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dudemaar

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I will start it off with good old 3M tape. 4B3D696F-1BB0-41C4-BBF0-C1F2FEBB7AEF.jpeg
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nosnim

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- Good masonary and metal drill bits with duplicates.
- Good hammer drill with extra fully charged l-ion batteries.
- Ratcheting multibit screw driver.
- Good network cable strippers, rj45 crimpers, and punch down tool.
- Good electrician scissors.
- Comfortable shoes.
- Nice tool bag/backpack and belt tool holster/pouch.
- Flush cutter.
- Flash light and headlamp.
- Measuring tape.
- Label maker and labels.
- Zip ties and hook and loop fastening tape rolls.
- Cable comb.
- Polymer fish tape and fiberglass cable rods.
 

Mike A.

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Couldn't find a pic with pull string and too lazy to get off my butt and dig mine out but you get the idea.

If you've got an open space like over a drop ceiling you can can cover a lot of distance quicky and get up and over things easy.
 

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All of the above PLUS, things that money can't buy and only you can operate (although lately both seem to be the LEFT version):

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J Sigmo

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A plastic kitty litter bucket or two to carry the particular assortment of tools and parts I've selected for a particular phase of a job, so I don't have to carry everything everywhere.
 

CastleSurveillance

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Couldn't find a pic with pull string and too lazy to get off my butt and dig mine out but you get the idea.

If you've got an open space like over a drop ceiling you can can cover a lot of distance quicky and get up and over things easy.
This works better for you than like 15' of fish rod? lol
 

Mike A.

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I’m going to have to try one of these myself.
Yeah, you'll probably be bouncing it about 2 feet in front of your face sometimes until you get the hang of it and depending on your aim. lol Works well where you can use it though. Pop tiles down the line. Toss from one to another. You can have a long run done real quick. Or just getting up over some duct work or pipes or whatever where it's a pain to get the rods and get them up in there just to get past that. Half the battle with the pole sometimes is just managing that end of it vs getting where you're going.
 

smole

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1. Knipex scissors

2. Noyafa nf-8061

3. Klein tools VDV226-110 chinese rip-off

4. Brother pt-e300vp

5. Hilti BX3-ME for installing plastic conduit with:
Hilti X-P 20 B3 MX nails (for hard concrete)
Hilti X-ET MX (for holding the conduit onto the nail, without it the nail snaps the conduit)

6. Krause Protec XS aluminium mobile scaffold

7. Nitecore NU32
 
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Holbs

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installation tools? oh boy.... lots of toys for this :) Of course, not everyone can spring for the Fluke DSP-4000 unit (I have one since wire installation is my day job). But as above, a wiremap tester works great.
When it comes to running wire in small cramp spaces... the above glow rods are MANDATORY along with pull string. You can push a bunch of string up a hole and reach the string from a distance with those glow rods since they also come with a fishing hook attachment to grab the string.
 
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