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What essential tools should I include in my dorm room toolkit? Answered

What are the obscure, but essential tools that you can't live with out? I'm building my toolkit for my dorm room (and for the rest of life) so I need suggestions!

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Zeek613
Zeek613

9 years ago

zipties.

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MegaMaker
MegaMaker

10 years ago

DUCT TAPE! Cardboard, Altoids tins, maybe some string, deck of cards (not essential), electrical tape, Philips screwdriver, pliers, rubberbands, and more.

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barnes
barnes

10 years ago

Thanks everyone for their input! I'll be putting together my kit in the next 2 weeks before school starts. I'll be sure to post the final build! (I've already got some interesting additions to it! Thanks again for the help!

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Lord_Merlin
Lord_Merlin

10 years ago

A good multi-tool is also a must for any tool kit. Portable and versatile. Great for those everyday quick repairs such as tightening up a loose screw or bolt up to hacking off a foot should you find yourself stuck in a bear trap (itty bitty saw... might take a while). The point being they are small enough to fit in your pocket and can handle most small repair jobs, and in a pinch can be extremely useful. You can find one at pretty much any department store such as Wal-Mart or Target. They range in price from $5 up to several hundred $$$. Don't really need the higher end but remember you get what you pay for. Leatherman and Gerber both make excellent tools for a reasonable price.

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barnes
barnes

Answer 10 years ago

Got myself a Skeletool awhile back...ammazing!

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Re-design
Re-design

10 years ago

What kind of work are you planning to use these tools for? Automotive, electronic, wood working, construction, metal working, jewelry making?

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barnes
barnes

Answer 10 years ago

I'm looking for the most all around kit. I do a lot of electronic work, bike work, and just general hacking and building.

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lemonie
lemonie

10 years ago

A powerful magnet can come in handy for a lot of things (inc. "magnetic fishing") and they don't take up a lot of space. L

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Zaphod Beeblebrox
Zaphod Beeblebrox

10 years ago

Get something like this. Good for most repairs and projects. something like this started my tool collection

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Zaphod Beeblebrox
Zaphod Beeblebrox

Answer 10 years ago

oh yea and it takes up very little space!

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kevinhannan
kevinhannan

10 years ago

Buy the best you can afford - buy cheap and you will buy many times over. But buy good and you risk your stuff being nicked or borrowed and never returned. I have bought many cheap saws and got fed up so I bought a very good saw which got broken by someone who was jealous in an 'accident'. Then invest in various marking tools to identify those tools as yours, and get a good tool box with the best lock you can afford. You need to be thinking in terms of $30-50 for the lock and $100 for the box. Then you need to be able to secure the whole thing against something that doesn't move easily. For example I had my locked tool-box chained twice; 1 to the bed and 1 to the desk as I was not allowed to drill holes in the wall. Then never lend them out. No excuses, they're yours and that's final. Don't buy a tool on a whim: research it first - there are plenty of tool-users fora (forums) such as metalwork, woodwork, etc. Keep purchase receipts in a drawer in the tool-box. You be pleased you did when your tool dies one week before its guarantee expires. Regardless of the tools you buy, get a can of WD40 (oil/lubricant) and spray the appropriate parts of your tools - this is esp good if its going to be a long time between uses. By definition, essential tools are not obscure (your Q). But having just come out of Uni I can't understand what tools you need as the accommodation do pretty much everything except drill holes, so think of:measuring tapes/rules, spirit levels/straight edges, clamps, it goes on. When you buy consumables, buy only as much as you are going to use as it will go off (ie glue). Good luck ;-)

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barnes
barnes

Answer 10 years ago

Great advice! It would be rather easy for me to get a screwdriver snagged from me when some kid down the hall needs to open up some gadget, so tagging my name on them is a great call. By obscure tools, I meant tools that I may not have ever heard of. Thanks for the help!

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kevinhannan
kevinhannan

Answer 10 years ago

seriously, don't tell the kid down the hall what you've got - sometimes ignorance is bliss and this is one of those times - it's taken me 40+ years to learn this and you'll do yourself a favour to learn it now.

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kevinhannan
kevinhannan

Answer 10 years ago

I meant to put "accommodation team" (first line,last para)

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steveastrouk
steveastrouk

10 years ago

Japanese wood saws. Good chisels. Sharpening kit. Soldering iron Torq bits