Tools

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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. [...]

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Worx SD Screwdriver

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 six [...]

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fastcap_hod-1

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. [...]

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IMG_7263

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. To use the Black & Decker All-In-One Laser Level, attach it to [...]

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Dremel Saw-Max (SM20-02) Review

dremel_sawmax-box

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 arsenal [...]

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Dremel 3000 1

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. The new [...]

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Gerber Splice Mini-tool Review

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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 with [...]

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