Episode 147 – Basic Tool Kit






You should have a good tool kit as part of your bug-out or evacuation bags.  Tools are indispensable for making repairs and building items, that you should have one around, even if you don’t use it too often.

This is a preface to the two upcoming podcasts.  It’s sort of a “tool week” theme this week on the Preparedness Podcast.  This podcast covers a basic tool it.  I had recorded a couple of podcasts with Greg, talking about tools.  It’s more along the lines of an intermediate level discussion about tools, so I recorded this podcast to cover a basic tool kit.

Greg has a lot of knowledge about tools, and knows the pros, cons and pitfalls of tools, which is where a lot of our discussion is about.  He covers a lot about what makes a good tool who makes good tools, what constitutes a bad tool, and gives quite a few tips and tricks for working with tools.

In this podcast, though, I cover items that would comprise a basic tool kit, which would allow you to do most repairs around the house and vehicle maintenance.

Basic Tool Kit

Notes for this podcast:

  • First thing you need is something to put your tools into.
    • There are lots of choices, but the basics are:
      • Tool box, metal or plastic
      • Tool bag
      • Tool roll
      • Bucket
  • Basic selection of tools:
    • Screwdrivers
      • Slotted ( – )
      • Phillips ( + )
      • The basic #1, #2 and #3 sizes will take care of most things.
      • Mini-set, for tiny screws.
    • Allen wrenches
    • Socket set
      • SAE (inches)
      • Metric (mm)
    • Hammer, the claw type is most useful, as you can also use it for prying.
    • Wrenches.
      • Adjustable, small and large, will take care of most tasks,
      • A selection of combination wrenches (closed and box ends) is also useful.  SAE and metric.
    • Tape measure
    • Pliers – large and small
      • Standard, slip-joint
      • Needle nose
      • Tongue-and-Groove, or Channelocks
      • Locking-jaw, or Vise-grips, standard and needle-nose
    • Wire cutters
      • Diagonal cutters
      • “Dikes”
    • Utility knife, extra blades
    • Safety glasses or goggles
    • Hardware, variety – nails, screws, fasteners, etc.
    • Duct tape
    • Electrical tape
    • Teflon (Plumbers) tape (put on pipe threads to prevent leaks)
    • Pencil, carpenter’s type
    • All-purpose glue, wood glue
    • Cable ties
    • Baling wire
  • Going beyond just the basics:
    • Square
    • Level, a mini level will fit into any tool kit
    • Mill file, filing sharp corners or protrusions, or sharpening stuff like lawnmower blades.
    • crow bar
    • Saw
      • Bow saw that takes 12″ blades will accommodate a variety of blades.
      • You could add a Mini-Hack saw handle for tighter, lightweight jobs.
      • Extra blades.  You can even get bone saw blades that would fit these handles.
      • However, a wood handsaw is probably a better choice if you’re going to be sawing a lot wood.
    • Flashlight, headlight preferred
    • Putty knife/scraper
    • Chisels
    • Staple gun
    • Cordless drill and screwdriver
    • Not covered in podcast, but quite handy: Chainsaw.
  • Going just a little farther, Electrical kit:
    • Butane soldering iron
    • Solder, thin and thick
    • Crimper for solderless wire connectors and terminals
    • Solderless wire connectors and terminals
    • Wire nuts, small, medium, large
    • Fuse holders
    • Fuses, various
    • Multimeter
    • Wire, various gauges





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