Keeping a look out for sales is a great way to get the highest quality tools for the lowest possible price. If you’re currently on the hunt for some tools, you’re in luck! The 3-Phase sale currently on at Voltex is offering a great range of tools at great prices, making it possible to stock your toolkit without breaking the bank. They also make great gifts!

The sale offers everything from pliers and screwdrivers to multimeters and crimping tools – making now the perfect time to invest in great quality tools from leading brands.

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Plugs, Sockets and Safety Around the Home

Electricity surrounds us, it’s in our homes and everywhere we look. Our homes are powered by complicated electrical systems connected to the national grid – It permeates every aspect of our lives in every way.

It’s vital that we understand and stay informed about the electrical aspects of our home, to keep our family members safe and secure. Even if you know all the risks, its important to consider the members of your home who might not know the potential danger that surrounds old or faulty electrical connections.

Appliances needing repairs or replacement should be attended to immediately. Not doing so could result in an accident. In your home, breakages and excessive wear and tear on electrical equipment can occur frequently so you need to make regular inspections and take precautions to ensure your safety.

Part of your routine home maintenance should include a thorough inspection of all electrical plugs, sockets and appliances. Catching issues early could save your life and you home.

For appliances, check for breakages, wear, deterioration, signs of overheating, missing parts and faulty appliance controls wherever you are able. Remember to test all your appliances and equipment regularly to stay ahead of possible problems or faulty connections.

Where your home plugs and electric sockets and concerned, there are a few tips and tricks that may ensure your safety. Buy and use plugs that are SABS approved, avoid overloading your plugs and use an adaptor instead wherever possible. Ensure that you switch off wall sockets when not in use and never unplug an appliance by pulling on the cord. If small children live in your home, place wall socket safety caps in areas within reach of tiny hands.

Take the time to teach your children and household members proper safety procedures, people of all ages should know how to use plugs safely. Do your plug sockets and covers look like they need to be replaced? Consider buying new ones with the new SANS 164-2 South African plug included. The new plug standard is safer, easier and makes more efficient use of space than the older 3-point plug model. Keep your home up to date and buy some new plugs and switches from Voltex during the 3-Phase sale for added affordability and convenience!

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Enjoy an insect-free summer with Voltex

Summer storms and warm weather being out swarms of insects that can be highly annoying and potentially unsanitary. Nobody wants a moth or fly to land up in their drink when sitting outside and enjoying time outdoors. And it’s even worse when the bugs get inside your home! If you haven’t already, get yourself an insect killer to keep away the insects that plague the South African summer season.

Simply buying an insect killer isn’t enough – where you place the device matters and can make a huge difference to your life. Make the most of your shiny new indoor insect killer this season by following some simple tips and tricks.

Position your insect killer carefully. Make sure it’s not visible from outside so you don’t inadvertently invite more insects in! Keep the bugs out and only kill the unlucky ones who find their way inside your home. Insects fly at an average height of 1.5-2.5m, make the most of this fact by positioning your traps and killers around this height.

Keep your traps away from other light sources to increase their effectiveness and ensure that the insects find the trap and not harmless light fixtures. The best place for your fly killer should be between the most likely point of entry in your home, and the food. Inside and above doors is a great place to position as insects are lured away from kitchens and food areas without being invited into you home.

You can increase you traps effectiveness even further by securing all waste far away from kitchens and keeping your space as clean as possible. The added benefit of this is that routine cleaning also helps to reduce the likelihood of other pests such as rats and mice.

Now that you’re an insect killing expert, use this information to keep your home and your life bug-free all summer long. If you don’t have an amazing insect killer yet, they’re on special during the Voltex 3-Phase sale! Hurry and get one for your home or business before its too late, an insect-free stoep is well worth any price.

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Solar power to the people

Thinking of making the switch to solar? Did you know that you don’t have to switch your entire home over right away? If you’re an environmentally conscious person on a budget, there’s a convenient solution that’s great for both the planet and your wallet! Consider turning your regular geyser into one that’s powered by the sun with Voltex.

A household rooftop solar panel system can reduce pollution by 100 tons of CO2 in its lifetime, you too can contribute to a greener environment by purchasing a full solar kit that changes your existing geyser into one that’s solar powered. It has all the carbon footprint reduction with far less of the hassle.

Renewable Energy is rapidly changing the way we live our day to day lives and more and more people are making the move to a more sustainable lifestyle. With sunshine almost every day in most parts of South Africa, it makes sense that solar energy is a main source of alternative energy for businesses and homes alike. There are many advantages to alternative energy, the best one being the cost savings over time.

Specifically designed to make green energy a reality for every home owner and complete with everything needed to provide a complete installation, The solar geyser kit is perfect. It provides an efficient method for electrical contractors to deliver accurate quotations by eliminating the variable costs of the components. The barrier for entry has never been lower and the kits are affordable enough for everyone.

Now is the perfect time to buy. If you purchase one for your home before the end of the year, you’ll save even more because of Voltex’ 3-Phase sale! Get a kit for yourself for the cheapest ever price and begin your personal journey into a renewable future today!

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Brighten up your life with floodlights

Floodlights are an essential. They’re perfect for illuminating dark spaces and providing vision where it’s needed most, all year round. Depending on where they’re installed, they can easily and efficiently provide a host of useful benefits in a wide variety of situations. The key is to install them correctly and know how to get the most out of them all year round.

Keep reading for some helpful tips and tricks that will enable you to get the most out of your floodlights and ensure they provide illumination that’s safe and efficient.

1. Keep it down.

During installation, tilting the floodlight down as far as possible will minimize blinding glare and ensure your light is illuminating only what’s needed. Angling your light downwards will prevent the beam from shining into the sky or over property walls. Only the area to be lit should be covered by the beam.

2. Placement is key.

Install your floodlights as high up as possible and practical. Placing them in this way allows you to more easily angle your lights correctly. This positioning enables less tilt. provides safe, even lighting and prevents tampering. Minimize blind spots in an area by placing your floodlights strategically at the exterior corners of your home or space. Placing them in corners allows for lighting a larger area with less fixtures.

3. Keep it controlled.

Sensors connected to your floodlight help trigger the light only when it’s needed. They’re great for reducing running costs and aiding in night-time security. Purchasing floodlights that include day/night sensors are a convenient option for those who might forget to turn lights on in the evening and off in the morning.

For all the benefits that floodlights offer at an incredibly convenient price, consider buying yours from Voltex during our 3-Phase Sale! Our range on offer during the sale comes in a wide variety of sizes for almost any application. The floodlights include sensors and utilize LED technology to save you money and are easy to install and maintain. Illuminate your spaces for less, improve the security of your home and experience both convenience and peace of mind with floodlights from Voltex.

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Escape the heat this summer

Don’t let the heat get the best of you this season. A new aircon from Voltex can help you keep your cool now and stay comfortable all year round!

In order to get the most out of an air conditioning unit, planning is everything. Before you can sit back and enjoy your air-conditioned space, take a moment and learn how to get the most out of your new product.

1. Installation and Maintenance.

Carefully consider where in your home or office to install your air conditioner. An aircon can be too ‘big’ or too ‘small’ for a space so ensure you get professional advice when determining how powerful an aircon needs to be for your specific needs. Choosing the right size for the right space could save you lots of money over time. It’s also highly recommended that you don’t install the unit alone.

Allowing an accredited electrician to assist with installation will preserve your warranty and ensure everything is installed safely and correctly. Proper maintenance and care will prolong your unit’s life and ensure you’re saving money every month the aircon runs.

2. Positioning.

Where you install your aircon makes a big difference. Find a spot in an appropriately sized room and ensure both the inside and outside components are both easily accessible for maintenance. Place the unit away from other heat producing electronics and don’t try to hide the outside unit behind shrubs or where there may be debris. Position the unit in a well-ventilated space. The hot air shouldn’t be trapped as this will affect the indoor cooling and overall efficiency of your aircon.

Consider installing a ceiling fan in the same room if your budget allows. The fan will help move the cold air around and more effectively cool the area. Closing blinds and curtains will further assist in cooling the space by shielding the area from the sun’s rays. This will allow your unit to more easily keep the area cool and additionally save you money every month on your electricity bill.

3. Sit Back and Enjoy.

Owning a well-maintained aircon unit comes with a whole host of benefits besides controlling the temperature of your house. Air conditioners also increase the quality of air around it by circulating it through filters. The filter removes particulates from the air like dust, pollen and other potentially harmful pollutants. But only if you take the time to keep the filter clean.

There is evidence that suggests air-conditioning improves productivity! Working in temperature-controlled spaces allows people to focus more easily on the task at hand rather than on their discomfort. Cooler spaces are also beneficial to the other electronic devices in a room, preserving their efficacy and performance.

If you don’t already have an aircon installed in your home, now is the time to invest. Buy a brand new aircon unit from Voltex today and prepare to enjoy all the benefits that come with owning one!