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#3573 - 08/21/01 10:59 PM Re: Essential tools and nice to have tools of trade
Paul Offline
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Registered: 08/22/01
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Loc: Champlin, MN, USA
I am just getting into the constr. electrician trade and would like a veteran's view on essential tools and "Nice to have tools". Reason: I currently have a cleaning business that services an account that sells tools to this trade. (wholesale or below for me) Thanks Paul
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#3574 - 08/22/01 02:25 PM Re: Re: Essential tools and nice to have tools of trade
Tom Offline
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Registered: 01/01/01
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Loc: Shinnston, WV USA
Jeez, the list could go on forever.

One essential tool (for me at least) is a battery powered drill. Keep in mind that you might be wearing this on your hip all day before purchasing. My own drill is 12 volt & I don't want to drag around anything heavier.
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#3575 - 08/22/01 03:43 PM Re: Re: Essential tools and nice to have tools of trade
Bill Addiss Offline
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Registered: 10/07/00
Posts: 4196
Loc: NY, USA
Paul,

My #1 All-time favorite tool is a proximity tester (Volt-Tick, etc.) You can test for power just by holding it near a wire.

#2 is my Circuit Tracer. Lets you trace a circuit in different ways, including within floors and walls and underground.

#3 would be my cordless drill.

#4 Studfinder

#5 Rotozip

Wish List: - Laser Level


Bill

[This message has been edited by Bill Addiss (edited 08-22-2001).]
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#3576 - 08/22/01 04:11 PM Re: Re: Essential tools and nice to have tools of trade
sparky Offline
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Registered: 10/18/00
Posts: 5545
Paul;
think 3 basic catagories;
1) hand tools
2) meters and testers
3) power tools

1) get a few catalogs, or even ask a supply house for thier best sellers, sometimes you'll see a fully stocked tool belt.
Get a comfortable tool belt, as you will most likley assume the position of a pack mule in heat after 6-8 hrs a day should you not.
2) a volt-tic, VOM, amprobe, megger, impedance tester, circuit tracer, not necessarilly in that order
3)big drill-right angle , sawzall, unibits, hole punch kits,just to start off......this is the biggest list & never really ends
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