The Basic Set of Computer Repair Tools
It's always good to have a few computer repair tools around. If you're running a computer repair business, or even if you're just a casual computer user who likes keeping thins well-maintained, having a good toolkit handy will definitely pay off. You never know when something might go wrong with your system, so think of computer repair tools as a sort of insurance policy should your hardware go haywire.
As with any toolkit, every set of computer repair tools requires certain essential pieces. So long as you have these basic tools, you can pretty much solve most of your hardware problems.
- Wire Stripper
A lot of times, the problem is in the wiring. Since you're going to be fiddling around with your computer's wires, you're going to need something to take their insulators off. It'll be much easier to bypass any wire damage this way.
When you're in the middle of repairing your computer, you're bound to notice that it takes quite a number of differently-sized screws to hold it all together. That's why every computer repair kit should have a good set of screwdrivers. You'll find that those six-piece sets of precision screwdrivers will do the trick for smaller screws, while a standard-sized Phillips-head and a standard slotted-head screwdriver should be adequate for the larger ones.
You're also going to need tools that help you grip the various parts of your computer. Pliers and mini-wrenches (roughly 5mm to 11mm) should be more than enough to help you out.
- Extension Bars
You'll notice that repairing your computer will involve a lot of hard-to-reach places. There are a lot of nooks and crannies that will be hard to work around. For example, you may find screws that need loosening in the inner corners of your CPU's frame. Getting extension bars for your tools will make things a lot easier for you.
- Soldering Kit
There will often come a point where some soldering is in order. Because of this, every good computer repair toolkit needs its own soldering set. The set should include the basics of soldering: a soldering stand, a soldering iron, a soldering gun, a solder core, a heat sink, a de-soldering pump, and some soldering wire.
- Micro-part Management Tools
This is a lot less technical than it sounds. Basically, you'll need some tools that will help you manage the smaller parts of your computer. There can be screws that are so tiny, you're better off using a pair of tweezers to pick them up. Other tools that will help in this respect are a magnifying glass, and an easy-to-spot container to keep your micro-parts organized.
- Boot Disks
Of course, not all repairs are hardware-based. Sometimes, you'll need to re-install the operating system of the computer. Make sure to keep boot disks of the major operating systems handy.
- Anti-Malware Tools
Lastly, every good kit for computer repairs should have software to detect and eliminate any infections from viruses, spyware, and other malware.