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 12 January 2015 12:10 AM
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DOUGIE1000

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Hi guys.

Last year I must have spent thousands on tools.

Apart from the day to day stuff what is the unusual tools you have.
I'll start it off.

1- I recently bought a high quality mobile tool chest (not a cheap one). Love it.
2- I have a lock ring spanner for 20 + 25mm lockring nuts. Saves time.
3- I bought a electricians tool pouch. Not as big as a tool belt but like a large hanging pocket that easy clips onto your belt. Extra hand when working on steps etc.
4- electrician rod. Similar to a length of you trunking lid. Expecially for fishing.
4- ratchet spanners

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 12 January 2015 12:59 AM
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Manxie

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The handle off a bucket..
Straighten it out, pull the plastic grip down to one end and then bend the other end into a hook...
Very handy for fishing cables

Charlie
 12 January 2015 07:35 AM
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dickllewellyn

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I think I've got one of those same tool pouches dougie, made by Tough Built? I've also got a bracket for it screwed onto my van racking so it slots on there. I always found it too heavy for the belt, but it does have a shoulder strap which got a lot of use. I think the company also make a tool bag that the electricians pouch clips on to which I keep promising myself.

I always try and pinch a bit of wire if I'm ever on a site with suspended ceiling fitters. Their wire is really good for fishing with.

I bought one of those long flexible drill bits for wood. That has been useful finding cable routes in timber buildings, but blunts easily and can also go stray and cause decoration issues!

I have an electricians hammer made by Hultafors which I love. It's about the size of a decent tack hammer, but also has a claw, and the face is square for tapping in corners which isn't so easy with a standard round face hammer.

I keep promising myself a locknut spanner, maybe I will treat myself before year end.

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 12 January 2015 05:16 PM
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mikejumper

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A spattle.
Not strictly an electricians tool but one which I use just as often.
CK spring steel; I've used it so much over the years the edges are as thin as razor blades.
Great for filling small holes and chases.
 12 January 2015 05:34 PM
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leckie

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My favourite recent additions are a long chain and magnet that fit on the super rod system, really fantastic for fishing, and I quite like the gekko from the same people. The gekko is not quite as good as the promo films, but it's still very handy for certain jobs. Also I bought a knipex smooth parallel plier wrench, excellent tool.

Power tools, I like the Metabo 18v high torque drill driver, 110NM.

Edited: 14 January 2015 at 05:01 PM by leckie
 12 January 2015 06:23 PM
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Manxie

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Analogue multi meter! Would never be without one..
Old school !
 12 January 2015 06:30 PM
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Phillron

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Had to get another Bush spanner to replace a very old friend that I bought when a penny was still 12 to a Bob
 12 January 2015 07:36 PM
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Zoomup

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An old Elastoplast tin containing an assortment of taps and a tap wrench. Popular sizes are M3.5 M4 and M6. Now available in a tool with a plastic handle a bit like a screwdriver. Handy for rethreading damaged metal box lugs, or cleaning out plaster etc.
 12 January 2015 10:00 PM
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leckie

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Ah well Zoom, the bits of kit with plastic handles are very handy for rethreading. But the taps and wrenches can form a new thread in a section of angle iron, etc. I have done a few thousand of them!
 12 January 2015 10:18 PM
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monk

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Catapult + squash ball + fishing line!

This was for a microphone cable to go over a very long suspended ceiling in a village hall and it worked a treat, saving lots of time
Plus I wanted a catapult as a child and was never allowed one
Plus everyone mocked me for the idea, so when it worked I was super smug!
Just unreel the fishing line before you fire as it will snag if trying to shoot from the reel... jobs a goodun!
 12 January 2015 10:22 PM
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leckie

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LOL.
Now that's what I call innovation!
 12 January 2015 10:31 PM
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Manxie

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i have often thought to myself how good it would be if I had a trained ferret
 12 January 2015 11:10 PM
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sparkingchip

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Strangely I have experience with ferrets!

No good for pulling cables, too easily distracted.

Andy
 13 January 2015 08:26 AM
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Ricicle

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I've always used green fencing wire as a fish wire. Works a treat.

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 13 January 2015 04:48 PM
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geov

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Originally posted by: Ricicle

I've always used green fencing wire as a fish wire. Works a treat.


I keep a supply of straightened wire coat hangers in the van, for when the rods won't do.

I've often thought about the trained ferret too!
 14 January 2015 10:53 AM
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BrucieBonus

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A mouse....

OK not a real one, but that's it's nickname. Consists of a short piece of old lead cable on the end of a bit of string. Perfect for dropping in between lathe and plaster walls to run cables. Coupled with my trusty Fein, I have impressed more then a few clients with my ability to fit a new light switch with no damage to the walls.....

I know, I need to get a life
 14 January 2015 12:13 PM
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slittle

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I like the green fencing wire for fishing too.

Strangest, probably bow saw and loppers which come in quite handy for pruning your way into places

Favourite has to be my two foot wrecking bar, it's amazing the times it gets me out of trouble


Stu
 14 January 2015 01:00 PM
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Gutterball

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I have one of those whisk type things for my rods that is quite handy. I also have a mirror like the dentist uses to look at your teeth. It's handy for looking in awkward places.
 14 January 2015 06:04 PM
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DOUGIE1000

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Whats an eagle claw. One of guys who works for us says he has one as these are rare and he keeps it safely locked away at home. It's for tightening large swa and won't damage the gland by eating or marking the brass. I'm going to Google it now. I need to get one cos I'm like that.

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 14 January 2015 06:14 PM
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DOUGIE1000

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Sorry eagle beak.

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