Over at Twitter, I was asked by TheLastRebel to recommend a computer repair tool kit that comes with a ratcheting micro-style screwdriver handle and a complete set of security bits.
TheLastRebel also mentioned interest in the mini Wera screwdriver bit holder that I wrote about last year, when I called it a perfect everyday carry (EDC) screwdriver.
My first instinct is to recommend iFixit, whose tools and bit sets are pretty decent for regular use. For daily or demanding use I prefer individual precision screwdrivers (here’s my guide to the best precision screwdrivers). In the 3 years since that post went up, I have only bought additional Wiha precision screwdrivers for my evolving needs (mini ball hex in inch and metric sizes).
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TheLastRebel also mentioned an interest in longer bits, which does limit the options a little. I know of Wera’s super-pricey interchangeable halfmoon drive bit sets, and plenty of interchangeable shaft screwdriver sets.
I’ve seen all-in-one computer repair tool kits over the years and, not to mince words, they all looked like garbage. They often included way too many tools that I didn’t need, and the pricing suggested lower quality main tools.
I have built and maintained my own desktop PCs for years, and upgraded and repaired a few laptops. All I ever needed were a couple of screwdrivers or screwdriver bits, pliers, and maybe hemostats for positioning smaller fasteners.
Some of my modding work required the use of specialty tools, such as Molex pin removers, but that goes beyond what I would consider typical PC repair. I have never used wire strippers or a soldering iron for basic PC repair or maintenance.
I’ve got a good static dissipating wrist strap, and while I might have used one when I built my first PC, I don’t use one now, and not to any detriment. I make sure I ground myself to dissipate any charges, and don’t do things like wear socks when working over or near a carpet floor.
What do think would be great as an all-in-one PC repair tool kit? Or would you put together a hodge podge of just a couple of basic tools as I’ve gotten away with doing?
Needs vary depending on industry. Repairing an industrial computer, or the brains behind a fancy flavor combining Coke machines, obviously require different types of tools. But this question was in regard to general purpose use.