What are the tools that cannot be missing for those who enjoy doing some work as an electrician or those who do it for a profession? Let’s find out together.
Whether you have a real passion for housework, with particular attention to electrical work, or you simply don’t hold back when it comes to mounting a chandelier or connecting a new Smart thermostat, it’s important to have all the right tools at your disposal. That’s why setting up an electrician’s toolbox that has no gaps and includes, for example, a phase finder, a stripper and a tester is important. And that’s why in this article we wanted to highlight which tools you need to never be caught unprepared, whatever the job that awaits you.
Not just a wrap
Let’s start with the box, because it is not just a container but a trusted workmate, since it must be adequately large to accommodate the various tools, resistant to withstand a few too many bumps (especially if you have to place it often in the van) and with organized compartments to better divide tools and any small parts. Plastic crates are lighter and cheaper but less resistant while metal crates are sturdy (although they can risk bruising) but heavier.
Inside the box, first of all, we suggest you to put a pair of insulating gloves, which are an important protection tool against electric shocks and which are available in different classes, based on the desired level of insulation. They range from those in class 0, which provide protection up to an electrical voltage of 1,000 v / AC, to those in class 3, designed for professionals and perfect for voltages up to 26,500 v / AC.
Screwdrivers, pliers and scissors
Among the tools that an electrician cannot miss in any way, even a budding one, there are screwdrivers, which differ from the “traditional” ones due to the presence of an insulating material that covers them, in order to protect you in the event of a discharge. of current. This material – typically rubber or plastic – goes to cover the handle and stem. Electrician’s screwdrivers are available in both Phillips and slotted styles, in all popular sizes.
A high essential tool is the stripping pliers (also known as wire strippers) which, as the name suggests, is perfect for removing the rubber sheath of an electrical cable, in order to discover the internal copper without running the risk of damaging it. it could happen using a pair of scissors. These pliers are also rubber or plastic coated and there are manual or automatic ones, according to your needs and frequency of use.
We mentioned the scissors, the fact that they should not be used to strip the threads does not mean that you do not need them, quite the contrary! Those for electricians are insulated with a plastic sheath and typically have short blades with a certain thickness, so as to allow to exert a greater force in the cut.
If it’s not the most important tool to have inside an electrician’s box, it’s close enough. We are talking about the tester, also known as a multimeter, which is used to detect the intensity of the electric current in a circuit. There are three values that the device is able to return: amperage, voltage and resistance while there are four categories in which to divide the multimeters according to their capabilities. They range from those of category I – to be used for very low voltages and powers – to those of category IV – for the high powers of large electrical systems or general distribution panels, passing through the intermediate categories, which are II and III.
The tools to complete the equipment
Among the important tools for an electrician, the phase detector cannot be missing. Looking very similar to that of a screwdriver, this tool is useful for identifying which wires are current and which are not. Its operation is very simple, since it is sufficient to place its tip in contact with the electrical conductor which, in the presence of current, will turn on a small bulb integrated in the phase detector.
Electrical clamps and electrical tape often travel in pairs. Terminals are small mechanical devices that are used to make a connection of one or more cables, while ensuring insulation. Basically the electric wire is inserted into one of the terminal housings and then it is locked by a screw or clip system. If their use is not necessary, you can opt for insulating tape, designed to insulate bare cables. Aesthetically it looks like a common adhesive tape but in reality it is made with a plastic material that allows it to be used in an electrical system and is available in different colors, so as to help in the identification of the various cables.
Among the other products to buy there are certainly: heat-shrink sheaths, also useful for insulating a cable and which seal around it if exposed to a heat source; the cable ties, made of plastic and very useful for working in an orderly way; a probe, perfect for carrying one or more cables inside a pipeline and obviously a meter.
Quality or price?
On the market it is obviously possible to find all these tools at extremely variable prices, with ranges between one and the other also quite wide. As with any other product, before starting your wallet, what you need to evaluate is the type of use you plan to make of these tools. If it is a sporadic use, for some household chores from time to time, it is useless to spend a lot and you can focus on economic tools while if you work as an electrician or you often find yourself in situations in which to use them, then it is better to raise the level. qualitative and spend a little more.