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.
Created by: Jim Hayes
1. Before heading to a job site, it is important that fiber techs _________.
A. Ensure their fiber tool kits include all of the tools they will need on the job
B. Check that all of their tools are in good condition
C. Ensure any new tools have been tested in the office or lab before use in the field
D. 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.
A. Kevlar scissors
B. Utility knives
C. Fiber strippers
D. Cable jacket strippers
3. Special scissors are required to cut the _________ in cable.
B. Kevlar strength members
D. Buffer tubes
4. Today, buyers should be careful when purchasing tools because many unreliable sellers, even on auction websites, offer counterfeit tools.
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.
A. Tubing cutter
B. Pruning shears
C. Utility knife
6. Needle-nose pliers—another general-use tool—are needed to _________.
A. Rip off cable jackets
B. Pull out buffer tubes
C. Break central fiberglass strength members
D. 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) _________.
A. Optical loss test set (OLTS) and optical time-domain reflectometer (OTDR)
B. OLTS and a power meter
C. OTDR and visual fault locator (VFL)
D. 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.
9. Proper fiber optic connector cleaning should be done with _________.
A. Distilled water and a cotton swab
B. Three swipes on your shirt
C. Rubbing alcohol and cotton cloth
D. A commercial fiber optic cleaning kit
10. After cleaning a fiber optic connector, you should _________.
A. Immediately cover it with a dust cap
B. Plug it into the receptacle to make a connection
C. Inspect it to ensure it was properly cleaned
D. Label it as “cleaned”