Personal protective equipment (PPE)
Your personal safety should be the most important consideration. Goggles and safety glasses, gloves, long-sleeve shirts, long pants or bluejeans, hard hat, etc. Think about the hazards and protect yourself accordingly before taking on any task. A large dose of common sense is required here. Screwdrivers
It is essential to have a good quality set of screwdrivers. It is best to purchase them in a complete set rather than individually, as this will save you money, and increase the chances that you will have the driver that best fits the need.
You need to have a voltage tester of some type for electrical work, and one that you trust is working properly! This can be anything from a $2 neon voltage check, to a $2000 digital multi-meter, or anything in between.. Check it on a known live source before trusting it to determine if your circuit is dead. The important thing is to ensure that it is working so you can verify that you have the power off on any circuit you may be working with.
I recommend purchasing a driver and drill instead of a basic cordless screwdriver as the quality is usually better, and one tool will perform both functions. Get the best quality you can afford, and make sure it has a 1/2″drive, and that is has sufficient power to drill a 1″ hole using an auger bit.
If you will be using it a lot as a screwdriver, then give some consideration to the weight and size when selecting the tool.
If you are going to take on any project beyond the most basic of jobs, such as, for example, changing out an individual receptacle or switch, you should have a good cordless drill and driver tool, along with a complete set of screwdriver bits and drill bits. This will save you a lot of time and when used properly, a power driver can be used in place of a screwdriver for most jobs...etc
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