Do You Know If This Tool Is Used by a Carpenter, a Plumber, an Electrician, or Someone Else?

By: Zoe Samuel

Do You Know If This Tool Is Used by a Carpenter, a Plumber, an Electrician, or Someone Else?
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About This Quiz

These days, a lot of our devices just keep getting more complicated. Our phones are actually more powerful than the computers the Apollo astronauts had at their disposal when they went to the moon. Our cars are so full of advanced electronics that anything more complex than replacing a tire or changing the oil is generally beyond the average person's capability.

That's why it's so lovely that some devices don't change so quickly. The tools of carpentry in particular are so old that you could recognize version of them from thousands of years ago. Plumbing is somewhat newer (though the Romans had under-floor heating using hot water in pipes), but the basics haven't really shifted a lot since the Victorian era, when indoor plumbing became common in modern homes. Electricians have to update what they do as fire codes and other regulations change, but even as the source of the energy that lights our homes may change - from coal, to oil, to natural gas, to nuclear and these days, to solar - the basics of what makes a circuit work are as they ever were. That means the outlines of the tools don't shift so quickly.

All of this means you'd know their tools if you saw them... or would you?

pliers Who uses this tool designed to strip the insulation from wires?
Electrician
These are pliers, and they're actually used by everyone - but not for this purpose. Electricians use them for stripping wires all the time, however!
Plumber
Carpenter
Someone else

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tube cutter Who needs this handy Adjustable Tube Cutter?
Electrician
Plumber
Plumbers often need to trim pipes to the right size for specific houses. This adjustable tube cutter is designed to do just that!
Carpenter
Someone else

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test light Who's got to get their mitts on this mysterious blinking light?
Electrician
This is a test light. You use it to check whether a circuit is working when you can't test the thing you're actually trying to light up!
Plumber
Carpenter
Someone else

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pipe cutter Whose best friend is this C-shaped cutter?
Electrician
Carpenter
Someone else
Plumber
This is a pipe cutter and it's essential for plumbers. It's actually not entirely dissimilar to what a doctor might do if you get a blockage in your intestine.

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blowtorch Who uses this device to heat metal so that it can be bent?
Electrician
Carpenter
Plumber
It's not impossible that a carpenter or electrician might need some metal bent, but they generally wouldn't do it themselves. A plumber, on the other hand, will have a blowtorch in order to be able to bend smaller pipes by first softening them.
Someone elseI

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stop cock key Who uses this special key and what is it for?
Carpenter; to turn on the big saws.
Electrician; to turn off the mains electricity.
Plumber; to turn off the mains water.
The stop cock key is used by a plumber to shut off water to the house itself. This means the plumber can work without the pipes leaking all over him and everything you own!
Plumber; to turn off the water in that room.

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fish stick Who uses this long rod with a hook on the end, and what is it called?
Plumber; a fish hooker.
Electrician; a fish stick.
Sometimes you need to find a cable in an area you cannot see into, or pull it through a space too small for your hands. This fish stick is designed to let you pull the cable where you cannot reach or see.
Carpenter; a wire threader.
Someone else; a fabric puller.

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multimeter What is this electrician's tool for checking current?
Supermeter
Watt meter
Zapper
Multimeter
The multimeter is better than the ordinardy volt meter. That's because it measures voltage, current and resistance all at once.

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jigsaw What's this jagged-edge metal thing and who uses it?
Cutter; an electrician
Jigsaw; a carpenter
This jigsaw is very useful if you are a carpenter. While stone masons do use saws, they could not get much out of this one, however, as it only goes through slim pieces of wood.
Slicer; a plumber
Saw; a stonemason

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router What's this nifty tool carpenters use to bevel the edges of woodwork?
Bevel saw
Curver
Router
This isn't the one you use to get onto the internet. This is what a carpenter uses to make the edges pretty on a table or other item.
Hugger

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cable lubricant Who uses this gel lubricant designed to help get the elements of their trade where they need to go?
Electrician
This cable lubricant is special, as it is fully non-conductive and does not drip. That means it is very safe for helping to get wires along conduit that is long or has several bends in it.
Plumber
Carpenter
Someone else

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ratcheted cable cutters Who uses these ratcheted copper cable cutters?
Plumber
Carpenter
Electrician
This is the tool of an electrician. It is for cutting through copper cables. What's clever about it is the ratchet system whereby you can move it tigher one click at a time, without worrying that it will slip.
Someone else

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radiator key Who uses this device to bleed the radiator?
Electrician
Plumber
This is a radiator key. It is designed to open the valve so that water can come out of your radiator. That means you can check levels and be sure that there is not an air bubble trapped in the pipes.
Carpenter
Someone else

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tick tester Who uses this device that can spot a current without touching it, and what is it called?
Electrican; spark meter
Electrician; magic meter
Electrician; tick tester
This tick tester is also known as a glow meter or a sniffer. It detects electrical current in a circuit without you having to make any contact, which is much safer for many circuits.
Plumber; current meter

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vice What's this item-holding device and who uses it?
Crusher; a plumber
Holder; an elctrician
Vice; a carpenter
Carpenters are not the only ones who use a vice, but they're the only ones in this question. Electricians and plumbers might use clamps to hold things in place.
Slider; someone else

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circuit breaker finder Who uses this circuit breaker finder, and why?
Electrician; because you can't always turn all the circuits on and off until you find the right one!
It's easy to turn all your own circuit breakers off until you isolate the right one, but you can't do that in an office building. This device helps you figure out which one isn't working without making potentially hundreds of people mad at you!
Plumber; because water and electricity do not mix.
Electrician; because they can't work on a circuit that is on.
Someone else; for reasons unknown.

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jack Who uses this lifting device and what is it called?
Someone else; a jack
This is a jack, and mechanics use it to raise your car so they can get at the underside or change a tire. It's not for electricians, plumbers or carpenters!
Carpenter; a crusher
Carpenter; a raiser
Electrician; a hoist

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nail gun Who uses this device for shooting nails?
Carpenter
This nail gun is a very dangerous tool in the wrong hands! It can shoot a nail deep into wood - though it could probably also go into an electrical circuit or scratch up your sink, a carpenter is the only person you want using it near you!
Electrician
Plumber
Someone else

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tone generator Who uses this device that generates a single tone?
Electrician
This is a tone generator. It serves a similar purpose to a voltage detector, but instead of lighting up it makes a sound. If you have an electronic keyboard, it probably has similar insides!
Plumber
Carpenter
Someone else

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deburrer Who uses this device for smoothing the insides of pipes, and what is it called?
Electrician; a deburrer
Plumber; a deburrer
This device is called a deburrer. It's designed to smooth out the surface of metal objects. Deburring is a major cost in manufacturing, and if your pipes are not properly deburred, you will get blockages all the time.
Carpenter; a deburrer
Plumber; a smoothener

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nail puller Who uses this device often seen on the back of a hammer, and what is it called?
Carpenter; a hammerback
Plumber; a pipe puller
Carpenter; a nail puller
This clawed-looking device is for pulling nails out of things. Most hammers have one on the other side of the head from the side you used to knock in the nail in the first place!
Electrician; plug puller

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reciprocating saw Who uses this reciprocating saw?
Electrician
This is actually not a carpenter's tool, though it looks like one as it is a saw. A reciprocating saw is largely used to cut conduit, which as we've seen is used to trail cables or bundles of cables around buildings.
Carpenter
Plumber
Someone else

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plunger Who uses this device that dislodges simple blockages?
Electrician
Plumber
This is a plunger, of course - we're giving you an easy one to reward you for your performance so far! A plumber uses this to break up and dislodge basic blockages. It's something you should own and know how to use, as it will spare you a lot of misery.
Carpenter
Someone else

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insulated screwdriver Who uses this special screwdriver that appears to be wearing a little jacket, and why?
Plumber; because it is rust resistant.
Carpenter; because it can double as a chisel.
Electrician; because it is insulated.
The main occupational hazard for an electrician is being zapped. This handy screwdriver has a little outfit on that saves its owner from that fate.
Someone else; because it looks cool.

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reamer Who uses this device to ensure smooth ends on their work, and what is it called?
Electrician; a reamer
There are tubes in your building that carry electrical wires about the place, called conduit. If you cut them with regular tools, you can end up with jagged and thus dangerous edges. A reamer will ensure this doesn't happen.
Plumber; a chopper
Electrician; a cutter
Someone else; a zagger

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plumb line Who uses this ball on a piece of string, and what is it called?
Carpenter; a plumb line
This is the ultimate tool in carpentry! You can make one yourself and use it to test whether your vertical lines are on the square or not.
Electrican; a ballstring
Plumber; a nutstring
Someone else; it has no name.

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sledgehammer Who uses this enormous hammer, and what is it called?
Carpenter; a wallhammer
Stonemason; a sledgehammer
This is not for carpenters, electricians or plumbers. It's for someone else; a stonemason or other type of craftsman who needs to take out a section of wall. He may well be working with all the others, though!
Carpenter; woodhammer
Plumber; a pipebuster

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two point laser Who uses these device with a laser on either end, and what it is called?
Plumber; two point laser
Electrician; two point laser
This is a great device to help you figure out where to put say, a light fixture, when you can't mark up the ceiling easily. You map it on the floor and use the laser to show you where to put your circuitry.
Carpenter; Darth Maul laser
Someone else; super laser

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stud finder Who uses this handy tool to locate studs in the walls?
Electrician
Plumber
Carpenter
This is a stud finder. You run it along the wall and it will beep when it finds the supporting struts. This helps you know where you can drill, and where you will hit something.
Someone else

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wax ring Who uses this currently very clean-looking wax seal?
Electrician
Carpenter
Someone else
Plumber
A plumber uses this so that when you flush the toilet, the water goes into the pipe. If it breaks, water will leak all over your floor. Trust us, it's not pretty.

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four-post hoist Who uses this very large lifting device?
Plumber
Carpenter
Mechanic
This is four-post hoist and you use it to lift up a car. It's thus used by a mechanic, not a plumber, electrician or carpenter.
Electrician

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lathe Who uses this nifty smoothing device, and what it is called?
Carpenter; a lathe
A lathe is used to smooth the surface once your item is finished and ready to be varnished or painted. It takes the rough parts off with more vehemence than sanding and more precision than sawing.
Plumber: an unclogger
Electrician; a sparker
Carpenter; a smoother

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roto-split Who uses this very single-purpose device, and what is its name?
Plumber: pipe split
Electrician; roto split
This highly speicalized device is used for stripping wires that have a metallic casing. You cannot simply clip their casing safely, and the roto split will help you do it.
Cartpenter; wood split
Someone else; metal split

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pipe bender Who uses this device for bending pipes?
Electrician
Plumber
This is a pipe bender. It's used for when the pre-made pipe sections don't fit, and you need to curve or straighten them just a little to get them in.
Carpenter
Someone else

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snake Who uses this long wriggly device, and what is it called?
Carpenter; a woodener
Plumber; a snake
This serves a similar purpose to our carpenter's fish sticks from earlier. It's about being able to apply pressure and reach where you cannot see.
Plumber; a wriggler
Plumber; an unclogger

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chalk Who outlines their work with this piece of chalk before they start?
Electrician
Carpenter
Carpenters often mark in chalk before they cut. This way they don't have to make a permanent mark or risk losing sight of the right spot.
Plumber
Someone else

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fish tape What is this special tape used mainly by electricians?
Red tape
Fish tape
This is a lot like our fish stick from earlier; it's used to get wires through tricky holes. The difference is that it can be very long and comes on a wheel to keep it neat.
Sticky tape
Gaff tape

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insulated knife Who is this special knife for?
Electrician
This is an electrician's knife. Sometimes you need to cut things when you work as an electrician, and it helps if you have a knife that won't cause a spark or shock you when you do!
Plumber
Carpenter
Someone else

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set square Who uses this device for measuring angles?
Carpenter
Carpenters use this device that is called a set square. It's also used by stonemasons and designers, but in this case, we're all about the carpenters!
Plumber
Electrician
Someone else

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