6 must-have tools for electrical wiring

By Anita Jaynes on 14 January, 2023

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Electricity can be very dangerous and risky if you’re not properly trained to deal with it, every electrician must have experience and qualifications to do any work with electricity. Any type of electrical work performed in the UK is covered by the relevant certifications, however, you can do it without if it works in a garage or an external part of a house that could be an enclosed room that might be powered with light and electricity. Even though you will need tools one of the most important ones is qualifications as without them you cannot do any work with electricity. 

1: The Voltage Tester

One important electrical tool that you will need is a voltage tester, this is a certain tool that tests the voltage that is passing through a system. They have a positive and negative probe, one thing it does is it touches relevant wires to create a circuit. It can also take a reading of the wires.  There are two different types of voltage testers and the solid state, one of these is a solenoid, after a while, they will start to deteriorate in their reading quality after the longer you’ve had it as the covering over the probe eventually wears off. However, with the solid-state tester, this does not happen.  

2: The Digital Multimeter

Just like its name a digital multimeter is designed to perform many different measuring tasks, they have many inputs such as settings, and reading types. More times than not the multimeter can provide very accurate readings in a lot of solutions. A multimeter with a very low impedance function can allow ghost voltage out of the equations by the electricians to create much more accurate readings. It can also be set to measure many different waveforms however, it can’t measure a sine wave as they are usually measured in a standard meter.  

3: The Non-Contact Voltage Tester

Another important tool for an electrician is a non-contact voltage tester, they have a very specific function. They do this to measure the electromagnetic field that is made by a circuit.  The non contact voltage tester is placed on a wall or plug socket that goes through or into where the wiring runs. It also gives a reading based on the impulse that is there.  It can also be used in any situation that might be commercial or domestic. 

4: Lineman’s Pliers

 An important tool for electricians is the lineman’s. This is an average electrician’s tool that is very common, it has rubber-sheathed grips and a plier head combined with a cutting blade. The blade is located in the two inner edges of the plier’s head, by the pivot, it is also used for stripping wires whilst you are working. You can gain extra cutting power by putting the blades right next to the pivot point.

5: A Quarter Inch Screwdriver

A very common tool that is useful for electricians is a quarter-inch screwdriver, it can take the holding screws out. It takes screws out of faceplates and also safety brackets that are on electrical equipment. Just like all electrical supplies, the screwdriver should be rubber sheathed for safety. This is to make sure they have the best performance and are a must-have for any electrician. 

6: Multi Wire Stripper and Cutting Tool

The multi-wire stripper and cutting tool is again covered in rubber sheathed which allows the electrician to strip wire in a number of different standard forms. It has many features such as a graded cutting blade. This allows the sharp-edged holes to be prepared. The holes are formed when the two jaws of the blade are closed, this  helps the electrician to open and close them over different wires in common gauges, including stranded wire and solid wire.

Overall Use and Safety

One thing to keep in mind is there is no tool like a qualification, you need one to ensure you can use all of these tools correctly as it is very important for your safety. A qualified electrician should stick to consumer units, mains wiring circuits, and another embedded electrical wiring.  If you are a nonqualified electrician attempting to change the fuse in a plug or wire a plug, but installing plug sockets and running wiring beneath the plasterboard this all requires certain knowledge that is given to you during training. This is why it’s vital that you have the current qualifications that are relevant to anything new such as procedures, tools, and safety knowledge. This is essential as if you aren’t aware of these new things it can be very dangerous for you to be working with electricity and wiring.