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Old 05-22-2014, 08:38 PM   #1
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Got hired as a construction wireman and didn't really get any info on what kind of tools I should show up with the first day. If anyone has any ideas on what tools and what name brands that are going to last, that'd be great thanks!
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Old 05-22-2014, 09:29 PM   #2
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Kleins is one that I prefer.

Linemans pliers
Diagonal cutter - 9"
Two sizes of straight blade screwdrivers - 3/8 and 1/4
Two sizes of Phillips - #1 and #2
Hacksaw - don't go cheap
Hammer - love the Kleins
25 foot tape or 6 foot wooden folding ruler (my preference for using when conduit bending)
Wire Stippers - love the GB that they have at either Lowes or HD - has built in voltage detector
Hold on meter until talking to guys on job and seeing what you might like - don't go for cheapo

Start there and see what the guys are using

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I would think the local would give you a tool list. Do you have an orientation with the local before you go to work? You should receive a tool list then. Otherwise, talk to your future employer. Show some initiative. Best of luck on your future endeavors.
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I would think the local would give you a tool list. Do you have an orientation with the local before you go to work? You should receive a tool list then. Otherwise, talk to your future employer. Show some initiative. Best of luck on your future endeavors.
I start Tuesday on the job and the guy I talked to at the local said we would have orientation on wed I just wanted to show initiative and not show up empty handed on the first day
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If that is the case, talk to the local. Our local has a tool list for journeymen. I have no experience with the ce/cw program here, but I am sure there is a tool list for them too. Best of luck. Try to turn this ce job into an apprenticeship. Apply as soon as you can. You won't be sorry.
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Home depot has a sale right now (here anyway) lineman pliers, side cutters, 2 screwdrivers, a ticker, and strippers for 50 bucks... dunno what your budget is, but it's a good place to start

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Home depot has a sale right now (here anyway) lineman pliers, side cutters, 2 screwdrivers, a ticker, and strippers for 50 bucks... dunno what your budget is, but it's a good place to start

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Oh for chrissakes, those tools are garbage!

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