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

Zoe Samuel

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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?

Who uses this tool designed to strip the insulation from wires?

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!

Who needs this handy Adjustable Tube Cutter?

Plumbers often need to trim pipes to the right size for specific houses. This adjustable tube cutter is designed to do just that!

Who's got to get their mitts on this mysterious blinking light?

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!

Whose best friend is this C-shaped cutter?

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.

Who uses this device to heat metal so that it can be bent?

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.

Who uses this special key and what is it for?

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!

Who uses this long rod with a hook on the end, and what is it called?

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.

What is this electrician's tool for checking current?

The multimeter is better than the ordinardy volt meter. That's because it measures voltage, current and resistance all at once.

What's this jagged-edge metal thing and who uses it?

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.

What's this nifty tool carpenters use to bevel the edges of woodwork?

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.

Who uses this gel lubricant designed to help get the elements of their trade where they need to go?

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.

Who uses these ratcheted copper cable cutters?

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.

Who uses this device to bleed the radiator?

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.

Who uses this device that can spot a current without touching it, and what is it called?

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.

What's this item-holding device and who uses it?

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.

Who uses this circuit breaker finder, and why?

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!

Who uses this lifting device and what is it called?

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!

Who uses this device for shooting nails?

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!

Who uses this device that generates a single tone?

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!

Who uses this device for smoothing the insides of pipes, and what is it called?

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.

Who uses this device often seen on the back of a hammer, and what is it called?

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!

Who uses this reciprocating saw?

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.

Who uses this device that dislodges simple blockages?

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.

Who uses this special screwdriver that appears to be wearing a little jacket, and why?

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.

Who uses this device to ensure smooth ends on their work, and what is it called?

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.

Who uses this ball on a piece of string, and what is it called?

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.

Who uses this enormous hammer, and what is it called?

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!

Who uses these device with a laser on either end, and what it is called?

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.

Who uses this handy tool to locate studs in the walls?

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.

Who uses this currently very clean-looking wax seal?

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.

Who uses this very large lifting device?

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.

Who uses this nifty smoothing device, and what it is called?

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.

Who uses this very single-purpose device, and what is its name?

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.

Who uses this device for bending pipes?

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.

Who uses this long wriggly device, and what is it called?

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.

Who outlines their work with this piece of chalk before they start?

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.

What is this special tape used mainly by electricians?

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.

Who is this special knife for?

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!

Who uses this device for measuring angles?

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!

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