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I just saw this on r/electricians, which is an electricians subreddit but is populated mostly from guys from the US.

I have to say, I appreciate Fluke's warnings : electricians - https://www.reddit.com/r/electricians/comments/b1rv6w/i_have_to_say_i_appreciate_flukes_warnings/eins6m5/

My mind is blown, he's even got people agreeing with him.

The safety standards in USA seem to be very behind the times, feel sorry for these guys and gals going out and risking their lives everyday doing dangerous stuff like this.
 
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in th USA, they've only just graduated from neon screwdrivers. give them another 10 years, they might even progress to proper voltage testers and proving units.
 
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You don’t need to rub anything, just tap it against the base of your thumb.
 
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in th USA, they've only just graduated from neon screwdrivers. give them another 10 years, they might even progress to proper voltage testers and proving units.
They are still using wire nuts so i suppose that speaks for itself really.

They wire nut debate is also an interesting one on that sub reddit. I'd say a good 90% of the american sparks believe the wire nut is the best form of connection. They hate wagos and chocs, most of them say they are an inferior connection. When you bring up the idea of conductor fatigue from twisting the conductors it is usually just brushed off.

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You don’t need to rub anything, just tap it against the base of your thumb.
Mines lights up just from knocking around in my pocket. Its great for when i just want a quick indication of say, if a lamp has failed or there is no supply to it, but i certainly wouldn't be working on that without checking for live with a more accurate tester.
 
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Funny Story about Yank connectors, working in a large building, I used UK stuff for our part of the work, as it was deemed UK Territory, but had to reroute some of the rest of the installation and use US cable and accessories, went to "The Home Depot" and asked for a connector for roughly 16mm2 singles, I was shown what was a brass tube with set screws (like the inside of a choc block) and it included some heat shrink, self explanatory really, but was told I had to be a Master Electrician to be able to use them, just bought them, so simple to use, guess I'm a Master Electrician now, bet change my details.
 

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They are still using wire nuts so i suppose that speaks for itself really.

They wire nut debate is also an interesting one on that sub reddit. I'd say a good 90% of the american sparks believe the wire nut is the best form of connection. They hate wagos and chocs, most of them say they are an inferior connection. When you bring up the idea of conductor fatigue from twisting the conductors it is usually just brushed off.

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Mines lights up just from knocking around in my pocket. Its great for when i just want a quick indication of say, if a lamp has failed or there is no supply to it, but i certainly wouldn't be working on that without checking for live with a more accurate tester.
Americans don’t hate wago’s thier just not available. When we use boxes the wagos seem to take up more space than fire nuts, we have to do box fill calculations and wagos would also have to be calculated. When I personally use wire nuts I twist all wires together put on a wire nut, then I tape all the wires together along with the wire nuts so the wire nut stays on very tight. Yes we have electricians that really don’t care and try to cram as many wires as they can get them but not under my watch
 
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