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dibiff 05-28-2008 08:03 PM

Dad passed and need help picking tools for toolbox of my own
dad passed and left a garage full of tools
My father passed away recently and had a lifetimes worth of tools in his garage. He built VW engines and kept all five of us girls in wheels that way. He was also in special investigation division in the service as well as tech security division of the Secret Service and has tools for that type of work also.

I just unearthed another Halliberton briefcase made specifically for the technical security work. Each tool had a place cut from foam and these were layered on top of each other in the briefcase. It had everything from wrenches, screwdrivers, soldering iron, and much more. All of the tools are "ExceLite" brand and all have rubber handles (to prevent shocking due to type of work).

The problem I am having is the foam completely desintegrated and is stuck on the tools and really stinks. How do I clean this foam off and will it get rid of the stink?

Also, I want to make sure I have a good tool box put together since it's just me and my son so if anyone has the time to list the most important tools for me I would appreciate it. If I come across some old tools I can't identify I would be happy to send photos. I've taught myself a bit in order to fix up and renovate Dad's house so don't list just a "girlie" toll box list.
Trust me he has just about everything out there so I wanted expert advice before my sisters let their young adult son's have at the tools.

Thank you in advance. diane

OneMoreTime 05-28-2008 08:17 PM

Pick off as much of the foam as possible and then try some solvents as as some of them dissolve foam..or you can scrub the tools in hot soapy water and dry them..Kind of labor intensive but works..

As far as your own toolbox a good combination screwdriver one that has the flat tip and Phillip's tips is a great tool as I use mine a lot..The Gear Ratchet set from Sears is a good set has both inch and metric in the set and is another set I use a lot..of course you can go with a 3/8 drive ratchet and both deep and shallow sockets..I have a 1/2 drive set for some of the larger more stubborn bolts..a good hammer ..I like the straight claw 16oz for general things around the house..and maybe a couple of ball peen hammers..Tape measure and some good straightedges are good to have as well as a combination square and a framing square..Overlooked is the bevel square..

Any and all power tools..never know when you need them..Guess if it was up to me I would just take the garage and leave the rest for the others.. :evil:

that would be the basics and if some special tools were needed those can be picked up as necessary..Something else if there is a welder in the pile grab it as welding is a very useful skill to have..Battery charger..Just doing some random thinking of the things that I use all the time keeping things fixed and running around here..


weirdbeard 05-28-2008 08:18 PM

I would keep everything. Seriously.
Try WD-40 for cleaning the tools. It works and smells good. :drool:
Keep them all!

79C10 05-28-2008 08:27 PM

Goof-off is a cleaner /solvent that takes off dang near everything. It's fumy , so use it outside and wear rubber gloves.
As far as tools go , Sockets , ratchets, screw drivers , vise grips , adjustable wrenches, and allen keys are all useful to hang on to .
Sorry about your loss.

yogurt99 05-28-2008 09:41 PM

Another item that might work is Williams Lectric Shave Electric Razor Pre-Shave, you would be surprized on what this item can remove. i have used it to remove permanent marker off of differnt items. I also vote for keeping all the tools, you never know when you might need something.

RODDER18 05-28-2008 10:20 PM

If you have the room keep them all....As for the clean up try majic erasers and water, adhesive remover may damge the rubber coating. Sorry about your loss.


Sanctifier 05-30-2008 02:32 AM

My condolences on your family's loss.

Originally Posted by OneMoreTime
...Any and all power tools..never know when you need them..Guess if it was up to me I would just take the garage and leave the rest for the others...Sam


Originally Posted by weirdbeard
I would keep everything. Seriously.
Keep them all!

Good advice there. My Dad has lent (& lost) $1,000's in tools & equipment over the years... NEVER AGAIN!...

#1. Family, friends (& others :rolleyes: )... Bring your project... Use tools for free... Leave "empty-handed."
#2. Lose it?... Break it?... REPLACE IT!
Maybe agree to share "the use" of that well equipped workshop with the younger generation... The above rules ALWAYS should apply... NO EXCEPTIONS!

That way family always stays in contact... ALL tools stay together for greatest usefulness... and everyone stays happy.

My $0.02

jimfulco 06-01-2008 02:33 AM

Absolutely keep it all. If you don't recognize something, post a pic here and somebody'll tell you what it is, and maybe even how to use it.

wildfire78 06-01-2008 07:22 AM

Dad passed and need help picking tools for toolbox of my own
I am so sorry for your loss. I agree, your Dad's tools, keep them all. One thing if you do try cleaning them with soap and water don't just dry them off, spray them with WD-40, it displaces water so it will get into spots that you might have missed or couldn't get in to dry.

Krmnnghia 06-05-2008 11:01 AM


Originally Posted by dibiff
He built VW engines

If their are any VW specific tools you want to get rid of throw them up on forums

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