[rescue] Tool kits?
alaric at caerllewys.net
Mon Sep 13 15:38:15 CDT 2004
On Mon, Sep 13, 2004 at 02:17:12PM -0400, William Enestvedt wrote:
> I want to spend some of the boss's money on a toolkit for the Data
> Center, since I use my LeatherMan waaaay too often. (Sure it's handy,
> but the place just needs to have some basic tools.) Does anyone have
> Most of the stuff I see on the web is injection-molded plastic
> crapola, a la the Belkin kits for $29, but what I really want & need is
> a reasonable selection of well-made tools in a case. Any suggestions of
> brands, pro or con? (For example, the "Technician's Tool Kit" (part
> FT812) from Black Box.)
> If I can't buy a good one, I'll just go nutty at a hardware store.
> Does anyone have favorite tools that they are missing from the following
> - Screwdrivers (phillips, hex, torx...?)
> - Needle-nose pliers
> - Wire cutter/stripper
> - Small sockets
> - Hex wrenches
> - Adjustable wrench [for rack feet]
> - Crimper for RJ45 & RJ11 (plus jacks!)
> -A whole mess o' Rip-Tite velcro cable ties
> Thanks for any suggestions.
IMHO, very few if any of the prepackaged toolkits are worth the cheap
plastic case they're packed in. This includes the kits sold by Black
Box et al.
I have a Credo 1/4"-bit screwdriver set, augmented with a few
typically-not-included items such as T6 and T8 bits, socket bits in
3/16", 1/4" and 5/16", and a flexible-shaft drive (mine is EasyPower,
bought from Home Despot). Most of the other tools noted above are
Stanley or other reputable brands. I strongly suggest a decent digital
multimeter (Fluke if you can afford it, but my Radio Shack one is
perfectly adequate), a Cat5 network tester (Black Box makes a good one),
and here's one you probably haven't thought of: a curved-tip hemostat
is a wonderful tool for placing and removing jumpers in cramped or
Remember: Buy a good one. Then you only end up buying it once.
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