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  1. Damion Evans
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    Hi Guys

    Am leaving the army and retaining to become an electrician. Have you guys got any advice on tools ?
     
  2. Dannyg8810
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    Dannyg8810 Electrician's Arms

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    CK are good value ,all I use tbh
     
  3. Pete999
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    Pliers, cutters etc = knipex
    Screwdrivers = WERA or WIHA
    Voltage Indicator and Proving unit = Martindale
    Electricians Knife = CK
    Toll bag = Stanley Fat Max / Klein again whatever suits your budget
    MFT = your budget
    Earth Leakage clamp meter = DiLog
    Hammer= Estwing my choice
    Hole cutters =Armeg
    Basically don't buy cheap, and look after them, there are plenty more you will need, Battery drill Driver, Hammer drill etc, drill bits, wood chisels, , (don't get expensive ones), 4" Bolster, 2 ld lump hammer, auger drills, Tape Measure, laser level, good torch, I recommend the Klein tools one, but whatever suits you, spirit level (2ft and a 9" one, pointing trowel, Too many to say and my mind has gone blank, as well as the cold sweats, talking of tools upsets me cu I'm a Tool Tart, hope that lots gives you some ida, I'm sure others will add thing I have forgotten, Good luck Damion.:):thumbsup:
     
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  4. Dave Rudderham
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    I'm retraining at the minute at college (i'm 38) my tool bag consists of

    5x insulated screwdriver
    Side cutters
    Pliers
    Needle nose pliers
    Wire Strippers (although I tend to use the side cutters)
    small spirit level
    lock knife
    stanley knife
    junior hack saw
    insul tape (red, black and g/y)
    non-contact voltage indicator
    several terminal screwdrivers
    socket tester (great for ID'ing circuits)
    Martindale Insul tester, RCD tester and Earth loop tester (not essential to start with, but they were a bargain so I wasn't turning them down)
    Voltage indicator & proving unit (again not essential but present)
    IDC Punchdown tool*
    RJ11/45 crimping tool*
    Data cable tester*
    Signal generator and probe*
    Multimeter (fluke) (useful for continuity testing on dead circuits)
    crimps and tool
    Hammer
    2x Adjustable spanners
    Cable ties
    Sleeving
    choc blocks
    and of course the On Site Guide, Guidance Note 3 and a copy of BS7671

    * not essential but I'm a data/telecoms tech so I had them anyway.
     
  5. Damion Evans
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  6. Damion Evans
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    Damion Evans EF Member

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    Thanks I shall take a look at the Ck range.
     
  7. Damion Evans
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    Damion Evans EF Member

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    Thanks lads that’s a big help I shall take a look at them.
     
  8. HandySparks
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    Is this very old tape? :p
     
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  9. Dave Rudderham
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    oddly enough, no lol. I do have blue and brown but I keep the red and black to wind the staff up at college lol
     
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  10. Gavin John Hyde
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    Gavin John Hyde Regular EF Member

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    @Damion Evans@Damion Evans Contact Royal British Legion and there is a good chance they or your regimental fund will buy you a lot of the tools you need to work and get experience whilst retraining at college. When i left the forces the various funds were lining up to support me in a career change and tools etc but it was the hottest ticket in town at the time and since Ops Telic and Herrick are now over its sort of fallen off the agenda.
    If on a tight budget then look at some of the Titan and Forge Steel stuff in screwfix, I bought some forge steel cable cutters this week to replace some much more expensive ones and they do just as good if not better job for half the price. Some of the titan and erbauer power tools are okay for price when starting out and on a budget,Where funds allow buy the best you can afford.
     
  11. PEG
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    PEG Trusted Advisor

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    Hi bud,welcome and thank you for your service :)

    It may not be a bad idea,to have a think about what work you will initially be tackling,and let your tool choice be guided by that.

    Just the difference between domestic,commercial and industrial,can be a very large cost gap,tool wise.

    Do not be swayed with sales talk and fashion,regarding items like tool bags...
    I have got some very expensive plant and machinery,back functioning,using items carried in builders bucket ;)

    Spend any money saved,avoiding fancy goods,on items likely to be under the most stress,such as screwdrivers,allen and torx bits,etc

    Items such as hammers,tape measures,pry-bars,etc,will all function,from the cheapest to the most expensive,and can be up-graded whenever means allow.

    Above all,never ever forget,the golden rule of tool purchase. There will always be two tools,that are vital.

    The one you need,and the one you want! Happy hunting :cool:
     
  12. einstein
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    einstein Active EF Member

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    cable access rods
    draw wire
    head torch
    gloves cut 3
     
  13. Damion Evans
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    Damion Evans EF Member

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    Swansea
     
  14. Phil Thompson
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    Phil Thompson Let us light up your life! Electrician's Arms

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    Newtownards
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    Brite Spark Electrical
    Pliers, cutters etc = knipex, hellermann tyton, Klein
    Screwdrivers = WERA & Klein
    Voltage Indicator = Kewtech
    Stanley Knife = Stanley Fatmax
    Toll tote and box = Dewalt and Fatmax
    MFT = Dilog
    Clamp meter = DiLog
    Hammer= Estwing 20oz straight claw
    Hole cutters =Morse
    Cordless range = Dewalt
    Wall Chaser = Metabo
    Vacuum = Dewalt M Class
    240v sds = Makita
     
  15. Pete999
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    Just a point, not aimed at anyone, but I think stripping cable using the cpc is naff, and the reason people complain about damaging the L and N conductors when using a knife, is the use of a Stanley type knife, the blade is far too thin, using a fixed blade cable knife or a decent folding knife is the best way I think. That's not to say a Stanley type knife is not a good addition for a tool kit.
     
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  16. einstein
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    I agree, you either learned to correctly strip cable in the goldern era of city & guilds or you learned the cheap & nasty stretching the cpc way
     
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  17. einstein
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    while not wanting to ramble on, how many new Installations are going to last 30-40 years through poor workmanship?
     
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