Some contractors buy as few tools as they possibly can while others consider tools an investment to enhance their productivity, so they embrace them,” said Jim Eisele, Greenlee Textron product manager. To a large extent, tools are necessary to perform electrical jobs.
Like most professions, electrical construction requires attention to proper selection and care of tools. Tool safety for electrical work has many facets. The wrong tool or a tool in disrepair can lead to injury. In addition, certain tools used by electricians serve as a form of protective gear.
Manufacturers of manual and power hand tools strive to develop products that help users be more efficient and productive. In recent years, efforts have centered on making tools that are versatile, user-friendly and durable. The variety of multipurpose tools is growing.
The tools electricians use every day pose the risk of injury-ranging from banging a thumb with a hammer to serious accidents with power tools. And when projects require working near live conductors or circuit parts, using the wrong tool or making a simple mistake can have fatal results.
The electrical contractor's job on a typical construction project goes beyond the scope of traditional electrical installations. It's a two-part responsibility that includes the construction or renovation of electrical systems for the structure.
It can save hours of work and a lot of money While doing some construction work recently, I needed a tool that was in my truck, but didn’t feel like going to get it. So I tried to “make do” with what I had in my toolbox.
The basis of grounding and bonding starts at the connection of a bonding jumper or an equipment-grounding conductor to a box, an enclosure or other electrical equipment and ends at the point of connection to the service-grounded conductor in a grounded system or at the service-equipment enclosure fo
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.