An electrician is required to work on a wide variety of jobs, from working on overhead service lines to fixing the wiring inside a building. This means that he is required to have the right tools which will enable him to carry out his work effectively. An important aspect of electrical work is safety and the right tools will ensure that the electrician does not experience shock while working. A level 2 electrician can perform a wide variety of tasks and requires both hand and power tools to successfully complete a job.
Power And Hand Tools
The power tools that are available to electricians today are much smaller than they used to be years ago. Power tools can either be connected to electricity through a cord or they can be cordless. Cordless power tools are preferred more by electricians because they are more convenient and offer mobility while working. These tools use a battery which is charged to produce power.
Hand tools do not use power and are nowadays designed to ensure that injuries to the electrician are minimized while working. Injuries while using hand tools normally occur because there are certain moves that have to be repeated severally.
Basic Tools Used By Electricians
Pliers are a must have for any electrician and the most commonly used are the needle nose and side cutting pliers. Comfort is an important characteristic for any pliers so that the electrician can have a firm grip to enable him carry out his work effectively. A power drill is also a common tool used to drill into concrete or to fasten a fixture. The amount of voltage used on the power drill will depend on what is to be drilled.
Power saws are also commonly used by level 2 electricians in order to cut a variety of items. There are different power saws available such as the spiral saws, the hole saws and the portable band saws.
Identifying The Cause Of The Problem
An electrician cannot fix a problem until he identifies the cause. He therefore will need to use a wire tester in order to know whether there is electricity flowing through the wires. The wire tester will also measure the strength of the electric current and a modern tester will give the electrician a digital reading.
A continuity tester is used to check circuits and fuses which are not working properly. A wire tracer is used to find wires which may be located out of sight such as behind the wall. An electrician can use a multimeter to check the continuity and voltage of the electricity that is flowing through the wires.
Tools That Allow Mobility
A ladder is an important tool for level 2 electricians since they have to reach overhead service lines or climb up to the ceiling. The electrician should use a ladder that is made from material that does not conduct electricity such as wood. He will also need proper lighting when working since he will sometimes have to switch off the power in order to work. If he is working in a dark space, he will need to use a hand held or a head mounted flashlight.
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 have fewer mistakes. They can also warn you of hot circuits that are nearby along with protecting your eyes and face from potentially dangerous saw fly-offs and sparks and help to insulate your body against an electric shock.
• Screwdrivers that are insulated-having a set of these types of screwdrivers can help you work on everything from the mounting light fixtures and outlet boxes to wall plate removal and installation. The part that is insulated is the handle, which will give you an extra measure of protection against an electric shock if it should accentually slip and make contact with an energized component or circuit. Sometimes the shaft is also insulated. Blade coatings and dielectric handles is what give the screwdrivers the power to buffer your body against direct contact with an energized component or circuit up to one thousand volts. You will not be electrocuted although you may feel a little sting or bite.
• Wire strippers-these are what an electrician uses to correctly strip wires. The wire stripper is normally gauged with graduated holes along the length of the wire stripper jaws. You use these holes to match the particular size wire that you want to strip. Because of these stripping notches are carefully sized an electrician can remove the insulation from the wiring without causing damage to the conductor underneath. By using these types of wire strippers your job will have a better chance of meeting code.
• Voltage sniffer-although an electrician knows that they have already shut things off at the breaker box it is still a good idea to make sure that the circuit is not live before they start to work on it. Some electricians use a receptacle tester but if the wires leading to it or the receptacle is damaged and the tester can give them a false negative even though electricity is still present. The tool does not need to make contact with the outlet prongs or wires but they do have the ability to detect live power.
• Hole saw-for a specialized job such as hanging light fixtures or recessed lighting an electrician will use this saw to make fast neat round cuts. The kits come with different size circular blades.