The Right Tools for the Job

Nothing makes a job easier than having the right tools. The Fiber Optic Association is updating its recommended tool list for trainers. In the process, I have learned about “old reliable” tools and the new tools available to help the fiber technician.

1. Before heading to a job site, it is important that fiber techs _________.

Correct Answer: All of the above

2. _________ are probably the most important fiber tool because they are used in both splicing and termination and can damage the fiber if in poor condition.

Correct Answer: Fiber strippers

3. Special scissors are required to cut the _________ in cable.

Correct Answer: Kevlar strength members

4. Today, buyers should be careful when purchasing tools because many unreliable sellers, even on auction websites, offer counterfeit tools.

Correct Answer: True

5. Some tools not originally intended for fiber use need to be in the fiber tech’s tool kit. For example, a _________ is the best tool to cut through the armor in armored cables.

Correct Answer: Tubing cutter

6. Needle-nose pliers—another general-use tool—are needed to _________.

Correct Answer: Pull ripcords to slit jackets

7. Every fiber optic installation tech should carry two inexpensive tools for testing and troubleshooting every cable they encounter. They are a(n) _________.

Correct Answer: Connector inspection microscope and VFL

8. A connector inspection microscope should be used to inspect every connector before making a connection or testing because dirt is the biggest problem encountered with fiber optic connectors.

Correct Answer: True

9. Proper fiber optic connector cleaning should be done with _________.

Correct Answer: A commercial fiber optic cleaning kit

10. After cleaning a fiber optic connector, you should _________.

Correct Answer: Inspect it to ensure it was properly cleaned
Correct Answer: Label it as “cleaned”