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Old 01-10-2020, 06:58 AM
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Do you keep a small tool kit or collection of tools in your classroom if you're still teaching or did you if you're retired.


I always had a Phillips and flat head screw driver, pliers and eye glass repair kit.


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Old 01-10-2020, 07:01 AM
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Yep tool box and eye glass kit. But I also have a box of useful but random stuff.
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Old 01-10-2020, 07:10 AM
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I always kept a hammer, Phillips and flathead screwdriver , Allen wrench and pliers in a drawer as well as an eye glass kit, along with duct tape. I was covered! A custodian wasn't always around when I needed one.
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Old 01-10-2020, 07:11 AM
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I did not. I got help from others.

However, since retiring and DH’s passing, I am now the proud owner of a small toolkit which I actually use. Just yesterday I noticed a wobbly leg on an upholstered bench in my bathroom. I used an Allen wrench to tighten it (and the other 3 legs, too). 2 years ago, I didn’t know what an Allen wrench was.
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Old 01-10-2020, 07:25 AM
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I did keep a tool kit, and it came in handy so many times!


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Old 01-10-2020, 07:34 AM
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Screwdrivers, lint roller, static spray, box cutter, and flashlights.
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Old 01-10-2020, 07:37 AM
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I had a small tool box that I kept under my classroom sink. I had the following: hammer, screwdriver, Allen key/wrench, pliers, small nails, a staple gun, hot glue gun and Velcro. Another container had nail polish remover, Goof Off, and a lint remover roller.
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Old 01-10-2020, 07:49 AM
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I had a screwdriver with multiple heads in the handle, an 8 oz hammer, nails, pliers. I used them a lot!
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Old 01-10-2020, 08:12 AM
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The custodians were always borrowing them!
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Old 01-10-2020, 08:22 AM
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Yes.
I kept a few tools in my classroom while I was teaching. Just the basics though --- hammer, screwdrivers, hooks, pliers, safety glasses, bungee cords, extension cord, tape etc.


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Old 01-10-2020, 09:21 AM
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I have a tool kit from Walmart that I bought especially for my classroom. It has most of the stuff mentioned in this post. Plus the handles are pinkish purple so people remember if they borrow from me.
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Old 01-10-2020, 09:30 AM
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A custodian who liked me and would go out of his way for me, gave me a really expensive “all in one” tool. It had screw drivers, pliers, and a few other tools. I also had two full size screwdrivers and a hammer.

When I brought my drill in to rearrange my cabinet shelving, all the custodians decided they should probably just buy me a full size tool kit.
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Old 01-10-2020, 09:40 AM
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Years ago, Ace had a Christmas special of a compact tool kit for $15.

I bought that and returned the hammer, Allen wrenches, hammer, screwdrivers, crescent wrench, etc. , etc. that I had “borrowed “ from my husband’s shop.

When I retired, I brought it home and keep it in my pantry. My husband bought one, too, a year after my purchase and he “willed” it upon retirement to the teacher who constantly borrowed it from him.
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Old 01-10-2020, 10:09 AM
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No, but I always had chocolate!
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Old 01-10-2020, 10:26 AM
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Yes, a regular and Philip’s head screwdriver and a hammer. I used the school driver a lot to tighten the leg screws on the student desks.
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Old 01-10-2020, 12:17 PM
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You had me at chocolate!
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Old 01-10-2020, 12:41 PM
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I'm retired, but did keep a few useful items. Most of them you have already mentioned. Here's one thing I bet none of you had in your toolkits! A nutpick with a wooden handle. They were very useful when kiddos got knots in the shoelaces. They loved it when I gave them "the knot picker."
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Old 01-10-2020, 12:45 PM
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Many years ago when 4th grade taught simple machines, the district purchased toolboxes for us! I still have mine shoved in the closet. It had the usual tools (hammer, screwdriver, nails, etc.) but was housed in a really nice metal kit. I'll leave it for the next teacher who follows me
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Old 01-10-2020, 12:51 PM
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I’m a music teacher so I keep a few small tools that allow me to do simple instrument repairs for myself.
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Old 01-10-2020, 12:55 PM
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I had a pretty complete tool box. Teaching science means repairing equipment, as well as building equipment. I spray painted all the handles to limit “borrowing”.
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Old 01-10-2020, 01:02 PM
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Yes- I have a tool drawer in the library for anyone to borrow.
assorted pliers
screwdrivers
eyeglass repair kit
small hammer
small nails (to go through bulletin boards)
pushpins
sandpaper
utility knife
corkscrew (a joke from my predecessor)

In the back of a file drawer (you have to ask me for them):
ibuprofen
tea
quick breakfast snack (only a few know about this one)

And there's a chocolate/candy jar, too.

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Old 01-10-2020, 02:08 PM
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I have basic tools and a drill hidden in my classroom. The thing I use the most is a staple gun.
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Old 01-10-2020, 02:27 PM
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Of course!
I was raised to be very independent and resourceful.
-known for being the teacher not needing repeated help from the janitor- I actually got an award at the end of the school year for that one time!
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Old 01-10-2020, 02:31 PM
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yes, I have a tool kit My motto is "needle nose pliers" don't leave home without them.
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Old 01-10-2020, 02:41 PM
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A few different sizes of Phillips and Flathead screwdrivers as I adjust my own desks. I also have what looks like a Swiss army knife but it's a different size Hex wrenches. They sold them at our holiday store many years ago, and I commented on how cool they were, and one of my students bought one for me. I love that thing! :-)
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Old 01-10-2020, 03:33 PM
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Yup! My DH have me a tool kit one Christmas! I loved having tools so I could get things done in a timely manner!
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Old 01-10-2020, 03:42 PM
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Not a tool kit exactly, but I have a hammer, screwdriver, pliers, putty scraper, and an assortment of hangers in a drawer. I let the office repair the eyeglasses, but I do keep a sewing kit on hand.
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Old 01-10-2020, 04:10 PM
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Yes i have a toolbox full of regular size tools so i dont have to ask anyone for help
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Old 01-10-2020, 06:09 PM
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I’m basically a hoarder of all things, so I have tools.
  • hammer
  • couple of sizes each of Phillips & flat screwdrivers
  • Allen wrenches
  • needle-nose pliers
  • box cutter
  • wire cutters
  • nails & screws
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Old 01-10-2020, 07:00 PM
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My partner teacher's husband made us a great toolbox! She rarely uses it, but I use it all the time.
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Old 01-10-2020, 08:46 PM
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Yep!!! 29 years this year so I have quite a tool collection. I did get rid of the pop top can opener. We had to use it at every holiday party to open the cans of Hawaiian Punch. Parents sent the cans but no opener. I still have the knife to cut all the grocery store birthday cookies that come in whole.
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Old 01-11-2020, 03:24 AM
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My husband brought a small tool kit to school one summer when he was helping me set my classroom up and some of the desks needed adjusting. He left it at school when he was finished in case we ever needed it again. I’ve never used it myself, but several of my coworkers have asked to borrow it. It’s come in handy several times.
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