hello beginner diy-ers. i was thinking the other day that there are a couple tools i use for "building my own" that are almost never mentioned. i thought i would take a few minutes to share.
this is my list (and description) of tools that are not often discussed, that i feel are extremely helpful when building. i'll start with the more obvious stuff and more forward from there:
pliers. no duh, right? specifically at least two types of pliers, each always within reach: needle nose pliers (for grabbing), and cutting pliers (for cutting the leads on the circuitboard)
forcepts. such an invaluable tool. it's like having an extra set of hands. you can get them from radio shack
razor blade/ box cutter blade. i use this EVERY time i build
a set of mini screwdrivers.
small file. i also use this ALL the time, whether to file down... anything, or to just probe around or move wires around.
a good set of metric wrenches. toggle switches are 8, pots are 10, jacks are 13, footswitch is 14, dc jack is 15.
those little black plastic LED holders. SO usefull!
bumper feet. i strictly use velcro on my pedal board. so why bumper feet? why do i stock up on these guys? because they are great. small, sticky, plastic, non-conductive. i use them to keep the battery from rattlling, use them to keep the circuit board from shorting out... i use them ALL THE TIME!
zip ties. tie wraps. whatever you call them. make builds looks super clean!
sockets. whenever i have mod options and i can decide, i break off a small section of a socket, and solder that on there, so i can swap parts on a whim.
hot glue gun. borrowed one from my mom yesterday. found it IMENSELY usefull.