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Old 01-30-2008, 03:34 AM   #1
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OK, since some of us aren't as mechanically inclined as others, I thought it best if we put together a list of tools that you can't live without, both for the car, and around the house.
If I miss anything, let me know...keep in mind, this is a BASIC kit. Those of us who are more knowledgeable will already have the more advanced stuff.

2 Crescent wrenches
Ratcheting screwdriver set, with as many bits as possible. Must include flathead, Phillips, Torx, Allen, and an adapter for small sockets.

Ratchet set, must include 1/4", 3/8", and 1/2" ratchets, and sockets from 5mm to 25m, and 5/32" to 1".
1 helper pipe, 2' to 3' long.

2 Torque wrenches, prefer click-type, 3/8" and 1/2"
Open end and box end wrenches(suggestions on required size range please?)

Small and large channel-lock pliers
1 slip joint pliers
1 long-nose pliers
1 side-cutter
1 large Vise-grip
Oil filter wrench(whatever type you prefer)
prybar set
3lb sledge hammer
large rubber mallot
Ballpeen hammer
Claw hammer
1' Level
Carpenter'* protractor

two-ton floor jack
two-ton jackstands

Drain pan, and oil container.

I know I've forgotten some, so feel free to chime in.
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"Open end and box end wrenches(suggestions on required size range please?) "

I'd say in the same size range as you suggested for the sockets. Personally, I only use Metric stuff so I very rarely use standard unless its on my brother'* F*rd.

My additions:

-A basic set of flare wrenches is a must too.
-Long neck funnel
-battery charger (something simple works)
-Jumper Cables
-first aid kit and old blanket to throw in the trunk
-scissors and razors
-Can of PB Blaster
-Can of WD-40
-Paper towels and/or various rags
-multimeter

A little more Advanced stuff:
-Calipers, digital with both metric and standard functions
-pick set
-large assortment of vice grips (handy for all sorts of tasks)
-Bolt extractors
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Hmm, flare wrenches I would consider a more advanced tool. Most jobs that would require them are a little above beginner level. Same with the multimeter.
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Hmm, flare wrenches I would consider a more advanced tool. Most jobs that would require them are a little above beginner level. Same with the multimeter.
Hehe.. I suppose that depends on the definition of "advanced." I would consider changing out rubber brake flex hoses or troubleshooting electrical shorts to be pretty simple stuff.
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i would have to add Zip Ties... between these and the already mentioned Duct tape i think you could fix anything!
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Cresent wrenches are, imo, the most worthless peice of crap tool ever invented.
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In all reality, if this is JUST the basics, 1/2" drive is over doing it. Now, if you plan on doing any sort of real work, then yes, it'* needed.

Say, for example my roommate, he just does basic stuff around the apartment, and I'm slowly teaching him stuff on his beat up F150.

His tools consist of:

Ratcheting screwdriver set with phillips head, flat head, allen, hex, and actually safety bits- $20
Basic 1/4" and 3/8" shallow socket set- $15
Hammer- $10-$15
El cheapo drill- $40
5-piece plier set- $15-$20
Jack and jack stands- less than $100
and a piece of pipe to use as a breaker bar- free if you know the right people.
Tire iron- well, if your vehicle doesn't already have one, $15

Really, for the basics, this is all that one would need to do basic stuff, around the home and basic stuff on the car (air filter, light bulbs, etc...).
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Ratcheting wrenchs are not a must, but definately a plus. Swivel sockets or suicide sockets are realy nice for hard to reach places too. Dont forget a nice combination of extensions for your sockets. As far as wrenches go, 5/16-7/8" is a common set as well as 8mm-19mm. Channel locks (small and big) as well as vise grips (small and big) are also important.
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Wire cutters and stripper/crimpers, the all-in-one tool is good enough.
Hacksaw with a metal cutting blade.
Tape measure.
Chalk or some Wite-out.
Regular masking tape.
Electrical tape.


I would consider a half-inch drive ratchet to be necessary, if for nothing else than doing lugnuts, I've broken a few 3/8 ratchets in my time.
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