1. Oct 30, 2012 4:38pm

    The Best Hand Tools for Disaster Recovery

    By Harry Sawyers

    When trees are down and power is out, the most useful gadgets are the ones that never need a charge. The situation calls for shovels, rakes, knives—and a few rolls of duct tape don’t hurt either.

    In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Popular Mechanics posted a list of the 14 hand tools you need during disaster recovery. Here are a few highlights:

    • Long-socket shovels to remove debris
    • Bypass loppers to clear brush
    • A bow saw or pruning saw to cut fallen branches
    • Axes and hatchets to clean up messy limbs
    • A bow rake to collect debris
    • A heavy-duty wheelbarrow to haul away garbage
    • Plastic tarps to transport materials or keep things dry
    • Duct tape to help secure that plastic sheeting¬†
    • Utility knives to slice damaged drywall¬†
    • Safety glasses to shield yourself from flying debris
    • A first-aid kit for any type of small injury

    A few things we’d add to PM’s already thorough list—rope and twine; contractor bags; and framing hammers or sledgehammers.

    There’s a lot you can accomplish without power. As long as you’re prepared with the right gear, you can take care of yourself and be a big help to your neighbors.

    [Popular Mechanics]

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