A new wave of hand tools has arrived For years, hand tools improved gradually, evolving yearly. Today’s hand tools are decidedly different—the new changes are revolutionary, rather than evolutionary. Take Stout Tools’ X-Band Heavy-Duty Cordless bandsaw, for instance.
If you’re reading this, chances are you have enjoyed the sense of accomplishment that comes from driving an 8-foot long, mostly steel rod into the earth and connecting a ground wire to it. It’s tough work.
Keeping track of company-owned tools has never been an easy task, even for very small firms. And for large organizations, effectively managing tools is a huge undertaking. “I started with our company as a driver,” said Rob Cherry, president of Osborne Electric in Oklahoma City.
electrical contractor: Mr. Employer, what would your electricians say if you asked “what improvements would you like to see in your hand tools?” mr. employer: Do you mean everyday tools like screwdrivers and pliers and co-ax crimpers? How could anyone build a better mousetrap?
I still remember the bewildered look on my nephew’s face after watching an episode of “The Flintstones.” Fred had been working at his quarry in Bedrock and sawing off a giant piece of stone with a live swordfish.
High-quality and efficient corded and cordless power tools make the work of electricians easier and enable them to accomplish more in less time. Indeed, it is difficult to envision undertaking any electrical or datacomm construction project without power tools and equipment.
Power tools speed and simplify electrical work. However, many tasks still must be done as they have been for years—with basic hand tools. Crimpers, cable cutters, wire strippers, various types of pliers, screwdrivers, hacksaws and other hand tools are used by electricians every day.
Most employers expect the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards to require them to ensure hand and power tools are in safe working order and that employees know how to use them.
Most electricians are always in the market for new tools. While some electricians are tool hounds and like to keep up with the latest innovation, for the rest, there are still compelling reasons to upgrade or replace. First of all, tools are expendable.
With the convergence of voice/data/video (VDV) applications within both the commercial and residential ectors, electrical contractors are now faced with becoming information technology professionals in addition to being electricians.
As electrical systems become increasingly complex—incorporating more computers and other devices that create nonlinear loads (distorted loads)—evaluating the electrical load depends partially on the test equipment’s ability to take accurate readings of several factors.
Safe, productive wire pulling starts with equipment properly sized for the forces that will be generated in the pull; with wires of a certain dimension or weight, productive wire pulling often relies on powered wire pullers.
Specialty testers have their niches. By knowing when and how to use them, you increase their value. To help determine how specialty testers save time and effort, look to manufacturers and distributors, who are often keen on educating end buyers about a product’s inherent possibilities.
Safe and efficient cable pulls begin in the planning. If inadvertently released, potential forces could run amok and harm workers or civilians or damage the conductors, so cable pulls require careful attention before and during the physical process.