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.
we all know is the key factor, when considering what tools and equipment
- 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?
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.
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.”
box, a two-tray nesting type box made of durable plastic, now
many years old.
socket set, used on small nuts/bolts in tight places.
socket set, handy for removing nuts/bolts.
set including 12pt short sockets as well as 6pt deep sockets,
include a “breaker bar.”
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
wrench set, allen wrench set and a “feeler gauge set.”
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.