Every home repair man will have a hammer, drill, and trusty set of screwdrivers in their workshop. However, if you are planning on tackling any electrical repairs, there are a few specialized tools that you will need to get familiar with.
Here is a list of four basic tools that every DIY electrician should have in their toolkit:
You can never be too sure that the wires that you are about to touch are safe. Even if you have turned off the breaker to the circuit you are working on, it is still a good idea to check if the wires are hot. A voltage tester is the most important tool that you should have in your toolkit for your own safety.
Every time you use a voltage tester and hear the beep or see the blinking light that indicates a hot wire, you will thank yourself that you bought this tool.
Wire strippers are the basic tool for removing wire insulation. While you could potentially accomplish the same task with a pocket knife for lighter gauge wires, you run the risk of damaging the copper wires inside and having to replace the wire. Wire strippers are likely to be the tool that you rely on most as a DIY electrician, and they will save you a lot of extra effort and frustration in the future.
Linesman's pliers are the only tool you need to bend, twist, and cut most wires that you will encounter in your home. These pliers have a snub nose with a gripping joint at the end and a cutting edge in the craw. You will most commonly use linesman's pliers to twist two stripped ends of wire together before applying a wire nut to connect them.
Cable rippers are a specialized form of wire strippers that are designed to strip cables with thermoplastic casing. This type of casing is most often found on cables that run to electrical outlets, switches, and circuit breakers. The tool itself consists of a metal tube and a cutting head with a V-shaped blade. You insert the cable into the metal tube with the cutting head facing away from you, and pull the cable along the blade until it has been stripped to the desired length.
Combining these specialized tools with your traditional toolkit will allow you to do virtually any simple electrical repair around your home. Be sure you have a thorough understanding of how to use these tools properly, and call a professional electrician for any repairs you are not comfortable with completing on your own.
If you have other questions or need more help, contact a company like Attaboy Electric Service LLC for more information.