Luckily, not every problem involves calling an electrician. While we’re happy to visit and check out any large or small fixes, there are a number of tools and techniques that amateur business owners can keep on hand to diagnose and correct problems before they affect your output.
Being prepared for outages and common appliance troubleshooting is easy when you have the right tools. This blog will outline a few of our picks for tools that every business owner should keep on hand. While they help with electric issues, they may also be used for mechanical or office fixes. You never know when a set of pliers might help you reach something behind the desk!
These tools require no specific knowledge or training and are available at all hardware stores. Like a first-aid kit, a toolbox is a must-have for any business. So strap on your hard hat, pull up those rubber boots, and read on for tips on common commercial repair tools!
Common Commercial Repair Tools
- Pliers – Pliers can come in all different kinds of sizes, but for electrical fixes, smaller is almost always better. Needle Nose pliers allow you to leverage force in small environments like circuit boxes or even to catch screws or pull-out jams that give you trouble. They are also handy for gripping the flaps that secure batteries in place or for lifting portions of control panels that may have eroded or jammed over time.
- Wire Stripper – A wire stripper is a handheld tool that cuts wires while removing the insulating rubber from the exterior. They are handy for cases where the wire may have eroded, or you are adding wiring to a small circuit. Simply cut your desired wire portion, strip back to expose the copper wiring, tie the ends together, and cover with electrical tape!
- Electrical Tape – Electrical tape, as we mentioned above, is safe for circuits and small repairs. It is durable, flexible, and not overly sticky—making it perfect for sensitive operations.
- Voltmeter – Voltmeters are perfect for testing circuits you may be unsure of as being live. Likewise, suppose you know the voltage you are trying to carry through a circuit. In that case, a voltmeter can confirm if you are losing power somewhere along the line or if resistors are improperly calibrated. Connect your voltmeter to the circuit, and a readout will instantly inform you of how potent the voltage is.
- Screw Bit Heads – Most electrical panels (especially those internal to handheld devices) require small and specialized bits to access. An extensive collection of screw bit heads will help you stay on top of your devices without having to strip screws unnecessarily with poorly sized bit heads. Check out this page to see how many are possible!
- Rubber Gloves – Whenever working with circuits, always work with rubber gloves. They ensure no circuit is completed by your skin accidentally, which could lead to discomfort, burns, paralysis, or in some cases, death. That being said, if you are working with high voltage systems, it is always better to call a professional before you interfere with the circuit yourself.
Commercial electrical fixes often take a more experienced hand. Contacting electrical experts will ensure your minor fixes don’t lead to more significant problems through excessive fiddling, whether it’s sensitive office equipment, breakroom appliances, or mission-critical devices.
While having a good toolbox can get you started, some jobs are too big to take on alone. The next time something breaks down, and you are scratching your head, pick up the phone instead and get in touch with us. Our teams of technicians are ready for any job—big or small. We’re happy to help and maybe even teach you something along the way!