Cable Installation Tools

Cable Installation Tools

Cable Installation Tools – What a cable installer must know

A cable installer falls into the category of a telecommunications technician. They are responsible for ensuring that all of the digital communications that take place world wide, every minute of every day, are effective. This is done with the installation of network circuits and equipment, then after with the updating and maintaining of the equipment.

The tools required for every step of the process are unique to the cable installer. After enough time working with these tools, they will become as familiar to the technician as their hands. Though the particular usage of each item depends on the exact parameter of their job, there should be familiarity with these, as knowledge will make anyone better at their job.

Cable Tester

The first tool in the cable technicians arsenal is a cable tester. This tool is used to verify the electrical currents in a wired assembly. It verifies for the technician that all the cables are connected properly and that there are no unconnected cables in an assembly This ensures that no shorts exist within the line.

Cable Tracker

A cable tracker goes hand in hand with a cable tester and a line tracker. Unless a technician has the ability to see through walls this instrument is a cable technicians best friend. It has the ability to trace wires through an electrical system, this includes LAN and telephone wire. A cable tracker can take the place of a cable tester, by verifying the connectivity of a wire. Many technicians will use both a cable tracker and a cable tester.

Lineman’s Handset

It may be weird, in a world of cellphones, to think about something as simple as a Lineman’s Handset still being used. Lovingly referred to as a “telephone butt set,” the application of this tool is primarily for traditional phone lines. It can be used by the technician to determine if land lines are operating correctly. They got the nickname “butt set” for two reasons. The first is that a technician can butt into a phone line, even hearing calls. The second is that they were carried over the posterior of the person who monitored the connection. Though they are still around, digital technology has made the Lineman’s Handset far less common.

Wire Connectors

Tools such as, wire connectors, wire strippers, and pliers may not be industry specific, but they are ever so important tools of the job. Under the umbrella of wire connectors there are connectors, disconnects, battery clamps, fork terminals, solder type connectors, twist on connectors and more. Every technician should keep several of each connector and disconnect in their tool bag. As any one in the field can tell you, using the wrong type of connection can be hazardous.

Pliers and Wire Strippers

Pliers and wire strippers are pretty self explanatory. They should have insulated grips, for obvious reasons. In a pinch, some have been known to use a knife to strip wire. This is a slow process and leads to cuts on the fingers. Wire stripper range from the really cheap to the more expensive types. Gauge wire stripper are commonly used, but they only work on specific gauges of wire. Self adjusting types can leave nicks in the wire. There are also models which are a combination of both.

After use, and time on the job, each person will find certain tools which they like best. And, as time progresses, tools and tricks of the trade will become common practice.

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