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#52425 - 05/26/05 08:47 AM Basic Tools  
Kermit911  Offline
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Im in, NJ, USA
What are some basic tools you would recomend to an apprentice? and or good brand names?

Thanx all

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#52426 - 05/26/05 08:13 PM Re: Basic Tools  
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Grayslake IL, USA
Kleins (linemans pliars). There's a reason why everyone just calls them Kleins. Klein 12? in 1 screwdriver. Few other screw drivers. Wire strippers - Klien with padded grip. Hammer, utility knife, marker, pencil. Stanley fat max tape measure. 6 in 1 tap (klein). Wiggie. Never had much luck with many GB tools. Some greenlee and Ideal is good too.


#52427 - 05/27/05 02:21 AM Re: Basic Tools  
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Knipex Linemans, and Witte Screwdrivers.
Oh Ideal Super T stippers

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#52428 - 05/27/05 02:37 PM Re: Basic Tools  
DougW  Offline
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North Chicago, IL
As Tom said, GBs are OK, but one of the J-men looked at me at one of my first jobs and told me

Throw those things (GB linesmans pliers) in your truck, or use 'em around the house. For this job, buy a real set of pliers (Klein)

+1 for Klein, Ideal, Greenlee. Stick with a brand name - there are a few brands that contract with the "big 3" listed above (many Craftsman electrical hand tools are made by Klein, for example), but generally stick with the known names.

Consider the extra money for the Journeyman series, and the "2000 series" from Klein. The Journeyman feature is composite handles that make squeezin' easier, and the "2000's" are hardened to cut steel (nice when the "wood apes" leave nails sticking into your work area... or you need to cut BX/Greenfield or tracks for can lights). Just my $0.02.

+1 for the Klien 6-in-1 tap and the 10-in-1 screwdriver.

For lighter weight, consider the "reflex" (?) stripper/cutters from Ideal - they're a composite design - very lightweight. Not sure how they'll hold up to long term use, but worth a look.

#52429 - 05/27/05 08:23 PM Re: Basic Tools  
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Maryland USA
The one tool most apprentices always seem to lack is ... A PENCIL
Can't count the times I find apprentices running conduit , mounting boxes etc with no pencil.
I go through pencils and sharpie markers like their free!

#52430 - 05/29/05 04:25 AM Re: Basic Tools  
e57  Offline
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They are free! I find them everywhere!

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#52431 - 05/29/05 01:28 PM Re: Basic Tools  
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Shovel, pipe bender, fish tape, ladders...wait, those are almost always company provided.
Work gloves, work boots, hat, hard hat, sunglesses, safety glasses....wait, that's clothing.
10n1, stripper, linesmans w/tape puller, dikes, flashlight, sharpies, tape measure, quality multi-tool, cordless drill, we're getting somewhere.

#52432 - 05/29/05 01:41 PM Re: Basic Tools  
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How about this:;f=11;t=007008;p=1#000004

#52433 - 05/30/05 08:40 AM Re: Basic Tools  
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Johnson City, TN USA
Surprised no one has mentioned channel locks. Are you going into residential, commerical, or industrial? if commercial or industrial, you will definately need channel lock pliers, go with their brand, 420 or 422 are the most useful. I've tried to teach my helpers that a good electrician always has his channel locks in his pocket / tool belt.

#52434 - 05/30/05 10:23 PM Re: Basic Tools  
luckyshadow  Offline
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Maryland USA
one of my best tools ....
a good apprentice !
Getting harder and harder to find one.
I find it very handy to have a sharp pocket knife with me.

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