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    Quote Originally Posted by Qlip View Post
    I used to carry less conspicuous Spydero Crickets
    That one is very elegant.

    but I kept loosing them as they fell out of my pocket.
    You might prefer the ones that feature a pocket clip.

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    My dad. Anytime I need help with something he's the one I call. He's my electrician, plumber, carpenter, and mechanic!


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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfy View Post
    Insulation tape. I've always been proud when I fixed something with insulation tape.
    My dad would joke that you only need two things: WD-40 to make things go, and duct tape to make them stop.

    I like pliers a lot, esp my needle nose. I have some teeny-tiny ones as well. For jewelry. Use the most: pliers, hammer, screw drivrs and power drill. I don't know if it counts as tools but my kitchen knives and cast iron skillet set are so life-enhancing.
    Your kisses, sweeter than honey. But guess what, so is my money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gromit View Post
    My dad would joke that you only need two things: WD-40 to make things go, and duct tape to make them stop.

    I like pliers a lot, esp my needle nose. I have some teeny-tiny ones as well. For jewelry. Use the most: pliers, hammer, screw drivrs and power drill. I don't know if it counts as tools but my kitchen knives and cast iron skillet set are so life-enhancing.
    They totally count. I need to shout out to my cast iron ware.

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    I was going to say that my computer ends up being used as a tool frequently... Google is great when trying to find instructions on anything.... Sadly, my kitchenware isn't getting the attention it deserves as of late...


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    My two bare hands.
    They can do wonders.

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    Love my Snap-On screwdrivers. Worth the money.
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    this could turn into me talking about every tool i own.

    but here's *just* 8, based on an extremely informal matrix of how often i use/general utility/sex appeal (no order):

    - head lamp

    i've spent a lot of time in crawlspaces lately, so maybe that's why my $15 energizer headlamp is coming to mind first. i carry a second lamp in my bag everywhere i go to be used as a bicycle head lamp or rear light (has red LEDs too).

    i realize there are much better lamps out there, but this one has worked. really does get a lot of use, also while cleaning.

    - crowbars

    i just have a thing for crowbars, maybe i just like curves. most commonly used are those blue flat vaughn superbars. they really are better than the cheap ones that look the same, better spring steel, better shape.

    - Knipex plier wrench 7.25 inch for when you don't want to carry a full set of wrenches, small and light.

    just got these as a gift to myself (along with a snap on/bahco 8" wide mouth adjustable wrench). takes getting used to but beats standard adjustable wrenches, not just hype. "ratcheting" action is quick. narrow jaws, hardened steel. i expect copies of these to be on store shelves soon, but the germans make a damn nice tool which i bet will remain better than the rest.

    ps: the snap on/bahco wrench is nice but in lieu of the real swedish bahco think i should have gotten the irega (spain) ones. channellock imports and rebrands this in the US as the 'wideazz' or something silly to appeal to overweight plumbers.

    drills/impact drivers
    i have both a 12volt set from hitachi, which at this point isn't the fanciest out there but i still think has some of the best ergonomics and comes with a strong battery, and an 18v set from makita which also feels excellent.

    they get used for drilling and screws, but also on bolts too. wish i had a hammer drill.

    - reciprocating saw and folding saw

    saves me much pain and agony, i got my heavy duty milwaukee out of the trash. a plastic bag had gotten sucked into the electric motor and someone was too lazy to remove the housing and get it out. 15 minutes later i had a $100 tool with a nice carrying case.

    bought a set of blades from lenox, along with their folding hand saw which takes recip. blades. i carry that saw with a drywall, metal, wood, and hacksaw blade in my main tool bag everywhere.

    - ratchets: favorite two are snap on long handled flex head 3/8" and a cheap harbor freight roto-head 1/4" that came with a terrible rubber handle. i pulled that off and melted on a tri-lobe acetate handle off an old stanley screwdriver. now my favorite ratchet for small engine and bicycles.

    also, my flex head ratcheting end wrenches (gearwrench) are extremely useful and save me much time and effort on anything mechanical.

    - leaf blower.

    sweeping is slow. instead of vacuuming my car i just open all the doors and leaf blow it. haha, not as thorough, but fast enough i actually do it.

    homemade wood mallet

    i wanted a mallet for chisels and knocking wood parts together, so i got my chainsaw and cut one out of of a fallen black locust tree. belt sander and router was involved...it's not a work of art, but i cut the thing out of a tree, so i have to like it.
    Don't know how much it'll bend til it breaks.

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    and how could i forget ratchet straps, shop vacs, my 3m full face gasmask with P100 filters, magnetic part trays, vise grips (long nose), bent tip pliers, diagonal cutters, pretty much any axe, abrasive disk drill attachments, tweezers, electrical testers which keep me from killing myself, step-bit drills for metal work, rechargable led work lights, pencil tip propane/mapp gas torches and knee pads.

    i love knee pads.

    and gloves.

    and hand winches. bench vises. 2.5 pound hammers. bar clamps. sharp knives. ratcheting screwdrivers.

    ok i'm done.
    Don't know how much it'll bend til it breaks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MDP2525 View Post
    Love my Snap-On screwdrivers. Worth the money.
    Dammit.

    I was gonna say snap on.

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