These tools and gadgets are not those of the too-good-to-be-true variety. They’re totally legit and they just might make your next DIY project a snap. Because they might be flying under the radar for some, we decided to profile them here. In no order of spectacularness they are:
A Compact Laser Measure. Powerlock tape measures are so last century when compared to a compact laser measuring tool. With a Bosch GLM 15 Compact Lasure Measure, 50-Feet model, you get great reviews on Amazon and a great brand to back them up.
Sugru Moldable Glue. Sugru is a moldable glue that, when cured, is waterproof, UV resistant, electrically insulating and dishwasher proof. When you think about it, it’s kind of a miracle product…that’s on my shopping list. It’s available at Amason in an 8 pack that consists of both black & white colors for $22.
The Glue Looper. Speaking of glue, The Glue Looper is a godsend for precision glue application for those tiny places. A micro glue applicator that fits into most hobby knife handles, The Glue Looper “allows you to apply a very thin but sufficient amount of glue to the sides of any objects you’re affixing without using your hands.” That means no mess or waste…or toothpicks. The Glue Looper has been around for awhile, but a new model is on the horizon that will work with medium to high viscosity glue versus the original which works with low viscosity adhesives.
InstaMorph. Instamorph ($10 for 6 oz.) is a moldable plastic that you heat and mold. Perfect for making knobs and dials and such, but it’s also great for creating prototypes and general modeling. Another cool thing about InstaMorph is it’s reusable; just heat it up and start all over again.
Mini Kreg Jig Kit. I happen to have the big brother of the Mini Kreg Jig Kit, so I know how fast this little Kreg MKJKIT Mini Kreg Jig Kit ($19) could make for joinery. Perfect for those constricted places like furniture repair.
A Ratcheting Multi-Bit Screwdriver. The Stanley 69-189 Ratcheting Multi-Bit Screwdriver (approx $13) is a screwdriver with all the coolness of ratcheting. It enables clockwise as well as counter-clockwise motion and comes with 6 chrome vanadium bits that are stored in inside its handle. I need one!
A Continuity Tester. The Klein Tools 69133 Continuity Tester ($11) is an inexpensive little tool that can pay for itself in one use, as you can test for shorts or broken circuits in electrical devices and controls (with the power off, thank you very much). Why recycle those electronics when you can fix them?
A Palm Router. Don’t let the very big and wordy name fool you. The Bosch PR20EVSK Colt Palm Grip 5.5 Amp 1-Horsepower Fixed-Base Variable-Speed Router with Edge Guide ($96) is a pint-sized tool with the heart of a lion. Yes, it can trim laminate, but it can also trim deck planks, do “hinge mortising, edge forming, slot cutting, dovetailing, window cutouts and decorative inlays.” How’s that for a workhorse? Or should I say “work lion”? Grrrr.
Mini Paint Sprayer #1. If you happen to have an air compressor in your possession and a small project that needs painting, a Campbell Hausfeld DH55000AV 8-Ounce Siphon Feed Detail Spray Gun ($30) could be your next best friend.
Mini Paint Sprayer #2. And if you DON’T happen to have an air compressor in your possession, then the Prevail paint sprayer might just be the answer to your prayers ($9). Using a vacuum process, the sprayer draws the paint of your choosing up from the jar below. How cool is that?? I have it on good authority that the Prevail system works really well, but, as with just about all paint sprayers, the viscosity of the paint used is paramount to successful results.