I'm too lazy to run out to the workshop for tools for every tiny indoor
job. Decided I'd make up a small house toolbox. I was figuring at a
several screwdrivers of varying sizes -- slotted and Phillips
needle nose pliers -- also can be used as an adj. wrench in a pinch!
2 crescent wrenches
Duct tape and WD40-- if it is supposed to move and doesn't--WD40. If it
isn't supposed to move and does--duct tape. Seriously, you named most
eveythng, possibly small hot glue gun and a few glue sticks, maybe a
small file, some assorted sandpaper, and if you didn't mention it, an
assortment of all fasteners--nails, brads, tacks, wood and sheet metal
screws, nuts and bolts and possibly a staple gun if you ever use one.
Yep. Penetrating lubricant is a lot better than WD-40. I used to rent
a storage unit at an older storage facility, and the woman who ran the
place only bought WD-40 to lube the doors with, so the metal roll-up
doors were hard to roll up. I am a very strong 240 pound male, and they
were even hard for me to roll up using that crappy WD-40. So I asked
her a few times to buy penetrating lube, but she finally told me to stop
bothering her. So I bought my own can of penetrating lubricant, and my
door became a lot easier to open. Karma's a bitch, man. She tweaked a
disc in her back, lifting the doors and was on disability for awhile. I
tried to tell her. Also she didn't know how to lift properly; she
wouldn't bend her knees, would just reach over and use her back. She
was one of these "know it alls" who can't take suggestions.
Small pair of pliers, side cutter, Nylon tie, watch makers
small screw driver set, and cordless screw driver(saves time) and I have
a Dremel tool set. Oh, assortment of plastic screw anchor for wall
mounting. And wife uses it most herself.
Secondhand power drill, or a crank drill,
a japanese-style pull-saw with cross-cut on
one side and rip on the other,
an extension cord, at least two fairly large
C clamps, and a flashlight.
I would swap the crescent wrenches for
adjustables (maybe that's what you meant),
and add a big pair of vice-grips
(the wrong tool for every job!),
and swap a 4-in-1 screwdriver for
the set of varying sizes. Maybe
adding a set of jewler-screwdrivers.
For the pliers you want at least one
I follow the advice of a previous poster. Buy the tool you need for a
project and add it to the toolbox when you're finished.
That's why I have a small pneumatic hammer (& compressor) in mine, for those
tough jobs where neither the 18" chain saw nor the Sawzall won't cut it.
And I'm sure we'll all agree, when you need a stump grinder (and companion
chipper), nothing else will do.
By now you may have guessed, my toolbag also has a trailer hitch & wheels
Now...for the large toolbox....
Aren't you glad you asked?
pencils, markers. scissors, files, single edge blade scrapper, extra
utility knife blades, flat bar, Allen wrenches, stud finder, small
testers, mechanic's telescopic mirror...YAWN...
Why not walk through your home, making a list of things you would need
in each room. Make one trip to the workshop and fill the box.
"Well, it doesn't happen all the time, but when it happens, it happens
Since nobody else her but me is willing to admit they occasionally scrw
up and suffer a self inflicted injury, how's about a few Band-Aids and a
tube of Neosporin or similar anti-bacterial cream?
It avoids having to leave the job and go looking for where somebody
stashed the family supply of them. <G>
Agreed with the Neosporin and band-aids in a small first-aid kit.
Most of our pictures are hung on embroidery needles rather than nails.
When removed they make a smaller hole. Plastic box with a few packages
For picture-hanging: 24-48" level (use as a straightedge), yardstick or
Monofilament fishing line - don't need much and it need not be more
than about 10# test.
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