5 Random Tools We Like

Posted by Ben Thompson on 09.4.11

These are five, universal tools that everyone can use.  Enjoy chores made easy!

1) Autobit screwdriver from Woodcraft in Kentwood or online.

2) LED Flashlights - buy yourself a 3 pack and stash them around the house.  One place I keep one is in my dresser, another is the junk drawer in the kitchen.  Another clever spot to stash one is at the electrical box.  When the lights go out, I know where to find one. Here is an example from Amazon.

3) Folding Ladder - Little Giant or I bought a simple Werner version at Menards for $89.  Here it is on Amazon.

Bernzomatic 19170 TX405 Spark Lighter and Flints

4) Basic blow torch - My primary purpose for this is as fire starter.  Pistol grip is easiest ($25ish) or the old school valve that you'll use a flint sparker to start is the manliest for $8ish.  You can buy the propane canisters at any hardware store.

Ames True Temper Clog-Free Poly Leaf Rake With 48-Inch Cushion Grip Wood Handle 1906500

5) No clog rakes by True Temper - cushy handle prevents blisters and tine design saves the hassle of releasing leave clumps from the tines. Buy on Amazon or at a local hardware store.

Bonus Tool: Log Tote

Uniflame Heavy Weight Canvas Log Tote with Closed Ends

A log carrier allows you to carry more, stay clean yourself, and not have to sweep your floors after you bring logs in the house to start a fire.  Inexpensive + Smart = Cool. You can buy it on Amazon.

Fun note: This content was shared on the final LIVE episode of the Thompson Remodeling Home Improvement Show on Newsradio WOOD 1300 & 106.9  on 9/3/11 www.woodradio.com


Topics: On the Radio, Love Where You Live, amazon, autobit screwdriver, home maintenance, true temper, werner ladders, ace hardware, benzomatic