Changing lighting sockets, DIYing a new ceiling fan, or fixing the wiring on your child’s favourite talking doll doesn’t always require specialist expertise. But having the right tools in your arsenal is a must!
Our friends at Jack’s Paint and Hardware provide some insight into the tools that can help you repair just about any electrical household malfunction.
A screwdriver kit with all kinds of screwdrivers with non-conductive handles is essential. Both Phillips and flat-bladed or slotted screwdrivers are vital.
A circuit tester is a simple and inexpensive electrical tool used for most electrical work to ascertain voltage and amperage in electrical sockets.
Another very important tool to add to your collection is a good multimeter. It is used in the majority electrical works to check continuity, voltage, output voltage etc.
A good set of wire-stripping pliers and wire cutters are important. Most electrical wires have a plastic or rubber insulation covering them. These insulations or covers need to be removed when you splice the wires or connect them to devices: A good wire stripper serves this purpose. A pair of lineman’s pliers is brilliant for cutting heavy wire or cable and twisting wire ends together. The trusty long-nose plier is always useful for bending small loops at wire ends and for cutting off wires, as well as for reaching into those almost impossible to reach areas.
Pencil and paper
It may seem obvious but keep paper, a pencil, a sharpener as well as few coloured pencils for marking wiring diagrams. Also keep paper handy for jotting down notes and measurements as well as a calculator to ensure painless calculations.
Make sure you always have a good-quality utility knife and sufficient spare blades in your toolbox. This will also be a valuable addition to your toolbox for electrical work as well as many other tasks around your home.
Make sure your toolbox has electrical tape in at least two colours. Not only does the tape do the job of insulating wires from each other but different colours makes it possible for you to colour code wires.