Whenever you’re gift-shopping for the do-it-yourselfer this holiday period – whether a knowledgeable professional, or somebody learning to be handy around your house – tools are always welcome presents. Functional, yet fun, there are a number of tools every man or woman should have in their toolbox to make home improvement or hobby projects successful. Plus, there are some sizzling products that every handyman is lusting over this year.
“My No. 1 word of advice before starting any project is to be sure to have the proper tools,” says Brian Benes, Dremel product manager. “You’ll get better results and the project will be much more enjoyable. You never know when a project could pop up, so a well-stocked toolbox is a tremendous asset.”
Visit your neighborhood home depot or home improvement center to scoop up these holiday must-haves:
* A basic hammer and a set of screwdrivers in numerous sizes. From hanging pictures, to repairing a loose table leg, these power tools will always be in demand. Be certain to incorporate an assortment of nails and screws to complete the package.
* Various sizes and kinds of clamps. You cant ever find enough uses for them, and frequently need to use multiple clamps at the same time.
* An oscillating tool designed for DIY use. Oscillating tools are hot this holiday period and a great asset for repair, remodel and restoration jobs. From making cuts in difficult places to removing bathroom grout or bathtub caulking, they are an extremely versatile and convenient tool to have on hand. Choose one that offers a high level of overall performance without the professional price tag, such as the Dremel Multi-Max – either corded or battery powered.
* A compact, battery powered drill. A handy tool for driving screws or turning holes – 14V or 18V is ideal for the typical home owner.
* A pair of lineman’s pliers. Furnished with a gripping joint, cutting edge and insulated handle grips, you can use them for gripping small objects or to cut and bend wire and cable. They come in really handy for working with electric cables, as the insulated handles lessen the risk of shock.
* A torpedo level. An essential tool if you don’t want your new books falling off your new bookshelf. Torpedo levels often contain more than one liquid vial for reading more than one angle at a given time.
* A set of pencils. While it sounds mundane, pencils come in handy for just about every project, be they cutting a straight line, tracing a circle, or marking where a nail will be positioned into a wall. Pencils make a great stocking-stuffer, and can even be customized with the recipient’s name.
* A rotary tool. Rotary tool recipients will continue to be impressed by the amount of tasks this compact, multi-purpose gadget can handle, including carving, routing, engraving, grinding, sharpening, cutting, cleaning, polishing and sanding. The Dremel brand conceived the rotary tool more than 75 years ago, and still offers the biggest tool and accessory selection.
* A quality tape measure. From do-it-yourself projects to body measurements, there are limitless uses for a tape measure.
* A Thomas air compressor. Pneumatic tools are cheaper than electrical and battery powered hand tools. They are generally more efficient as well. Pneumatic tools usually last longer since they have fewer moving parts and there are no electric motors. A Porter Cable air compressorcan be purchased for the cost of a table saw.