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Offline johnsonad

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Kit building tools
« on: November 15, 2020, 07:39:18 AM »
It’s been covered before but after finishing a recent build, I thought it would be nice to talk about the minimal tools needed to build a kit. 

1. Wire strippers.  Buy a decent pair, they will last you forever.  In the photo you see two pair which cover 10 – 30 awg.
2. Nippers.  You will need these to cut leads and wire and especially useful when doing circuit board work.
3. Needle Drivers, for bending leads and getting that all important mechanical connection.
4. Helping hand device.  I use it for circuit board work to building interconnects.
5. High quality solder.  This is 63/37 lead based Muiticore. Don’t comprise with cheap stuff. A roll with last many many years.
6. Solder sucker.  You don’t always get it right the first time.  These are cheap and work very well.
7. Muiti-tip screw driver.  You can buy many, or one of these sets to cover all the bases.
8. A lighted magnifier.  The older you get, the more important this becomes.
9. A cup of coffee, or two, or three…….
10. Not shown, a multimeter.  It doesn’t have to be fancy, but something that multi-ranges is nice.  I invested in a Fluke 87V for use in different projects but it doesn’t have to be expensive to work well and get the job done.

Hope this helps someone.  Enjoy your builds!

Aaron Johnson

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Re: Kit building tools
« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2020, 08:47:10 AM »
Re nippers  - that term is more often used for a plier with cutting ends perpendicular to the handles.
The ones we use for wiring that have the cutting edges parallel to the handles are most often called side cutters or diagonal pliers.
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