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  • AJ
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    For me, it's a toss up between an oscilloscope and my CRKT Ignitor.

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    Originally posted by SirNickity View Post
    Dremel. So many odd problems have been solved with that tool. Cutting apart PCBs, cutting shapes in (or out of) aluminum stock, fixing wood nubs left over after cutting circles with the Jasper jig, shortening screws, cutting conduit...
    Yep, truly is a great tool.

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  • Squidspeak
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    Originally posted by Paul Carmody View Post
    I think everyone's got their "go to" tool that they default to when trying to fix something. I'm curious what your guys' are.

    For me, it's a chisel. I hadn't used one ever, and on a whim I bought a cheap set when I was remodeling my house. Now it's like I can't be too far away from one. It's my can opener, utility knife, baffle scraper, household scraper, and I even use it to chisel odd shapes into wood on occasion (door frames, trim, flooring...)

    Oh, and I don't want to limit this to woodworking and DIY. For example, my wife's "Duct Tape" is Vinegar. She uses it to clean EVERYTHING in the house. Glass, carpet, countertops... uses it to kill bugs, kill weeds.

    So what's your Duct Tape?
    I would have to say, the multitool. I think the German
    tool manuft. Fein brought the tool/concept to market over 20 yrs. ago but all the tool
    companys have jumped on board and offer a clone. It fits all the needs of cabinetmaker,
    finish trim, fabricator. How did I get along all these years with out one?

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  • SirNickity
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    Dremel. So many odd problems have been solved with that tool. Cutting apart PCBs, cutting shapes in (or out of) aluminum stock, fixing wood nubs left over after cutting circles with the Jasper jig, shortening screws, cutting conduit...

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  • wg_ski
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    The wife heates it when I do that. Work is here. Pliers are here. Need a hammer. The hammer is 200 feet away up a flight of stairs and through two doors. Beat on it with the pliers. The task is finished before she can even get to the hammer. But I'll hear about it for two days.

    As for my duct tape - zip ties. The 75 pound UV-resistant ones.

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  • joeybutts
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    Everything.

    Seriously. The right tool never seems to be in reach. Find a way to make something else work. :p

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  • OldHat
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    Toothpicks

    For some reason I have found myself using a lot of toothpicks lately... Filling screw holes, miniature wedges for small joinery, stir sticks for epoxy, glue applicators, cleaning small parts like gears and things with knurles.

    Good to keep handy in the shop, can always find a use for them!

    OldHat

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  • Navy Guy
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    My iPhone :D

    It can tell me how to fix anything

    -Kerry

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  • bobbarkto
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    Epoxy.
    Epoxy fixes almost anything.

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  • bungelow_ed
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    The most basic Swiss Army knife; 2" blade, nail file, scissors, toothpick and tweezers. Unfortunately they have a habit of getting misplaced. I solved that problem by buying them used in lots on ePrey.

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  • SPLEclipse
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    My angle grinder. Something not right? Grind it. Second is a big set of coax crimpers. They're horrible for crimping coax but have a wide flat side for hitting big things and a small skinny side for hitting small things. I also use them to pry, scrape, pinch, pull and do anything that another set of pliers could probably do better. I can never find my pliers when I need them though, and this big hunk of steel is hard to loose.

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  • killa
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    The duct tape of glues. 3M weatherstriping adhesive. Strong, bonds well to many things , and is flexible.

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  • manu et deo
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    my channelocks and my 6-n-1 screwdriver- i could put a house together with this two!

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  • replied
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    I always keep a roll(s) of masking tape on hand, both at home and in the shop. Useful for holding many things, especially whenever I'm needing a third hand.

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  • grymster
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    Benchmade Mini-Stryker. Non-serrated. I find it useful for a wide variety of activities.

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