I didn’t realize so many people actually read the post. There are a few questions to clarify and rather than answer them one at a time, I figured a post was in order.
So here are the questions I’ve been asked since the posting and the answers. I even had a few people email and call me, so rather than share my knowledge with a few people, I thought I’d share it with my entire readership. (Beats sending out thousands of emails).
The biggest question was why a drill vs. an electric screwdriver?
An electric screwdriver only has a finite amount of torque and if you’ve ever been in a situation where you need more torque than an electric screwdriver can offer, it’s the difference between a life-saver and not; case in example, a Jammed Case Screw. When they get jammed due to someone improperly putting a case together, An electric screwdriver just won’t help. It’ll run down the battery and in some cases do more damage than good. Usually a quick spritz of WD-40 on the screw (let it sit 5 min) and a quick hit with the torque dialed up on the drill pops the screw out quickly.
Another reason to use the drill over the screwdriver; sometimes, screwdrivers aren’t fast enough. Ever try to mount a piece of rack equipment alone? Speed is what’s important.
More battery life, stronger motor, faster, can be easily modified to do other things (like drill out broken screws (heads sheared off), Reinforcement of a Rack Install gone awry (hence the Anchors and the bits), can be easily turned into a cut-off tool if needed. (Just wrap the equipment in a plastic bag prior to the cut off (garbage bags work great).. and don’t forget to have the equipment powered down. Also you can get these which are absolutely a life saver: Broken Screw Extractor Kit (I added this to my collection and it’s a lifesaver) Electric Screwdrivers don’t have the torque needed to use these.
Why the receptacle tester?
Out of phase / improperly grounded circuits are a really bad thing and can cause loads of damage to equipment and also can cause UPS units to explode (well.. batteries anyway). It’s the first thing I check when a power supply goes or any piece of equipment. You’d be surprised at how often electrical sockets are wired right. While I’m capable of fixing / replacing a socket, you should seek a professional. It’s also common for companies to use the cheapest fixtures they possibly can. I also carry 1-2 leviton sockets with me. Yes, A misbehaving socket is a bad thing.. internal shorts, fire-hazard, you get the idea.
Do I need all the adapters in the console cable set?
If you don’t have everything, you’ll find yourself in the need of the one piece you didn’t buy. Murphy’s law.
Do I need to do a backup of the customer hard drive if the customer has a backup?
Would you trust someone else’s backup if you haven’t tested it? >90% of backups aren’t tested. A verify as part of the backup process is not confirmation. Only a full restore. If the customer’s backup doesn’t work, it’s your fault. Customers won’t see it any other way.
Can I buy cheaper equipment?
Of course you can, but I know the stuff I’ve specified works. I only use DeWalt, because it’s one of the best. I only use 18+ Volts, because it gives me longer battery life and the torque I need.
Hope this makes a difference.