Electrical workshop tools

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Electrical workshop tools
Electrical workshops need voltage and continuity testers more than sanders or chisels. (elektro image by andreas from Fotolia.com)

The electrical workshop is home to a set of tools that is significantly more precise and specific than most other types of workshops. Electricians will certainly find a use for screwdriver and pliers that may be found in other workshops, but in place of hammers and sanders the electrical workshop will require voltage testers and soldering equipment. Safety is just as important as function when it comes to these tools.

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Wire Stripper

Wire strippers are necessary for stripping the insulation from wires without also damaging the wires. Graduated stripping holes are used to allow you to work on an array of wire sizes.

Electrical Tape

Tape is an essential tool for the electrical workshop. Electrical tape helps to insulate or protect splices made in wires. According to "Time Life Complete Fix-It Yourself Manual," electrical tape needs to be waterproof to ensure proper sealing and securing of wire cap connections.


An electrical workshop needs two different pliers according to "Sunset Complete Home Wiring." Lineman's pliers are equipped with two flat surfaces that facilitate twisting wires to form a splice. Needle-nose pliers are best for twisting a wire around a terminal screw.

Diagonal Cutters

Diagonal cutters can also be known as dykes, and they are specifically used for cutting smaller wires. Although this is not generally considered a must-have item for an electrical workshop, they make cleaner cuts than pliers that would otherwise be used for the same purpose.


The multi-tool is often considered the heart of the electrician's toolkit, according to "Popular Mechanics Complete Home How-To." This one tool can be used to cut wire, strip insulation and attach crimp connectors.

Fuse Puller

The fuse puller is useful for making removal and replacement of cartridge fuses easier. Be sure to choose a fuse puller made of plastic to reduce the risk of electrical shock.

Voltage Tester

A voltage tester is equipped with two wire probes that attached to a neon light. The light flashes on if current is passing through a receptacle, switch or wire that is being tested.

Continuity Tester

A continuity tester is not the same thing as a voltage tester although it also uses a lighted bulb as an indicator. This workshop tool is used to test for continuity in a specific device or an electrical circuit. If the bulb glows, it means that a completed circuit is being passed through the circuit or switch.

Fish Tape

Fish tape is actually spring steel wire that has been flattened to allow the routing of wires or cable behind walls. It comes wrapped around a retractable wheel.


An electrical workshop should be equipped with either a keyhole saw or a drywall saw. Both are equally capable of doing the very specific job of cutting through drywall or any other kind of wall material except concrete. A hacksaw is also an important tool because its fine teeth allow efficient cutting through metal conduits and armoured cable.

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