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5 Perfect Pocket Tools for DIYers
As I was sitting at the dinner table last night, I noticed that my chair was a bit wobbly. Instead of running to my shop and getting a screwdriver, I fixed it with one of the pocket tools I carry most of the day. These tools have helped me out of a jam more than once. Here are five of my favorite pocket tools to have on hand or on your belt.
16’ FATMAX Auto-Lock Tape Measure
This small, lightweight, auto-locking tape measure features 11-ft. blade standout for ease of use. The detachable framing hook helps you grab onto the edge of studs and can be stored directly on the tape. Get accurate measurements fast. Check out 25 measuring hacks all DIYers need to know.
Leatherman Piranha 2
The stainless steel Piranha 2 is not only pocket-sized and great for key chains but also TSA compliant—go ahead and travel with it. It features seven tools: a scraper, bottle opener, hex-bit driver, medium screwdriver, open wrench, box wrench and a box opener. It even includes a bit holder to store bits when they’re not in use. Plus: Here are 23 tools that are so worth splurging on.
This heat-treated steel multitool is the size of a credit card and packs in an amazing 18 functions, everything from rulers to screwdrivers to a cell phone stand and my personal favorite: an eyeglass screwdriver. If you carry it with you everywhere, you’ll be ready for practically everything.
Fenix PD35 TAC Edition 1000 Flashlight
This Fenix PD35 flashlight features an aircraft-grade aluminum body and is rechargeable, lightweight and waterproof to 2 meters, It has dual operation modes—outdoor (for all-purpose illumination) and tactical (for faster, simplified operation). It can cast its beam a distance of up to 200 meters. This bundle includes one Li-ion rechargeable battery, charger and two lithium batteries. I’m done buying cheap flashlights—this is one of those tools it’s worth spending more for.
WORX WX254L SD Semi-Automatic Power Screw Driver
This compact screwdriver is great for small projects around the house. It comes with two cartridges, each preloaded with six bits, including a special screw-starting drill bit for making pilot holes. You just rotate the cartridge to get the bit you want, so you never lose bits, and the battery holds its charge for months. This tool is always ready to go when you are. Next, check out 19 workshop handy hints from our readers.
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