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Posted on 23 July 2018 by admin (0)

10 Tools Every Apprentice Commercial Electrician Needs to Have

Many aspiring commercial electricians have tools provided for them on their apprenticeship programs. However, a passionate commercial electrician will eventually want tools of his/her own. Here are some of the common tools that commercial electricians use to perform electrical work. Some electrical jobs may require advanced or specialized tools, but the ones on this list make a great starting point to a reliable tool assortment.

  1. Pliers

This is a must-have for any aspiring commercial electrician. It is useful for twisting wires on electrical components. A good pair of pliers features insulated handles that are comfortable and easy to grasp. In addition, it should open and close smoothly and should have teeth that meet uniformly to grab wires and other thin items. It is advisable to have several sizes of pliers for different jobs.

  1. Side-Cutting Pliers

This tool comes in handy when you want to cut wires to specific lengths. Great side-cutting wires feature comfortable and insulated handles. They should also have smooth mechanical qualities like normal pliers. A quality set of side-cutting wires can last a significant period.

  1. Needle-Nose Pliers

Consider having several needle-nose pliers in various sizes. Although this tool is useful for various tasks, it is mostly used to reach small spaces to retrieve tools or hold nuts while turning screws. Like other pliers, needle nose pliers should have insulated handles.

  1. Stripping Tool

As the name suggests, this is usually used with a spring to strip insulation off wires. Choose stripping pliers with springs that are not too loose or too tight. Make sure the handle feels comfortable in your hands.

  1. Channel Locks

This tool can come in handy when installing conduit. Use 2 ¼ inch channel locks for installing conduits that are two inches in diameter or less. If you are working on conduits that are larger than two inches in diameter, use the 5 ½ inches channel locks.

  1. Screwdrivers

The most important feature of a good set of screwdrivers is insulated handles. Consider buying several sizes of screwdrivers for different jobs. In addition, have a finishing screwdriver at hand. A good screwdriver should feel balanced in your hands for maximum control and comfort.

  1. Claw Hammer

This is an important tool especially for electricians doing electrical work in construction zones. You can use this tool to remove nails and wood pieces to make room for wiring. A good hammer should have a handle that fits your hands and allow you to have a good grip when swinging it.

  1. Pipe Reamer

Electricians use this tool to smoothen out the edges of cut conduits to eliminate chances of cutting their wiring. Some pipe reamers feature built-in screwdrivers to help you tighten fittings without having to change tools.

  1. Tape Measure

Electricians have their preferences as far as tape measures are concerned. Some like flatter versions that do not buckle over long measuring distances while others prefer tape measures with rare earth magnets in them. Regardless of the style you choose, make sure it has bright colors on it.

  1. Voltage Tester and Meter

Voltage testers come in various styles including simple pen testers and elaborate voltage testers and meters. One of the most popular voltage tester is the one that feature testing leads and easy to read displays.

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