PC Repair Tools

July 5, 2012 under building a computer
pc repair tools So computers are complex machines. Really, they are some of the most advanced machines in the world. You may be wondering, "Since these are so complex, how could I ever work on one or put one together? Wouldn't I need a professional for this?" Well, the answer is no … and yes. Unless you have studied computer hardware and have the machinery to work on the more fragile and intricate

areas of a PC, there is not much you can do with one. For example, if your power supply fails, do not automatically take it a part and attempt to repair it. In fact, do not do anything with it at all. Leave it to a computer technician to fix.

On the other hand, maybe you want to install a new hard drive or swap out some RAM. These are tasks that you may be able to perform yourself if you choose to do so and follow the proper computer safety rules. However, in order to perform a job correctly and efficiently, you need to use the correct tools. You will need to find a good computer toolkit, with the correct PC repair tools to do the job. Let us discuss this a bit.

Good computer toolkits include multiple kinds of tools designed to work with maintaining computers, of course. Though, unless you are a professional, you do not need thousand dollar tools when working on your system. Here is a list of some tools you should have in your kit:

Screw drivers – Wow, simple, right? But just think about how much metal is being joined and held together by screws inside your PC's case. They are all over your computer. And unfortunately, they are not all the same size or kind. So one screw driver will not be enough, unless it is a special one. Certain screw drivers are made that allow you to swap tips. This prevents you from needing 50 different screw drivers in your toolkit. It is very convenient.

Anti-static wrist straps – This may not necessarily be a tool used to actually work on a computer. However, you should not be working on a computer without one, plain and simple. This protects you, as well as your computer's components from accidental electrical transfer. So, it is for your safety as well as your computer's.

Wrenches – Another standard tool used with computers as well. Smaller wrenches can be useful, such as wrenches ranging from about 4mm to 10mm.

Anti-static mats - You most likely will not find one of these in a computer toolkit, however, they are still valuable. Just like the anti-static wrist strap protects from unwanted electrical transfer, so does this. Whenever you are working on a computer, you should put it on an anti-static mat.

Soft brush – This is not much of a tool either, but when working with computer hardware, you might as well clean off the dust that has settled on it. This is important too, as this dust can cause components to over-heat and ultimately fail.

So there you have a starter list of PC repair tools that would prove useful in any computer technician's computer toolkit. They do not seem to be complex tools for working on a computer, but you definitely should have these. Be sure that whatever toolkit you choose, the tools should be de-magnetized to avoid possible corruption of data when they are in close proximity to hard drives. The deeper you get into learning computer hardware basics, you will come across other tools, such as soldering irons, electronic testers, and other tools. For now, these are all you need to take apart or build a computer. If you are ready to start working on your computer, check out places like Tiger Direct or Amazon. They have a wide variety of toolkits at various price points.

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