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  1. HumbleWorker 91RT
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    HumbleWorker 91RT Trainee Access

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    Hi guys,

    Just wondering on your thoughts of my little starter setup I didn't include a chisel in the photo or hacksaw but the hacksaw is a 5 in 1 stanley fatmax which is arriving tomorrow.
    I hope at least by rocking up with this kit my boss will think I'm serious about learning and excelling in the trade.

    Anything you guys think I've missed that I'd need on a daily basis please do pipe up and let me know

    Have a quality Sunday everyone.
    Cheers
    HW

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  2. Pete999
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    You might want to think about getting yourself a decent claw hammer, as well as that the toffee hammer you already have, otherwise very nice for a start up kit, get shot of the neon tester as well, next time you need some new drivers, my personal choice would be a set, handle and detachable blades, less room, and as long as you keep them tidy in the wallet you will always know where they are. Get a folding knife, like the CK electricians knife, oh and get shot of the cable stripper, remember these are my personal choices, so other guys will probably slag the knife choice off, I never ever tried to strip twin type cable with a Stanley knife, far to flimsy for an Electrician, one last thing if you can afford it get a small 9" level, and all the best of luck to you.
     
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  3. HumbleWorker 91RT
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    Yeah shall be adding that cheers Pete
    I have a combi drill and bit set too but I assumed I wouldn't need that for my first day on the job and if I did well that could be brought the following day etc

    Cheers
    HW
     
  4. Pete999
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    If you lived closer it may have been worthwhile visiting me at home got loads of drill bits going spare. Far to heavy to post would cot a fortune
     
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  5. Rpa07
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    Rpa07 1000 posts only 44653 behind Telectrix! Electrician's Arms

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    Leave the bolster at home for the first day and just get a feel of what you will be needing in the near future, ask a few questions when the time is right. Good start though and as Pete says, ditch the neon unless you can be visually seen using it in an abusing manner such as putting holes in things! Best just ditch it. All the best and enjoy the journey.
     
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  6. Pete999
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    Nice post Me Babber
     
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  7. Gavin John Hyde
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    If buying a few bits and bobs or maybe a drill from screwfix, set yourself up online with a electricfix account with screwfix, they usually send you a 10% off voucher to use on your next order. might save you a nice bit of money.. as apprentice you can just fill the various boxes in and put your company's info in for the boxes about company and registration details etc..
     
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  8. HumbleWorker 91RT
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    Again cheers for the advice yeah the neon was in the set with the vde screwdrivers but I got the fluke voltage detector to use instead I am well happy to be getting stuck in, I'm former mechanic so I'm fighting the tool junkie bug quite hard haha
     
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    Wilko Midwest is King Electrician's Arms

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    Don't forget a humble lead pencil ... Agree with Pete on the torpedo level, very useful. But I do quite like the cable stripper :)
     
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  10. Pete999
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    You will never win the fight Mate, once a tool Tart always a tool Tart, and I speak from many years of addiction, it's disease, it's crippling, I entered a period of rehab a few years back, but once hooked, one look in B&Q and it starts all over again, one struggle to stop buying tools just because they look nice, right I off to Wickes this afternoon, just for a look you understand, don't know whats worse the not buying or buying and the grief when you hand over the debit card chit, and don't say don't tell her in doors, they are a devious bunch Wives of tool addicts.
     
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  12. Rpa07
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    Rpa07 1000 posts only 44653 behind Telectrix! Electrician's Arms

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    A lot of the apprentices at the commercial job I am on have the fatmax backpack with the handle and wheels but I've noticed that Stanley have ditched the very strong shoulder straps that Humbles and mine have, I guess that they expect you to pull it more than carry it on your shoulders - bad idea in my view. Good choice though Humble in my opinion though we do have some elite on here that would spend an extra £130 on a Veto (looks good being placed into their vivaro sportive!)
     
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    Rpa07 1000 posts only 44653 behind Telectrix! Electrician's Arms

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    vivaro sportive - vicariously! Perhaps predictive text isn't so wrong after all!
     
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    Photonic Induction knew best how to abuse a Neon !
    (not the safest of things if they ever get contaminated water/metal-inside)
    Battery operated Volt stick , a modern must.
     
  15. Rpa07
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    Rpa07 1000 posts only 44653 behind Telectrix! Electrician's Arms

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    Was that with the sausage finger? Quite funny that one.
    EDIT - don't try that at home, use someone else's house!
     
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