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The 95% tool kit --- EDC

Discussion in 'Other Every Day Carry Items' started by JOE68, Jun 3, 2018.

  1. JOE68

    JOE68 Loaded Pockets

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    I'm looking to build a tool kit to keep in my vehicle that handles household repairs.
    As the title implies, I think a set of tools will handle 95% of the jobs while still remaining compact.
    The general idea is to have it so that I can make quick repairs whether at the office, visiting friends, or whenever I need household fix it stuff and not on a planned project. (For handling actual planned projects I'll bring the appropriate tools).
    The items need to be compact (ie fit in a small riggers bag), and able to handle a whole host of different everyday "problems" around the home.
    This kit is for those minor things which crop up from time to time.

    So far my head has thought of the following:
    hammer
    channel locks/ water pumps
    vise grip
    leather man tool
    multi bit screwdriver
    adjustable wrench/crescent wrench
    tape measure
    torpedo level
    linesman pliers
    pencil/pen/marker
    utility knife
    mini hacksaw
    precision multi bit screwdriver (kids toys, eyeglasses, etc)
    magnetic pick up tool
    magnifying lens
    allen keys (hex/torx)
    scissors
    zip ties
    safety glasses
    super glue
    duct tape
    wire
    small assortment of fasteners (pill container)

    Any recommendations. ideas, thoughts, opinions are welcome.
    Tool brand recommendations, opinions, are also welcome but please base them on actual usage.
    Because this kit will be kept in the vehicle, frugal choices in tools would be best in case of theft

    Thanks in advance for your input
     
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  2. kukla

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    No air compressor, power tools?
    Seriously, what size rollaway are you going to keep all this stuff in? :eek:
    ....... and why a "torpedo level?
     
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  3. garza

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    Gloves

    Safety sunglasses since some repairs are outside
     
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    1/4" drive ratchet and a small selection of metric & standard sockets. 1/4" to 1/2" and 5/6mm to 13mm (deep and standard)

    Since this is household duty, a cheap set from harbor freight will hold up fine. Plus you can grab cheap vise grips, pliers, safety glasses, pickup tool, etc while there.
     
  5. Moshe ben David

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    I'll expand on @garza regarding gloves. I'd include a pair of mechanics gloves and a pack of disposable nitrile gloves. Maybe also some individual wrapped hand cleaner pads such as sometimes useful before eating. I find them useful even for cleaning off tools and especially blades after use.

    L'chaim!

    Moshe ben David
     
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  6. JOE68

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    The idea is to keep it simple.
    I remember an electrician telling me that most of his work could be done with about five tools or less.
    I'm sure that by using that premise that I can achieve the same thing for most "household issues"
    The torpedo level is the smallest of the levels, and all kinds of minor things need to be leveled - pictures for example - that don't require a larger level
     
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  7. JOE68

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    I debated on the ratchet set and agree that it is something that would see use.
    Harbor Freight would be good, but since I'm in Canada it might be Princess Auto or Canadian Tire.
    I wish Harbor Freight would open stores in all provinces across Canada.
     
  8. EZDog

    EZDog EDC Junkie!!!!!

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    Mine are geared more towards Electricity/Electronics because I am too but also NEVER buy the cheap crap as they always let me down.

    Everything here was just extra stuff that I stuck into this smallCondor bag.

    I have others too that I can post later.

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  9. JOE68

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    And the problem with creating lists is you overlook the obvious as you list stuff.
    I have gloves and disposable gloves in my riggers bag.
    I like Gojo for hand cleaning so I decanted some from a big jug into a small bottle.
    I also use Dawn dish soap in a small squirt bottle as hand cleaner.
    Those two things usually get things clean.
    I also forgot to list the ouch kit. Not a full blown first aid kit, just enough to solve minor cuts and abrasions. The regular first aid kit resides in the truck.
     
  10. JOE68

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    This is great.
    I was considering getting a Maxpedition Fatty or similar thing to keep small stuff organized in the riggers bag and this reinforces that plan.
    Thanks
     
  11. WillAdams

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    Since you have zip ties and wire, a pair of snips / flush cutters? Or do you use one of the enumerated tools for that?
     
  12. JOE68

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    The scissors I have are actually EMT shears and they get used quite often for zip ties.
    I also use the Leatherman or the utility knife depending on the level of "neatness" required.
    But, a small pair of "nippers" and long nose pliers would rate the weight of being included
     
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    Harbor Freight has an extendable ratchet for both 1/4 and 3/8 sockets. It pretty snazzy. One side is 1/4 and the other side is 3/8. There are times when you need a little extra leverage.
     
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    Lots of stores have tools on sale with Father's Day coming up.
    I was thinking that a small can of WD-40 might find its way into the riggers bag.
     
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    • Cordage
    • Quick setting epoxy
    • Matches (packing screw holes, etc)
    • A little sandpaper (smoothing edges, keying surfaces for adhesive)
    • Fuses
    • A few common battery types
    • Small utility / pry bar
     
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  16. JOE68

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    Epoxy is great and I use it frequently.
    I tend to use toothpicks for filling holes.
    The small pry bar is one of those things which can have a place and especially if it has a hammer style head.
     
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    I find it helps to stop people abuse other tools!
     
  18. EZDog

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    The Crate Hammer as pictured in my kit is a great combo tool for this!
    I carry them in most of my bags.
     
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    I always have a Leatherman on me. I keep the adapter and bits in an Altoids box in my center console.
     
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    I may have missed it, but I didn't see any type of lights. I would recommend a headlamp and maybe also a AA hand held or a headlamp that you can use as a hand held if need be.