Buying Guide: 10 Essential tools for electricians

electrician toolbox must have pliers, screwdrivers, tape measure and other essential tools
  1. Pliers

There are many different types of pliers.  They are chosen based on the work to be done.  Electricians use pliers mainly to cut wires. They will most probably use needle nose pliers or side cutting pliers. 

  1. Screwdrivers

Its difficult to check a fault if you cannot reach below the surface.  Screwdrivers are a universal tool for artisans, technical professionals, DIYers. They are used to loosen and tighten various hardware. They are indeed a must have item even in the household’s toolbox.

  1. Tape Measure

This is yet another universal tool for all artisans.  Accurate measurements are required when cutting pipes and wires before installing them.  Tape measures come in different sizes and are also available as basic retractable tapes or the more advanced laser types.

  1. Electric Drill

The electric drill can be used for a variety of tasks including boring holes into all types of surfaces.  It is therefore one of the useful tools for an electrician to have as it makes work so much easier and faster. Drills are available as corded or cordless and can be used for driving screws as well.

  1. Level

The eye can lie. Its therefore important not to estimate using the naked eye. Electricians must depend on levels to find precise points for placement of light fixtures, screws, sockets and other electrical installations are correctly placed for greater aesthetics.

  1. Wire Strippers

Wire strippers are handy tools for electricians.  Electricians often have to strip the plastic coating on wires to reach the copper beneath and make connections with other electrical components.

  1. Voltage Tester

Electrical work is super dangerous as it could result in serious injury or even death.  The voltage tester helps the electrician to ascertain that all outlets are inactive before starting any work.  And once the work is done, the same tool is used to confirm restoration of power to the homeowner.

 8. Flashlights

When you eventually switch off the power to check a fault in an electrical wiring, a flashlight comes in very handy.  Its important to keep one handy in the electrician’s toolbox because sooner or later you will have to work in the dark.

  1. Insulated Gloves

Insulating gloves are also referred to as electrical gloves.  They offer hand protection for workers against electrical shocks when working near or on live wires, cables and electrical equipment.

  1. Safety Glasses

Its best to err on the careful side by using protective glasses for electrical work.  It is essential especially when working with power tools as debris from surfaces being worked on could end up in the eyes. 

The above list is not exhaustive but provides a guide on the most common tools for the electrician.  If acquired, the above tools form a good starting point for those electricians who want to be taken seriously in their trade.

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