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A+ Tools and Toolkits?

Discussion in 'A+' started by Hello World, May 5, 2005.

  1. Hello World

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    Im pretty certain the college aint gonna give us a purdy lil toolkit to play with, chances are it'll all have to stay within the college.

    So that leads me to the conclusion i should get my own (if i wanna practice or put the skills i learn into practice), anyone know of good quality stuff or deals around lemme know, anywhere local to me that sells the stuff its all cheaply made in tiwain crap made from machine steel or metal thats so brittle it snaps when you try and use it.

    (And are those AS Wristbands actually important... they go on about it all the time in colleges but i've never actually used them)
     
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  2. tripwire45
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    Do you all have Radio Shack stores in the UK? If you do, you'll be able to buy a basic toolkit for PC repair and a wrist strap. Tools are kewl and there are all sorts of gadgets you can get. I will admit that for the most common jobs such as installing RAM or swapping out a PCI card, at most, you'l need a couple of screwdrivers.

    Helpful hint department: If you find you need to get into a box and you are stuck without an ESD strap, open the box and touch the metal frame to equalize the static potential between you and the machine. Then it should be safe to put your hands inside without frying anything.
     
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  3. Hello World

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    Nah, no radio shacks over here, i guess maplins is kinda similar, but its really out of the way for me.
     
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  4. drum_dude

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  5. tripwire45
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    Good find, DD. :)
     
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  6. Jamin.

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    Hi,
    Ebay is your friend......
    This is my day to day tool kit, First the basics I guess you would need for A+,
    Stanley Screwdriver set (15 Piece) I still have my original set after 7 years
    http://search.ebay.co.uk/stanley-Screwdrivers_W0QQsojsZ1QQfromZR40
    Have a good fake leatherman handy, takes some time to get used to using it, but well worth it.
    http://search.ebay.co.uk/leatherman_W0QQfltZ9
    Telescopic magnetic thingy
    http://search.ebay.co.uk/telescopic-magnetic_W0QQsojsZ1QQfromZR40
    Mini Maglight
    http://search.ebay.co.uk/mini-maglight_W0QQsojsZ1QQfromZR40
    Anti Static strap
    http://search.ebay.co.uk/anti-static-strap_W0QQsojsZ1QQfromZR40
    Maybe add a pair of fine pilars (I use the leatherman) and you should be done (but please bare in mind I have not taken the A+, just been doing the job for years)
    I also carry around -
    http://search.ebay.co.uk/multimeter_W0QQsojsZ1QQfromZR40
    Multimeter
    http://search.ebay.co.uk/network-cable-tester_W0QQfltZ9
    RJ45 Cable Tester
    http://search.ebay.co.uk/crimp-tool_W0QQsojsZ1QQfromZR40
    Crimp tool (and Plugs of course)
    http://search.ebay.co.uk/thermal-paste_W0QQsojsZ1QQfromZR40
    thermal Paste
    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=16145&item=5192285294&rd=1&ssPageName=WDVW
    Lots and Lots of spare Screws (esp risers)
    http://search.ebay.co.uk/CD-wallet_W0QQsojsZ1QQfromZR40
    2*1 Cd wallet
    and Put it all in a laptop bag
    http://search.ebay.co.uk/laptop-bag_W0QQsojsZ1QQfromZR40
    Plus a 12" Laptop, spare optical media, Cds full of Drivers, Linux CD's, Utils etc, punch down tool, rack nuts, usb net card, spare mem.
    Sorry went well overboard on the detail there, but you get the Idea
    jamin.
     
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  7. Hello World

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    Thats one hell of a detailed reply, thanks for that jamin it's spread a little light, actually i own a leatherman wave, well i gave it to my stepfather as when i bought it i never got my warentee, im buying the new 2005 model i think once i get the cash (its about 100 quid iirc).
     
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  8. NightWalker

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    Maplin is a good place for that sort of thing, you can buy on-line. I recently purchased a load of tools from http://www.tooled-up.com/Default.asp. They have a good selection of stuff.
     
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  9. Flamehearted

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    Ebay is ok I suppose but the postage is ludicrous sometimes. £5 to ship a antistatic wristband ? No thanks :x
     
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  10. Phoenix
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    Leathermans are way cheaper in the US, i think i got mine for 70USD, which at the time was 35 quid
    ended up having to bring back 6 the next time i went for friends who wanted them, beats paying 100 quid here, LOL

    ask trip nicely, hehe


    i use the wave for the majority of my work, which primarily is removing case coveres and such, racking stuff (sometimes a more heavy duty screwdriver is in order for this)

    i also have the general sortment of network tools, but these are not so required for the A+ :)
     
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