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    Tools of the trade

    A colleague and I have just taken over the management of another schools' network. We've been asked to put together a list of equipment/tools that we need. The school doesn't have much equipment available at present so we're kind of starting from scratch.

    I'm building up my list of things I need to carry out the job of a technician properly - however it got me thinking, what's everybody's tools of the trade? What equipment is important to your role? How often does it come in useful? What wouldn't you be without?

    Hopefully I'll be able to get some ideas from you all and maybe add something important that I've not thought of.

    :-)

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    On the hardware side... Off the top of my head...

    Screwdriver set
    PSU tester
    LAN tracer
    USB to ide/sat cables
    USB cable that splits to micro, mini, and apple (with lightning)

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    Interested by the psu tester and the split usb cable got any links?

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    Power supply tester;


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    I have a hex-driver bit set with various Allen, bihex and socket fittings, perfect for adjusting projector mounts, opening HP PC cases, etc. Very handy. An adjustable spanner is also a godsend. A supply of biros and super-glue to extract 3.5mm audio jacks from PC line-out ports is also handy!

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    Glue gun, soldering iron... anything you need to run cabling or put up trunking, a krone (punch down) tool, small drill bits also can remove ends of the 3.5mm jacks, external cd drive/external hard drive, usb keys for applications, you can never have enough tools or magnetic screw driver bits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mdench View Post
    Interested by the psu tester and the split usb cable got any links?
    PSU tester:
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B004Q7...ref=mp_s_a_1_3

    Multi cable: (not this exact one, make sure to get one that does data and not only charge)
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00ED3...ref=mp_s_a_1_6

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    Trolley to Move kit.
    ladders/platform to change projector lamps.
    2 Computers per techie, one to use, one to test stuff with.
    hand Held air compressor, The one you use should have dual monitors it makes all those RDP sessions easier to manage
    Some where sensible to work and store stuff.
    Desk lamp

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeekyPete View Post
    hand Held air compressor, The one you use should have dual monitors it makes all those RDP sessions easier to manage
    An air compressor with dual monitors - cool, where do I get one?!

    ;-)

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    I use a mulitmeter to test PSUs. It has lots of other uses too; is this battery dead? is this patch cable broken?

    My most useful "tool" is the junior techie. He gets to do the dirty jobs, like chucking cables through the false ceilings. I got the dirty jobs when I started in IT, so I think it is completely fair.

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    Also I have one of these which has been a Godsend: HDD Docking Station - USB to SATA and IDE External HDD Dock | StarTech.com United Kingdom

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    A good air compressor is essential, you'll save so much time fixing things by blowing units through regularly.

    Also an electric screwdrvier like this Bosch GSR108VN 10.8v Lithium-ion Screwdriver (Body Only) | Reviews & Buy Cheap Online Will really make your life easier. Especially if you've got a full set of phillips and torx bits.

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    All of the above, but most importantly, a Sense of Humour.

    Don't know where you buy one of those.

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