The hole saw is a ubiquitously necessary tool. You would be hard-pressed to find an electrician who does not have at least one in his or her toolbox, or an electrical contractor without a hole saw kit or two back at the shop.
Pliers, wire strippers, screwdrivers and crimpers are all basic hand tools electricians have used for decades. However, compared to older versions, continuing advancements and improvements have made today’s hand tools more versatile, easier to use and more durable.
Measuring tapes are a basic and necessary tool. When the dimension to be measured is inaccessible, handheld, laser distance-measuring tools may be the only safe and practical solution.
There are many options today for taking measurements on structured-wiring projects.
Laser measuring tools
Recently, I came across some research that could be a useful tool. In August 2016, Security Sales & Integration (SSI) published its annual Operations and Opportunities Report, which reveals key trends in the security dealer and integrator market.
Structured wiring specialists test to confirm cabling is properly connected and operating to specifications. It is often necessary to trace a cable’s route, as well. A tone and probe kit is the tool for that job. It can trace wires inside walls, under floors and above ceilings.
Safety practices dictate that power lines and equipment must be de-energized before electricians can work on them. Only qualified people are permitted to work on live circuits under special circumstances, and they must use proper safety protection and equipment, which includes insulated tools.
The impact of Brushless motors on electric hand tools is reminiscent of the transformation following the 2005 introduction of the lithium-ion battery, which, at the time, was heralded as the most significant development in power tools over the previous 20 years.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the portable electric drill’s invention. A century ago, the Black + Decker Manufacturing Co. (now Stanley Black + Decker) developed and filed a patent application for a ½-inch portable drill that one person could operate.
On Aug. 13, 2014, ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR Editor Andrea Klee attended Milwaukee Tool’s 2014 New Product Symposium in Milwaukee. Trade media members from across the United States, Canada and Latin America were invited to attend the event.
I have always been interested in labor-saving gadgets and how they affect an estimate. For the purpose of this article, I define a gadget as a material or tool meant to perform a task better and more quickly than the previously used material.
Not many things can shut down an organization’s operations faster and more completely than a power outage. Backup power sources may keep critical functions running temporarily, but power must be restored quickly to limit costly work disruptions.
Keeping track of tools is important for electrical contracting companies of every size. Tools are company assets, and losing or misplacing tools wastes valuable time and money to locate or replace them.
Winners of Showstopper Awards at the 2013 NECA Show in Washington, D.C., represent a broad assortment from simple to complex, ranging from a heated, hooded sweatshirt to a sophisticated mobile solar lighting system and magnetic cable ties to a 3-D laser scanning system that captures as-built docume
Electricians who do both conventional electric and voice/data/video (VDV) work and those who are new to VDV projects may use the cutters and strippers designed for electrical work to terminate low-voltage copper wiring.
On the job site, it’s always been about having the right tools and equipment. This probably goes back to about 250 B.C. when independent general contractor Archimedes was working on a project in Sicily and said, “Give me a place to stand, and the right lever, and I could lift the earth.”