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Electrician tools used for safety

To work as an electrician there are certain tools that you must have in order to work efficiently and safely. Having the right tools can help an electrician work more comfortably, faster, and make fewer mistakes. They can also warn you of nearby hot circuits, protect your eyes and face from potentially dangerous sparks and saw blades, and help insulate your body against electrical shock.

• Insulated Screwdrivers – Having a set of these types of screwdrivers can help you work on everything from mounting light fixtures and outlet boxes to removing and installing the wall plate. The part that is insulated is the handle, which will give you an added measure of protection against electric shock if it slips sharply and makes contact with a live component or circuit. Sometimes the shaft is also insulated. Blade coatings and dielectric handles are what give screwdrivers the power to cushion your body against direct contact with an energized component or circuit of up to a thousand volts. You will not be electrocuted, although you may feel a small sting or bite.

• Wire strippers – These are what an electrician uses to properly strip wires. The stripper is normally calibrated with graduated holes along the jaws of the stripper. Use these holes to match the particular wire size you want to strip. Because these stripping notches are carefully sized, an electrician can remove the insulation from the wiring without damaging the conductor underneath. By using these types of wire strippers, your work will have a better chance of being code compliant.

• Voltage Detector – Although an electrician knows that you have already locked things out in the breaker box, it is a good idea to make sure the circuit is not live before starting work on it. Some electricians use a receptacle tester, but if the wires leading to it or the receptacle are damaged and the tester may give you a false negative even though there is still electricity. The tool does not need to make contact with the plugs or wires of the outlet, but has the ability to detect live energy.

• Hole Saw – For specialized work such as hanging light fixtures or recessed lighting, this saw will be used by an electrician to make quick and neat round cuts. The kits come with circular blades of different sizes.

• Goggles – Necessary to protect your eyes from drywall dust, flying sparks, and other debris that can fall when an electrician is using a hole saw.

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