These essential electrical tools and parts will ensure that all your basic home electrical projects are done safely and properly.
Wire Strippers & Cutters
There are several differing styles of wire strippers; but this section will focus on the 3 common styles for DIY homeowner use.
Each type of wire stripper listed can cut, strip, and loop wire, along with having serrated nose jaws to bend, shape, and pull wire. Beyond these basic tasks is where the differences (ergonomics and function) come into consideration.
- Wire Stripper & Cutter: Basic wire strippers and cutters are compact and usually have spring loaded handles for self-opening action. Consider a heavy-duty model, which may better suit larger hands and incorporates a more aggressive tip for better pulling and twisting of wires, e.g. Klein Heavy-Duty wire strippers.
- Multi-tasking Wire Stripper (shown): Shear machine screws. Measure machine screw sizes. Crimp insulated terminals and connectors.
- Needle Nose Pliers with Wire Stripper: The long and slender nose makes working in tight spaces easier, but these tools also have very limited wire gauge stripping options. Knipex has a large assortment of electrician pliers and multi-purpose electrical pliers to compare the different options available.
Choose individual screwdrivers or save space and money with a capable multi-bit screwdriver.
The Klein 11-in-1 with Combo Screw Tips (32505) is a great choice for any homeowners electrical projects.
Note: Screwdrivers with combination tips are specifically made for combination electrical screw fittings and provide maximum contact.
Twist Wire Connectors
Twist wire connectors make wire connections easy (eliminate pre-twisting) and have a broader range per connector than basic wire connectors; thus reducing the amount of different sizes of wire connectors needed.
Specialty Wire Connectors
Use weatherproof wire connectors with pre-installed silicone for exterior wiring projects. A wire too short? A splice connector easily solves the problem.
Voltage Testers & Detectors
A non-contact voltage tester will detect the presence of AC electricity without having to touch a bare wire or connection.
AC/DC voltage testers offers a few more functions: LCD readout, no batteries needed for voltage detection, test continuity, and some detectors have a GFCI trip.