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Basic Electrical Tools
Many people are daunted by the idea of fixing electrical problems at home and their first instinct is to call a professional. While this is the best course of action, there are a few 'do it yourself' jobs out there for the more adventurous home handymen. Having some basic electric tools will make the world of a difference. Here are a few must haves.
Circuit tester: A circuit tester is used to test the presence of electricity. It plugs into an electrical outlet and tells whether or not the circuit is 'hot' or properly grounded.
Neon voltage tester: A neon voltage tester is another small but very helpful electrical tool used to know whether wires are 'hot' or not.
Continuity tester: A continuity tester is a small battery-operated electrical tool used to determine whether wiring is broken and electrical circuits are complete or not.
Wire Crimper: A wire crimper is use to strip wires and to crimp lugs onto the wire.
A screwdriver is used to tighten or unscrew screws and everyone should have at least one in this household. It would be best to own a screwdriver kit with all kinds of screwdrivers. Both Phillips-head (+) and Flat-Bladed or Slotted ( - ) screwdrivers are important. Be sure that they have an insulated rubber grip as well.
Wire Stripper: A wire stripper strips or removed the cover from the conductor or a wire. Most electrical wires used in home electrical wiring have a plastic or rubber insulation. These insulations or covers need to be removed when you splice the wires or connect them to devices. A good wire stripper serves this purpose. While working with a wire stripper, it is important to use the proper wire gauge.
Long-nose pliers: Long-nose pliers are used for bending small loops at wire ends and for cutting off wires. A long nose plies is very useful to hole wires at places where normal pliers or finger don't reach.
Lineman's pliers: A pair of lineman's pliers is the best tool for cutting heavy wire or cable and twisting wire ends together.
Allen Wrench Set (Hex Set): Allen wrenches are used to tighten allen-headed screws in an electrical panel.
A multi-meter is used in most electrical works. It is used to check - continuity, voltage, output voltage etc.