Description of tools used in Electrical Wiring


Tools of the trade

Before you begin working on electrical projects, you should know a few basics about electrical work. And if you don't feel comfortable with a project, consult a qualfied electrician.

Several kinds of circuit testers are available. For example, you can use a multimeter to determine whether the voltage is on, whether the circuit is complete or broken, how much voltage is present and whether the polarity is correct. 



Another basic circuit tester is the plug-in type which lights up to indicate whether the voltage is on and operating in the correct polarity.




When you use tools for electrical work, it's essential that they have insulated rubber handles.

Some of the more common tools you're likely to need include wire snips






Phillips/Cross Point and flat-head screwdrivers, it is better that they also are insulated and ought to be rated to VDE standards






 Wire Stripping tools and Crimpers 

These Multipurpose tools can strip, cut and crimp wires of various gauges; in addition, they can cut bolts and be used as pliers.



For most electrical projects, you'll need to turn off the power to the circuit you're working on. If you don't have a circuit tester handy, test the circuit by plugging a hairdryer or a radio into the outlet that operates on that circuit.