Using a pre-generated character — Maximilian Hirst, parapsychologist — I have a ghost hunting kit consisting of a thermometer, string, screwdriver, and bible. Neither the GM (nor I) could come up with a reason or method of use for the string and screwdriver. Is it a plumb line thing? Some kind of ley line detection?

This pre-generated character is included in Doors to Darkness: Five Scenarios for Beginning Keepers (p. 135). The "gost [sic] hunting kit" is listed under his Equipment as including "talcum powder, thermometer, string, screw driver, Holy Bible".

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    \$\begingroup\$ The mention of thermometer and string make me thing it might be a government standard hunting kit, i.e. the toolset of a metrologist. \$\endgroup\$ – vicky_molokh- unsilence Monica Aug 12 '19 at 15:15
  • \$\begingroup\$ @vicky_molokh If the string is wet, it's raining. If it's dry, it's sunny. if it's waving around, it's windy. if it's burnt to ashes, watch out for lightning. \$\endgroup\$ – Admiral Jota Aug 13 '19 at 15:26
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    \$\begingroup\$ @AdmiralJota That's meteorology, which different too. \$\endgroup\$ – vicky_molokh- unsilence Monica Aug 13 '19 at 15:27
  • \$\begingroup\$ Are you asking for answers based on official material and/or gameplay experience? If you don't limit it in such a way, it seems sort of like idea-generation, where answers are just unsupported speculation; that wouldn't really be a good fit for the RPG.SE format. \$\endgroup\$ – V2Blast Aug 28 '19 at 2:25

Strings can be stretched across openings and secured with tape: any physical object that passes through the opening would pull the string loose.

A bit of string can be wedged into a doorframe: if the door is open, the string falls to the ground.

Screwdrivers are useful for tightening things, loosening things, prying things, and probing things. You could also use it to affix a screw on either side of an opening as anchor points for your string.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Welcome to RPG.SE! Take the tour if you haven't already, and check out the help center for more guidance. Can you support your answer by citing evidence or gameplay experience? \$\endgroup\$ – V2Blast Aug 28 '19 at 2:24

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