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  1. #1

    Tools

    Recently I saw in one of the flying magazines, I can't remember which and I
    can't find it now, an article about tools to carry in your plane in case of
    a (mechanical) emergency. What do y'all carry in your toolbags? Thank
    you, Jimmie



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  2. #2

    Tools

    I carry the screwdrivers that are part of the fuel tester, a multi tool and a Visa, Mastercard and AMEX. So far I have used the later much more than the former in emergencies.

    I do carry a survival kit - signal mirror, fishing line, matches - forgot what all is in there.



    Jimmie and Mary Mc <hoca@adelphia.net> wrote: Recently I saw in one of the flying magazines, I can't remember which and I
    can't find it now, an article about tools to carry in your plane in case of
    a (mechanical) emergency. What do y'all carry in your toolbags? Thank
    you, Jimmie



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  3. #3

    Tools

    We have a small plastic tool box it weights 10lbs max. the contents are.

    4 spare and gapped spare plugs with washers
    Plug spanner
    A selection of spanners and some drive sockets
    Pair of pliers/cutters
    A few cable ties
    Some locking wire and a couple of small split pins
    A few spare panel screws and some small nut/bolt (mainly for if I drop
    something on the ramp fixing the plane)
    Some rags
    Large spilt pins for the wheel nuts

    Also in the aeroplane
    1 ltr of oil
    Wind screen cleaner gets used a lot this time of year with the low sun.
    Fuel Tester
    Hand held icom radio
    Sunglasses
    torch





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  4. #4

    TOOLS

    Have to tell this true story.

    In the late 70s I went "on holiday" to the UK for 3 weeks. I rented a car
    and drove from London up the East coast to Edinburgh and down the West coast
    back to London. In Southwestern England I had a "puncture". No problem, I
    pulled over on a "lay by" and proceeded to jack up the car and change the
    tire. However I could not find the wrench to remove the lug nuts. I tore
    the car apart. A truck driver stopped and asked what the problem was and I
    told him. Oh he said, you're missing your "wheel brace". WHAT I SAID ? He
    said a "wheel brace", the tool to remove the nuts (I think he had a
    different name for them but that was a long time ago).
    So he let me use is special key to get into this special phone booth at
    the lay by and call Hertz who immediately sent a replacement car to me.
    Within 30 mins from the call I was rolling again.

    I'll never forget what a "wheel brace" is. SO, what are the nuts called
    that we call "lug nuts" ?


    Dr Bill
    76 Sundowner N9230S


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  5. #5

    TOOLS

    >I'll never forget what a "wheel brace" is. SO, what are the nuts called
    >that we call "lug nuts" ?

    I don't think airplanes HAVE lug nuts.

    Enough with the off topic silliness.

    For a list of repairs that owner/pilots are allowed to do without an A&P
    once they have shown they are able to perform them correctly, check FAR 43
    Appendix A subparagraph (c).

    There are any number of items that one can and should be prepared to deal
    with, and the scope of the tools one carries should match one's mechanical
    ability.

    No need for engine OH tools if you can't change your oil.

    The "basics" ought to include such standard (and lightweight) items as
    screw drivers in straight and phillips, pliers (maybe some small
    vice-grips), safety wire, a flashlight and maybe a small hammer. More
    advanced tool kits could include a selection of combination wrenches, some
    sockets and a rachet (especially a PLUG socket), wire cutters, small
    multi-meter, etc.

    Consider the "worst case" failure that you feel comfortable repairing on
    the desolate, wind swept ramp, and then adjust the tools to that level.

    I replaced a vacuum pump in the North 40 at OSH one year with a borrowed
    Taiwanese 7/16" wrench. Even dropped one of the nuts in the grass and
    found it!

    Bob Steward, A&P IA
    Birmingham, AL



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  6. #6

    Tools

    There have been a lot of good ideas about tool kits for our airplanes. Here
    are my ideas about what to carry.

    I occasionally travel to unimproved strips in Baja California. I carry
    enough tools to tighten loose screws and nuts, and to do minor repairs and
    replace a tire. I have an old but serviceable tire that I only carry when
    going south of the border. I also carry a small scissors jack to get the
    wheel off the ground. The 1/4-inch socket set is enough for most nuts and
    bolts, but I also have a 7/8 deep socket with enough adapters to get a
    spark plug out and a new one I carry back in. The 10-pound toolbox, jack,
    and about 30 pounds of water actually help with the weight and balance.
    Most of my flying is on weekends, and A&P mechanics are scarce as hen's
    teeth on a hot and dusty runway on a Sunday afternoon.

    A basic tool kit consists of a basic set of screwdrivers and pliers
    including a diagonal cutter, a basic combination SAE wrench set that goes
    to 7/8-inch, a large channel-lock (for the wheel nut), a 1/4-inch socket
    set, a spark plug socket, a set of Allan wrenches, some spare nuts, bolts,
    and screws, and an analog multimeter (not digital). In addition, tire
    pressure gauge and a supply of safety wire and safety wire pliers can come
    in real handy as well. Everything except the meter, tire gauge, and the
    safety wire pliers should be quality tools such as Craftsman, Proto, or
    Snap-on. Cheap tools (Harbor Freight comes to mind) often don't fit
    properly and are either too small to get around the nut, or too large and
    deform the nut. Cheap tools are also soft and bend, and can get you into
    worse shape than when you started. A cheap screwdriver can ruin both the
    screw head and the screwdriver at the same time. A bright flashlight (2
    D-cells with date-coded batteries) helps a lot. I have a good safety wire
    tool that I use at home base, but a cheap one will work fine on a dirt
    strip in Baja. Luckily, I have not needed to use much of the tool kit. I
    also do not use any of the tools in the toolbox unless I don't have my big
    tool box with me. That way I know the tools won't have been "borrowed" or
    put into the big toolbox during the last oil change. Even if you are not an
    A&P, having the tools to tighten things up is still a good idea.

    Useful supplies include a can of LPS-1, a few quarts of oil, a funnel,
    plexiglass cleaner with the special wipes, and some shop rags. There is a
    clean funnel available that has screw-on covers on both ends. I have one
    and it helps to keep the baggage area clean.

    A Mastercard/Visa/American Express card is an essential part of the toolkit
    as well. As pointed out in an earlier post, if you only fly to airports
    with FBOs, then most tools are not really needed. Airports should be able
    to provide a place to work on your plane in a pinch. My airport
    specifically allows owner-pilot maintenance in accordance with the FAR, but
    only in a hangar. They have day hangar rentals just for that purpose. I
    work in my shadeport tiedown on the weekends and no one is around to
    complain (see the note about weekend A&Ps). Before I knew about the rule, I
    changed the oil in the big parking area.

    - Carl Foster Sundowner 9761L Tucson Arizona



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  7. #7

    Tools

    My 2 bits (2cents with inflation):

    I have a small multitool / socket set which also has a couple of screw
    drivers and tire pressure gage. Pack is about the size of our POH. I
    also have a leatherman multitool and and a stainless steel screw set
    (interior and exterior) which comes in handy. I found a nice back-
    pack style emergency kit at SAMS's club which has lots of little
    goodies from k-rations, water, first aid, etc. Both packs combined
    are about 12 pounds. I keep it in the baggage compartment and never
    use additional balast. I also carry a small bathroom scale...as I am
    a stickler for W&B and CG.

    Cheers,
    Dr. David
    N22PH
    Sierra
    MC-407






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