Electrical work needs certain tools to accomplish a multitude of tasks. Electricians use these tools every day.
1. Fish Tape
A fish tape is a tool composed of narrow spring steel. It is useful in pulling the guide string inside confined spaces in order to pull through different wire types like speaker wire, network cables, and phone wire. It is not advisable to use the fish tape to pull the wire directly because this will warp or damage the tape. Often, the electrician uses cable lube to help him pull the wires through a pipe.
2. Tape Measure
A tape measure is a ribbon made from metal strip, fiberglass, plastic, or cloth with measurement markings. An electrician uses it to measure heights for outlets and switches. He may also use it to align lighting fixture boxes.
A voltmeter is a tool that measures the electrical potential of two points in a circuit. An analog voltmeter can move across a scale proportionately to the circuit’s voltage. Consequently, a digital voltmeter has a numeric display of the voltage. An electrician uses a portable voltmeter to verify live circuits and check voltages.
A utility hammer is useful in securing boxes with nail-on brackets. An electrician often uses it to drive Romex straps when he adds Romex wiring in a house.
5. Channel Lock Pliers
An electrician uses channel lock pliers to tighten Romex connectors, take out knockouts from boxes, and adjust ceiling fan boxes.
6. Wire Strippers
Wire strippers cut wire insulation. They come with cutting teeth of different sizes for different wire sizes. Most of them have a portion to cut the wire.
7. Non-contact Voltage Detector
An electrician uses a non-contact voltage detector to check for the existence of current flow or voltage. Some of these voltage detectors have a switch, while the others are automatic. An electrician will just need to put the voltage detector beside a cord, breaker, or wire to check for electric current flow.
8. Side Cutter Diagonal Pliers
Also called side snips, side cutter diagonal pliers can cut electric wires. An electrician uses them to trim wires in tight areas. Some models of this kind of pliers can also detect live wires.
9. Linesman Pliers
Linesman pliers are multi-purpose pliers. An electrician can use them in twisting, cutting, and gripping wires for pulling. The squared-off end is perfect for twisting wires. The center blade cuts the wires while the grip area pulls wires.
10. Torpedo Level
An electrician uses a torpedo level to ensure that his work is plumb and level. An excellent installation begins with aligned outlet covers and switch.
A flashlight comes in handy when an electrician works in a limited lighting area.
12. Allen Wrench
It is useful in tightening screws in an electrical panel.
13. Razor Blade Knife
An electrician uses a razor blade knife in cutting insulation off from Romex wires. Also, he uses it to open boxes.
14. Philips Screwdriver
An electrician finds Philips screwdriver useful in installing Philips-head screws.
15. Straight-Blade Screwdriver
This tool is useful for straight-slot screws. It varies in size, so an electrician needs to own most of them.