An Electrician relies on his tools. They are the instruments that he or she uses to ensure any work undertaken is done safely. Therefore, it is crucial that they are taken good care of, always replaced when faulty, and always kept safe. Some of the most important tools an Electrician relies on are:
A voltage indicator. This simple piece of equipment tests for the presence of an electric voltage in a piece of electrical equipment. There are a variety of voltage indicators that an Electrician can use, although these can largely be categorized into contact and non-contact voltage detectors.
A variety of pliers. These are used to cut, twist, bend and grip an assortment of different-sized wires.
Wire strippers. Wire strippers have special blades that enable the Electrician to cut and strip wire insulation while not touching the wire conductor.
Cable cutters. When a pair of pliers cannot do the job, then a pair of cable cutters are particularly effective at cutting large cables.
A multimeter. This is a measurement device used to measure and display voltage, resistance, and electrical current.
A knockout punch. This is used to punch holes into sheets of metal so you can run wires through it.
Typical construction tools, including a hammer, saw, screwdriver, and chisel.
An experienced Electrician knows that a good set of tools is important if he or she wants to complete a job to a professional standard. Although many Electricians working for larger companies may be given a set of tools when they first start work, others working for smaller companies or on a freelance basis may have to provide their own. When this is the case, it is vital they always take good care of them. They may prove to be the difference between getting hired again or getting fired!