Survival Tools

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read many articles regarding “survival “ and “preparedness”
topics; my conclusion is that an important area has been missed.
Lots of planning seems to focus on food storage, water, supplies,
and so on, yet I have not seen or read anything about “survival
tools – how to be prepared for anything mechanically.”
So after considering this topic for several years, I’ve decided
to introduce my own topic as far as tools for the self-reliant individual.
My background includes 30 years of mechanical equipment repair on
automobiles and trucks/trailers to heavy construction equipment
including dozers and cranes. Having been exposed to working independently
while on the road performing field work, you soon develop a survival
sense that allows you to think through repairs and situations, even
before you actually arrive at the work site.

Planning as
we all know is the key factor, when considering what tools and equipment
are necessary.

  • What are
    you planning on keeping running: is it your vehicle/boat/plane/atv/snow

  • What maintenance
    is required for each of these pieces of machinery?
  • What supplies
    will be required, what spares are necessary for repairs?

Lastly, yet
most important of all, will be the tools necessary to keeping your
equipment up and running. Transportation is critical for preparedness,
as we all know. Once you have determined your needs, your spares
and supplies, think through what tools will be required.

For example,
to replace disk brake pads, you need to remove the tire/wheel assembly,
compress the caliper, unbolt the caliper, install the pads, and
reverse the process to put it back together.

Just for a
simple job like this, you will need a lug wrench for the lug nuts,
a large C-clamp to compress the caliper and a wrench or socket to
remove the caliper. You need to sit down and consider what will
be required in whatever contingency or jobs may arise, and how to
deal with it. I have a list of tools that, over the years, I have
found will suffice for most basic repairs. These tools are carried
in what I call my “road box.” This road box has been with
me a long time. Even though the original box has long since rusted
away, most of the tools have lasted.

This set of
tools is my choice based on my needs as well as the fact that you
may have to improvise to get the job done. Here is the list that
we can call our “survival tool set.”

  • Storage
    box, a two-tray nesting type box made of durable plastic, now
    many years old.
  • ¼"-drive
    socket set, used on small nuts/bolts in tight places.
  • 3/8"-drive
    socket set, handy for removing nuts/bolts.
  • ½"-drive
    set including 12pt short sockets as well as 6pt deep sockets,
    include a “breaker bar.”
  • Assortment
    of pliers (slip-joint, locking, needle-nose, side-cutting and
    electrical crimp type).
  • Wrench assortment:
    my favorite are the “ratcheting type” as well as adjustable
    type in different sizes.
  • Screw drivers:
    an assortment of straight, cross and whatever else you may need
    depending on your needs.
  • 12v test
    light, extremely handy for troubleshooting 12v troubles.
  • Good hammer.
    I carry a 16oz ball-peen type which works wonders when you need
  • Ignition
    wrench set, allen wrench set and a “feeler gauge set.”
  • Lastly,
    I carry an assortment of what I call “goodies,” clamps,
    bulbs, fuses, spare wire and connectors, nuts and bolts, electrical
    tape, duct tape, Teflon tape, silicone gasket material, rubber
    freeze out plugs, tire plugs.

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15, 2009

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