View Full Version : Where to get tools?

01-17-2007, 08:06 PM
Hello, first I'd like to say I just came across this site and am digging it so far, can't wait to have more free time to read through.

Secondly I was wondering what people recommend as a place to pick up tools for PC Repair? Presumably something online of course. I don't know if I am after something weird or something but I'm thinking in my head of something that you used to get a catalog for back in day and would have everything from testers to obscure tools. I've come across some stuff but wanted to know if there's anything I may be missing.

Also to side track on my own question here a little... any recommendations on a good "computer friendly" cleaner... I used to work for a company which will remain nameless and used to get the dirtiest computers.... even tho it wasn't part of any service we offered I was always inclined to clean it. And aside from a heavy duty cleaner degreaser or something I couldn't get some of 'em clean enough.

Alright done for now can't wait to become more active as time allows of course. ;)

01-17-2007, 11:49 PM
Hello and welcome.

Heress my toolkit for cleaning computers:

Cotton swabs - for difficult to reach places i.e. keyboards.

soft cotton cloth - for screens I dont like to use paper towels.

Compressed Air - for cleaning dust inside computer case

isopropyl rubbing alcohol - a liquid cleaner for using to clean inside of mice, spray some onto a cloth never directly onto component.

For further information you can do a google search:


Computer cleaning is a good subject something that could be suggested for an article for this site. I dont think it has already been covered

For tools it depends where you live, in England where I live there are electronic stores like maplin (www.maplin.co.uk) or ebuyer online (www.ebuyer.co.uk) they sell all kinds of tools and cables.

In America I am not too sure, I think newegg is quite big and just doing a search on there website on tools brings lots of results back:


Bryce W
01-17-2007, 11:57 PM
I gathered most of my tools from Computer swapmeets which are on every sunday here. As for computer cleaning products I got most of them from the larger grocery store chains.

I currently use a product called "De Solv It" for cleaning computers. Its amazing at removing scuffs and that furry sticky stuff that paper stickers leave behind.

02-06-2007, 09:42 PM
how 'bout freewares? for pc mechanics......must-have programs for us? any idea where to get and what should I get?

Bryce W
02-06-2007, 11:50 PM
how 'bout freewares? for pc mechanics......must-have programs for us? any idea where to get and what should I get?
We have a few in our "Computer Repair tool of the Week" section which updates weekly every Wednesday:

We also have a good list of must-have tools in this article:

As for which ones you should get, it really depends on what type of work you are doing. If you are working the home market doing general computer work look at virus and malware removing tools such as Hijack this!, Process Explorer and Dial-A-Fix. Also bring along updated versions of a good antivirus such as AVG, Avast! etc.. as virus and malware problems are the most common problems in the home market.

02-09-2007, 02:01 AM
Here is a very good list:


Also sites like Majorgeeks.com have allsorts of freeware tools, check them out aswell.

Hope that Helps