July Skill of the Month: Assemble an Off-Grid Tool Box

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Basic home repairs are menial, “honey do” items usually taken care of on the weekends with a couple of runs to the hardware store.  What if the day comes when that “do-it-yourself” job must be done but there’s no quick run to the hardware store?  Will you have the most basic tools and materials on hand to tackle it?  What if there is no electricity?  Do you have adequate hand tools or are you dependant on power tools, and most importantly, do you have the skills?

The contents of an Off Grid Tool Box could be endless, but let’s start with the fundamentals.  Make sure they are quality tools.  Consider investing in Craftsman or Snap On depending on your budget and how often you will use them.  Tools can also be purchased from a variety of places: Walmart, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Harbor Freight, etc.  Older quality tools are frequently found at estate sales.

Tools also come in assorted sizes.  Make your purchases based on what is most commonly needed; add other sizes to your tool box as your budget allows.

Basic tools:

  • hammer
  • screwdriver
  • wrench
  • pliers
  • measuring tape
  • saw
  • axe / hatchet
  • utility knife
  • safety glasses
  • duct tape

Assorted Hardware:

  • nails
  • screws
  • bolts
  • other?

Everyone has their own preferences when it comes to tools, but here are a few suggestions if you want to get started with an assortment of tools already assembled for you.

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