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Crucial electrical tools for electricians and DIYers
No matter if you are an experienced electrician or a beginner DIYer, using the right electrical tools and safety wear is crucial when you are working with wiring and current. You should be aware of the constant risks of working with electricity and do your outmost to avoid accidents, but also to properly install your wires and components around your home.
There are several essential and specialized tools that you should add to your tool kit before starting to work with electric components. As many of the tools that already exists in your toolbox might not have the proper kind of insulation for making working with electronic equipment safe.
When investing in proper electrical tools, you also invest in your safety. Other safety gear and equipment can add an additional layer of protection while working on your wiring projects.
You can for example invest in a rubber-insulated mat that creates a barrier between the ground and your body while standing on it, use an electrical tester to check for live current before you start working on your project, and use eye or face protection to avoid getting injured by sparks. There are also special electrical insulating gloves that is wise to wear for protection against live current.
Electrician hand tools
The screwdriver is a versatile tool that you can use for many aspects of your project. Many screwdrivers feature a rubber handle, this is not enough in regard to safety, and you should invest in a screwdriver that has many layers of plastic and rubber insulation to avoid accidental shocks.
The name is quite self-explanatory, this tool cuts through regular cables and wire, but also telephone wires, network cables and other wires made from aluminum or soft copper. Leaving a clean cut, this tool is a must in every electrician’s toolkit as it also has insulated handle making it suitable for high voltage work.
The wire stripper is of similar design as the cable cutter but is intended to remove the plastic coating from wires for easily connecting them with other accessories and components. Most models include slots for different sized wires and is easy to use, just place the wire in the right slot, close the grip and pull out the wire.
A crimper is a tool designed to connect wire to a crimp connector. This is done easy by placing the crimp connector in the jaws, then placing the exposed wire in the connector and by pressing the crimper tightly, you connect them two.
Pliers come in several different models but the most popular for electrical work is the cutting plier and the long nose plier.
A cutting plier can be used for cutting through wire but also smaller hardware like nails and screws. There are several models of the cutting plier and the diagonal cutting plier is the most used of them. It has an angled head making it easier to access tight areas for trimming wires.
The long nose plier is also known as needle nose plier, it has a long narrow nose with which it can reach wires in tight areas. It’s mostly used for pinching and gripping wires and for finer work that would be hard for your fingers to perform.
With a voltmeter you can measure current, voltage, continuity, frequency and it’s a crucial tool for electrical diagnostics and troubleshooting.
You just select if you want to measure ohms, current or volts and the device does the work for you.
With the non-contact voltage tester you can without needing to touch the electrical parts, get an indication if there is live current in the device or wire. They are inexpensive and easy to use for a beginner.
Other useful accessories
Made from plastic or vinyl, the electrical tape is used to insulate wire and other electrical components. The tape prevents current from escaping a circuit and cause electrical fires or electrocutions.
Cable ties are economical fasteners and essential to for keeping electrical cords organized. These plastic fasteners mostly come in black and white colors, but you have more color options available for color coding your cables, if wanted.