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  1. HumbleWorker 91RT
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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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    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
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  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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    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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    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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    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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  13. Rpa07
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    vivaro sportive - vicariously! Perhaps predictive text isn't so wrong after all!
     
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  14. static zap
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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.
     
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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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    Elite means far too much cash to waste on tool bags with a label, stick to your Fatmax Mate save your money for more tools.
     
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  17. HumbleWorker 91RT
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    The only thing that neon will be used for is prodding and poking my boss to teach me everything he knows!
     
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    The only thing that neon will be used for is prodding and poking my boss to teach me everything he knows!
     
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    You can say that again!
     
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  20. Vortigern
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    Tool tart, an ugly term. I am in denial of being one fortunately. This allow me to buy things needlessly. It is sad today chipping off the bathroom tiles at home (apart from going through the shower pipe) with me Bosch SDS it started packing up, I was quite elated thinking wow I will have to buy a new one. Then I realised it was just the brushes, boring! Anyway (ahem) I thought well I will have to get out my Makita SDS then. See how bad that is?
     
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    I would agree about the voltage tester, the claw hammer or at least a heavier hammer, and the small level; I use a caravan level, but even one of the small set squares with a level in it is quite useful.
    Have both posidrive and philips screwdrivers.
    I would have though a bright (but cheap) head torch may well be absolutely invaluable.
    A battery screwdriver/drill will be useful fairly soon.

    I applaud the initiative in getting the cup of tea for the boss ready early, but it may get cold by tomorrow!

    I hope it all goes well and always remember that you have to know something before you can get it right so ask first.
    Hopefully your first day may be a bit of induction, but sometimes it is right to it!
    Very best of luck.
     
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  22. static zap
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    Are you sure it's not ring of fire ?
    (get that reminder with -Fast stop brake -hedge trimmers)
    --A fellow T..Tart--

    (Cup of tea ..ditto above thoughts)
     
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  23. Pete999
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    Elite means far too much cash to waste on tool bags with a label, stick to your Fatmax Mate save your money for more tools.
     
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  24. mhar
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    The ck boat level / pocket level / torpedo level is a very handy bit of kit. One of the vials is designed to detach so it can be used in back boxes, when finished just clip it back in to the level
     
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  25. Gavin John Hyde
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    This level from screwfix is ideal for backboxes... use one quite regularly when putting backboxes in. Only £9.99 and takes up barely any space in your tool bag
    Beta Magnetic Pocket Spirit Level 70mm - http://www.screwfix.com/p/beta-magnetic-pocket-spirit-level-70mm/2404k#product_additional_details_container
     
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  26. mhar
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    I have a couple of that sort at the bottom of my bag in amongst cable offcuts, screws, old knife blades and all the detritus that finds it's way in to a tool bag. So much easier with the ck one, cheaper and your 8" level as well CK Tools T3482 Pocket Spirit Level With Detachable Mini-Level, Magnetic Base & Horizontal / Vertical Vials Length : 210mm / 8¼ Inches, T3482 - http://www.discount-electrical.co.uk/product.php/237390774/ck-tools-t3482-pocket-spirit-level-with-detachable-mini-level--magnetic-base---horizontal---vertical-vials-length---210mm---8--inches
     
  27. WillWX
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    That hammer haha.

    Not sure if already mentioned, but I'd get a decent set of cutters, something like CK's cable cutters. Personal preference of course.

    Good luck! Such a great time being an apprentice, in my opinion anyway.
     
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    If you can't put a back box in without a stuffin level you ought to give up, a 9" bolt level is all you want for final fixes.
     
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    Head torch is an essential piece of kit (can't see one in pics).
     
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    Beats using / dropping phone - hands free .
    (hard hat zone dependent)
     
  31. nunthe wiser
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    Can't see a tape measure, padsaw having a kit of tools at the start shows your keen . Best of luck in the new job.
     
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    Torpedo level
    Bolster
    Claw hammer
    Padsaw
    Tape Measure
    3.5mm rethreading tool aka tap
    Half round file
    20mm wood chisel

    Are bits I find invaluable

    Other bits to add along the way

    Telephone punch tool
    RJ45 crimper
    Shears
    Waterpump pliers
    8,10&13mm spanners
    Big hacksaw
    PVC pipe cutter
     
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  33. MerlinGremlin
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    It's such a nice change to see an apprentice eager, asking questions and having a good decent start up kit. If you keep the same attitude on your Electrical Apprenticeship journey you will go far, never be afraid to ask questions and take notes if your seeing something 2 way light switches etc, the more you work with different Sparks and seeing what they have and as you progress you'll know what you need. If you look after your tools they'll last forever, one of the most important things about being a Spark or Apprentice is always test for dead and lock off any circuit your working on! You will be taught all this as you go, but very impressed with your tool kit and very good luck for the future, if you need to ask anything or not sure about something then post it on here and I'm sure you'll get the support. Have a great time and stay safe.
     
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    It's such a nice change to see an apprentice eager, asking questions and having a good decent start up kit. If you keep the same attitude on your Electrical Apprenticeship journey you will go far, never be afraid to ask questions and take notes if your seeing something 2 way light switches etc, the more you work with different Sparks and seeing what they have and as you progress you'll know what you need. If you look after your tools they'll last forever, one of the most important things about being a Spark or Apprentice is always test for dead and lock off any circuit your working on! You will be taught all this as you go, but very impressed with your tool kit and very good luck for the future, if you need to ask anything or not sure about something then post it on here and I'm sure you'll get the support. Have a great time and stay safe.
     
  35. HumbleWorker 91RT
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    Cheers bud I don't know why more don't see it this way as I see it, I'm an older apprentice 25 and I'm paying for the course myself but for me doing the day to day work and gaining the hands on experience is more valuable and seeing the more ways to skin a cat the better as it helps you understand it more.
    Wish I'd got into the trade much sooner rather than being a mechanic but such is life and hindsight is 20/20 my enthusiasm to just work and learn is borderline obsessive haha.

    HW
     
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    upload_2017-8-6_21-55-1.png yeah ,a tent to go with that bag and one of theirs. upload_2017-8-6_21-59-41.png
     
  37. Rpa07
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    You've obviously no idea how popular these bags are @buzzlightyear@buzzlightyear - everyone has them because they are awesome bags at an unbelievable price (£36) Wickes.
    Those that carry the open tote on a shoulder strap on the 16 story job we've got, usually last a week before buying one. Funny when you see a very experienced spark turn up with a gleaming new bag - I'm glad mine is weather worn now - I look like I know what I'm doing! Ssssh don't tell them!!
     
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    Name dropper :rolleyes::)
     
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    so no lifts on theirs 16story jobs then.
    or do you use ropes !
     
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    No argument mate, best bag I've bought. Even if the bloody thing did fall off a chair & spill it's guts everywhere:(
     
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    Two hoists next to each other but a heck of a lot of walking to get to and to get anywhere. Internal stairs for
    where the hoist doesn't go and external ladders for single flights if you've the courage!
    It does add up to a lot of lugging but site boxes are used as much as possible.
    I've been able to cycle to work because of that - bliss!
     
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    I use one of these to line up me back boxes :D

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    You need one of these as well though!

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    @Pete999@Pete999 , are you the one with the monobrow just before the sultry looking one who is obviously in love with the mirror and what he sees in it?
     
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