Last Updated on June 4, 2021 by Krunal Shah
I was working as an Electrical maintenance engineer. An operator urgently called me to attend to a breakdown. In urgency, I forgot to carry a crimping tool with me which I realized after reaching the spot. This increased the breakdown time.
What I learned from my experience is that we must keep major Electrical Tools handy. In this article, I am listing handy tools required to carry out electrical works in the industry.
1. Line Tester:
Line tester is one of the most important Electrical tools. It checks the presence of current in the circuit. The neon bulb would glow if the line current is present. However, it solves the purpose of a straight-blade (flat) screwdriver as well. The insulating rubber jacket adds additional safety for doing electrical work.
2. Combination Plier / Linesman Plier:
This plier is a do-it-all kind of tool. You can twist the wire, remove the nails, small needles from a surface with the help of its grooved squared-off end. You can cut the wire using a cutting-blade. The rounded, serrated cut out in the jaw is for holding round objects such as pipes, cables, etc. You can also tighten nuts using a rounded cut. That is why it is named a combination plier as it can do multiple jobs.
3. Long Nose Plier / Needle Plier:
This plier can hold, bend and twist wires very easily. It can also open nuts, screws in narrow reach because of its long and narrow nose design.
4. Side cutting Plier / Diagonal cutting Plier:
This plier can cut hard and soft wires. The cutting edges are diagonally approx. 15 degrees, so it can cut objects flush with a surface.
5. Philips Screwdrivers:
This screwdriver can help you open switchboards, cover plates, outlets, and many other devices. I recommend keeping the whole Philips screwdriver set with you so that you can have different lengths and tip sizes.
6. Digital Multimeter:
The digital multimeter or DMM is one of the important devices to carry with. You can check the voltage presence. This device gives a reading on how much voltage potential is present in the circuit. You can also check current, resistance, and capacitance, etc.
7. Insulation Tape / Electrical Insulation Tape:
Insulation Tape or Electrical tape is used for safety reasons to protect, insulate wires and cables which conduct electricity. You can use insulation tape while doing a minor DIY task such as repairing and joining small cables.
8. Wire Stripper:
A wire stripper is one of the essential tools. The wire insulation needs to be stripped and the lug is fixed to the wire using a crimp tool for connecting wire into terminals. It has a row of gauged holes for stripping wires of different sizes.
9. Cable skinning knife:
If you want to remove the outer sheath of the cable then a cable skinning knife is a good option. While doing the termination of 300 Sqmm cables, you may require to remove the cable sheath more than one meter, and this knife makes work easier.
10. Crimping Tool:
Crimping is the most commonly used method of wire termination. You can use wire crimpers to crimp lugs onto wires. Wires with lugs bring fast, clean, and mechanically strong terminations.
11. Cable cutter:
Cable cutters are different from wire strippers. If you want to cut a certain length of cable with an outer sheath then a cable cutter is a very good option. It can cut both copper and aluminum cables.
12. Allen-key Set:
I would recommend you to keep Allen-key set handy. Many small motors cover, light fixtures, and appliances come with hex-head. You can open hex-head screws easily with the help of Allen-key.
Well, there are other useful tools also like spanners, hammer, measuring tape, etc. but the above-mentioned are the most commonly used tools. You can start any Electrical works with ease using above mentioned electrical tools.