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Wiring Your New House Part 3 – Tools Needed

March 7, 2007

For part three of this discussion I would like to address the tools needed to wire your new house. Before we get started I need to preface this with a safety warning. Always read, follow and understand all instructions and safety warnings included with your tools. Even the most benign tool can cause serious injury or death if not used properly.

For wiring your new house, you will need some basic hand tools, a heavy-duty drill and some auger bits.

The basic hand tools needed are:

  • Tape measure – I recommend one with a 1″ wide blade.
  • Carpenters pencil or permanent marker
  • Flat blade screwdriver
  • #2 Phillips screwdriver
  • Robertson tip screwdriver – square tip
  • Long-nose pliers
  • Side-cutting pliers
  • Diagonal pliers
  • Claw hammer
  • Wire strippers – I prefer the Ideal T stripper
  • NM cable stripper – Ideal also makes a nice NM cable stripper
  • Utility knife

For your heavy-duty drill, I recommend the Milwaukee Hole Hawg or Super Hawg. Either one of these drills will do the job well.

For the auger bits, I recommend the 1″ Greenlee Nail Eater Auger Bit. These will work the best for drilling through top plates with nails that you can’t see.

If you need further clarification or have questions, please submit them in the comment section of this post.

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