There are only so many tools that you can fit in the pouch. You have to settle your mind on a list of must have tools. Ones that you’ll need in almost all the jobs and projects. Since these are the tools that you’ll be carrying to all your jobs,
Since you’ll be carrying it on pouches attached to your belt. You’ve gotta be sure that they’re an absolute necessity. We’ve made sure that these on the list are those, not something that you’d be needing rarely. Let’s get on with it.
1. Side Cutting Pliers
Side cutting pliers(lineman’s pliers) are used for bending, splicing or cutting wires. The square tip of the side cutting pliers can make it possible to create a right angle. When searching for side-cutting pliers, you need to find one with sharpened cutting edges to cut wires seamlessly and with insulated grips to make sure you don’t get an electric shock while working.
2. Needle-nose Pliers
Needle-nose pliers can come in handy while reaching into tight spaces where regular pliers can’t reach. They are usually long and narrow and have a pointy tip which makes it useful for working on small objects with precision. It is used for holding and bending wires or metal fittings.
3. Wire Strippers/Wire Crimpers
Wire strippers are used to strip the insulation from electrical wires while keeping the actual wire intact to repair wires or connect them to other wires. Though the size depends on cables or wires you crimp, make sure you get one that works with a spring. Often you need to use a flaring tool before the application of a crimper.
Also read – best wire crimpers
Generally, two types of screwdrivers are used; flathead and crosshead or Philips head screwdrivers. Insulated screwdrivers are recommended for electricians. Screwdriver bits can also be installed in a power drill and used as automatic.
5. Tape Measure
Electricians use tape measures for marking surfaces for cutouts or switches or setting heights for outlets. There are two types of tape measure that you can choose from.
The fatter type tape measures are long and sturdy. They don’t buckle over long distances. There are tape measures with rare earth magnets that stick to the surface that is often a plus point.
6. Electric Drill
Besides creating holes, drill bits can be installed on it to do screw driving. Drills can be corded or cordless. Corded drills are more powerful than the corded ones. On the other hand, cordless drills are mobile and can be carried anywhere, having a tool backpack will make the whole thing easier.
7. Voltage Tester/Test Lights
A voltage tester is used to determine the presence of electricity in a wire or a piece of equipment. There are three types of voltage testers: two contact, one contact, and non-contact voltage testers.
Some important content on voltage tasters are –
Non-contact voltage testers are probably the easiest to use. It allows you to check the voltage in a wire without having you to touch them. One and two contact voltage testers often take the form of a screwdriver.
Two contact voltage testers have insulated wire leads that come out from the back of a screwdriver. You have to connect that to the ground and touch the outlet with the tip of the screwdriver to detect the voltage.
One contact voltage testers are inexpensive, but it comes with a downside. If the shaft is exposed, a shock hazard to the user exists.
8. Claw Hammer
Claw hammers are used for putting or pulling nails out from a surface. Hammer shafts made from fiberglass are more durable and keeps the head tight. When it comes to the hammerhead, you can choose one made from forged steel over cast metal.
9. Battery Tester
Battery testers are used to test the state of an electronic battery. Before you test a battery you need to ensure that the tester’s compatibility with the specific battery type. Multi testers can test a larger variety of batteries from a button cell to car batteries.
A multimeter is a widely used test equipment for electricians. It measures current, voltage, and resistance. There are mainly two kinds of multimeters: analog and digital multimeters. Electricians use mostly digital multimeters because it performs all functions from AC to DC and is more accurate than the analog ones.
Our some of contents on multimeter are –
11. Circuit Breaker Finder
Circuit breaker finders are used to find the correct circuit breaker in a corresponding circuit panel. Such a finder has two pieces; the receiver and the transmitter. The transmitter is plugged into an outlet and the transmitter is moved over the circuit breakers to locate the preferred breaker.
As basic tools have been improved over the years, the tool choice has become longer. But the tools mentioned above are the most basic ones. Any beginner will have a great headstart with these.
Every electrical work demands protection. Make sure you use insulated tools to prevent electric shock. And wear gloves to protect yourself.