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Carry a chainsaw in your pocket

on Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

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 tinRead More…

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Veto Pro Pac introduces new smaller sized Model MC tool bag

on Thursday, September 4th, 2014
Posted in: Bags, News

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 haveRead More…

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MudFighter tools declare war on muddy shoes

on Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

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 myRead More…

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Tape measure + pencil = PencilMan

on Monday, August 11th, 2014

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 bestRead More…

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ReadyMax offers hand tools with built-in lights

on Sunday, August 10th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

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 insteadRead More…

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You can even cook in this emergency preparedness kit

on Friday, July 25th, 2014
Posted in: Gear, News, Outdoor Gear

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.Read More…

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Add this protective, anti-static work surface to your tool kit

on Thursday, May 8th, 2014
Posted in: Gear, News

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 atRead More…

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LinkSprinter is Fluke’s latest network testing tool that sends results to the cloud

on Friday, March 14th, 2014
Posted in: Gear, News

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.Read More…

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You’ll no longer need a third hand to keep hold of that &*%(^ screw

on Friday, February 28th, 2014

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 aRead More…

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These wrenches shed light on your target

on Tuesday, January 28th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

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,Read More…

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Measure that angle right the first time

on Tuesday, October 15th, 2013
Posted in: Gear, News

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.Read More…

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StatGear T3 Tactical Auto Rescue Tool review

on Sunday, September 8th, 2013

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 haveRead More…

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Dremel 4200 Rotary Tool review

on Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

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 isRead More…

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Weller SP25NUS LED-lit Soldering Iron review

on Saturday, May 18th, 2013

  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 WellerRead More…

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Your tool collection isn’t complete without the Craftsman Bottle Cap Wrench Bottle Opener

on Sunday, December 30th, 2012
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

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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Kaufmann Mercantile EDC Kit review

on Monday, December 17th, 2012
Posted in: Pocket Gear, Reviews

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 inRead More…

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PocketMonkey – Wallet multi-tool

on Sunday, December 16th, 2012
Posted in: News, Pocket Gear, Wallets

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, letterRead More…

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Black and Decker 4v MAX Gyro Screwdriver review

on Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

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 insideRead More…

Xuron 496 Split Ring Pliers – Tools you never knew existed

on Sunday, October 14th, 2012
Posted in: Gear, News

Did you know there is a tool designed specifically for opening split rings? You know, the rings you use to hold your keys? I didn’t either till I read about it on one of my favorite sites: EDC Forums. The Xuron 496 Split Ring Plier will save you from pinched finger tips and broken nails.Read More…

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Worx SD Power Screwdriver – I am the Law

on Saturday, September 29th, 2012

One of the biggest pains with using drills and power screwdrivers is having to change bits all the time, however Worx has come up with a neat solution.  The Worx SD Power screwdriver is powered by a 4V Li-Ion battery and comes with a handy LED work light.  It’s big selling point is the sixRead More…

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Handle on Demand (HoD) Review

on Saturday, August 25th, 2012

I am extremely skeptical of the “as seen on TV” items you find in the stores these days. But I was in need of something to help me carry and install many very heavy and awkward sheets of glass. The professionals use specially designed, relatively expensive suction cups to lift glass panels and stone slabs.Read More…

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Black & Decker Laser Level BDL100AV Review

By: Karen Nelson
on Wednesday, March 7th, 2012
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, Reviews

The All-In-One Laser Level (BDL100AV) from Black & Decker makes it easier than ever to hang pictures, paintings, shelves, or mirrors.  It can also be used to space any items evenly apart on a variety of surfaces.  Let’s give it a closer look.

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Dremel Saw-Max (SM20-02) Review

on Sunday, December 18th, 2011
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, Reviews

Along with gadgets and tech-toys, I like nice tools. Over the decades I have done countless home-improvement and construction projects,accumulating many very capable tools along the way. I have definitely learned that the ‘right tool for the job’ can save you huge amounts of time, money, and effort….safer too. Always looking to increase my arsenalRead More…

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Dremel 3000 Rotary Tool Review

By: Mark Adkins
on Sunday, October 9th, 2011

We have reviewed Dremel tools before- the 300 series, the Trio, and a cordless tool, however the company just keeps making a good thing better. The new Dremel 3000 power rotary tool incorporates a lot of smaller changes, and one big one- the nose cap now acts as a wrench for loosening tools.

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Gerber Splice Mini-tool Review

By: Mark Adkins
on Sunday, September 25th, 2011
Posted in: Gear, Outdoor Gear, Reviews

I love multi-tools! They are even my ‘go to’ idea for gifts for most people,. Even the non-‘everyday carry’ types often appreciate a pocketable device that has several handy tools built into it. A work buddy pulled out a Gerber Splice to do a repair the other day and I instantly fell in love withRead More…