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I have lots of nice tools, Craftsman, Kobalt, Snap On, BluePoint. They are great for big projects, but for working on computers I find myself gravitating toward good cheap tools. Amazon reviews are great for tools. Here is some of the stuff I use:


Craftsman 9-41715 Reversible Ratcheting Screwdriver, 5-Piece



Delcast 10-Piece Precision Screwdriver Set for Laptops & Electronics



TEKTON 2974 Long Precision Screwdriver Set, 6-Piece



TEKTON 3592 Precision Pliers Set, 5-pc.



TEKTON 6655 Needle File Set, 10-Piece



6 Inch LCD Digital Caliper with Extra Battery and Case



Nickel Plated Nibbling Tool



What are some of your favorite tools?

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Great topic, and one that is sure to cost me more money -- I already want your calipers as mine are analog and hard to read.  ;-)


I love the Megapro 151SS screwdriver.  Big enough to get a good grip on, bright yellow to find it in my bag, and has most of the larger bits I need (15) in the handle.  Plus it's US made!



For smaller work, especially on the go, I like the iFixit 54-bit Driver Kit.  If you work on laptops and cell phones these bits will fit all those weird hard-to-find tiny screws that you run into.



Along with that, iFixit sells a good variety of spudgers, tiny prytools, picks and other things to pry open gadgets.  Increasingly, manufacturers are relying on clips and adhesives to hold things shut instead of screws and these help.  Also, the plastic or fiberglass spudgers are great for poking around inside live electronics without worrying about shorting something.



Since I'm an old fart, my eyes refuse to focus on close objects any more.  A regular magnifying glass is always on my desk, but for REALLY close-up work these are great.  They make you look like a dork, but are essential (to me) for working on tiny things.



This is a cheap tool that can help read serial numbers from the back of a PC without pulling the whole unit out, and sometimes model numbers of PC components while they are installed and running. Very handy!



If you work on motherboards outside the case much, this kit is great -- these attach to the front-panel jumpers of your motherboard so you can turn it on/off, reset, HD & power lights, even a tiny speaker -- all without needing the case hooked up.  Sure, you can use a screwdriver or paperclip to short the two pins to turn it on, but this is much easier to use (see the previous bit about my eyes).



Every geek needs a good multimeter:

http://www.adafruit.com/products/308   I think this one is just as good as the pricier Flukes.

http://www.adafruit.com/products/850   This unit is almost as nice but fits in your shirt pocket.

http://www.adafruit.com/products/71     And this one is very basic, but is only $15!

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Yeah -- they're pretty sweet.  I have two, because I misplaced my first one at a customer's site.  Ordered another and then found the first one.  So now one's in my car and the other at home -- both get used a lot.

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OK here is where we get into the weird tools.


Dental tools-picks-scrapers-mirrors, cheap and handy. Ebay is a great source:



Locking hemostats are great for holding small items or wires while soldering:


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