What Do You Need To Know When Working With Tools?

Fred's Appliance Academy
March 8, 2017

In order for you to properly complete an appliance installation or appliance repair job, you will need to have a knowledge and understanding of electrical tools and hand tools. When you are working with any tools, you should always follow safety precautions. You should always follow the warnings and recommendations on the labels and safety manuals.

Before you start an appliance repair job, you should put a toolbox together with high-quality hand tools and electrical tools. Here is a list of some of the tools you should include in your appliance repair toolbox:

  • Wrenches
  • Screwdrivers
  • Flashlight
  • Pliers

Safety Comes First

Anyone who does not have the basic knowledge to use these tools should not attempt to repair or install any appliance. If you improperly repair an appliance, you will risk injury to yourself and others. Injuries can always occur when you are attempting to repair any type of appliance. In order for you to be protected from any type of injury, we recommend you do the following:

  • Wear safety glasses so your eyes will be protected while you are repairing the appliance
  • Wear protective gloves
  • Do not put on loose-fitted clothing
  • If you have long hair, you should pull your hair back in a ponytail or bun
  • Use tools according to their purpose, do not use a tool that is not designed for another tool’s purpose

It does not matter what tool you are using, you should always do the following:

  • Make sure your tools are properly cleaned before you use them
  • Make sure your tools are operating properly before you attempt to use them
  • If you have to use an extension cord for your electrical tools, you should make sure the extension cord is working properly
  • Make sure the extension cord stays grounded
  • When you are using your tools, you should make sure you always have a firm grip on the tool. You do not want to risk the tool slipping out of your hands and causing an injury.
  • Do not use a tool that looks, feels, and sounds like it needs to be replaced. If you use a tool that has run its course, you may cause a severe injury to yourself or someone else because the injury can slip out of your hands if it has been worn out and no longer has a good grip.
  • Do not try to repair the tool while it is plugged into an outlet or extension cord. If you think something is wrong with the tool, you should unplug the tool and try to fix the problem.


The wrench will probably be one of your most used tools. There are a variety of wrenches that you may use. Wrenches are designed to hold screws, nuts, bolts, etc., as well as to turn those screws, nuts, and bolts.

Power Tools

Power tools can get the job done just like hand tools, but power tools get the job done much faster. Power tools are battery-powered or either electric. When you are using tools that are powered, you should always follow the same safety precautions as you would any other tool. You should always read the manuals and follow the recommendations, especially if you are unfamiliar with a particular tool.

As an appliance repair technician or homeowner attempting to repair an appliance yourself, it is important that you have knowledge and experience using hand tools, power tools, and specialty tools. Repairing an appliance can be a difficult job, and sometimes it is best to let an experienced and qualified professional handle the job for you.

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