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What to Check in Electrical Tools Kits?

esther.diaz January 4, 2018

Some people’s jobs require electrical tools, while others need these equipment for home restoration. Whichever category you belong to, chances are, at one point, you might be overwhelmed at the myriad of tools available in the hardware—with stacks and stacks of them filling the shelves.

For convenience, you purchase an electrical tool kit, but even this baffles you. You open the kit, stare at the dozens of tools, and have virtually no idea what you should have, or what you should be looking out for.

You then ask yourself, how exactly can you determine if these kits are adequate?

If you’re confused, then you’ve come at the right place. Here are some of the things that you need to check in electrical tools kits.

What are Electrical Tools Kit?

Electrical tools and equipment kits are devised to be used on power sources and components. You need to know which tools are appropriate for the job you have in mind.

These kids include tools that belong from various categories, such as:

Wiring Tools

These consist of wire stripper and cutter, which will condition the wires for installation and repair purposes.

A stripper is for taking away the protective covering of an electric wire. It is also used for stripping the end sides of a wire, so that they can be attached to terminals or to other wires. A stripper should also have jagged teeth. Lastly, it comes in different sizes (to correspond to the varying sizes of the wires it will be used on).

A wire cutter, as the name suggests, is for seamlessly and efficiently cutting the wire.

Hand Tools

A toolbox wouldn’t be complete without these practical tools. Each of them has their own purpose, depending on the task at hand. Make sure to always use the appropriate tools, so that you can get the best out of them.  The most common hand tools that should be in your kit are:

  • hammers,
  • screwdrivers,
  • pliers, and

Aside from these, here are other paraphernalia you should consider:

  • tape measure,
  • level,
  • flash light,
  • utility knife,
  • electric drill, and

Installation Tools

You might take into account these tools if you have experience in installing electrical systems, or if you’re interested in performing such tasks in your home.

These installation tools are designed to cut and to twist conduit. They also include tools that can smoothly cut through walls, so that the conduits can be set up. They should also be able to  pull wires through the walls or through other enclosed sections.

Testing Equipment

Although these equipment will be more beneficial to qualified electricians, they can also be an advantage to homeowners, as these devices are used to test the circuits and other electrical components at home. Some of them are:

  • digital multimeter,
  • non-contact voltage tester,
  • continuity tester, and
  • electrical outlet tester.

A digital multimeter is for testing the circuits.

A non-contact voltage tester lets you know if some equipment are electrically charged without opening wires.

A continuity tester is for finding out whether the wiring is broken or not.

An electrical outlet tester, when plugged into an outlet, allows you to determine where the circuit is hot or correctly grounded.

Key Takeaway

Electrical tools and equipment are very useful tools to have in your arsenal—whether you’re a trained electrician, or whether you just want to have access to the right devices at the comfort of your home, which you can easily turn to in times of simple electrical malfunction. That being said, your kits should have the adequate tools that can aid you in your tasks.

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