Electrician Tools to Get the Job Done Right
Being an electrician is a rewarding job for anyone who enjoys the type of work where a careful, organized approach creates visibly satisfying results. Whether you want to do simple repairs at home or do complete wiring jobs, there's little to compare to the feeling of accomplishment that comes from creating something that's safe, efficient, convenient, and just works!
Of course, to become a real, licensed electrician, you'll need to follow a process including an apprenticeship, but there's no reason you can't stock up on the tools you need ahead of time. This will have you prepared for your work and for your education.
We can't stress this enough, though — before you do anything with wiring, you need to know exactly what you're doing and how to accomplish it safely, otherwise you're risking a fire hazard!
But that's what education is for, isn't it? In the meantime, here are the electrician's tools you're going to need. This list can vary a bit depending on whether you take your apprenticeship with a union or non-union electrician, but you will still need to supply most of the tools yourself. (Besides, we think it's always good to have everything on hand!)
Side-cutting pliers. These pliers have a pair of wire-cutting blades built into the side of the jaws, which makes them very useful — never underestimate the sheer amount of wire you're going to need to cut!
Needle-nose pliers. These are long, skinny pliers that let you grasp small objects for precision work. You should get at least one straight pair and one bent pair, although you can never have too many! It's important that the pliers are large enough to work well in your hand but small enough to fit where you need them to go, but fortunately, tons of sizes are available.
Channel lock adjustable pliers. These pliers are versatile because the jaws can be adjusted to fit a variety of objects, so they're the best tool for handling all sizes of nuts, bolts, pipes, etc.
Wire strippers. These are for stripping the insulation off a wire to expose the conductive material inside. You need these to create a bare end on wires for completing circuits, attaching wires to contacts, or splicing multiple wires. You can find a huge variety of including wire cutters, strippers, pliers, and more here at Midland Hardware.
. These knives have extendable, replaceable blades and are an essential tool for any handyman (and honestly any person in general; you never know when you're going to need to cut or open something!).
A hacksaw. are necessary for cutting through metal and wood during a project. You may also want to pick up a for precision cutting with minimal effort.
. There are all kinds of reasons you could need to drill holes: to create a port for wires, to attach a lamp to a ceiling after wiring it, to affix a switch plate to a wall, and so on.
A #2 Phillips-head screwdriver and multiple flat-blade screwdrivers. These are the sizes and head configurations you'll need the most for electrician work, although it certainly never hurts to have a whole set of screwdrivers around. You can get a multi-tip screwdriver with a whole set of heads that can be switched out, too.
A hammer. Claw hammers are the most versatile, as you can use the claw end to remove nails and pry at surfaces when needed.
A tape measure. You are going to need to measure sizes and distances to make sure you get the job done properly! It's a great idea to have a couple of tape measures around so you can toss one in the toolbox and keep the other clipped to your belt.
A torpedo level. This type of level helps you set things at angles as well as vertically or flat, so you need it just as much as the tape measure.
A digital multimeter and an AMP meter. These are essential pieces of equipment for any electrician to accurately test voltage, resistance, AC current, and more. Before you buy these yourself, find out if your electrician's apprenticeship will supply them for you — or just get your own anyway to test for electrical problems around your home whenever you need to.
A tool belt and toolbox. For keeping all your tools organized and carrying them on your person when needed. We have a long-lasting selection of toolboxes and tool belts, bags, and pouches for electricians available!
Safety gear. You need eye protection to protect against debris and possible sparks or bright flashes and electric gloves to protect you from live electrical currents! If you're going to work in a dusty area, you should also have a respirator or at the very least, a dust mask. Head protection is also important if you're in a hazardous area like a construction site.
Before you start purchasing tools in earnest, find out what might be supplied to you when you become an apprentice electrician. You're probably going to need to have your own basic hand tools, but some of the more specialized items might be issued to you. Your ultimate goal, however, is to be prepared to learn and grow your expertise.
Do you have any questions about the tools you need, or are you having trouble choosing between any of our excellent products? Please feel free to contact us at Midland Hardware so we can help you pick the best!