[rescue] Re: Toolkits
jrice54 at vzavenue.net
Mon Sep 13 18:49:40 CDT 2004
>Hey, if you can't get the job done because you workplace won't buy the
>tool, then they obviously don't care if it doesn't get done.
Actually I prefer to own my tools. That way I control by whom and where
they get used. Plus I am particular about my tools.
Wrenches - in a data center you always need sockets and wrenches. I go
for my second choice Craftman. Snap-On is better but since I maintain a
complete set both at home and work, Craftsman will do, and it's cheaper.
Screwdrivers - I actually need four types. Klein for larger sizes, Wiha
for esd, precision and insulated.
Pliers - Two types. Hakko for small cutters, Klein for most others.
I've used Ideal, Craftsman and others but through 27 years as an
electrician I developed a definite preference for Klein tools. Now in a
new career, I still prefer them.
Strippers- Ideal fixed hole type. I've got versions that cover #36 to #6.
Cable tools for punching down - Harris Dracon, accept no substitute.
Also for butt sets, can wrenches and other telco type tools. I do use
Progressive Electronics toner tracers and testers. I also have a
Test-Um set that will identify multiple jacks at a time.
Meters - One word, Fluke.
Soldering tools. I use Hakko. A lot of people like Metcal but they are
too pricey for the amount of soldering I do. I also just picked up a
Hakko SMD rework station off ebay. Since I do occasionally do board
level repairs, I also have a 10x/20x stereo microscope. Hey I'm over
50. And I refuse to wear bifocals.
Flashlights - an assortment of Mag lights and a couple of new LED's.
Other stuff - Pana-vise and various heads, dry wall saw, Roto-zip saw,
Dremel tool, hand nibbler, 1/2" & 3/8" drills both corded and cordless,
roto-hammer drill (we have to anchor racks to the floor), cordless
Sawz-All, two fish tapes (one metal and one fiberglass), hole saw kit,
hacksaw. oscillioscope, logic probe set, bench power supply, variac, pc
board drill bits, RS232 breakout box, FRS radios, Cat-5 cable testers,
B&D cordless screwdrivers that run on AA batteries, a lot of driver
bits, BX stripper, conduit benders, tubing cutter, AMP crimpers and
dies, pop rivet set, Greenlee knock-out set, Tap-con anchor set.
And a large Sears roll around tool box with good locks.
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