Most guys (and some gals) have an ongoing love affair with their tools. Having the right tool for the right job can evoke a Tim Allen-like grunt of pleasure.
But for integrators and their technicians, tools are even more special. They represent their livelihood. So for a low-voltage/datacomm contractor by any name—voice/data/video (VDV) installer, A/V specialist, security dealer, etc.—there is a short list of tools for both measuring signal strength and terminating twisted-pair and solid-core cable that they cannot live without.
According to Dave Mueller, VDV senior product manager at Klein Tools, the biggest question facing integrators is whether to carry individual tools for each task or look for multi-function tools that can do several things. He has pinpointed the:
- Most valuable low-voltage stripping/cutting/terminating/crimping tools
- Most valuable low voltage measurement tools
- Most valuable tools for retrofits/existing homes
- Most valuable tools for new construction
- Most unique tool
- Most overlooked tool