On a daily basis, the average electrician will be asked to complete all manner of different duties whilst doing his job. For this reason, the average electrician also needs a wide variety of tools and equipment.
As a professional tradesman he will need to be equipped with the right gear to deal with any eventuality that may arise, including those unexpected electrical emergencies!
Although a complete list of tools for electricians could get quite lengthy, reputable equipment retailer and supplier Instrotech has come up with a list of the most commonly required types of kit that any electrician should really have available to them:-
Seeing as safety is of the utmost importance when working with electricity, being able to check voltages and verifying that circuits are live or dead is essential. This is why multi-meters are such a crucial piece of equipment.
Similar to a multi-meter but less comprehensive, a non-contact voltage detector is used to see whether a current flow is present. All you need to do is place the end of the trace beside a wire, breaker or cord for the detector to do its work.
This is used to pull stranded or solid wire through metal or PVC conduit. Electricians often used fish tape alongside pulling compound or cable lube to make the process of dragging wires through the pipe much easier.
Equipped with different sized cutting teeth for various widths of wire, this tool is primarily used to lacerate insulating material. However, they can also cut the wire completely if that is required.
Side cutting diagonal pliers
Although similar to wire strippers, side cutting diagonal pliers are specifically designed with a cutting edge that goes down to the very tip of the pliers. This allows the electrician to get into tight or difficult areas in order to trim wires to the required length.
For the ultimate in functionality, electricians can’t go wrong with a pair of linesman pliers, which feature the ability to cut, twist, and grip wires all at the same time. They generally feature a squared off end, a centre-cutting blade, and a grip area between the handles.
Some electricians prefer to use a utility knife when stripping wires for greater accuracy and precision. However, this tool can come in handy for cutting electrical tape, opening fuse boxes, and a number of other applications including of course the unexpected!
Channel lock pliers
Featuring right angle teeth that grip in all directions, Channel lock pliers are typically used to tighten things like fittings and lock nuts on various connectors. They are also often commonly known as slip joint pliers and come in different sizes.
Fairly self-explanatory but this type of screwdriver is used to install and remove screws featuring the Phillips-head design, which looks like a plus sign.
As opposed to a Phillips screwdriver, this is used for straight-slot or flat-head screws. Most electricians will carry around an assortment of screwdrivers of varying different sizes.
Not only does a flashlight come in handy when trying to see the electrical components of a poorly lit area, this tool can also be a vital safety measure to detect and identify hazardous situations prior to work taking place.
From cordless combi hammer drills to handheld battery powered reciprocating saws, most electricians will also call upon various other power tools from time to time. Portability is enhanced using lithium ion battery technology or similar, allowing for fast re-charges and enhanced operational periods.
So simple yet absolutely essential to ensure the safety and success of most jobs, a tape measure can accurately calculate heights, lengths, widths and other distances.
Electrical equipment specialists such as Instrotech always carry a vast stock of the tools and test gear that professional electricians will need to get any electrical job done both efficiently and as safely as possible.