Are you a homeowner who wants to be able to do small electric or plumbing repairs? If so, then you are going to need some tools that are electrician and plumber approved. If you still haven’t got the handyman or woman in your life a gift for Hanukkah, Christmas, or Kwanzaa, we’ve got some helpful ideas!
In this guide, the expert electricians and plumbers at Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric will share their recommendations for essential homeowner tools.
Electricians use a lot of specialized tools as professionals.
For the average homeowner who does small electrical jobs here and there, the experts at Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric recommend these essentials:
Cordless drills are useful in nearly all electric and home projects because they offer good power and control with no cord getting in the way or limiting movement. A drill is an essential electrician tool that can make quick work of tasks like driving screws when installing switches and outlets. A good model should have at least 20 volts of power and be able to handle both drilling into wood and metal.
An electrician’s impact driver can be a real time saver when it comes to driving screws into tough materials like hardwood or sheetrock. This tool is like a drill in size and shape, but it has an extra mechanism that helps drive large screws faster by using the kinetic energy of the motor. An electrician’s impact driver will also come with one or two chucks for holding bits rather than standard drill/driver bits that are held inside the main body of the tool where they connect directly to the chuck key.
Pro Tip: The electricians at Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric recommend models weighing about three pounds with at least 18 volts of power behind them.
Multi-bit screwdrivers include multiple bits (or tips) that you can swap out as needed on a handle like your average screwdriver. These come in very handy as many appliances use Phillips head screws for securing trim and panels. Our electricians recommend multi-bit screwdrivers with interchangeable tips that fit into your drill and separate handles for those times you will need more torque or strength from the tip itself to remove screws.
Electricians also recommend having at least one heavy duty extension cord on hand, capable of handling around 15 amps (or 1500 watts) indoors and outdoors. Keep in mind that electricians may request extension cords with extra length and thickness depending on the project they are working on.
When it comes to electric work, electricians say that a voltage tester is an absolute must. If you are going to be working on the electrical system in any way, then this tool will give you peace of mind by allowing you to test if electricity can flow through your wire safely before touching it with bare hands.
You should also have an outlet tester which can help identify if outlets are wired correctly without needing to turn off power to the entire house. This is especially important when dealing with older wiring in homes built before 1965 where electrical work may not be up to code.
In order to make quick work out of tightening or loosening bolts and screws, electricians recommend having a pliers set with both flat nose and needle nose styles inside your homeowner’s toolbox at all times. Having these two types will allow you to handle most jobs without needing another pair of pliers for specialized tasks like cutting wires or installing cable clamps.
Electricians say that when it comes to electric work, there’s nothing more important than having wire strippers and cutters inside your toolbox. You should always make sure these items are in good working condition before beginning electric jobs around the house, since you will need them to strip away plastic sheathing from electric cables as well as snip wires at specific points.
If something goes wrong while doing electric repairs, electricians say that a multimeter is the most valuable electrician tool to have on hand. Multimeters allow you to check if there are issues with both current and voltage levels, quickly identifying where electric problems originate from so that they can be fixed right away.
A hacksaw is another tool that’s essential for an electrician because it makes quick work of cutting down pipes and other types of metal objects. The electricians at Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric recommend purchasing a good quality electric hacksaw that has enough power behind it so as not to struggle when doing heavy duty jobs around the home.
Reminder, you should never cut through your pipes if you don’t know what you’re doing. If you’re not a licensed plumber or electrician, leave the pipe-cutting to the professionals.
Having the right tools makes life so much easier when it comes to doing plumbing repairs around the home.
Our plumbing team at Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric recommends that every homeowner have the following tools for small plumbing jobs.
Like electricians, plumbers highly recommend owning an adjustable wrench for being able to tighten or loosen any type of nut or bolt inside a plumbing system.
Plumbing tubing cutters offer quick results when it comes time for cutting PVC pipe down into proper lengths before putting together new plumbing systems. With this electrician tool, you will be able to cut copper or PVC tubing with ease.
Teflon tape is used by professional plumbers because it creates an airtight seal between two pieces of metal piping while preventing leaks to corrosion or abrasion. This electrician tool is often used for connecting threaded fittings and joints, such as the faucet to a sink or toilet bowl to its discharge pipe.
An adjustable plunger allows plumbers to do work both inside and outside their homes by allowing them to screw on different size rubber cups that can be changed depending on the type of plunger needed for the job.
Like electricians, plumbers highly recommend owning slip joint pliers, which allow you to grip and turn many different types of pipe or hose fittings so that they can be tightened or loosened with ease.
Hands free flashlights are great because when you’re working in tight spaces. They allow for both hands to be free, while still providing light where otherwise there would not be any. These flashlights make life especially easy when things need to be fixed during a blackout.
For most everyday electric and plumbing jobs, a DIY solution can work just fine. However, if you run into an electric or plumbing issue that seems too difficult for the average homeowner to fix, Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric is ready to help.
Our electricians can install new electrical wiring, ceiling fans, circuit breakers, and electric vehicle charging stations—just to name a few. Our plumbers offer a full range of plumbing services like fixing faucets, unclogging toilets, repairing leaky pipes, installing water heaters, and much more.
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