This page deals with the different tools you will possibly require when you start repairing valve radios,and also for the more experienced engineer.
BULL NOSED PLIERS
Useful where a strong grip is required. Not very good for intricate work though.


POINTED NOSED PLIERS
Good for more delicate work such as twisting component legs round things and straightening i.c. pins.


SIDE CUTTERS
For cutting mains cable and stripping back insulation on wires. Also used for cutting legs off capacitors,resistors and transistors etc.


SCREWDRIVERS
Get a decent assortment of these,philips,posidrive and slotted,both large and small. Try to obtain them with magnetic tips if you can so your screws can be put in tight places without them falling off the end.


SMALLER SCREWDRIVERS(JEWELLERS SCREWDRIVERS)
These are used for tiny screws such as grub screws,and set screws. Obtain both philips and slotted types.


NEON SCREWDRIVER
Essential for checking to see if your chassis is live on your valve radio or television. Simply touch the chassis with the tip of the blade,if it lights,then your chassis is live-reverse the connections.


SOLDER SUCKER(DESOLDERING TOOL)
Useful for removing large quantities of solder from joints or pcb work. When used in conjunction with de-solder braid you get a clean solderless joint which eases extraction of components from pcb's.


COMPREHENSIVE TECHNICIANS TOOL KIT
These are available quite reasonably now and consist of the following tools:i.c. removal tool,wire strippers,240v soldering iron,tweezers,side cutters,long nosed pliers,de-solder tool,jewellers screwdrivers,neon screwdriver,3 slotted screwdrivers(small,med,large),3 philips screwdrivers(small,med,large),set of allen keys,digital multimeter all in a handy case.