Each trained electrician needs a number of different
For health and safety reasons electrical jobs can't be carried out without proper equipment, insulated tools are a requirement as electricity can be so hazardous. Selecting the right design is imperative as you will need your tools to fit comfortably in your hand, particularly because you will need them regularly. Repetitive movements can lead to wrist and hand injuries, the tools you choose can decrease the likelihood of pain when you are older.
With a broad variety of tools it is hard to know which brands to buy. Look on forums to see what other people advise. When you've got a notion of the tools you may choose check out reviews online to aid your final decision. High quality equipment will last so think carefully before buying as this equipment will still be in your toolbox years from now-that's if they haven't been misplaced!
Pliers. One essential component of your toolbox will be a quality, sharp pair of pliers. These are one of the most common tools in the toolbox, and normally come in two main types. Side-cutting/diagonal snips are generally used for just cutting wire, and are shaped to do so in narrower areas. Needle nose pliers are best used in crowded or hard to reach spaces, or with smaller wires. They have two long, thin blades that are pointed at the ends, and can grip, cut and manoeuvre thinner wires.
Wire Strippers. The main purpose of wire strippers is to strip away the insulated coating from the cables encasing the wires. Wire strippers have a size guide so you can easily strip a variety of wore sizes without cutting the metal underneath.
Nut Drivers. Nut drivers are comparable visually to screwdrivers however they give you a far greater torque for making sure nuts and bolts are really tight. They usually have a hollow shaft to accommodate interchangeable sockets of different diameters this saves you money as you'll only need a single nut driver.
Multimeter. A multimeter is a hand-held device that's used to test for electrical issues and is a very useful piece of equipment in an electrician's tool kit. This electronic measuring instrument combines several functions in one; gauging current, voltage and resistance to a high degree of accuracy.
Measuring Tape. Other measuring instruments are important for any electrician; a tape measure is used daily by the majority of trades-people. Don't confine yourself by purchasing one that's not long enough; go for at least 25 feet in length.
Fishing Tool. These metal/plastic cases house a thin, flexible coil that locates and hooks cable through small holes made in a wall. This way you won't have to take down parts of a wall to rewire a room.
Power Tools. Commonly required power tools found in an electrician's arsenal are drills are saws. Lower power drills are preferred for simpler jobs where additional torque is not required, such as light fastening switches and plugs etc. The larger hammer drills are brought out on a job when bigger holes in more dense surfaces like concrete need to be penetrated, for pulling cables through house walls for example.
Taking a dive into an electrician's tool kit will definitely unfold some weird and wonderful tools, many of which will have seen daylight a few times, or were bought for novelty value alone. But all of them hold tools designed for each specific purpose. You should also remember that after you complete your course, you will not need to buy every tool under the sun before you have even brought in work. Start with the basic essentials like the above list, then make your way through to the ultimate tool kit as you advance through jobs. Don't pinch pennies on tools, as you predominantly get what you pay for in terms of quality.