Episode 2 – Tools Every Apprentice Electrician Needs To Start Their Job

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If you’re about to start your career as an electrician but don’t have a clue what tools you need, feel free to consult this list. In this video I talk about all of the tools that I deem necessary to start your career with. There will be endless tools that you will buy through the years but these are the basics that every apprentice electrician needs.

In order as they appear, I also time-stamped each tool so you can find them easier. If you’d like to buy them I’ve put links to each tool on Amazon below so you can order them if you’d prefer:

First up is to get a good pouch. You’ll need a two-sided pouch with a hammer loop and a tape chain. One side of the bag should have storage for your hand tools, the other side should have multiple pouches for storing staples, screws, wirenuts, pens/pencils, markers, and a tape measure. You’ll want a separate hammer loop (one thing I forgot to mention in the video…a hammer!) that hangs behind you from the belt. Its a lot easier to have a hammer hanging from behind you than off to the sides smacking into your legs all day. (0:56)

Klein 10″ flat-head screw driver with a 3/8″ tip. (1:12) – https://amzn.to/2TASZqe

Klein long-shaft 6-in-1 multitool (1:31) – https://amzn.to/2KrhPok

Stanley Sheetrock Saw (2:33) – https://amzn.to/2DPQBrf

Klein Lineman’s Pliers (2:58) – https://amzn.to/2S78Nj0

Klein Side-cutting Pliers (3:30) – https://amzn.to/2KoODyl

Klein Small Wire-Strippers (4:12) – https://amzn.to/2DCpPSf

Klein Large Wire-Stripper/Crimper/Bolt-Cutter Combo Tool (4:38) – https://amzn.to/2BochIn

Klein Needle-Nose/Stripper Combo Tool (5:38) – https://amzn.to/2DQPEyU

Fluke T5-600 Multi-meter (6:23) – https://amzn.to/2DQPKXi

Klein #2 Square (Robertson) Driver (7:39) – https://amzn.to/2DSZ78Z

Klein ¼” – 9/16” Nut Drivers (more specifically 3/8”, 11/32”, 7/16”, and ½”) [your 6-in-1 will come with a ¼” and 5/16” so you don’t need to get these] (8:26) – https://amzn.to/2DRnofl

Klein Mini terminating screwdrivers (Philips and Flathead) (9:42) – https://amzn.to/2S3Mb31

Husky Utility Knife (10:01) – https://amzn.to/2QZBiiw

25’ Stanley FAT MAX tape measure (10:52) – https://amzn.to/2S72D2C

A pack of Sharpie Markers (12:13) – https://amzn.to/2S7GlgT

Non-Contact Voltage Tester (12:55) – https://amzn.to/2S8MZUo

¼” Masonry Bits (14:16) – https://amzn.to/2qXE6kV

Bosch ¼” to 1 ¼” Paddle/Spade Bits (14:11) – https://amzn.to/2qZzevO

¼” and 5/16” Drill Drivers (14:56) – https://amzn.to/2S74kgu

Drill extensions with Philips, flat, square, and torx tips (buy a whole kit of various tips separately) (15:10) – https://amzn.to/2Ktnb2I

GFI plug tester (15:40) – https://amzn.to/2DRoR5B

Headlamp (15:55) – https://amzn.to/2FyaFA7

1 1/8” Stepped Uni-Bit (16:34) – https://amzn.to/2S4DCVB

Klein Stubby 6-in-1 Multi-tool (17:24) –

18v Lithium-Ion Hammer Drill (you’ll need at least 2 good batteries and a charger) (18:26) – https://amzn.to/2KnFuWM

Small Lightweight Drill (Screw-Gun) (19:58) – https://amzn.to/2DRnuUn

Various Drill Bits (metal bits, wood bits, stone bits, spare drill extensions, drill bit index etc…) (20:47) – https://amzn.to/2Fyjb1W

Set of fitted gloves (not leather gardening gloves – fitted mechanic’s gloves) (21:32) – https://amzn.to/2S3GhyX

Several GOOD flashlights (check into Nebo) (23:02) – https://amzn.to/2S1mVKG

Multi-Allen Wrench Tool (23:55) – https://amzn.to/2DBoBXn

2 Sets of Medium-Sized Channel Locks (25:12) – https://amzn.to/2R13521

NOT TALKED ABOUT IN THIS VIDEO – 22oz Ewing Claw Hammer – https://amzn.to/2FC8fAk

That’s pretty much it for the needs of a fresh apprentice. If you have any questions please reach out to me at dustin@electricianu.com

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Electrician U says:

I made a significant error in this video. I said Greenlee was not a very good brand of tools but I meant to say Commercial Electric. (Both Green) – Greenlee makes outstanding tools, Commercial Electric's tools are shit. Sorry for the mistake, now I'll go kill myself lol

Aaron Lee says:

Why did I watch this one

Chris Fyfe says:

Eye , and hearing protection !

Bryan DuChane says:

What bag (s) do you recommend

Carlos Ocon Jr says:

Kleins has warranty for life Home Depot will replace them for free

Nathan Z Solomon says:

Seeing how tools are always becoming "bigger better stronger faster", I was wondering if now you'd want to replace your small drill with an 8V power screwdriver? That is, do you use the smaller drill to just undo screws and such or do you think you prefer the higher powered drill?
I'm just a "Harry Homeowner" who enjoys learning and doing my residential electrical and want to do it right.

fernando cz says:

Klein tools, excellent

Claude Esteves says:

thanks for the presentation. great content!

Cirsem says:

Thank you for the video. I just got accepted to work as a apprentice electrician with 0 experience. I feel so blessed and fortunate. This video has helped me figure out what I need for basic stuff. Really appreciate it.

jllemin4 says:

damn its going to take me awhile to afford all of these

Michelle says:

Thank you for that video, I was going to be a dumb idiot and buy the whole screwdriver set, which would have taken up loads of space and weighed a ton. Those multi screwdrivers in 1 are much more convenient.

Tia Nesbeth says:

Not including the bags this list is roughly $1k whew!!

Vet 0910 says:

Southwire has been established since 1950.

Jimmy Mike Callahan says:

One thing you left out of your tool belt is a pair of the smallest (baby) vice grips

Terry Bowser says:

Keep the magnets away from the batteries they will explode

Terry Bowser says:

Use a magnet for picking up screws and Staples

Kay A says:

Been thinking of switching over to electrician. Currently in HVAC for 4 years and still have a desire to become an electrician. Maybe someday.

David Boman says:

Or just get a Philips, a smaller flat, a bigger flat, a tester, a stripper. The rest just ask your coleages bruh😂 Americans so extra I swear

tc25d says:

Your channel is excellent

Joe Pinelli says:

If you go to any hvac supply store they’ll probably have a 1/4 and 5/16 quick switching bit you can use on your impact.

Abdul Elkhatib says:

26:28 NO. You don't want an electrician to have a blast !

Andrew Perez says:

What kind of pouch was that ? Klein’s leather 11 pocket

dragons' pride says:

Only thing I think you might consider more for basic cary is the Kline right angle screwdriver. It makes. A decent stud finder

Jacob Kelly says:

I personally would recommend a stubby ratcheting screwdriver by Milwaukee

Allen Horton says:

I carry two tools and can do everything with them you do with all them tools 😂😂 Lineman’s and a flathead

Phil R says:

23 years in the trade and never wore a tool pouch. I’d suggest anyone that wants to be a electrician, go through your local IBEW apprenticeship. Good video!

Jacob Johansson says:

I’m going to be an apprentice soon and this video definitely helps with tool terminology. I saw that you had flashlights but what about a headlamp? Seems like it would be good to use if you need to use both hands in a dark area.

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