Every Insulated Tool Electricians Need!!!

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Do electricians really need to use electrically insulated tools? A topic of debate depending on whom you talk to! In the latest episode of Electrician U, Dustin explores the subject and shows some of the electrically insulated tools from one of the top tool manufacturers Klein Tools.

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To establish a baseline for the question, lets explore some scenarios first. Should we be working on live circuits at all? That is really the whole debate! For most of the time, we can AND should shut the power off before working on something. It is safer and we can generally perform the work much faster and more efficiently with it off as we don’t have to tip toe around energized components. So, if someone wants to add a can light or a receptacle in their house, we can shut the circuit off and turn it back on once the work is complete. Same could be said for replacing the service/panel at a residence. BUT, if we are attempting to troubleshoot a particular system to see why something isn’t operating properly, we may actually NEED the power to be on for us to test and diagnose the problem. Or if us turning off the circuitry could result in a more dangerous condition (say, in a hospital where patients are relying on certain equipment to be healthy) we may need to work on said circuitry energized. And it’s the last couple of scenarios that lead to manufacturers designing and producing PPE and tools for electricians to use in these conditions.
Klein Tools is one of the best manufacturers of electrical tools in the industry. Almost all of us in the industry know who Klein is and use their tools. In addition to making tools for everyday usage, they also make quite an extensive line of electrically insulated tools. While most electrical tools (even if they have some type of insulation on the handles) are not rated for any protection while working on live circuits and will have markings on the tools stating such. Tools designed for work on energized circuits will have a rating on the tool of its voltage capacity and is usually distinguishable by a bright orange (or other bright color) coating on the normally exposed metallic surface. These types of tools should be carried by electricians who may be required to work on energized circuits and should NOT be used unless its in an exposed workspace. The tools should be kept separate from our normal tools, in a separate case and be really taken care of as our lives depend on those tools performing as intended!
Kleins line of insulated tools can be found in almost all the flavors we normally see. From screwdrivers, to nut drivers and most of the plier type tools, they produce every tool we would need to do our job safely in an energized environment. Klein even produces multi screwdrivers that allow you to change between flat head, Phillips, square tips, etc. to save some space in your kit! You can purchase the tools individually or various sets are available as well. The line of insulated tools is quite extensive ranging from standard to slim drive screwdriver tips to help in fitting in small holes like breakers. Definitely something that an experienced electrician should add to their kits if they may be required to work on energized circuits (and are trained to do so!).
We hope this shed some light on the topic of when we should be using tools rated for energized circuits and some of the tools available. Remember, these tools are designed to keep us safe so should be taken care of. Better than our normal everyday tools! This includes hot work PPE (gloves, suits, etc.) as well as our meters! Keep them clean, dry and in separate bags/cases from our standard tools. Is there a topic you would like to see discussed? Leave your comments in the comment section below and let us know! Please continue to follow Dustin and Electrician U as we are constantly updating our content to provide the best electrical education to our followers to help them in their careers!

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Allen Shamon says:

I go a step further and throw electrical tape around my insulated tools

Franco Sosa says:

Mfs borrow your insulated screwdriver to pry things open 🙄

M says:

Fun fact, Photonic Induction tested a German brand screwdrivers rated at 1k. it's actual breakdown voltage turned out to be 50kv.

Tom ONeill says:

Channel has become a sellout

David Fritzel says:

Been working in the field for 35 years. Work on everything live. Never used insulated tools.

Ya Boy says:

I have all insulated hand tools but I'm having a hard time finding a tool belt with pouches that accommodate the extra size of these tools, any tool belt recommendations that will fit them?

Miki says:

Of course electricians should use insulated tools. Because you never know when something will be live or someone will accidentally switch on the electricity. Why would companies build isolated tools? They are not made for auto mechanics but for electricians and there is a reason for that to protect the life of electricians. I don't understand electricians using auto mechanic tools

Ryan Stucke says:

Get both Insulated and non insulated tools for your work. But keep your insulated tools in great shape and treat them with care

P Good says:

We use regular Klein screwdrivers and lineman’s on live circuits all the time, it does infact protect you from being shocked

Eric Green says:

There’s the true tradesman rather than put the non insulated tools behind or on a table puts ‘‘em right into the back pocket 🤣👌👍

Michael Sang says:

Good vid. Most of my tools are vde as i do fault finding on machines and the are usualy live. Better to be safe than sorry. The price differance is not that much.

Alpha Saiyan says:

I absolutely love my insulated tools.

Rick Eckloff says:

I knew an old timer in the 80s who used to lick his thumb and index finger and use them as a tester.
Getting a good buzz meant something totally different to him.

Eric Hawkes says:

How do I get me some FREE Klein stuff, just starting out apprenticeship and I am excited to jump right in

Alpha Saiyan says:

Pittsburgh 1000 volt insulated screwdriver set at HarborFreight. $17. The best bang for your buck set. I’m a 24 year electrician and I’ve owned Klein and Greenlee and the Pittsburgh are better at a fraction of the price. Plus , they don’t walk off like Klein and greenlee. Oh and they are magnetized as well.

It ain’t rocket science says:

I work on live circuits on a daily basis.
I’ve been doing so since 2003 when I became an electrician.
Yes, it’s dangerous. I don’t understand the huge deal.

You go ahead and tell the restaurant you are shutting off their cash register circuit while you fiddle with the new receptacle.
See how that goes for you

My regular linesman are insulated and they work just fine. For 99% of what I do.

You show me an electrician that’s never been hit, I’ll call BS.

Wasim Edoo says:

Very nice tools bro

Hughes David Howard says:

Ok I am a British sparky then moved to Australia and became a sparky over there ,it is dead set 100 per cent against the law and a sackable event if you do it .Ok yeah I've done stuff live before and the rule is in Oz you can work in the vacinity of live parts as long as you have a spotter with LV rescue training and you are both wearing the appropriate PPE is blast suits cotton and rubber gloves and all tools are insulated

inothome says:

Isn't the requirement for insulated tools required for any work in an energized cabinet / panel over 50V? Not necessarily for working on an actual live circuit. It's to prevent accidental contact with energized parts in that cabinet / panel even if the circuit you are working on is de-energized.

Nicholas Nasti says:

Well, I have seen a few insulated tools that look like they were needed… all burnt and whatnot, seems like it took most or all of the damage and not the user.

Slade Profka says:

Fuck that spring lol, I always rip that shit out lol

Dylan Drew says:

Irish here, insulated cutters, needle nose and screwdrivers are a basics, most use them as their daily tools. Easy to prove dead in industrial and new builds, but rewire, fault finding, minor works, you can never be sure there is no back feed, alternate supplies, ect.

Niall Ackroyd says:

Coming from a UK electrician, it seems baffling why you wouldn’t use VDE rated tools, literally every spark here uses insulated tools, it’s even taught in colleges that you should only use insulated tools on the off chance something might be live (especially when working in boards)

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