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Tool advice

I'm starting work as a network cable tech in a few weeks and will need to bring my own hand tools. I have the following

A punch down

Socket screwdriver

Needle nose plyers

Cable sheers

Cable stripper

Crimper

A hammer

So what other tools would you guys suggest?

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Electrician snips , simple 4 pair tester ,label maker

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Toner and wand!

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Original Poster2 points · 2 months ago

I'm not familiar with a wand. What is that?

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Toner and wand. Doesn't have to be greenlee, but you get the idea.

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Original Poster1 point · 2 months ago

Thank you, I have most of these but this gives me some peace of mind.

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comprehensive list, don't disagree with one idea on this list.

I would personally steer clear of the commercial electric punchdown though. It punches pretty nicely, but has a weird blade shape that won't accept other brands of blades. The side of the barrel is flattened. Also only comes with 110 cut & dummy, no 66-block blades.

Go with another brand, for sure.

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  • Electricians pouch or belt to carry it all in.

  • Not sure about the cable sheers, unless you mean simple dikes, your stripper should have a cutter as well

  • Hammer?

  • A good pair of electricians scissors

  • Depending on the type of cable stripper, you might want to get a CAT/Coax stripper as well--worth their weight in gold

  • Test tools like others have said: continuity, toner/wand, maybe a tracing set

  • Pack of clickable sharpies, I like to keep a silver one on hand too for writing on dark surfaces

  • 15' mini tape measure. I've got a sewing tape I inherited from my grandmother that is the bee's knees for checking patch cable length.

  • Utility knife/pocket knife

  • If you're going to be installing panels or mounting switches, long #2 and #3 phillips, single-piece screwdrivers are great for tightening and installing cage nuts

  • mini flashlight / headlamp

  • headphones and a long playlist, phone charger

  • C14-NEMA5 adapter if you're going to be spending a lot of time in datacenters

  • Good fitting pair of gloves

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Small drill Fishing weight to drop down uninsulated walls

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