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Tool Talk Discussion Forum

Build me a tool box

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Rob Mo.

04-19-2013 12:43:11




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I was given a project @ work the other day. I was asked to take a 20" Craftsman tool box & stock it full of tools that can be used for simple fixes on automotive. I got on my list screw drivers, wrenches (1/4" - 1" & 8mm- 19mm"), Channel lock pliers, Side cutters, neddle nose pliers, lineman pliers, & adjustable wrench. I can't forget duck tape. any other ideas?




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Gordon in IN

04-21-2013 21:44:09




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 Re: Build me a tool box in reply to Rob Mo., 04-19-2013 12:43:11  
Digital or dial caliper. Notebook and ball point pen. TWO 15mm wrenches (most metric sets do not have 15mm size). 1 1/16 and 1 1/8 inch wrenches. Package of fuses. Penetrating oil. Spray starting fluid. Silicone grease. Tape measure. Band Aids. Waterless hand cleaner. Safety glasses. Gloves.



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Buzzman72

04-21-2013 04:51:35




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 Re: Build me a tool box in reply to Rob Mo., 04-19-2013 12:43:11  
Don't know how you'd get by these days without a set of those fuel/AC line connector tools, and the tool/specialty pliers used on Weather Pack electrical connectors.

Or a serpentine belt tensioner tool.

Or a multimeter.

And that's just for starting out to do simple tune-up and maintenance.



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justanothercase

04-20-2013 22:45:39




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 Re: Build me a tool box in reply to Rob Mo., 04-19-2013 12:43:11  
5 gallons of gas and a box of stick matches.



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Jose bagge

04-20-2013 14:34:00




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 Re: Build me a tool box in reply to Rob Mo., 04-19-2013 12:43:11  
This made me smile because I've interviewed guys applying for a mechanic's job who had less. Had one "master t.ech" applicant show up on day one with his tools in a drywall bucket



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Fepo

04-20-2013 10:52:52




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 Re: Build me a tool box in reply to Rob Mo., 04-19-2013 12:43:11  
c"mon guys...... 6 beers an ice pack and a cell phone.

1- open box
2- take out beer and cell phone
3- close box and sit on it
4- open beer and call someone!



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Steve in VA

04-20-2013 10:36:41




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 Re: Build me a tool box in reply to Rob Mo., 04-19-2013 12:43:11  
we are talking about a self-propelled ride-on tool box here, right? maybe even diesel. with a cup holder.



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J.Wondergem

04-20-2013 06:50:25




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 Re: Build me a tool box in reply to Rob Mo., 04-19-2013 12:43:11  

I'll bet your head is spinning now. That's a bigger pile of tools than would fit in a chest.



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Steve in VA

04-20-2013 04:53:44




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 Re: Build me a tool box in reply to Rob Mo., 04-19-2013 12:43:11  
I'd pack a small tarp to keep all the little dropped bits out fo the grass/gravel. Light is also handy. maybe even mag mount.



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JohnDeereJimOhio

04-20-2013 04:25:56




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 Re: Build me a tool box in reply to Rob Mo., 04-19-2013 12:43:11  
Snap ring pliers are always handy



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MarkB_MI

04-20-2013 04:08:14




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 Re: Build me a tool box in reply to Rob Mo., 04-19-2013 12:43:11  
1/4" drive socket set with Torx bits. Metric and standard allen wrenches. Magnet with telescoping handle. Stiff-blade putty knife for scraping gaskets and removing crud. Toothbrush-sized wire brush. Small roll of emery cloth. Utility knife.



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Dave in Tx

04-19-2013 21:11:22




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 Re: Build me a tool box in reply to Rob Mo., 04-19-2013 12:43:11  
Put a 6' double stacked box on each side of that 20" box and fill them full of every tool you can imagine and you won't have to borrow many to change a water pump or a set of plugs on most of the new vehicles.....



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rustred

04-19-2013 20:31:11




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 Re: Build me a tool box in reply to Rob Mo., 04-19-2013 12:43:11  
i think that was an april fools joke! just what is a simple fix on todays auto's? you need specialty tools. maybe keep the duct tape.



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magpiene.

04-19-2013 20:01:59




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 Re: Build me a tool box in reply to Rob Mo., 04-19-2013 12:43:11  
Left handed monkey wrench. Don't forget the muffler bearing pullers!!!!!!



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bill b va

04-19-2013 18:42:55




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 Re: Build me a tool box in reply to Rob Mo., 04-19-2013 12:43:11  

adjustable metric wrench



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dr sportster

04-20-2013 12:14:37




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 Re: Build me a tool box in reply to bill b va, 04-19-2013 18:42:55  
I got one that is amazing one side says 10 " and works on standard and flip it over and it is in Milimeters and works on metric. One of my favorite adjustables.



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Stick welding

04-19-2013 17:38:58




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 Re: Build me a tool box in reply to Rob Mo., 04-19-2013 12:43:11  
Put a cell phone in it with the name of a good repair shop. LoL Sorry couldn't resist. Are you new to mechanics? Maybe someone at work could give you an idea? A socket set and a basic multimeter would be good to have.



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redtom

04-19-2013 17:31:19




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 Re: Build me a tool box in reply to Rob Mo., 04-19-2013 12:43:11  
You need a bigger box



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Tims A

04-19-2013 17:09:01




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 Re: Build me a tool box in reply to Rob Mo., 04-19-2013 12:43:11  
BFS, Big Frekin Screw driver, a head light the kind you wear on your head for work light.



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circus

04-19-2013 16:59:24




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Lighter Marker Rag



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Scott in SF

04-19-2013 16:44:30




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Utility knife



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NCWayne

04-19-2013 15:27:26




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 Re: Build me a tool box in reply to Rob Mo., 04-19-2013 12:43:11  
If your doing automotive stuff nowdays then you definately need the torx bits. The best thing I have found to keep in a 'general repair' type box is one of the sets that has multiple bits that fit a 1/4 inch hex handle. Find a set, or if need be two sets, to insure that you have both the torx, allen, straight and phillips, and hex bits. Add in a 6 in one screwdriver, a 1/4 drive rachet, a pair of pliers (I like to just use vice grips because of their verstility, especially one with the wire cutter part at the joint), a 6 and 10 inch adjustable wrench, and you can do many simple repairs. On top of that a pair of wire cutters, a roll of Super 33 electrical tape, a few zip ties, a small roll of like 150 grit emery cloth, and an inexpensive electrical meter (on top of, or in place of the test light as it will do the lights job and then some). Then throw in a few different guage wires at least 36" long, and a handful of crimp ends (but splices, ring terminals, spade terminals, etc)along with a crimp tool. With these simple tools there won't be many minor repairs you can't handle.

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OLD TIMER

04-19-2013 15:12:32




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 Re: Build me a tool box in reply to Rob Mo., 04-19-2013 12:43:11  
DON'T FORGET THE BALIN' WIRE!



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WGWKy2

04-19-2013 15:00:09




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 Re: Build me a tool box in reply to Rob Mo., 04-19-2013 12:43:11  
Some guys here only carry a cell phone, to call a friend with tools.



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dr sportster

04-19-2013 14:55:03




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 Re: Build me a tool box in reply to Rob Mo., 04-19-2013 12:43:11  
3/8 drive allen wrenches or hex keys. Torx is mentioned. Invisible glove hand coating. Make sure your metric set has 18 mm in it.



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jackbrit3

04-19-2013 14:46:51




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12 volt test light, very fast, and easy to use



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Chris(WA)

04-19-2013 14:37:10




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 Re: Build me a tool box in reply to Rob Mo., 04-19-2013 12:43:11  
A socket set and in this day and age a diagnostics code reader.



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dandeere

04-19-2013 14:29:49




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chisels, punchs, hacksaw,allen,torx,fuses,



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loko17

04-19-2013 14:23:07




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 Re: Build me a tool box in reply to Rob Mo., 04-19-2013 12:43:11  
Zip ties (wire ties) are always good to have.



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Wile E

04-19-2013 13:43:53




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 Re: Build me a tool box in reply to Rob Mo., 04-19-2013 12:43:11  
Dont forget the BFH..........Big, ****ing Hammer.

You cant fix anything without a BFH.



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old

04-19-2013 13:26:55




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 Re: Build me a tool box in reply to Rob Mo., 04-19-2013 12:43:11  
Vise grips for sure. Electrical tape,some wire, say in 10-14 gauge sizes



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johnpop1

04-19-2013 13:03:51




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 Re: Build me a tool box in reply to Rob Mo., 04-19-2013 12:43:11  
need to remember things like measuring devices, and a simple volt-ohmmeter. a roll of good electrical tape and maybe some jb weld.



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