I got one of these lighted dental mirrors because I was on a crazy teeth kick to try for movie star teeth. Then one day I was trying to see some impossible spot in my computer and *DING* the mirror! And it's been in my tool bag since.
We need to keep this going. Also any advice would be good too. I can build a computer no problem, but alot of the time I get tasked with repairs, especially on crappy laptops and a thread like this is chocked full of wisdom
Don't forget the Dremel if your getting into modding ... along with a decent assortments of cutting and grinding bits.
I also like the Bosche electric nibbler for case surgery, as it will even make short work of the old steel V1000 thermaltake cases, which as cases go are akin to an old chevy pickup.
I also like the Makita cordless screwdriver / drills as these are light and easy to manage.
I have two small hand vices on a stand with heatsink pliers for solvering (they clip and lock to prevent the solder damaging the insulation).
Heatshrink of various sizes is useful for terminating / reterminating leads and plenty of spiral wrap for tidying up cables inside of the case.
My toolkit is a combined electronic technician / automotive light / fitters collection as I have collected plenty of stuff over the years working with electronics.
Some unusual but useful tools include:
aset of paintbrushes of various sizes ... for cleaning
A hairdryer / a can of WhiteSolve / a can of compressed air
A set of needle files
A hand drill (for small drill bits)
A short hacksaw (it holds a short piece of blade only)
A jewelers set of pliers (bend, round, flat, needle, etc nosed)
Decent Jewellers set of screwdrivers (replaceable tips)
A quality set of Electrician screwdrivers (1000V) ... because you never know.
A fine grinding stone (very flat) for checking a HSF for flatness ... and fixing it.
Various grades of sandpaper (wet n dry).
Two multimeters - I use coline leads and while Fluke's are very good, I tend now to use the cheaper generic models as I no longer need quality instruments for work. I only tend to use these for PSU repairs and since the cost of the mid range supplies have dropped over the last few years it is not practical to replace power regulator IC's on cheap units.
A tip: keep all of your magnetised tipped tools in one spot ... well away from laptop HDD's and old magnetic media.
I have some specialised tools and spares for laptop repairs as one of my lads is a Toshy Repair tech ... laptops are very delicate once you get inside ... so I don't recommend surgery on these unless you read the service manual ... and some expert help. Replacing a broken screen on a laptop is a pretty tough job on many models ... I simply watch ... its easier ... and less painful.
A muti tip set ... including torcX etc and standard hex drives.
This is what I keep handy, even though they're never in the same place at one time because I'm a slob:
-Eye Glass Screwdrivers
-Various Windows disks
-Rubbing Alcohol/QTips/Thermal Paste
-Extra Screws (I always seem to lose them)
-Fine grit sandpaper (for lapping/smoothing out a CPU's thermal layer)
-Can o' air
-Old Flash Drive with CCleaners, Glary Utilities, Malware Bytes install files
-And my book of swear words