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What tools do you have then

Discussion in 'Tools & Garage' started by obi_waynne, 31 January 2011.

  1. obi_waynne

    obi_waynne Administrator Staff Member Moderator

    Deal, Kent UK
    A3 1.4 TFSI 150 COD
    In your garage at home are you well equipped? What tools do you have? Which are your favourites and are there any tools you have only ever used once?
  2. MasterAuron

    MasterAuron Very Senior Member

    379bhp 359lbft
    Mk1 Focus RS
    These get the most use:

    150-piece socket set (Halfords Pro one)
    Nice little box set of Stanley screwdrivers

    Then loads of other tools including:

    Engine crane
    Engine stand
    Digital Vernier calipers
    Clarke 130e (maybe?) MIG welder
    Sif lite auto-darkening mask
    Big spotlight
    4x axle stands
    Clarke Racing jack
    Halfords orange jack
    Soldering Iron
    2x Torque Wrenches
    Various pliers, snips, feeler gauges, rulers, WD40, plus gas etc etc etc
    I've probably missed a few things.

    Then there's my work tools for lagging and sheet metal work:

    Tin snips (Lefts, rights, straights, stainless cutters, pipework cutters)
    Metal working hammer
    Strap banders
    Whirly Bird bander
    Tape measures
    Lagging knives
    Mole grips
    Battery drill

    ...I've had enough of typing PMSL!
  3. RobBentley

    RobBentley The Torque Meister

    Kent, UK
    Audi RS6 C6 Saloon
    A couple of screwdrivers, a copy of VCDS, a laptop, a Kess V2, a DimSport New Genius & a socket set. Pretty much anything that cannot be resolved with electronics and I'll have the car straight into my friends garage...
  4. T9 man

    T9 man TC Pro Founder Moderator

    London, UK
    Saab 9-3SS T9
    I have just two tools in my garage which have never ever let me down!

    1) Bang & Olufsen Beocom 600
    2) iPhone 4

    I get somebody else to do the work for me! :lol:
  5. HDi fun

    HDi fun TC ModFather

    Buckinghamshire UK
    Passat 2.0 TDi
    a tyre pressure gauge;
    a digital multimeter;
    an ageing HAMEG CRT digital storage oscilloscope (not sure if this still works anymore);
    a long list of specialist expletives!!

    like T9 I get someone else to do work for me - it's much much safer
  6. MasterAuron

    MasterAuron Very Senior Member

    379bhp 359lbft
    Mk1 Focus RS
    Battery impact wrench.
    I also have a Fluke digital multimeter
  7. Prince

    Prince Torque King

    Northampton, England
    BMW E36 318is Coupe
    I've got a 2 tonne jack, axel stands, various paint and painting equipment, wrenches, socket/screwdriver set, a couple of knives, various hammers, a sledge hammer and the standard BMW tools.

    I've probably forgot a few bits but I'm not going out to check! It helps having a Dad that's a bricklayer as some of his tools come in handy sometimes.
  8. lutonmatt

    lutonmatt The Torque Meister

    chatham kent
    82 trans am kitt
    have nothing at home other then the odd screwdriver as all my tools are at work

    dont think i could tell you what i have in my box at work as its full am thinking of getting a bigger box but dont have the room for one
  9. old-git

    old-git Moderator

    Elan & Robin Hood
    Scissor Jack that the Elan sits on. Only goes 4 feet high but as there is nothing under the car this is fine.

    Large stuff:

    Mig Welder
    Milling machine
    Bench drill
    Bead blaster
    Metal brake
    Oven for powder coating
    Engine hoist
    Engine stand
    Large and small trolley jacks
    Overhead electric hoist
    Corner weight scales
    Small bench press

    Small stuff:

    Having spent my youth and early married years making do, I now buy the tools I want/need so don't need for much.

    One of the most important items in the garage is the carpet! Floor tiles take the coldness out of the floor and your feet and greatly reduce the ache from standing for hours. Nice to sit and roll around under the car on too. Tiles also mean you can replace them if damaged.
    Last edited: 31 January 2011
  10. HDi fun

    HDi fun TC ModFather

    Buckinghamshire UK
    Passat 2.0 TDi
    Do you have a cal cert for the DVM?

    Incidentally, and it is of no consequence, but for anyone interested, Fluke is a Philips brand.
  11. ronniecalcutta

    ronniecalcutta Road Burner

    India, Kolkata
    Hyundai Accent
    It'll take a lot of time to name everything, but I try to keep every kind of tools inside, because it not only earns you a good workshop practitioner, it also helps cut short the time taken....
  12. herb

    herb modherbrator Moderator

    west midlands
    Seat Leon Cupra
    i cant be arsed typing out everyone of them. so lets just say i have enough to maintain and service my car;)
  13. geraint13

    geraint13 Pro Tuner

    Caerphilly, Wales
    Zafira 1.9 SRI
    a 6ft x 4ft shed jammed literally from floor to half way up the door from back to front.
    spanners, sockets, welder. roofing tools, snips, gun, nibbler, battery riveter and lots more.
    no jack, axle stands tho.
  14. fastbob72

    fastbob72 Full member

    elgin scotland uk
    toyota avensis vvti
    Aw,tools in my garage ??? Damn,what I'd give for a proper garage even if it was only big enough to keep tools in.Have a bare earth shell with no doors that I can maybe get as far as my door mirrors in but no more and it leaves no room to work around the car.Having no door leaves it open to damp and unwelcome attention so my basic tools are there with the more expensive and sensitive gear in the house or boot.

    What tools then??? That's like listing the cars I've had there is always going to be a few I forgot about till long after I posted them.To start with numerous 1/2,3/8 and 1/4 inch drive ratchets,bars and all kinds of extensions plus normal,deep and air impact sockets from 2.5mm up to 34 or 36 mm.No air wrench but you cannot break impact sockets no matter how hard you go at it.Same goes for spanners,ringed and open,swan necked etc,etc in all the sizes metric cos I just don't use imperial anymore.Also got all kinds of screw drivers,pliers,snips,metal shears,feeler gauges,compression gauge,vaccum gauge,magnahelic differential pressure gauge,spring compressors,valve spring compressors,bearing pullersrear caliper reset tools,taps n dies,vernier and caliper gauge,dial gauge,scales,infra red temperature gun,NuTools 135 Gas/Gasless Mig,digital multi meter,Sealey scan tool,piston ring compressor,torque a heavy 3 foot 1 inch drive breaker bar from used by truck mechanics and paid near £40 for an impact socket quality 1nch to 1/2 inch reducer for all those things that won't budge no matter what....I think my favourite tools that are so amazingly versatile it's unbelievable and that's a very good quality pair of mole grips.In fact i've got at least 4 plus half size ones,all forms of electrical tools......i'd love an oscilloscope and those cameras that you could feed down the spark plug hole and see inside.In fact,one tool I've found invaluable recently is my Samsung Galaxy Note 3....start of the summer the car was losing coolant but the way the bottom hose was set right in there was no real way either from above,below or in through the wheelarch that i could get a proper look to determine for sure if it was the rad or the hose but it has an excellent 12/13 mp camera,blinding flash,timer and auto focus so if i can get my hand in with the phone i can take photos of parts or from mad angles i could never get near with my own eyes.....that's before we get into the obd2 apps i have and terminal apps too'

    I'll I've forgotten plenty no doubt.....oh yeah a couple of trolley jacks and axle stands with some decent wooden blocks I've picked up to put between the car and the jack....oh yeah angle grinder,drills,professional buff,dremel with the long hand held flexi shaft,vaccum gauges for setting up carbs,valve grinding tool......brings me to another thing has anyone got a good method of reaming out old valve guides and pressing it new ones cos I got quoted a ridiculous price from the local machine shop.I always think to myself well the Egyptians build the pyramids at Giza with copper and bronze chisels so there are ways to accomplish any work on a car with a little lateral thinking and problem solving,99% of the time I am right about it.You CAN do the job if you approach it the right way lol.

    Am gonna leave it there but am sure I've got other stuff that i've not brought to mind yet lol
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