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Alana Jones | pelectrical

Important Tools to Have As an Electrician

Aug 16th 2015 at 10:57 PM

With the increased pace of improved technology and ways of doing things, better and better tools have been developed for different technical professionals and this is definitely the case when it comes to electricians. Tools for specialised needs and sophisticated purposes have been developed for electricians to make their work efficient and safer. With that said, it can be difficult to keep up with the improvements in tools used in this profession, however each electrician, whether a professional or an amateur, should have a basic set of tools to help them do a particular job efficiently and effectively. Below is a list of some of the most important tools that every electrician should have.


When developing your skills as an electrician you tend to think that as long as you have the necessary skill required then you can do any job that comes your way, however,master electricians know that to do a job efficiently and effectively you need to have the right set of tools as well, in order to do the job effectively. If you want to be a good electrician, you should ensure that you have a set of electrical pliers for instance. These come in different shapes and sizes and you should therefore have a set that should at least include wire cutter pliers and long nose pliers. As long as you have these two types of pliers you can choose design features such as ergonomics and build quality depending on your budget. Secondly, every electrician should have a set of nut drivers and screwdrivers. Just like the set of pliers these can come in a variety of designs but what is important is to have the right set of screwdrivers and nut drivers to be able to neatly and properly open electrical devices or parts without having to pry them open and cause damage. Some sets of screwdrivers are specifically designed for electricians and have electrical testers designed into them. Again, dependingon your budget, you can choose a more sophisticated tool but don’t forget what the main use for the tool should be.


Electricians who work for electrical companies usually have access to sophisticated gadgets to help them do their jobs better, but for those who don’t have access to sophisticated gadgets, setting aside some money to equip yourself with tools essential to your trade can not only make you more efficient and save you time taken to do certain jobs, but it can also save your life. For example, if you have a non-contact voltage tester, you can safely check whether a circuit breaker, wire, cord or electrical outlet has a live current running through a system. This is useful because it can prevent an electrician from getting electrocuted by mistake and it can also help an electrician test a circuit quickly to ensure that they have wired and electrical system effectively. Other important tools that every electrician should have include wire strippers, crimping tools, wire testers, a flashlight, electrical tape and a tape measure.

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