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Last Updated: , Created: Wednesday, January 7th, 2004

How to build the appropriate tool box

When you are just getting started in any particular field, be it woodworking, mechanics, electrical or just general home improvements, I recommend locating an inexpensive tool kit that has just about all the little tools you think you will ever use. Of course none of them are really good quality and if you use them much, you will quickly wear them out. But the key is to identify what you really use by seeing what you wear out or break. Then replace that tool with a single quality tool. That will slowly build a tool box that has quality tools for the ones you use all the time, and still have a range of tools to get you buy on an odd job.

The best example of that is a mechanics socket set. I don't do a lot of mechanical work, so I will probably never use most of those sizes, and rarely use other. I will use three our four all the time. So in my mechanics socket set, I have the best quality steel on my 1/4, 3/8 and 1/2 inch sockets and I have even replaced the ratchet arm with a good one. When I come to that once a year need for a 13/64 socket, I have one that will get me by and I didn't tie up a bunch of money on things I don't use.

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