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Old 30-03-2009, 18:00   #16
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Add some more electrical stuff?

Add some 'electrical' stuff to go with the multimeter:



wire stripper
heavy duty crimper
jeweller's screwdrivers
gas fuelled soldering iron
also corrosion inhibitor / water repellant spray (e.g. Inox)
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Old 30-03-2009, 18:33   #17
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I have a good set of hand tools also an inexpensive set as you buy at walmart or similar store, usually sold as +- 110 pc mechanics set. It will include ratchets, sockets, combination wrenches, allen wrenches and other miscellaneous bits and pieces (Std and metric up to 5/8 0r 3/4 inch 19mm) all in a molded case with a spot for each item so nothing is left at the jobsite when finished. These are not great tools but I find the set easy to pick up and take somewhere and it will do for about 90% of the jobs. for bigger jobs or where stonger tools are needed I use the large tool box which is complete but hard to lug around.
Not long a go I bought a set of "thumb wheel ratchets" these are a handleless ratchet the disk is turned by the fingers and is great for getting into tight spots, it will not tighten or loosen a tight fastener but are good for snugging them up or undoing once they have been broken loose by a wrench.
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Old 30-03-2009, 21:51   #18
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How's your waterline now? Heh.
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Old 31-03-2009, 03:42   #19
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Brilliant guys, keep em' coming, thay are all brilliant and I'm gonna have to list them all in a spreadsheet to keep track of them all. I'll just have to get a bigger boat in full practical realisation that the one tool which I REALLY need is the one I haven't got or have to make myself. As an aside, Microship suggested a locking socket set.
I had to repair the brake caliper on my Citroen, which was OK and 3 months later it went for its bi-annual obligatory check. Well it passed and the check guy presented me with a 17mm socket which had stuck on the fixing bolt, this after 3 winter months of rough tracks and ice and snow - locking sockets= good idea.
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Old 31-03-2009, 05:59   #20
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I guarantee that Murphy will make sure that you will never have the tool you actually need at a particular time!!
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Old 31-03-2009, 06:03   #21
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Or .... the urgency that a particular tool is required is inverse to the chances of it being in the tool kit!
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Old 31-03-2009, 07:25   #22
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In addition to the items suggested so far may I suggest a torque wrench and an impeller puller.
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Old 30-04-2011, 00:52   #23
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Re: Ideal toolkit

Any job on the boat that can't be handled by the tools you already have is always a good excuse to buy another tool.
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Re: Ideal Toolkit

Fine MultiMaster ....Amazon.com: Fein MultiMaster FMM 250Q Top Variable Speed Sanding and Scraping/Cutting Tool with Case: Home Improvement

Expensive but worth every penny. And don't buy a cheap knockoff!
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Re: Ideal Toolkit

I love my Fein.....................I am always finding new ways to use it

also a right angle 3/8 drill

roto-zip
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Re: Ideal Toolkit

Taps and dies of the most common sizes used on the boat and tap drills to match. Buy extra taps and drills in the smaller sizes. They break.
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Re: Ideal Toolkit

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I love my Fein.....................I am always finding new ways to use it

also a right angle 3/8 drill

roto-zip
Just ordered a Fein. Can't wait.

Find the right angle drill very useful.

Have two Rotozips and haven't figured out what to do with them.

I think they could be handy but don't know what for, so any suggestions appreciated. Lots of power but hard to control so use a router with handles instead for heavy duty work and a dremel for the light stuff.

Tried the drill bit looking thing that is supposed to cut holes and curves in plywood but always ended up breaking the bit.

So, what does one do with the Rotozip?
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Re: Ideal Toolkit

I love my Dremel Multi-max oscillating tool! The flush and sander work great at getting to those hard to reach areas.
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Re: Ideal Toolkit

The simplest way to acquire the tools needed to repair the vessel is to break it all down to the various systems that you have on board. Keeping in mind that some of the tools will cross over to be used on other parts of the boat. To do this you have to go over every part of the systems and ask yourself,what is the likelihood of this breaking down,is it in my capability to repair this,what tools are needed to do an effective and proper repair. This will also give you good idea as to what spare parts you require and what manuals you need.
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