Cool DIY Tools

When it comes to making DIY home improve­ment projects easier to handle, these are the cool DIY tools I person­ally recom­mend. Also, if you’re looking for a great gift for your special DIY’er, any one of these will surely do the trick.

I’ve also included some essen­tial Emer­gency tools no one should be without.

DIY Tip: Also check out these great DIY gift ideas for your favorite do-it-yourselfer, and all under $10 bucks!

Cool Do-it-Yourself Home Improve­ment Tools

On Duty 4-in-1 Emer­gency Tool

4-n-1 Emergency Tool

4-n-1 Emer­gency Tool

Although a simple wrench or pliers will turn on or off most water and gas supplies, the 4-in-1 emer­gency water meter and gas meter shut off tool is designed to quickly handle both. This versa­tile tool can also pry open doors and is excel­lent for digging through debris. Also, it won’t rust or spark! For easy access in an emer­gency, buy two and attach one to your water shut off and one to the gas meter. Five year warranty too.

About $9 from Amazon Shop now

Eton Solar­link Self-Powered Emer­gency Radio

Eton FR600R Self-Powered Digital Weather Radio

Eton FR600R Self-Powered Digital Weather Radio

This is the one and only emer­gency radio you’ll ever need. It’s 3 way power (hand crank, solar and recharge­able batteries) won’t let you down. Includes multi band radio (AM/FM, Short­wave, NOAA, and S.A.M.E.), flash­light, USB cell phone and MP3 charging. Always be in touch.

About $76 from Amazon Shop now

LIFESAVER® Bottle 4000

Lifesaver 4000 Filtration Water Bottle

Life­saver 4000 Ultra Filtra­tion Water Bottle

The Life­saver 4000 elim­i­nates bacteria, viruses, para­sites, fungi and all other micro­bi­o­log­ical water­borne pathogens from water without chem­i­cals. It uses easily replace­able filters. Each filter can treat up to 4,000 liters or just over 1,000 gallons of water (that’s enough to supply 2 liters of water every day for 5–1/2 years.

The bottle treats 750 milli­liters of water in just under a minute. That means clean water anytime, anywhere.

About $149 from Amazon Shop now

Craftsman Digital Multi­meter with AC Voltage Detector

Craftsman Digital Multimeter with AC Voltage Detector

Craftsman Digital Multi­meter with AC Voltage Detector

This digital multi­meter is an excel­lent choice because it’s so easy to use. It has an easy to read display, and an AC voltage detector pen for checking voltage with one hand. Make your elec­trical jobs easier and safer with this DIY cool tool.

About $25 from SEARS Shop now

Rockler 50″ All in One Clamp Guide

All in One Clamp

All in One Clamp A-50 50-Inch Grip Clamp Guide with T-track

If you’ve ever needed a large clamp but didn’t want to spend a bundle, then this is the clamp for you. Not only does it func­tion as an easily adjustable clamp, but also as a straight edge, and tool guide. Now cutting sheet goods, like plywood, is a snap. Just measure, set the All in one clamp and run you saw along the guide. It’s as easy as that. The full-color measuring scale with large numbers makes for easy layout and accu­rate cuts. Once you used this DIY cool tool you’ll wonder how you got along without it.

About $45 from Amazon.com Shop now

Irwin 12-Inch Quick-Grip Bar Clamp

Irwin 12-Inch Bar Clamp

Irwin Indus­trial Tools 512QC546DT 12-Inch Quick-Grip Bar Clamp

I’ve had a pair of these clamps for years and never stop finding uses for them. In fact I just bought another 6″ pair just for my compound miter saw. They’re excel­lent for holding the saw in place, or anything else for that matter. They’re an extra pair of hands at your command.

About $30 from Amazon.com Shop now

Stanley FatMax Tele­scopic Plastic Legs Sawhorse

Stanley FatMax Sawhorse

Stanley 11031 FatMax Tele­scopic Plastic Legs Sawhorse

As far as sawhorses go I’ve owned many types. The ones you build with metal brackets, the metal fold up types, and many custom ones I’ve built myself. And they all had two things in common. They were are cumber­some to trans­port and heavy. The Stanley FatMax sawhorses had caught my eye in the home center several times before, mostly because they folded up so neatly, and they were very light weight, but the price always seemed a bit high.

After a while longer I finally got fed up with my old wooden horses and bought a pair of the Stanley’s. Wow, what an excel­lent deci­sion that was. These Stanley sawhorses are really just the best. They fold up to only 2 inches wide, and are very light and easy to trans­port. As well, the indi­vid­u­ally tele­scoping legs make setting up on uneven ground a snap. The legs indi­vid­u­ally adjust about 8 inches each, from about 31 inches to a total height of 39 inches. These Stanley sawhorses are also rated to hold up to 2500 lbs per pair! Geeze, now that’s sturdy.

They also have two 1–1/2 inch wide notches in the top of each horse to accom­mo­date 2x4s to support planks for scaf­folding, or your favorite work surface. I use a 24 x 60 inch oak cabinet door as a portable work surface (also light weight and easy to store). The built-in v-grooves are great for working with pipes and lumber, and the rubber feet prevent sliding on most surfaces. One often over­looked feature are the rubber pads built into the top of each sawhorse. These rubber pads help prevent your work surface or project from sliding on the sawhorses. An excel­lent touch by the designers.

Believe me, these will be the last pair of sawhorse you buy. Well, except if you decide to buy a second pair as I did.

About $62 a pair from Amazon.com Shop now

Makita 3/8 inch Keyless Chuck Conversion

Makita Keyless Chuck

Makita 763198–1 Keyless Chuck Conver­sion Kit

Easily converts an impact driver’s 1/4 inch hex drive to a 3/8 inch keyless 3-jaw chuck to accept round shanked drill bits. It also has an all metal housing for great dura­bility. Give your impact drive the ulti­mate flex­i­bility and convenience.

About $29 from Tools Plus Shop now

Metrinch Socket and Wrench Set

62 Pc Metrinch Socket and Wrench Set

62 Pc Metrinch Combo Spanner Socket & Wrench Set

You’ve prob­ably noticed there are many different sockets and wrenches sets to choose from; 1/4″, 3/8″, 1/2″, stan­dard, and metric sockets. Open end wrenches, box end wrenches, and ratchet type wrenches. Six piece sets to 3000+ piece sets, and the list goes on and on. With so many sets out there, you might ask your­self, “Why so many choices?” The answer is, they sell! Why? Because everyone is always looking for the perfect tool set for their needs.

Believe me, there was a time when I had hundreds of sockets and wrenches, and three tool boxes to store them. Between their cost, the space they took up, the weight to trans­port them, and the time it took to find the right tool… ARGG!! What a hassle.

But I’m happy to say those days are over! The solu­tion is this 62 piece socket and wrench set, by Metrinch. This is the last set you’ll prob­ably ever buy.

Both the sockets and wrenches grip the flat sides of the nuts and bolts instead of the corners. So, no more strip­ping nuts or bolts. Second, since they grip on the flat sides, one socket or wrench fits both stan­dard and metric! Wow, only one set of sockets for any job… unbelievable.

Metrinch Wrench Demo

Wrenches Grip on the Flat Sides

Third, and best of all, they also work on damaged nuts and bolts! I’ve had my set since they first came out and they’re still good as new. They also come with a Life­time Replace­ment Warranty.
Check out this Metrinch video.

This incred­ible 62-piece socket and wrench set does it all, and comes in it’s own custom carrying case.

Metrinch Socket and Wrench Set Case

Metrinch Socket and Wrench Set

Once I tried these sockets and wrenches, I sold my three tool boxes of sockets and wrenches, and made enough money to buy a Metrinch set, and pocket a few bucks. Now that’s a deal! I’ve owned my Metrinch set for about 15 years and they’re still as good as new.

Believe me, you’ll love these tools! Other size sets are also available.

About $219 from Amazon Shop now

Hawkeye 587 5-Gallon Wet/Dry Shop-Vac

Shop-Vac Portable Wet/Dry Vacuum

Shop-Vac 5872500 5-Gallon, 5.5-Peak HP Heavy Duty Portable Wet/Dry Vacuum with Wall Mount Bracket

Now here’s a fantastic portable shop vacuum. This shop vac has all the power and porta­bility you’ll need, as well as a conve­nient wall bracket to store not only the unit, but all the tools too. It comes with a full compli­ment of 1 1/2 inch tools, which includes a 12 foot hose, two exten­sion wands, 12 inch floor nozzle, brush and squeegee inserts, a crevice tool, and claw nozzle. The 5.5 horse­power motor, and two stage filtering system provides you with a system that you can count on. Plus don’t forget the 4 year warranty. Wet or dry you’ll have it all with this fantastic light weight package.

About $105 from Amazon Shop now

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