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Thank Goodness for Allen Wrenches!

Do your technicians carry a set of handy Allen wrenches in their trucks? I discovered I have 41 of them!


My messy Allen wrench collection.

I spent the past several weeks enjoying a D-Box Motion Simulator in my home (stay tuned for the review). But to connect the stabilizer bars for the D-Box unit to the actual motion modules, I needed two different sets of Allen wrenches.

Thank goodness we’ve purchased many pieces of Swedish furniture at IKEA over the years, because when I retrieved my toolbox, it was a mess. The box had one nice set of Allen wrenches in a plastic case that I likely bought at Home Depot many years ago, and a jumbled mess of individual wrenches.

To secure the D-Box unit, it meant pulling every one out individually and testing it in the screw head. The frustrating part about these L-shaped tools is that unlike open-ended or closed-ended wrenches, there are no size indicators etched into them.

I have duplicates of duplicates, but I don’t dare throw any of them away! In the end, my toolbox contained 41 different Allen wrenches.

The D-Box setup got me thinking: do your techs carry a set of Allen wrenches? Are there other necessary tools that are just as frustrating?

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About the Author

Jason Knott, Editor, CE Pro
Jason has covered low-voltage electronics as an editor since 1990. He joined EH Publishing in 2000, and before that served as publisher and editor of Security Sales, a leading magazine for the security industry. He served as chairman of the Security Industry Association’s Education Committee from 2000-2004 and sat on the board of that association from 1998-2002. He is also a former board member of the Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation. He is currently a member of the CEDIA Education Action Team for Electronic Systems Business. Jason graduated from the University of Southern California.

4 Comments (displayed in order by date/time)

Posted by bored  on  12/12  at  02:43 PM

Wow what a serious article.  Coming from the alarm sect I don’t expect much from you in installing ‘custom’ AV. 

Not all of your items are Allen wrenches. Look closer.

A REAL installer has the proper set as well as all the cheap ones that come with items we install.  A proper set had both english and metric too.

Posted by Bay Area John  on  12/12  at  02:45 PM

Slow day, eh?

Posted by Jason Knott  on  12/12  at  05:03 PM

Think of this blog as your entertainment for the day. Now you won’t have to watch “The View”.

Posted by davenport  on  12/15  at  01:01 AM

The real problem seems to be that the D-Box needs to ship with the Allen wrenches.

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