ECN Electrical Forum - Discussion Forums for Electricians, Inspectors and Related Professionals
ECN Shout Chat
Shout Box
Recent Posts
Extension cords
by annemarie1. 09/25/18 06:06 PM
220/230/240V 60Hz Systems
by gfretwell. 09/23/18 02:50 PM
Inspection camera help
by petey_c. 09/22/18 07:52 AM
Motion detectors and dimmers
by gfretwell. 09/20/18 04:02 PM
Acronis Backup 2017
by gfretwell. 09/16/18 12:46 AM
New in the Gallery:
Plug terminals
Housebilding DIY wiring
Who's Online Now
0 registered members (), 28 guests, and 27 spiders.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Rate Thread
Re: Essential tools and nice to have tools of trade #3573
08/22/01 01:59 AM
08/22/01 01:59 AM
P
Paul  Offline OP
Junior Member
Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 1
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

Work Gear for Electricians and the Trades
Re: Re: Essential tools and nice to have tools of trade #3574
08/22/01 05:25 PM
08/22/01 05:25 PM
Tom  Offline
Member
Joined: Jan 2001
Posts: 1,044
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.


Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.
Re: Re: Essential tools and nice to have tools of trade #3575
08/22/01 06:43 PM
08/22/01 06:43 PM
Bill Addiss  Offline
Member
Joined: Oct 2000
Posts: 3,902
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

[Linked Image]
Bill

[This message has been edited by Bill Addiss (edited 08-22-2001).]

Re: Re: Essential tools and nice to have tools of trade #3576
08/22/01 07:11 PM
08/22/01 07:11 PM
S
sparky  Offline
Member
Joined: Oct 2000
Posts: 5,360
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
[Linked Image]


Featured:

2017 Master Electrician Exam Preparation Combos
2017 NEC Electrician
Exam Prep Combos:
Master / Journeyman

 

Member Spotlight
Joe Tedesco
Joe Tedesco
Boston, Massachusetts USA
Posts: 2,749
Joined: October 2000
Show All Member Profiles 
Top Posters(30 Days)
Admin 13
BigB 4
Popular Topics(Views)
249,463 Are you busy
187,380 Re: Forum
176,722 Need opinion
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.6.1
(Release build 20180101)
Page Time: 0.020s Queries: 14 (0.004s) Memory: 0.9608 MB (Peak: 1.0918 MB) Zlib enabled. Server Time: 2018-09-26 01:09:32 UTC