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Top 10 Tools for Electricians

Written by Autumn Granza on Monday, 20 July 2020. Posted in Career

Tools on a work bench.

As an electrician you’ll need to become familiar with a variety of tools. From hand tools to devices that help you take measurements, you need to ensure your toolbox is equipped with what you need to get the job done. Most importantly, you should understand each tool’s function and how to use it. Here are the top 10 tools for electricians.

Hand tools for electricians

Hand tools can help in many situations. You’ll need them for most projects, so it’s essential you keep them within reach. Some tools to keep handy include

  • Wire cutters. Wire cutters, or diagonal pliers, are used for cutting wire. These pliers are not used to easily grab items like other pliers.
  • Lineman’s pliers. Lineman’s pliers are used by electricians for gripping, twisting, or bending and cutting wires or cables.
  • Wire strippers. Wire strippers are small hand tools used to strip the electrical insulation from wires.
  • Needle-nose pliers. Needle-nose pliers can be used for both cutting and holding. These pliers help bend, reposition, or snip wire.
  • Screwdriver. Screwdrivers are used to screw and unscrew screws. They may be manual or powered.
  • Fish tape. Fish tape is used to route new wiring through walls and conduits. The tape can be guided through small spaces and is made of a narrow band of spring steel.

Measuring tools for electricians

The correct measurements for projects can make or break the work you’re doing. Measurement tools are just as important as hand tools when it comes to the jobsite. Effective measuring tools include

  • Measuring tape. Measuring tape is a common measuring tool that’s flexible and used to measure distance or size of objects.
  • Digital multimeter. A digital multimeter is a test tool that measures electrical values, including voltage, current, and resistance.
  • Voltage tester. A voltage tester, or a test light, is used to determine the presence of electricity in the equipment under test.
  • Circuit tester. Circuit testers, or receptacle testers, are used to ensure that electrical sockets are wired properly by plugging them into the socket.

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