2016 December 14 Tools
This article is pretty simple: a look at five great gifts for that DIY'er or home handyman in your family.
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One: A Great Pair of Pliers
Two: Awesome Pliers Holder For Your Belt
Three: Keep Your Boots Dry
Four: No Rust Here!
Five: The Most Ingenious Fuel Funnel
These could to be the most underrated, overlooked variety of Channellocks I've seen in a while. Needlenose pliers are one of the two most useful types, far as I'm concerned. They're especially great if you work on electronics, electrical stuff, or machinery.
At the time I write this, the best deal I've seen is here; if that's gone, try this link.
Carry your favorite pliers out on the jobsite, up on a ladder, or just working in the shop... and you don't need to worry about losing them, because the strap holds them in place. For the price of these things, get two or three.
You could probably make room for one of these on a full-fledged tool belt.
I don't know if these are made in USA or not, but nobody else I know of makes one with a retention strap like this.
Pro-Tip: As soon as you get one of these, immediately apply Item #3 in this list. It will greatly prolong their service life. The ones shown above already have it.
Does this stuff darken leather? Yes it does, but I think that looks great on a lot of stuff. Boots and tool belts, especially. There are other leather conditioners that cost more money, but good ol' Sno Seal is still one of the most popular, and for good reason. Helps keep your boots dry in rainy or snowy weather.
Made in USA. Get your Sno Seal through this link. If you're outdoors much, just get the quart size.
Fluid Film is thicker than most of its competitors, yet it gets into iron and steel surfaces like nothing else I have seen. It's perfect for tools or equipment that will be outdoors a lot. Get yours here
And this great funnel is Made in USA.
If you use a lawnmower, snow blower, weed trimmer, chainsaw, generator, car, SUV, or just about anything else that takes fuel, I think you will benefit greatly from one of these.
This funnel could save the day if you ever have to drive some desert highway where the gasoline might be sketchy (i.e., moisture, rust particles, dirt)
Once you try one of these, you probably won't want to be without it! Get one and keep it in your car or SUV toolbox. Get yours here. The AF1CB is good for small engines like push mowers. If you're working with five, six gallons of fuel at a time, get the AF3CB instead.
Well there you have it, my friends: five great tools and shop items in the $25-or-less price range. (As of December 2016.) What's great is that most of these things are Made in USA. And once you try them, I think you will wonder how you ever did without them. To me, those are the best types of inventions!
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