# Electricity

### What is the Difference between a Volt and Watt?

At Gateway Cable Company, we often have customers ask us, “What is the difference between a volt and watt?” Well, we’re here to answer that question! Our guide below will help you understand the difference between a volt and watt, the history behind the unit of power, and answer questions like, “What are watts compared… Read more »

### Is There a Difference Between Freshwater and Salt Water Resistance?

It’s easy to overlook the different types of water, but when it comes to cable resistance levels and working within water brings up the question, “Is there a difference between freshwater and salt water resistance?” Read on with Gateway Cable Company to dive deeper into how fresh water resistance and salt water resistance affect electrical… Read more »

### What is an Electrical Insulator?

If you are working with electrical components you may be asking, “what is an electrical insulator?” An electrical insulator definition is materials that are highly resistant with the ability to quell the flow of electricity. You may be surprised to learn that the air around you is actually a great electrical insulator. Questions we will… Read more »

### How Does a Multimeter Work?

A multimeter is an instrument used to test electronic circuits to ensure that everything is functioning properly. But, how does a multimeter work? What is a multimeter used to measure? A standard multimeter utilizes probes to test the current, resistance, or voltage of an object. More expensive models can also test capacitance and inductance, but… Read more »

### How to Test Electrical Resistance

Electrical resistance, measured in ohms, is an object’s ability to resist the flow of electric current. Electrical resistance tests can be done to determine if a resistor is functioning properly, or on a myriad of objects. Before we learn how to test electrical resistance, it is important to note that you should never try an… Read more »

### What is Electrical Resistance?

If you work around live electricity, understanding electrical resistance, what is used to measure electrical resistance, and how to test electrical resistance is crucial. But what is electrical resistance? Electrical resistance refers to the ability of an object to resist the flow of electrical current. The material, size, and shape of an object will all… Read more »

### What is a Continuous Duty Solenoid?

A solenoid is a cylindrical device that contains tight metal coiling with the intent of converting electrical energy over to mechanical power. There are different types of solenoids, like starter solenoids, that have different uses and capacities. What is a continuous duty solenoid? Solenoids are rated for how long they can be powered on. These… Read more »

### How to Ground Yourself Electrically

Working with electricity requires precision and safety measures to be observed with diligence. Grounding is a great way to ensure safety for yourself and to protect your equipment. But what does grounded mean in electricity? Electrical grounding is the process of creating a backup route for current to flow to the ground should a fault… Read more »

### What is EPDM Cable?

With many of the cables we use for electrical projects, you’ll find that many will have a thick rubber coating to protect the wires themselves and provide efficient insulation. To ensure your cables continue to hold up over time, ethylene propylene diene monomer or EPDM cables can provide an extra layer of protection and keep… Read more »

### How Does Electroless Plating Work?

In order to protect all the important components of your electrical equipment and systems, you want to ensure that you have plenty of materials that work in tandem with one another and can effectively conduct energy and heat. One of the many ways you can retrofit your most important electrical parts and equipment is with… Read more »

### What is a Fuse Used For?

If you’ve experienced a power outage of some sort then you may have likely blown a fuse. While blowing a fuse leads to the inconvenience of losing power to your essential electrical systems, fuses play an important function in keeping circuits protected from an everflow of heat and energy which can cause much more dangerous… Read more »

### Learn How Electrical Cable is Made

Electrical wiring and cables are essential to powering many of our everyday appliances, devices, and so much more. But, what are cable wires made of? Since electrical wires help your current flow efficiently, they need to be made of highly conductive material and insulated properly. Learn more about how electrical cable is made and then… Read more »

### What is the Difference Between Volts and Amps?

Having the right volts and amps set up will ensure the right power is being delivered to your electrical circuit. But what is the difference between volts and amps? While volts are used to measure the force of the electrical charge, amps are used to measure the electrical current flow throughout your circuit. Learn more… Read more »

### What is a Volt?

Volts, or voltage, are an important component of any lighting or electrical project. But what is a volt and why is it important? A volt is used to determine the electrical capacity of a circuit to maintain a steady current flow of power throughout your electrical project, but that’s just the start of why volts… Read more »

### Why Do Metals Conduct Electricity?

Having the right material in place as an electrical conductor will ensure a steady current through your circuits. You may have heard that certain metals are great conductors, by why do metals conduct electricity? And, are there certain metals that conduct electricity better than others? Find out which metals are right for your next at-home… Read more »