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What are some important tools for electrical work?

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Important tools for electrical work include a voltage tester, a digital multimeter, wire strippers and cutters, drills and fish poles and tape. Basic tools such as screwdrivers, pliers and measuring tape are also essential.

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Voltage testers are must-haves for any professional or amateur electrician. Before working on wiring, it is absolutely essential to ensure measure the currents in the wires. Both traditional and non-contact voltage testers are handy to have on hand. Multimeters are also essential tools for measuring currents.

Doing electrical work involves cutting wires and stripping them to make new connections. Therefore, wire cutters and strippers are important for any electrician's tool kit. Pliers can also be handy, as they allow electricians to bend and pull wires without touching them. Some pliers serve as pliers, cutters and strippers in a single device, which is handy for people who do electrical work in their own homes.

Electrical work almost always involves drilling holes. Different drills are useful for different types of work. Cordless drills are handy for drilling holes in most materials and for fastening screws. To drill into tougher material, heavy-duty hammer drills are better options.

Fishing poles are tools that make it easy to fish into hard-to-reach wiring and pull out wires. Therefore, they are useful for accessing tricky areas. Fishing tape and rods can also help feed new wiring into tough spaces.

Screwdrivers are always useful for electrical work. As several kinds of screws may be involved, electricians should have a multi-purpose screwdriver on hand that can work with several different screw types and sizes.

Electrical work requires accurate measurements. Therefore, a measuring tape is an essential tool. In most cases, a basic measuring tape is sufficient; however, a tape with a magnetic end can make it easier to measure spaces alone.

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