What tools do you carry, always

From: Russ Blakeman <russ_at_rbcs.8m.com>
Date: Wed Dec 6 16:04:16 2000

I carry a leatherman/Gerber type multi tool ($7 at AutoZone and just as
good) and a small aluminum flashlight in a belt holder that I got from
Walmart for about $10. I also have a GI style multi-purpose pocket knife
that I got from Auto Zone for around $6 that has an awl (great for eyeglass
screws and tweeking trim pots), crow's beak can/bottle opener, flat
screwdriver (basically my mini prybar) and of course a razor sharp regular
blade. I had one issued to me when I was in the AF but lost it on a cabling
job at a previous employer. This is exactly the same and even has a clip on
the side that the AF knife didn't, and the same quality.

I also usually carry one of those small pocket screwdrivers that has a #1 or
0 phillips on top and flat blade on the lower and clips in your shirt pocket
with your pens. I arc'd one accidentally on a battery post working on an
electrical problem but 3 days later found a nice one in a junk box where I
used to work and this one is magnetic enough to be used as a pickup tool but
not strong enough to stop my pacemaker (kidding).

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[mailto:owner-classiccmp_at_classiccmp.org]On Behalf Of Joe
Sent: Wednesday, December 06, 2000 3:47 PM
To: classiccmp_at_classiccmp.org
Subject: Re: What tools do you carry, always

  I carry a leatherman tool EVERYWHERE. I was probably the only engineer at
Martin Marietta that ever had any tools. I'll bet I've fixed a zillion
pairs of glasses and removed/installed a million cable screws with that
tool. The leatherman tool isn't perfect but it'll get you by in just about
any situation. I even fixed the trottle on my Nissan Maxima with it while
standing on the side of the road in south nowhere Geargia.


At 09:38 AM 12/6/00 -0800, you wrote:
>>Good point. And one can also gauge how deeply (insane) emersed in
>>collecting these things they are by the size/complexity of those pocket
>>tool(s) carried along. ;)
>I have a two ended screwdriver, blade and phillips, clipped in my shirt
>pocket with 2 pens, and a small notepad (thank you real estate ladies of
>the world), and have a Gerber LST pocketknife in a pants pocket. This is my
>daily rig I always have.
>For serious scrounging I have a plastic tub with a lid just large enough to
>hold a legal size pad in the bottom. In that I have "real" screwdrivers,
>gloves (leather work gloves and rubber no yuck disposable gloves), nut
>drivers in a few critical smaller sizes, a big adjustable wrench, diagonal
>cutter, sometimes a cordless drill, a few static bags, some tie wraps, etc.
>Plus of course a few "fishing" tools, ie old RS232 cables for fishing in
>Tool that I yearn for; Cresent tiny slip joint pliers, the really small one
>maybe 5 inches long. Optional longing for Leatherman or Gerber pocket
Received on Wed Dec 06 2000 - 16:04:16 GMT

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