The one tool you can't live without......

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  1. mkdaws32

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    My pin nailer - not for guitars, though! I bought that for a specific project and thought "when am I ever gonna use this again". I've used it dozens of times around the house for various projects and fixing things like loose moldings. 30 seconds and no holes to fill - the pins countersink and are almost invisible close up.
     
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  2. raito

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    I have somewhere around 50 hammers. Back in the before time, I worked metal for a living.

    Come to think of it, I just did some yesterday. I made a tripod for the good video camera from 3 pieces of my daughter's old Ikea bed, a piece of 16 gauge sheet, and 4 1/4-20 bolts.

    I only needed one hammer for that, though.
     
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    Someone told me it was a homemade leatherwork stitch spacer and awl.
     
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    I would say a cordless trouble light. Everything from evening out the spastic auto-darken feature on my welding hood, to letting me read fine print on power supplies, to illuminating my late-night yellow jacket nest digs.
     
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    I heard it was a one-handed fish scaler...
     
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    Yup. I was gonna say Undertow. Maybe I could live without out it. But I certainly don't want to!

    I would say it's a desert island album. But desert island albums are useless to me. Where am I gonna charge my phone? And cel coverage? Forget it!

    I guess The Professor didn't have too many tools. And look what he did!
     
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    I have a little red Phillips head screwdriver that I use for all sorts of things. Had it for years.
     
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    A good knife and my collection of Vaco hollow shafted nut drivers.
     
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    In fact here's the thread where the discussion took place. Page 2, start at the photo.
     
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    I've had a pointy Scratch Awl that's about 7 inches long with a wooden ball handle for about 25 years. I'm guessing it's made out of unobtainium because its point is indestructible. That thing's invaluable for starting screw holes, cleaning crud out of joints and tight spaces, marking nail holes, scoring lines for sawing, poking holes in plastic or leather, puncturing bubble wrap and a million other things. Hardly a week goes by where it hasn't come in handy or saved the day. Next to screwdrivers, I probably reach for it more often than any other tool I have.
     
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    Pretty sure you’re not allowed to say “hollow shafted nut drivers” on this forum.
     
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    Jakedog,

    The first time I tried to remove a rear mounted speaker from my Super Reverb I was confronted with the long screws and had only a set of pliers.

    I walked down to a local car supply store and bought an 11/32" Vaco. This was in circa 1970. The Vaco still works today on my DRRI.
     
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    Before I read the answers my response was needle nose pliers. Realistically, I carry a Case Stockman Pocketknife in my left front pocket everyday. I don’t really consider a pocketknife a tool. The Leatherman might be a better choice than my needle nose pliers. After all most have needle nose pliers as an option.
     
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    Toss up between philips screwdriver and needle nose vise grips.
     
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    I think they are beautiful. I use an electric string winder. I have considered buying one as art.
     
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    You had the same!

    I use an allen key sometimes, when adjusting truss rod. But only because got just one Telecaster. One more reason ger another one.

    ..and a hammer for intonation. So again, nothing that another Tele couldn't solve.
     
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    If I'm in the driveway and realize I don't have my pocket knife, I go inside and get it because I know I'll probably need it in the next few minutes.
    I have a 2nd one at father-in-law's place in Florida because I can't take mine on the plane.
     
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    Stickzilla.

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    Won't do the trick

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    Stanley knife, 99E, though the new ones aren't quite up to the quality of my old one which I somehow lost.

    That, or my DiboTech Soldering Station :)
     
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    I'll go with these:
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