I also found something to help find those clips that fly and screws that screw ya, lol
The magnet that car dealers use to attach license plates to cars. Like the one's they put on cars when you take a test drive.
Also for tools, at Home Depot, Husky has little tool sets that come in case. Red bottom clear lid. There inexpensive. 1 has fine screw driver bits and a handle, one has a stuby rachet screw driver handle with bit's and a small socket set. These all cost me like $10 on sale but I think there like $5 a set. These have covered every screw and most nuts I have come across.
Note books are great to keep with the schmatic's. There was a suggestion of downloading each schmatic which is a great idea. Something to add, you can find a very cheap older laptop to keep at your repair station. No need for any special software. Just connected it to the internet one time and download all the schmatic's you need. Then disconnect it. This way your not using the computer your kids or wife is using. Your own personal data base of reels.
Then you will also always have NOTE PAD to take notes. I hate when I can't find a pen, lol
You can also find a cheap camera and take pictures as you clean/repair. Walmart sells a USB SD card reader for like $10. Load the pictures onto your computer and enlarge the pictures so you could really see all the small parts.
Hope some of these tips help.
If you need any help with what can be remove from a computer to keep it minimum post back or shoot me an IM.
Okuma Variable Oscillation systems on their spinning reels are very hard to work with because of an oblong oscillation drive gear. The main gear has a notch that lines up with the lowest part of the oscillation gear. Very difficult to do. Leave in while working on them. Oblong gears are sucky.
Shimano Reel Wrenches fit Daiwa reels.
Big clear tackle trays are very nice for working on reels. I put them in the slots in order of removal.
Original Super Stopper II Spinning Reel anti reverses can almost always be fixed by cleaning them. Especially on old Stradics. I run them dry, or as near dry as possible.
If a spinning reel has trouble reeling at the bottom end of the line wrapping there is almost always line wrapped inside the spool. Easy 1 minute fix.
Simple things that are good to know.
You can email the cellphone pictures to yourself, so you can have them saved onto your computer.
cellphone pics as already noted, for each step.
I have a set of Winchester gunsmith screwdrivers, also work well on reels.
work a lot on ancient gunked-up fly reels off the giant online flea market. For these, soak the parts in a small plastic tub with Finish Line Citrus Bicycle degreaser, seems to be a bit more effective and smells better than Simple Green or Purple. Scrub with toothbrush, rinse, lay out on newspaper, dry with paper towel, then use a hairdryer to warm everything up and make sure there isn't any residual moisture lurking.
most recently worked on a Heddon 320 fly reel. These have a teeny tiny little elbow spring in the latch cover, to latch the spool to the center pin. I forgot to get it out of the degreaser rinse tub.. took the tub to the utility sink, emptied, rinsed vigorously. Some time after that I looked at the parts and wondered where the spring was.. went back to the sink and it was still lying there, not down the drain. Either I should buy a lottery ticket, since the luck is clearly going my way: or hide in the basement, since I've clearly used up all my luck for the year..