Tools

bosch-glm50

Do-it-yourselfers who love checking out new tools are going to want to get their hands on the GLM 50 C measuring tool from Bosch. Not only does this modern day "tape measure" use lasers for precise measuring , but it also features a large easy to read full color backlit display with large numbers, and [...]

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northstar-leather-apron-4

An apron?  What?  Yes.  If you've ever undertaken a household repair project by yourself, you immediately discover that we humans are cursed with only two hands and not enough pockets.  This may be the next best thing. I just moved into a "new" home originally built in the 1930's.  Can you say "Honey-Do List?"  However, [...]

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fluke linksprinter300-02

When it comes to home networks, I always prefer a wired internet connection over WiFi.  When you've got a bunch of unmarked cables hidden behind the walls, you need all the help you can get.  I'm not an IT professional, but I thought I'd add the Fluke Networks LinkSprinter to my "bag of tricks" when [...]

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I once worked with a man who would build up such a static charge that dot-matrix printers would actually start ejecting paper as he walked by.  I don't know if anything could make him less lethal to delicate electronic equipment, but this Anti-Static Hand Lotion from Rainbow Technology might work to protect your devices.  Rainbow [...]

Posted in: Gear, Miscellaneous, News
hang-o-matic-2

Yes, the name sounds like something you'd see being sold on TV in the middle of the night, but the Hang-O-Matic looks like a useful tool if you have a lot of pictures or artwork to hang.  It has a built-in metal tape that measures up to 6 feet, and there's a sliding bubble level [...]

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mobo-pocket-air-pump-2

You'll never be stranded with a flat tire on your bicycle or have to cancel the basketball game due to an under-inflated ball again!  The Mobo Pocket Air Pump is about small enough to hide in your closed fist and weighs only 2 ounces.  The sleek aluminum design is sturdy enough to allow a maximum [...]

Posted in: Health, Fitness, Sports, News, Pocket Gear
coolbox-coolbox-1

I frequently find myself working around my house, trying to do an adequate impersonation of a handyman. I firmly believe for every job there is the right tool, but recently I discovered a tool that may be right for every job. The Coolbox is a toolbox for the modern handyman. It features two built-in marine [...]

Posted in: Bags, News, Outdoor Gear
soto-pocket-torch

With the Soto PT-14SB Pocket Torch, you can transform a standard disposable lighter into a strong, wind-resistant burner with electronic ignition.  With the Soto enclosure, a lighter can produce a flame that reaches temperatures up to 2300oF (about 1300°C).  You'll be able to light stoves and lamps, solder metal, and melt snow with the torch.  Soto [...]

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etape16

We've just started planning for a small kitchen update.  We're replacing the countertop, replacing the flooring, and modifying a cabinet to replace the existing cooktop and wall oven with a slide-in range.  We've been taking lots of measurements, and it's a pain to take a measurement and stop to write each down so we don't forget. [...]

Posted in: Gear, Home and Kitchen, News
sun-joe-multi-angle-pole-chainsaw

Whether you're cleaning out broken branches from the recent winter storms or planning to clean up and shape some trees this spring, the Sun Joe Electric Multi-Angle Telescopic Pole Chain Saw might help you with your work.  This Sun Joe saw has a 6.5A motor that can power through up to 7.5" diameter branches (depending on type of [...]

Posted in: Home and Kitchen, News
great-stuff-roboreel-air-01

Julie asked if I would like to review the RoboReel Air from Great Stuff. Since Annette had been after me to install updated base trim and casing in our kitchen, this seemed like a great opportunity -- both for me and for Annette. I would get to try out a cool new gadget for my [...]

Posted in: Home and Kitchen, Reviews
Bondic

Last year Julie was nice enough to send me a packet of Sugru in a care package. While I love the stuff, it is not always suitable for every fix I need. Enter Bondic liquid plastic welder. Bondic is not a glue, instead it is a liquid plastic that you use to bond surfaces together. [...]

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veto-pro-pac-MC-01

I used to carry tools around for a living.  A good tool bag was critical.  I ended up with a variety of boxes with wheels on them just to lug them around town.  I don't do that anymore, but since I rent and don't live in a house, space is at a premium.  Maybe what [...]

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ikea-fixa-tool-kit

Julie's post about the clever but expensive Strelka tool kit yesterday reminded me of my favorite little tool kit.  Although my husband has a nice kit that has more expensive tools than this little kit from Ikea, the Fixa 17-piece tool kit has everything that we need to use for most of the things we do around [...]

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strelka-toolbook

I have a large Craftsman toolbox in my garage that contains all manner of screwdrivers, wrenches, pliers and more. But not everyone has a garage or room for such a collection of tools. The Strelka ToolBook is a toolbox that stores in your home on the book shelf. You might be thinking that you don't [...]

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roboreel-2

Getting power from point A to point B when there's no electrical outlet on one end usually means that you have to employ the aid of an extension cord. I'm sure you probably have at least one orange extension cord in your garage or home. Long extension cords are obviously handy, but uncoiling and coiling [...]

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tec-retreev

The RETREEV Compact Retrieval Tool from TEC Accessories is a tool that any spy, ninja or MacGyver wannabe would love to add to their collection of gear. The RETREEV looks like a small flashlight, but it's actually a grappling hook that will fit in your pocket. It's made of aircraft grade 6061-T6 aluminum with a [...]

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qlipter

Carabiners are handy clips that allow you to attach items together, but the Qlipter goes one step farther by combined a carabiner with a 360º hook. The Qlipter (say it like "clipter") is a multi-purpose tool made of a light weight, durable aircraft grade aluminum alloy. It is available in 5 colors and features a [...]

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loftek_ledworklight-1

I am the quintessential handyman...always building, repairing, and/or tearing out something. I started my first home improvement project nearly 25 years ago. Back in the day, there were limited battery operated tools and work typically involved dragging electrical cords everywhere you went. As battery technology improves and becomes much more cost effective, we find it powering devices/tools [...]

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DualSaw Destroyer CS 650-1

Although I am not a great handyman I get by. I know my circular saws from my reciprocating saws, my regular drill from my hammer drill, my sledge-hammer from my claw hammer. So when new ideas or technology comes on the market and we get a chance to review it I jump at the chance. [...]

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