Apprentice electricians may be provided with tools, or they may be responsible for purchasing their tools, depending on which program they are enrolled in. However, every electrician in training
eventually wants his or her own electrician's kit to be stocked with quality tools.
Below, you will find a list of 10 common tools used to perform the most general electrical tasks. Some electrical jobs require more specialized or advanced tools, but the tools in this list are a good starting point for classifying tools for the job.
A well-made pair of pliers is a must for twisting wire. The handles should be insulated, easy to grip, and comfortable to hold. The pliers should open and close smoothly, and the teeth should fit together evenly to hold thin objects. A variety of sizes are on hand to accommodate different jobs.
Side cutting pliers
These sturdy pliers come in handy when you need to cut wire to a specific length. Look for a kit with comfortable insulated handles and smooth mechanical features, such as the plain pliers above. If you buy a quality set, these pliers will last longer than other wire cutters and wire strippers.
It is best to have several different sizes of these handy pliers. This tool can be used for a variety of tasks. The slender gripping end allows you to
reach into small spaces to retrieve dropped fasteners or hold small nuts while turning screws. The pliers, like all electrical tools, should have insulated handles.
Wire Stripping Tool
Used to strip insulation from wires, this tool works with a spring to make the workflow smoother. Look for a wire stripping tool with a spring that is neither too loose nor too tight. The handle should feel comfortable in your hand. Slots that fit 10-32 and 6-32 wire allow you to easily strip the wire without damaging it.
You'll love these adjustable anchors when you install conduit. Use the 2 ¼-inch channel locks if you are working with a conduit that is 2 inches or less in diameter. 5 ½-inch capacity channel locks are used for conduit or conduit larger than two inches.
The most important thing about your screwdriver collection is that each piece is fully insulated. You will need at least two Phillips screwdrivers with #1 and #2 heads as well as a variety of flat head screwdriver sizes. One
finishing screwdriver is also helpful. Choose a screwdriver with a balanced feel in your hand for maximum comfort and control.
If you do electrical work in a construction zone, you'll need a hammer. When you're making room for wiring, use a crook hammer to remove nails and woodblocks more easily. The hammer handle should fit in your hand and give you a good grip when swinging it.
This tool cuts smoothly through the edges of the conduit. When the rough edges are smooth, your wiring is less likely to get hooked or cut. Some models come with a built-in screwdriver that helps you
Go from smoothing conduit to tightening fittings without changing tools.
Every electrician has his or her preferred style. Some prefer a fatter style that won't bend when measuring over long distances. Others prefer a tape measure with rare earth magnets. Use the style you like best, but be sure to choose a tape measure with some bright colors. This tool is often "lost," so if you leave it at the job site, make sure you can easily find your tool.
Voltage testers and meters
There are several basic types of voltage testers on the market. You can get a simple pen style or a more complex style with a lot of options. The new clamp-on meters with test leads are more popular because of their
easy-to-read displays and hands-free operation have become popular.
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