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For over thirty years I have used hand tools during my profession, as an electrician and electrical contractor, working in all aspects of industrial, commercial and residential building construction with the primary focus of installing electrical systems and equipment of all types and sizes. During this time I have found that using the right tool for the job is essential for getting the job done right, in a timely manner, and performing the job safely. If you are not using the right tools then you are just making it harder on yourself and the installation may be second rate rather than first class.

The Evolution of Quality Hand Tools

In my opinion, tools in general have evolved to become higher in quality and more effective due to manufacturers listening to end user feedback and suggestions. This has brought about great advances in many tools, and has also brought about new upstart companies who produce new products into the marketplace and working class trades people.

Multiple Hand Tools for Specific Projects

Any electrician working in the wide range of installations within our trade will tell you that it is best to have more than one sets of tools depending on the task at hand. In fact, it is best to have two or more fully stocked tool pouches complete with the tools necessary for the specific task. For example, when rough wiring a new home, or remodeling an existing home you will be using a specific set of tools for installing and securing new electrical cable, mounting device boxes and installing the electrical service panel. However when installing low voltage cable for telephone, internet, data, and alarm systems you will be using a different set of tools that are designed for smaller gauge wire, including cable shears, crimping tools, and cable strapping.

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