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A heavy duty utility knife so you can ~cut it out~ with using your house keys as a boxcutter.
Promising review: “This is easy to use and makes opening shipments and breaking down boxes a breeze!” — Beth Silhasek
A drain snake sure to make you feel like a wizard when you decide to have it ~slytherin~ your drain and pull out something from the dark arts.
Promising review: “The plunger would solve the problem for one or two days max, then it would be back to standing water. Nothing was fixing our bathroom drain issues in the sink AND the tub. The tub was getting so bad that it was dangerous to stand in the shower, because the gross scum buildup made the tub so slippery. Then I ordered this. I was convinced we were going to have to hire a plumber to rip out the whole bathroom to find the problem. We dealt with these horrible drain issues for months. I could not believe – it didn’t get stuck and all the disgusting gross crap that came out of the sink drain! I should have been wearing a rain suit with a scuba mask and I definitely should have moved our toothbrushes away from the splatter I wasn’t expecting. I repeated this process in the bathtub drain, using the same FlexiSnake. I could not believe what and how much came out. I sent photos to my roommates so they would think I was a genius who spent hours fixing this problem and they’d be grateful and buy me dinner. But, honestly, it took about five minutes (shh).” — ExPatInAsia
A steel frame three-step ladder that’s gonna be a true ~step up~ from the jumps you’ve been attempting when trying to reach your top cabinets.
They were good exercise, though!
Promising review: “This is perfect for reaching storage that’s hard to get at. I needed another one for the office. The one I’ve had at home has lasted over 15 years. It’s very stable, with a good step size, and it’s easy to open and fold. It has lots of paint and scuffs, but still works like new. It’s basically a perfectly designed product, with no design changes needed for decades. I would buy it again if ever needed.” — Office Supplies
Promising review: “Ok, if you need a stud finder don’t go spend $15–20 on one. Order this magnetic one. I bought a $20 stud finder that required batteries and ended up throwing it away because it wouldn’t work and ordered this one instead. I didn’t have high hopes since this magnetic one was so cheap but it’s PERFECT if you are an amateur and not using it every day. I just moved and have been hanging a lot of things in my new place and this is perfect for finding studs. it’s tiny and sticks to the studs perfectly. I can’t say enough good things about this stud finder and I love that I will NEVER have to replace its batteries!” — Amanda
A deliciously organized 39-piece toolkit any A-type folks are gonna go gaga over.
Everything. Has. A. Place.
Promising review: “I bought these for my granddaughter to keep in her first apartment. It’s done every job she’s had, whether hanging pictures or repairing fireplace screens or installing light plates. Everything necessary is there.” — J. Allen
Price: $16.99+ (available in two colors)
A small claw hammer that’ll give you a perfect grip – helping you ~nail~ your next project.
Promising review: “I know…it’s ‘just’ a hammer, so why the big deal with a 5-star review. It’s because none of the box stores carry a small, but normal hammer you can use in tight places, or for that one job that requires a delicate touch that only a short-handled hammer can provide. The grip on this hammer is absolutely perfect. It feels sturdy, doesn’t feel like it will slip, and at the same time is very comfortable. If I could give this hammer more than five stars, I would.” — larrymcj
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A heavy duty tape measure you’re sure to love beyond, well, measure.
Promising review: “ This measuring tape is made by God himself. It fell from heaven right into my hands. The bottom side gives you an illustration of the fractions, which makes it easier to measure – no more guessing. The tape by itself is very stiff and holds up without bending down. The end tip with the magnets adjust well to push against or pull on measurements. This is very well made and I think you won’t find a better one.” – Jomont
A cordless electric screwdriver that’s gonna make home projects so much easier. Why? Because “It’s electric!”
“Boogie woogie, woogie!”
Promising review: “ Of all of the cordless screwdrivers I have used, this is by far the very best. The size and ergonomics make it fit very comfortable in your hand. No triggers to worry about, just press and off you go. One of the best features is the adjustable torque setting – not too loose and not too tight. Just set it for perfect results. It uses a micro usb cord for charging so you can use your phone charger or even your computer to charge it; but that won’t be too often because it runs forever on a charge.” — 2250
A torque wrench you can (and should!) keep in the back of your car when your poor little sedan is ~tired~ of driving…with four tires.
Promising review: “This is a fabulous tool. I don’t know how they built such a quality tool that you can actually read the numbers on it and not charge more money for it. They figured out how to paint the graduations on the tool, so you don’t have to turn at different angles and hold up to the light to accurately read the setting. I would have paid more. Well done.” — J. Mc
A folding saw so that even when projects feel like a house of cards, you won’t have to ~fold~.
Promising review: “I have I taken this saw on over 50 hiking and camping trips and it has held up like no other. It’s still razor sharp and flies through wood! I’ve cut down small trees with this thing one handed. It’s great to use – it does not leave my side on any hiking or camping trip.” — HouserOutdoors
A hex key wrench set – I bet you never thought a set of tools could be the ~key~ to your heart, but when you have the exact size you need in every single situation…you’ll understand. This is real love.
Promising review: “There are lots of pieces here, hopefully more than you’ll ever need. I really like the set. I almost just bought some small pieces or small piece sets instead of this, but for a little more this was worth the price difference.” — Paowulf
A multitool key you can leave on your keychain to unlock some brilliantly useful tools all at once.
This can be used as a bottle opener, screwdriver, and wrench.
Promising review: “This is exactly what I’ve been looking for! It’s a nice solid bottle opener that I can put on my keychain to travel with. I tested it out immediately with a pop-top bottle and it worked with very little effort on the first try. The box cutter corner on the end of the key is a little sharp but I don’t feel it poke me when it’s in my pocket.’ — JDwashere
A gutter grabber sure to make finishing this frustrating chore less of a stretch.
Don’t forget to grab the
extension pole while you’re shopping!
Promising review: “This is a wonderful contraption. I have cleaned out our gutters for years using a ladder with no issues, but recently I have developed vertigo and can no longer safely use the ladder for that high of a distance. I am so thankful I found this. It takes a little maneuvering and you need a little upper body strength, but this works great. You have to buy the pole too, but it’s a great extension pole. I’m sure I will use it for many other tasks around the house. Honestly though, after you get this and the pole, you still haven’t spent as much as it costs to have the gutters cleaned professionally once. It seems to be very durable and I expect to use it for years. Also, I am a 45 year old woman with a bad back and I did it by myself if that helps.” — dolly
A torpedo level that’s gonna be a straight shot to level-keeping success.
Promising review: “This is a solid good little LED level that comes in handy. The battery seems to last a while and the LEDs are bright. Worth the money.” — Billy
A fire extinguisher – this hot house accessory is here to keep you cool, calm, and collected if your indoor BBQ doesn’t go exactly as planned.
Promising review: “I feel safe having this professional fire extinguisher. I almost bought the cheaper alternative spray can extinguishers, until I read the Consumer Reports warnings about that category. They recommend sticking with pro dry powder extinguishers like this one.” — Greg
An 11-in-1 multitool – an excellent go-to choice for people living in small spaces who don’t have room for an entire tool box just yet.
This is an integrated screwdriver and nut driver with a shaft (lol) that holds eight common tips (hehehe) and converts to three nut (okay, excessive) driver sizes. It includes industrial strength heat treated bits: 3/8-Inch, 5/16-Inch and 1/4-Inch nut drivers, #1 and #2 Phillips, 1/4-Inch and 3/16-Inch slotted, T10 and T15 TORX, and #1 and #2 square recess.
Promising review: “This has my seal of approval. It’s a multi-tool designed to keep you from carrying a lot of tools all the time. I use my tools and I don’t baby them. I have never broken the rubber grip off this handle. I have bought other drivers and they don’t hold up as well as this does.’ — Super Save
A drip-free caulking gun so satisfying to use you’re gonna spend the weekends walking around your house just looking for a nook or cranny with a gap to be filled.
Promising review: “I never thought I would be writing a five-star review for a caulking gun, but here it is. I have done caulking for years. But I always bought the cheapo big box caulking guns, thinking there couldn’t be much difference. Well, all our windows needed recaulking and this popped up as an ‘add on’ item. Mainly I wanted the ‘C’ shaped handle that allows the gun to hang on a ladder while using. This product is so much more! It has padded handles and it does not require a great deal of hand strength to operate, which is another plus. Best of all, it is a non-ratcheting type of pushing mechanism – no more caulk pulsing out at the tip, even after you pull the handle back. The caulk stops flowing when you let go, but still flows perfectly while you are pushing the handle. Anyhow, this is well worth the few extra dollars it cost over the cheapo types I bought for years. I would absolutely buy this again!” — Deb D
A pair of paint scrapers that’ll help prep your walls without leaving a chip (of paint) on your shoulder, or on the walls.
Promising review: “These are really solid tools – I used them to remove the sealant on our camper (it’s far, far more work than removing silicone sealant) and they performed admirably. The point is quite sharp and gets into small corners very well without concern of bending. The main blade is single beveled, meaning that one side is flat and the other is beveled, so it is easy to slide it along a flat surface without risk of gouging the surface. I put considerable pressure on the tool at times and it never bent. If I lost these I would replace them in an instant (I doubt that they can be worn out).” — R. Ellis
A roll of self-fusing silicone tape – a temporary solution for rescuing your pipes when they get totally over dramatic and start turning on the waterworks.
Promising review: “This thing is amazing. So basically, the pipe under our bathroom sink just broke clean off. It’s as if someone took the metal pipe and just cut it straight through. The only way to fix would be to replace or weld. I used this with welding putty. It’s been a month now and I’ve had hot and cold water running numerous times and have not a drop from the pipe!” — Elvisa M.
A mini shop vac that switches from dry to wet mode with a quick filter swap. This thing is totally gonna ~suck~.
This holds two and a half gallons (with auto-shutoff if it gets too full), has a two horsepower motor, six-foot hose, and a ten-foot cord. It comes with a utility nozzle, crevice tool, car nozzle, blower brush (in case you ever need to blow leaves or sawdust away), and a detail brush.
Promising review: “Holy Cow! What a little suction machine! This little sucker is powerful! I purchased it to keep all the sawdust from getting all over the house (I don’t have a workshop or room, just a work corner). My little house vacuum hose barely sucks anything up, but I seriously don’t have the space for a large shop vac, so the compact size of this is so great. And it performs as strongly as the large sizes. I was expecting less but got more! ALSO after I posted this I was using a hose to wash down the patio when I heard something running behind me. Turn around and the whole dining area is flooded from a leak in the hose!!! So I promptly turned off the water, changed the filter from the cloth to the water filter and tested this little vac’s wet suction. SUPER HAPPY! It worked like a dream. From a huge spreading puddle to dry floors in minutes! ” — Olly2014
A bike multitool that’s lightweight and comes in a pack you can attach to your bike. Use this and you can feel safe and secure, even when your bike takes you on the road less traveled.
Promising review: “This is a great lightweight tool with all the tools needed during a day ride. It is fantastic and low profile in the bag and the leather case keeps a tube from getting poked. This is a great value.” — Cruising
A light changing kit that’s gonna be a bright idea, literally, if you have high ceilings you could never reach on your own.
Promising review: “I have a high ceiling in my kitchen with recessed lights. I am handicapped, so a ladder of any sort is out of the question. I was able to replace all seven lights with not too much difficulty directly from my wheelchair!! What a great invention.” — Bob Madore
A pair of groove lock pliers sure to help you get a grip on your next project.
Promising review: “These are simply plier perfection!! They provide unparalleled gripping that is otherwise only seen with a pipe wrench. These are much more handy, and much more versatile! I always appreciate when engineers get it right!” — Pitty
A pair of needle nose pliers that’ll always be useful in a pinch.
Promising review: “I bought these so my wife could bend hairpins into lockpicks and eventually join the thieves guild. She mainly uses them to make jewelry.” — The Ever Guest
A pack of bungee cords to help keep even oddly shaped things organized and together…keeping your nerves together at the same time.
Promising review: “This is the best assortment of bungee cords. It includes more of the bungees you use and leaves out those mini ones that no one ever uses. I was also impressed with the packaging and quality of these cords. They have been absolutely awesome. They get used pretty much everyday with tarps and my trailer hauling yard debris, wood logs, and everything you can think of. I am very impressed and would recommend these to anyone who needs good quality bungee cords. If you are looking for a set of bungee cords that leaves out all the useless cords but replaces them with more of what you need then buy this. Heck, buy more than one set.” — Nay Nay
Price: $19.99 (for 26)
An LED pen flashlight that’ll be great to have on hand (or more specifically, in your pocket) when you’re working in tiny areas and need as much light as possible.
Promising review: “This flashlight has a good build quality and weight to it. You can clip it to your pocket and barely notice it. The difference from medium to high doesn’t seem to be too drastic, and it’s quite bright in both modes considering it’s size.” — Shazbot
Promising review: “People who know me would describe me as a grumpy old man who doesn’t like anything. For the most part they’re correct. So at the risk of ruining my reputation I have to say, this stuff is absolutely awesome! Especially when time is a constraint and the object isn’t highly detailed. It sets up in the time advertised, unlike several other products I’ve used that tend to underestimate this number. The project I used this on did not have any detail, in fact it was smooth. It performed like a champ.” — William J.
A hot glue gun – you’re sure to be ~glued~ to this thing from the first moment you start crafting away.
Promising review: “As the owner of a craft business, I need tools that get the job done. I love this glue gun and wish I hadn’t waited so long to order it. No drips, it stands upright, and I especially like that the nozzle won’t burn my fingers! It makes short work of projects.” — Amazon Customer
Price: $19.97 (available in two colors)
And finally, a ceramic box cutter that’ll give your toolbox some serious ~curve~ appeal.
Promising review: “I have had this box cutter now for several years and love it! I order lots online and have a lot of stuff in storage so I open a lot of boxes frequently. My cutter opens boxes just as easily now as it did when I bought it. It doesn’t lose it’s sharpness, and best of all it doesn’t cut skin, so you can’t slip and cut yourself. This design also makes it comfortable to hold, even after opening many boxes. This box cutter got me through two moves in the last four years coming from large homes with many, many boxes. This is safe enough for children to use. I just bought my second one to keep at my storage unit.” — Kim White
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