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Every electrician's tool kit should include the right tools

By Edited Jan 26, 2016 0 0

No qualified electrician can get through a day of tasks without the right equipment. Each electrician must have a container full of the essential tools they require to perform these jobs competently, and more importantly, safely. If you're recently qualified from an electrical training course, or are going to undertake a course and want a summary of the principle tools, then look no farther.

For health and safety reasons improper tools cannot be used to perform electrical work, insulated tools are a requirement when working with electricity. Choosing the right design is essential as you need your tools to feel comfortable in your hand, especially since you'll be using them daily. Repetitive motions can lead to nasty hand and wrist problems, the equipment you choose can lessen the possibility of pain when you are older.

Knowing what brands you should purchase can be tricky. However, dedicated forums are a haven for electrical experts brimming with an abundance of knowledge and years of experience on the best brands to buy, and the ones to avoid! Equipped with reliable suggestions, head onto review sites to solidify your decision. It's worth paying that little extra for quality tools, and the best will last you a good number of years, even if you use them every day. Providing they do not get misplaced by clumsy hands. Below we establish the essentials for an electrician's tool kit:

Pliers. One essential thing you need in your toolbox is a good, sharp pair of pliers. They are a particularly common piece of equipment in the toolbox, and normally come in two main types. Side-cutting/diagonal snips are generally used for just cutting wire, and are designed to do so in tighter spaces. Needle nose pliers are useful in crowded or hard to reach spaces, or with smaller wires. They are formed with two long, thin blades that meet at a point, and can cut, grip and manoeuvre thinner wires.

Wire Strippers. Primarily used to strip off the protective coat from the outside the wires. Usefully, a decent pair of wire strippers should come with an integrated size guide, enabling you to neatly strip wires of different diameters, whilst leaving the wire underneath complete.

Nut Drivers. Nut drivers are comparable visually to screwdrivers however they give you a far greater torque for tightening nuts and bolts. They usually have a hollow shaft to house changeable sockets of different sizes this saves you money as you will only need one nut driver.

Multimeter. A very useful inclusion to any electrician's tool kit. A multimeter will accurately troubleshoot various electrical issues, including current, voltage and resistance, just from one handheld instrument.

Measuring Tape. Simple, but extremely useful. You will be surprised how often this little device comes in handy on each job. Don't sell yourself short (literally) - acquire a tape that measures over 25 feet.

Fishing Tool. For an electrician a fishing tool is needed to manoeuvre wires behind structures such as walls. It's made up of a case (either plastic or metal) that houses a thin piece of flexible metal coil. Instead of having to take down areas of a wall the electrician threads the fishing tool through a little notch in a wall and uses it to pull cable through.

Power Tools. Commonly required power tools kept in an electrician's arsenal are saws and drills. Lower power drills are preferred for smaller jobs where extra torque is not needed, such as light fastening work on switches etc. The larger hammer drills are brought out on a job when bigger incisions in more dense surfaces like concrete need to be penetrated, for feeding cables through brick walls for instance.

An electrician's tool kit is full of a variety of tools each designed with a specific function. Once you have qualified as an electrician you will want to get hold of a number of tools such as pliers and wire strippers for everyday tasks. Don't rush and acquire all that you might need right away, begin with the essentials and then build up your kit as you go along. Always look for quality tools as they will not break within the first few minutes of use.

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