Tools

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 review

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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Posted in: Home, Kitchen, Reviews
pocket-chainsaw-2

You'll be ready to take down a tree at a moment's notice with the Pocket Chainsaw in your gear kit.  The chain has 124 bi-directional teeth, and it's made of high strength, heat-treated steel - specially coated for rust resistance.  It's 28" long, and it comes with hooks and handles; it all stores in a flat tin [...]

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Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear, Pocket Gear
vetopro-mc

Veto Pro Pac, makers of some of the most rugged tool bags in existence, have just added a brand new bag to their line up. It's the Model MC and it claims to live up to the old saying that good things come in small packages. This tool bag has all the features Veto fans have [...]

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Posted in: Bags, News
mudfighter2

The Mudfighter-series is a collection of tools that have been designed to help you remove mud and rocks from the soles / treads of your shoes. They are perfect for cross country runners, hikers, and even people that have dogs ;) I could have used one of these tools several years ago when I had [...]

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Posted in: Health, Fitness, Sports, News, Outdoor Gear
pencilman1

Do it yourselfers, handy men and women and just about anyone who needs to measure and mark something will want to check out the PencilMan tape measure from Smith Works Tools. The PencilMan is a 25 foot metal ruler that features an easy to use thumb activated tape brake lever, a belt clip and best [...]

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Posted in: Do-It-Yourself, How-To, Home, Kitchen, News
readymax

When you're using a pair of pliers in a dimly lit area, a flashlight can be real handy. But holding a flashlight in one hand while using the pliers in the other hand can be both inconvenient and awkward. An alternative could be a hands-free head lamp, but then you still have use two devices instead [...]

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Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News
SOLKOA-survival-kit

This survival kit is expensive, but it has 25 life-saving items inside a box that you can even use to cook in.  The SOLKOA Survival Kit for Best Made is stored in an 18.75-cubic inch box machined from a single block of aircraft grade 6061 aluminum.  The box can be used for cooking or for boiling drinking water. [...]

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Posted in: Gear, News, Outdoor Gear
optech-anti-static-mat-2

Where do you work when you are working with expensive computer or camera equipment or musical instruments?  When my husband is changing the strings on one of his guitars, he tries to avoid scratches by spreading out a towel on the dining table.  When he works on a computer, he just takes his chances working at [...]

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Posted in: Gear, News
linksprinter

If you're a geek or nerd worth the salt in your bread, you've no doubt heard of Fluke. They make those easily recognizable yellow digital multimeters that I used to see on every workbench when I worked at Cummins Electronics back in the day. Their newest tool is a small network tester called the LinkSprinter 200. [...]

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Posted in: Gear, News
screw-grabber

Some of these handy-looking Screw Grabbers would have saved a lot of swearing around these parts recently while we were assembling a butcher block cart and wire basket drawer sets for the closets.  This Kickstarter project is seeking funding for a Screw Grabbers, which are "transparent rubber sleeves that slide onto screwdrivers to hold a [...]

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Posted in: Do-It-Yourself, How-To, News
illuminated-wrench-set

Here's something you don't see everyday - and you apparently won't see much longer.  Hammacher Schlemmer has a set of Rechargeable Illuminating Wrenches that have built-in LEDs that light up that dark area you need to work on under the car hood or under the sink.  The lights are recessed in the cradle of the wrench, [...]

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Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News
thinkgeek-digital-protractor

I'm sure this Digital Protractor would have been frowned on in my math classes, but it could certainly make your adult life easier.  Whether you're drawing a plan or marking the cut you're about to make for a home improvement project, this product from ThinkGeek could make sure you get it right the first time. [...]

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Posted in: Gear, News
StatGear T3 Tactical Triage & Auto Rescue Tool-1

Having previously been in the public safety field for a number of years, I have come to realize how important a good knife can be when you are on the job. The problem with most knives is that they have a single functional; they are designed to cut. Yes, I have seen knives that have [...]

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Posted in: Gear, Outdoor Gear, Pocket Gear, Reviews
Dremel-4200-1

I've always heard great things about the Dremel line of tools.  They are known for their good build quality, and can be used for  cutting, grinding, sanding, shaping, and etching various materials.  I recently had the opportunity to review the Dremel 4200 High-Performance Rotary Tool with EZ Change, so let's take a look at what is [...]

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Posted in: Do-It-Yourself, How-To, Reviews
weller-sp25nus-01

  Like many hobbyists, I rely on a good soldering iron.  I've been soldering since the 3rd grade, and I've had quite a few soldering irons over the years.  I'm currently using a Weller soldering station that I've had over 20 years (still going strong), so when I had a chance to try a new Weller [...]

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Posted in: Do-It-Yourself, How-To, Reviews
craftsman-bottlecap

You'll be able to remove bottle caps with ease when you own the Sears Craftsman Bottle Cap Wrench Bottle Opener. This specialized wrench has the same look, quality and durability as your favorite Craftsman tools with the Craftsman name. It's made in the USA and is priced at $14.99.

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Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News
kaufmannmercantile_edckit_01

What do you EDC?  EDC stands for everyday carry, and it consists of the items that you carry on your person every day, the things you can't live without (or at least think you can't).  Many people do this without even consciously thinking about it, and most who do include at least one tool in [...]

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Posted in: Pocket Gear, Reviews
pocket-monkey

PocketMonkey from Zootility Tools is a multi-tool that stores in your wallet. It's made of 1 mm thick stainless steel, weighs an ounce and fits in a standard sized credit card slot in your wallet. PocketMonkey features 12 tools including: a smartphone stand, bottle opener, flat screwdriver, micro screwdriver, Phillips screwdriver, door latch slip, letter [...]

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Posted in: News, Pocket Gear, Wallets
black and decker gyro_01

We all love power tools, but let's be realistic:  Unless your tools are part of your job or you're a serious handyperson, most power tools are overkill.  Yes, I've been guilty of using a $400 cordless uber-drill to tighten a cabinet hinge.  But what's this odd-ball, palm-sized thing?  A Gyro?  Isn't that meat eaten inside [...]

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Posted in: Do-It-Yourself, How-To, Home, Kitchen, Reviews