What tools are required for each electrician?
Thousands of beginning masters asked themselves this question. After all, each tool must be universal, capable of performing as many tasks as possible.
Beginning electricians want to be ready for anything and have only the best tools in the tool bag.
I will share with you my arsenal of tools that I have been wearing in my tool bag for many years and it has not failed me once, and the work is fast and at a high level.
Must Have Apprentice Electrician Tools List
Do not be surprised if some tools are familiar to you from childhood. Most of the necessary tools that must be in each tool bag are very simple and understandable.
Pliers are an important tool not only for electricians but also for masters of other construction industries.
Working with wires, needles, metal, or simple support while working with another tool requires the use of pliers that have many kinds and purposes.
Different types of pliers are available to all and vary in size and cutting. One way or another, there can be no doubt that pliers cannot be interchangeable in work.
Electricians require a full set of pliers. Some companies make pliers with built-in cutters, holes for the wire.
Some pliers have clamping devices. And it is very important to have all the options of the pliers in the tool bag, as it will help to accomplish any task.
2. Heavy duty pliers
Heavy-duty pliers are a slightly different line of tools, as that are designed to pull the cord, tape and so on.
This type of pliers will be an ideal addition to those pliers that are for fastening and cutting wires and metal.
Another necessary cutting tool calls dikes, a plotter or side pliers.This tool is designed for cutting wires, as well as metal small parts such as nails or staples.
Dike is an essential tool in the tool bag. But when using, there is a need to check how well the dikes are hardened. If all is well, then you can use this tool not only for copper and aluminum.
The average price of such side pliers or dikes varies from 8 to 10 inches. In contrast to conventional pliers, you can use only one size of the dike.
4. Screen Nose Pliers
Pliers for screening are also called pliers for sliding and come in different sizes from 8 to 10 inches.
In the store you can meet a set of several pliers of different sizes 7, 10 and 12 inches, such pliers have a steel slip nose.
An important feature of these pliers is comfortable handles that save the wearer’s hands from fatigue, pliers will become a salvation.
5. Brushes for Metal Stripping
Such brushes for stripping metal look like ordinary pliers, but they are created for another, the scope of such tools is broad. Brushes remove oxidation, corrosion, and metal deposits.
Any defects on ferrous metals and alloys, as well as aging of the wood at different stages, can be eliminated with brushes for stripping metal. Final grinding and finishing of parts and metal surfaces.
6. Razor Knife
The razor knife is a necessary addition to the brushes for stripping metal. This knife is for cutting the sheath of wires in living quarters.
The fact is that brushes for stripping metal will damage the wires. It will not happen immediately, but as you use brushes for a long time and often.When the wire is spoiled, you will remember my advice about the need for a razor knife.
7. Screwdriver Set
I hope you have no questions why you need a screwdriver set. Keep in mind that one screwdriver is not enough for good work.
There are various sizes of thread from very small almost noticeable to large. Screwdrivers are like people, for each screwdriver is made its own nut, hence the importance of having several sizes.
But to prevent the screwdrivers and nuts from causing a short circuit in the electrical network, do not use it for the electric panel on.
In this case, you need an isolated screwdriver, then you will not have a problem with working with a live electrical panel.
Typically, the kit has flat screwdrivers, conventional screwdrivers, but it is not a constant, you can find the sets more extensive than that. Screwdriver is best option to gift your handyman friends.
8. Jack Knife
A folding knife is an integral part of the tool kit for any master. Each folding knife has several (usually three) brushes for stripping wires.
Most companies make folding knives super durable, heavy, so that has a lifetime warranty.
9. Hand tools for Bending Metal
A hand tool for bending metal has a greater advantage than brushes for stripping metal, as it does not damage the integrity of the wires. This tool has a larger shape and works with an MC-cable.
Thus, a hand tool for bending metal is used in commercial conditions, rather than in residential premises, that is probably why this tool works faster and cleaner.
10. Pipe Reamer
Pipe reamer reminds of a spoon and a spanner at the same time. As it follows from the name of the instrument, this tool is designed for pipes, or more precisely for stripping pipes.
It is necessary to eliminate sharp ends with defects on the cut pipes. This tool has not only a pipe cleaning brush but also a flat screwdriver (with a flat head).
You see that this tool is universal and does not require the help of other tools, so it is an excellent tool for electricians.
11. Electrician Level
The level of the electrician differs from other building levels since it has magnets. Such an addition allows the level to stay exactly and firmly.
Any electrical cabinets and conduits require the use of this level, due to the installation must be of high quality.
At the heart of the level are strong magnets, which keeps the level in a level state.But the quality level is only a metal case, as the plastic shell quickly deteriorates.
12. Measuring Tape
The electrician does not need a measuring tape that is too long, that is why 30 inches is the maximum of most measurements.
When choosing a measuring tape, pay attention to the width of the tape; it should be at least one inch.
The fact is that narrow width is a consequence of weak strength. When the tape is unstable, it does not expand and does not bend.
13. Hand Saw for Metal
The hand saw is very similar to the one used for sawing a tree. Such a saw consists of a handle and a cloth; there are two types of hand hacksaws.
The first type of cloth is called type A and it has the arrangement of teeth on one side of the blade. The second type B has an arrangement of teeth on both sides of the web.
Hand saws for metal are made of high-speed steel. In order that the blade does not break, only the thermal treatment of the teeth of the blade is used.
Such a sturdy construction will allow you to cut metal material of any strength, so it is an indispensable thing in the bag of electrician tools.
14. Protective Glasses
In any work, the lion’s share of success depends on security. The work of the electrician was no exception, so protective glasses should be in your bag.
You will have to cut pipes, drilling with drill machine, install anchors, so sparks and concrete dust will fly into your eyes on an ongoing basis. There is no doubt that you cannot do without protective glasses.
15. Gloves Resistant to Cuts
Almost all the above tools are designed for cutting. It makes it necessary to use gloves that are resistant to cuts.
You can put them on and safely cut wires, cords, wires and rope with a hand or band saw; it will not harm your hands and will not make wounds.
16. Set of Electrical Sockets
The complex of electrical sockets is not a universal and high-performance item, it is in direct need only when it is necessary to include or check the quality of the work done.
You will be a very good electrician if you have many deep sockets in your arsenal. It is also a must-have tool in an electric bag, as no electrical sockets can be on the work site, and you cannot check the quality of the work done.
17. Adjustable Wrench
Wrenches like water are necessary for every master. The electrician, like other specialists, needs to have several wrenches, which have different sizes, for example, 8 and 10 inches.
Wrenches never get heavy loads, so you can buy it without paying attention to the quality and strength of the adjustable wrenches.
18. Pipe Wrench
You have to work with pipes and you already know how to remove defects after trimming pipes.
A pipe wrench is a tool that is used to rotate or fix pipes. It differs from conventional spanners in that the pipe wrench compresses the part.
In addition to this tool, you need to have a pipe wrench or two keys. The first key is about 10 inches in size and this has a purpose for a wrench. The second key, having the same size of 10 inches, will be dedicated to the conduit.
19. Elements for Sweep of Conduit
Often an electrician is required to deploy a conduit. To perform this task, you need a special tool that can deploy the conduit. Such tools can only be used with screwdrivers with a square longer end.
The voltmeter and multimeter are two devices that read up to 600 volts and the continuity of the electrical network. A multimeter is a more powerful tool that can increase the amperage.
There are various brands that make from cheap to very expensive multimeters. If you are a novice electrician, then you will have enough cheap copies.
21. Non-contact voltage detector
A non-contact voltage detector is also called a tester, it is to detect the voltage in sockets, lighting fixtures, switches, wires, and cables, as well as to determine the place of wire breakage.
More importantly, there are no questions in use, because you only need to bring the detector to a power outlet, shield, or wire. If the tip glows red and beeps, it means there is voltage.
22. Connector Tester
A connector tester is a necessary tool in the arsenal of the electrician. After all, if you have a burnt control board and you do not know what to do with it, you can use a loop tester.
Testing is performed by connecting one loop to both units. Next, the light indicators light up, showing the operability of the loop. Indicators are numbered, and it greatly simplifies the testing process.
23. Belt with tools
All the above mentioned should be stored somewhere and it is difficult to find a storage place better than the tool belt.
The belt is suitable for storing a huge number of tools since there are many pockets and several compartments, as well as many additional accessories and covers, hinges, hooks and other.
If you do not overload the belt with tools, then you can wear it and not take it off all day. For each tool is a separate pocket, so it is very convenient for organizing your work.
24. Suspenders for a belt
Sometimes the tool belt becomes very heavy, you will need braces as it distributes the weight on your shoulders, making you more enduring.
Braces can be attached to any belt, regardless of whether it is a leather or nylon. I think it is the perfect solution to keep everything that I told you.
25. Drill Bits
Every Electrician should know how to drill into wall or others surface. So that he need different types of drill bits e.g. stainless drill bit for steel, concrete drill bit for concrete, metal drill bit for metal etc.
26. Fish Tape
Fish tape is one of the indispensable tools for a professional electrician. The reason is that this tool is used to pull a stranded (or solid) wire through a metal or PVC channel.
A fish tape is made of spring steel and has a narrow band that is used in a limited space. In general, the purpose of the fish tape is to pull the guide string.
27. Channel Locks
The blocking of channels is necessary for the bag of electrician’s tools because it has incredible versatility.
The first, 2-1 / 4 “Capacity, it is necessary to work with a rigid conduit, it is also necessary to tighten the nuts on the connectors.
Another channel locks, 5-1 / 5 “Capacity, is required in working with a pipe whose diameter is more than 2 inches.
It is necessary for capture. Channel locks are always made of durable materials (high-carbon steel). That is why the jaws are very reliable and carry a strong grip.
28. Adjustable Spanner
Adjustable spanner is the ideal solution for any profession, but first of all for an electrician.
There are a huge number of different types of Adjustable Spanner – from cone-shaped to spanner with screw fastening. Some of these types can automatically adjust the size of the nut.
29. Circuit Breaker Finder
Do you work alone? It should be nervously to switch between the panel and the receiver because you need to be sure that it’s off.
Circuit Breaker Finder is an excellent tool that every electrician in a set of tools should have. It is exactly what creates a safe and fruitful work with electricity.
30. Wire Crimper
Let’s be honest:
Problems with electricity are sometimes difficult to identify. But most often some problems can arise due to poor communication.
Wire Crimper is the ideal tool for solving similar problems and repairing wires.
Is there a faulty connection of the circuit? Use Wire Crimper. I think every electrician should invest in this tool, because sooner or later it will come in handy, even more often than you think.
No doubt, where there is an electrician, there appears light. But sometimes without a flashlight in rooms with limited light is simply impossible.
Working on a panel without good lighting is very dangerous. For a high level of safety on the job site and efficient work, always carry a flashlight in your pocket.
32. Allen Wrench Set (Hex Set)
A set of spanners (hex) is required for screwing the hexagon head screws.
Maybe I’m the captain of the obvious, but it is one of the best ways to fix the screws. These wrenches are more durable and have a rubber backing to ensure perfect adhesion.
33. Cable Strippers
A bag of electrician tools must have a pair of quality cable strippers.
This tool is very similar to the symbiosis of scissors and wire cutters. Cable strippers are used to create a cut around the insulation.
The electrician needs to rotate it around the insulation giving some pressure. So, you can match the size of the cutout to the size of the wires. It is useful for eliminating twisting.
Those who think that a hammer is not needed in the work of an electrician is deeply mistaken. A hammer is needed to fix the boxes on the brackets.
Now the hammer is not as important as before for metal boxes and rosettes. However, this will not be superfluous just in case.
35. Wireless Speaker
A wireless speaker system is usually a durable speaker that can work for about 10 hours (sometimes more).
Why do you need an electrician? That the work was not boring after all the task can demand not one hour of time.
36. Drill Machine
This is the last tool on our list but drill machine is very very important for electrician man. They need often to bore. There are many types of drill in the market e.g. corded drill, cordless drill, hammer drill, matrix drill, impact drill and so on…
I believe there is still free space in your tool bag because it is not a complete list of electrical tools you should have.
Add to this a multitude of screws, a hammer, and a lot of zeal, then you can start your work as an electrician.