You Can’t Have Enough Tools
You can’t have enough tools. That’s the motto of anyone who is handy. I’d like to point out right now, I am not particularly handy. But I know the importance of having tools around in case some one “handy” drops by. That way you can keep them busy being “handy”.
Here is a list of tools that I have found handy to have at the camp. They come in useful on repeat occasions, making them, in my opinion, must haves around the camp.
1) A short handle sledge hammer comes in handy for many purposes. Driving poles into the lake to hold your dock in place. Forcing a wall into place during a renovation, or splitting wood with a maul or axe. The short handled sledge is great for smacking the back of the axe or a Wood Splitting Wedge
driving it through hard to split firewood.
2) Long Nose Pliers are helpful over and over again. Keep a pair in your boat toolbox and in your camp toolbox as well. They come in handy for everything from electrical to plumbing to fishing.
3)Vise-Grip Locking Wrench With Wire Cutters are another must have in the tool box. Helpful with stubborn bolts, cutting wire, and holding something tight while you work on it.
4) Splitting Maul, 36-Inch Fiberglass Handle comes in handy if you burn wood. They can also double as a long handle sledge hammer and a splitting wedge, (see #1 above)
5) A 6-Volt Floating Lantern is a must have at the camp. It’s great to have several of these around, in the boat and in the camp. Nice for checking outside in the night as they project a decent beam a good distance. An added bonus of this one is that it floats.
6) Odds and ends of wood. As a cottager you know the importance of having some odds and ends of construction wood around. A few pieces of 2X4, 2X6, 4X4 and some board in various lengths and widths come in handy for repairs. Great for bolstering a dock, making a temporary repair etc. It’s also a good idea to have a couple sheets of plywood tucked away somewhere to patch up a broken window in an emergency.
7) Reinforced Rip-Stop Polyethylene Tarps in several sizes come in handy. You can use them to protect your firewood from rain and snow, break the wind on campfire night, cover over a boat or pile of topsoil to keep it from washing away in a rainstorm. A tarp is also a good thing to have in the boat to fashion an emergency shelter if you are stranded. Think Gilligans Island.
8) 12-Inch GrooveLock Pliers Keep a pair of these in your toolbox and you will find all kinds of uses. In fact, you will probably find yourself reaching for these pliers more often than others.
9) 50′ x 1/2″ Braided Poly Utility Rope you cannot have enough rope. It’s just a fact of cottages and camps. There is always something to tie down or tie up, there are boats to secure, tarps, animals, you name it. Have lots of rope in various thickness and lenght.
10)A cordless electric drill like this Black & Decker SS12C 12-Volt Cordless Drill/Driver is always handy. They are great for quick jobs, working on the dock. You can use them for drilling holes or screwing stuff together. In addition to this, it’s always good to have a supply of Deck Screws in various sizes, 1 inch, 2 inch, 3 inch etc. They come in useful for a lot of jobs around the camp.