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

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)

Klein long-shaft 6-in-1 multitool (1:31)

Stanley Sheetrock Saw (2:33)

Klein Lineman’s Pliers (2:58)

Klein Side-cutting Pliers (3:30)

Klein Small Wire-Strippers (4:12)

Klein Large Wire-Stripper/Crimper/Bolt-Cutter Combo Tool (4:38)

Klein Needle-Nose/Stripper Combo Tool (5:38)

Fluke Multi-meter (6:23)

Klein #2 Square Driver (7:39)

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)

Mini terminating screwdrivers (Philips and Flathead) (9:42)

Utility Knife (10:01)

25’ Stanley FAT MAX tape measure (10:52)

A pack of Sharpie Markers (12:13)

Non-Contact Voltage Sensor/Ticker/Sniffer (12:55)

¼” Masonry Bits (14:16)

¼” to 1 ¼” Paddle Bits (14:11)

¼” and 5/16” Drill Drivers (14:56)

Drill extensions with Philips, flat, square, and torx tips (buy a whole kit of various tips separately) (15:10)

GFI plug tester (15:40)

Headlamp (15:55)

7/8” Uni-Bit (16:34)

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)

Small Lightweight Drill (Screw-Gun) (19:58)

Various Drill Bits (metal bits, wood bits, stone bits, spare drill extensions etc…) (20:47)

Set of fitted gloves (not leather gardening gloves – fitted mechanic’s gloves) (21:32)

Several GOOD flashlights (check into Nebo) (23:02)

Multi-Allen Wrench Tool (23:55)

2 Sets of Medium-Sized Channel Locks (25:12)


That’s pretty much it for the needs of a fresh apprentice. If you have any questions please reach out to me on Twitter @dustinstelzer.

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