YOUR ELECTRICAL TOOL KIT:
THERE WHEN YOU NEED IT!
Why not put together an electrical tool kit for minor repairs around the house? You may already have some of these tools in your toolbox or tool drawer, but you should consider having an special kit for the specific electrical components in your home. The tool apron (shown above) only costs a few dollars and is available at most big boxes and hardware stores. Heck, you might get one free at the next hardware trade show.
There are 4 tools that must be part of your “kit”. A voltage tester, a GFCI tester, a pair of insulated needle nose pliers and a pair of wire cutter/strippers (see electrical testing tools). Also, put in medium size slot and phillips-head screwdrivers, a small flashlight and a utility knife or pocket knife.
When you’re done, roll it up, put it away and they’re all there when you need them. Buying an extra pair of pliers, a small flashlight and some screwdrivers to put in your kit ensures you’ll have what you need whenyou need. Nothing’s more frustrating than getting in position to do something only to have to get up and get a tool you forgot to bring!
This is such a good idea, you’ll wonder how come you never thought of this before. It’s fast and a real no-brainer. In this simple kit you’ll have all the tools for replacing a bad switch, re-attaching a broken wire, changing out that old, ugly ceiling light for a really cool ceiling fan and many more electrical jobs around your home.
I bought my first tool apron at a garage sale for a quarter! It had an old silk-screened image of some light fixture manufacturer with the tag line “Charge it … with (I forget the name of the company)”! It didn’t matter to me what the company was called, this was a very cool item to me. In fact, I might have paid a dollar for that thing!.
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