Must Haves – July 2006

When your spot gets the skatestopper lemon, bring out the skate-mission arsenal and make one badass glass of lemonade. Here’s what we found in the back of Jason Hernandez’s (codirector of the TransWorld videos) truck.

DeWalt Sawzall

Also known as a reciprocating saw, this M-16 of hand tools has a metal blade moving at 2,000 strokes per minute, giving you the power to slice and dice through aluminum, iron, steel, wood, or anything else that may get in your way (this includes body limbs, so be careful).

Best Use: Turn those knobs into stubs or take the sex drive outta that kinky rail.

Estimated Cost: $200

Honda EB3000 Generator and Plastic Gas Can

You fill it with gas and start it up like an old-school lawn mower, but when this puppy starts purrin’, you’re guaranteed electricity at the most remote skate spots. It’s loud and a bit heavy-about 65 pounds-but has a number of electrical outlets and is essential when skating until the wee hours of the morning.

Best Use: After dark at a spot where you can be as loud as you want. Get a five-gallon gas can and freely feed the generator’s hungry appetite.

Estimated Cost: $1,525

Alien Workshop Curb Wax

If we have to explain this one to you, you’re either 1) an idiot, or 2) don’t skate. Regardless of where you fit in, this can make your session a lot less stressful when your tailslides just keep stickin’.

Best Use: After it rains or on a virgin ledge-that’s when they’re the hardest to slide.

Estimated Cost: $5

Plywood and Metal Sign

When the landing to your perfect spot leads right into the grass or there’s a curb blocking your run-up, these two easy-to-come-by skate-spot assisters roll out the red carpet of success.

Best Use: Make a mellow no-ollie-needed ramp up a curb. Lay down the metal sign at the start of the ramp to ease out the transition.

Estimated Cost: Easier to “find” than to buy.

Push Broom

When the dirt starts creepin’, pull out this two-foot-wide bundle of bristles and start parting the brown sea-your bearings will thank you.

Best Use: Putting dust, dirt, mud, and even water in its place and out of your way.

Estimated Cost: $15

Crack Filler, Bondo Body Filler, and Spackle

Slap a little of this adhesive into any opening in the cement, scrape out the surface with the spackle, and in minutes say cheerio to that crack o’ frustration.

Best Use: The crack your wheels sink into right before you ollie-without Bondo or Crack Filler, it’ll drive you crazy.

Estimated Cost: $15

Gaffer’s Tape

It has the strength and durability of duct tape, but it’s easy to rip and doesn’t leave behind a sticky adhesive residue.

Best Use: Stick over a crack and you’ve got an instant, but less effective, Bondo replacement. Use it to hold down that metal sign for your plywood ramp up the curb.

Estimated Cost: $8 per roll

Crowbar And Shovel

With one a burglar’s tool of choice and another from a gardener gone mad, just imagine the damage these two could do to any spot made unskateable.

Best Use: Use the crow hook to pry and pop off the skatestopper.

Cost: $10 each

Baseball Bat and Sabre Pepper Spray

Protection-need we say more?

Best Use: Beating down crackheads and gangsters who think they’ve found an easy target.

Estimated Cost: $25 (bat), $13 (pepper spray)

Tools Galore

Whether it’s a 50-plus-piece kit, skate tool, or pocketknife, make sure you have one (or a combination of the three) for any skate mission. It’s a tough world out there and you never know what you’re bound to encounter.

Best Use: From your trucks to the bolt drilled into the rail, the more wrench sizes you have, the better.

Estimated Cost: $50 (kit), $7 (pocket knife), see p.96 for skate-tool prices.

Flood Lights

On the fourth day, God created the sun-actually he just stuck these ultra bulbs into the sky. When the sun sets and you still haven’t landed your trick, pull these out, stick ’em on the tripod, and get your skate on until the sun comes up again.

Best Use: Plug them into the generator or find a nearby outlet and get an electricity freebie.

Estimate Cost: $100

Rust-Oleum

Preserve that fresh grind by keeping the rust off that rail or metal edge no matter how many times it rains. So if you’re skating Portland, this one’s for you.

Best Use: Even if you’re livin’ in it-only-rains-once-a-year Arizona, this spray-on will save the rail that gets splattered by a nearby sprinkler.

Estimated Cost: $5

Must Haves

From tightening a bolt to crackin’ open a cold one, these tools should be kept in your pants’ pocket at all times.

1. Ruckus

$10

1/2″, 9/16″, and 3/8″ wrenches; hardware Allen wrench; and Phillips screwdriver.

Everything folds into one piece.

ruckusmetal.com

2. Shorty’s

$10

1/2″, 9/16″, and 3/8″ wrenches; hardware Allen wrench; and Phillips screwdriver.

shortysinc.com

3. Phantom Mini-Tool

$9

1/2″, 9/16″, and 3/8″ wrenches; kingpin Allen wrench; and Phillips screwdriver.

Comes with a small black storage case.

phantomtrucks.com

4. Phantom Unit

$9

1/2″, 9/16″, and 3/8″ wrenches; hardware Allen wrench; and Phillips screwdriver.

phantomtrucks.com

5. Pig Wheels

$9

1/2″, 9/16″, and 3/8″ wrenches; hardware Allen wrench; Phillips screwdriver; and bottle opener.

pigwheels.com

6. Spitfire Diablo

$7

1/2″, 9/16″, and 3/8″ wrenches; file; and bottle opener.

spitfirewheels.com

7. Project Hardware

$14

1/2″, 9/16″, and 3/8″ wrenches; hardware Allen wrench; and Phillips screwdriver.

Everything folds into one piece.

projecthardware.com

8. Force

$10

1/2″, 9/16″, and 3/8″ wrenches and Phillips screwdriver.

Fits into your jeans’ fifth pocket.

forceskatetool.com

9. Grind King

$10

1/2″ and 3/8″ wrenches; hardware and kingpin Allen wrench; and bearing pusher.

grindking.com

10. Dakine Cool Tool

$10

Ratchet Phillips screwdriver and hardware Allen wrench.

Only tool that has a ratchet screwdriver.

dakine.com

11. Independent

$20

1/2″, 9/16″, and 3/8″ wrenches and bottle opener.

Also a protective case for your lighter.

independenttrucks.com

12. Element Survival Tool

$11

1/2″, 9/16″, and 3/8″ wrenches; Phillips screwdriver; and hardware and kingpin Allen wrench.

elementskateboards.com

13. Foundation Pop Tool

$5

1/2″, 9/16″, and 3/8″ wrenches and bottle opener.

foskco.com

14. Fix Stix

$7

1/2″, 9/16″, and 3/8″ wrenches and bearing pusher.