My Magic Box Of Tricks
Apr 14, 2013
Last year a fellow mechanic asked if he could borrow my "magical box of tricks." I was a little baffled, then he explained with a grin that he wanted to use the plastic toolbox/tacklebox in which I keep tools and supplies related to electrical repairs. He said that when I helped him in a previous repair, every time he mentioned needing a pair of wire strippers, a roll of tape, or some butt connectors, I immediately produced the needed item from my "box of tricks" that I brought to the job.
I have to admit, the electrical repair kit I put together has saved time and a lot of walking back and forth to my service truck or main toolbox. Electrical repairs generally require the same tools and supplies, so over time I accumulated those tools and supplies in one easy-to-carry toolbox. It has my multimeter, extension leads for the multimeter, crimping pliers, wire stripper, a small butane torch for heat-shrink connectors, small needle nose pliers, various tools to disassemble Deutsch and WeatherPak connectors, a couple small rolls of 12- to 16-gauge wire, and dozens and dozens of small zip ties and assorted butt connectors.
I like the idea of grabbing one toolbox, climbing into a tractor cab or combine engine compartment, and having 99 percent of the tools and repair supplies I need within easy reach. I guess some folks might consider it "magical" to have essential tools easily at hand when making repairs, but I figured it was just a good way to eliminate a half-dozen trips back and forth to my service truck for tools and supplies. Laziness and innovation often share roots in Dan's world.