Posts Tagged ‘tools’

Both my friend Neal and survivorman swear by their multi-tool. I would expect both would not be caught in the Apocalypse without it.  I was always find the thing inconvenient.  When I need to use it I am already doing something with my hands.  While it is true that fine detail work might call for the multi-tool, for the vast majority of stuff I find myself doing in the backyard my old painter’s tool has been just fine.

The painters-tool allows me to pry, screw (loose screws), open cans, hammer a light touch, and pry nails.  The multi-tool allows me to do the same (and more) but every time I use it I got to put down what I am using.

I have been packing the GTFOOD bag and I think I am going to include a painter’s tool.  It’s better for sloppy work on the go.  The painter’s tool is also easier to use when opening a beer, which makes it better for Pre-Apocalypse backyard gardening activities.

Below: My old painter’s seven-in-one tool.

plumbers seven in one tool

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On the list of places one might be able to raid without too much trouble is the large big box Hardware stores. I assume after all of society burns down we all will have to build again at some point.

Some would obvioulsy already have these tools in their workroom. I probably don’t. While doing tasks as simple as building a ladder and changing out my garbage disposal I have learned not only do I have very few tools, but I am not entirely familiar with the few that I have.

So I need to consult an expert on this. To get me started I have been skimming through the Reader’s Digest: Complete Do-it-yourself Manual Circa 1973. I found it in a used bookshop.

What I like about it, is it has a list of the “Job to be done” with a corresponding “Appropriate Hand Tools” column and a corresponding “Useful Power Tools” column. I assume I can ignore the “Useful Power Tools” column. Power Tools, as a rule, are heavy and also need power. Which I assume we won’t have much after the power plants all implode.

Here are some of the tasks and the corresponding tools. I have selected the tasks one should be able to do to build a basic fortification and shelter, without use of the Grid.

Installing a door
chisel
gauge
hammer
drill
awl
plane
screwdriver

Installing a door lock
brace
drill
chisel
hammer
screwdriver
awl

Securing loose brick
cold chisel
hammer
mortar (Sidenote: Can one build their own mortar?)
whiskbroom (Which I am sure one could build themself.)

Repairing rotted clapboard
saw
chisel
hammer
nail set
pry bar
paint and brush

What is not in the book, is how to build a fence. That is worth learning as well.

Next step would become familiar with these tools and look for opportunites to use them around the house.