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    20 Tools From Amazon That Are Basically Just A Good Idea To Own

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    1. A gardening hand pruner if you need to wet trim your flowers, snip off some herbs, or trim off those tender stems or leaves.

    A gardening hand pruner

    Promising review: “I needed something sharp and small enough for deadheading smaller blooms but that would also do well with any size of bloom. These are my new favorite pair. They're sharp and easy to use. The small push lock that keeps the blades locked closed is very easy to unlock and relock. I would highly recommend these to any gardener professional or hobbyist like me.”—JoJo

    Price: $6.99 (available in two colors)   

    2. A soil moisture reader, so you can stop blaming yourself for your succulents and cacti seemingly never growing.

    A soil moisture reader

    Promising review: “This device is amazing. I bought it after my gardenia plant wasn't blooming. I came to realize that I was overwatering and my plant never recovered. Since then, I’ve taken home two amaryllis plants from work that have never ever grown. I replanted them and used this device to make sure that I was watering properly and my plants are thriving! It’s a real plant saver. I even got a monstera as well. And I should note, I usually don’t have a green thumb and kill plants easily!”—Roselle

    Price: $15.99

    3. A pack of extra-large moving bags you can use for life, so moving from place to place is no longer a hassle.

    A pack of extra large moving bags

    Promising review: “I have moved so many times, so have had to use a lot of bags and boxes. I honestly can say that these bags are by far the best and strongest bags I’ve used so far. They are so big and contain so much. I’m really really pleased that I bought them.”—bee

    Price: $16.95+ (available in five sizes)   

    4. An X-Acto knife, because let’s be honest: there’s really nothing this tool can’t do.

    An X-Acto knife

    Promising review: “It's an X-Acto, can't go wrong with these knives. I've been using them for years and their quality allows longevity. I've had to replace some but only because they were lost and/or stolen. Metal construction is always welcome. There are other brands out there but I've never been burnt by x-Acto so I will stand by the brand. I use these for precision cutting on multiple projects. These work great for paper, some plastics, and vinyl. I'm pretty sure I've used them for other things on the fly as well. Keep a sharp blade on your tool and it'll get the job done.”—TXHoundUp

    Price: $5.71

    5. A torque wrench, which makes a click sound to indicate when preset torque value is reached, so tightening spark plugs and changing tires is as easy as slicing bread.

    A torque wrench

    Promising review: “Fantastic tool for the price. It seems like a very well-built torque wrench, and I believe it will last many years for the projects I will use it for. I really like the very positive feel of the 'click' once you have reached set torque, as it leaves no doubt that you have reached the set value. The best part about it is that it does NOT feel like a cheap tool, as you might expect for the price.”—InFiD3ViL

    Price: $25.87+ (available in four sizes)

    6. A cordless drill with a long-lasting lithium-ion battery (which lasts up to 18 months) to successfully install those plant shelves without worrying that your drill will suddenly die on you.

    A cordless drill with 30-piece accessories and a lithium iron battery

    The set includes one LD120 20V MAX lithium cordless power drill/driver,  one LB20 20V MAX lithium-ion battery, one LCS20 charger, six brad point drill bits, ten 1-Inch screwdriver bits, nine 2-inch screwdriver bits, four nut drivers, and one magnetic bit tip holder.

    Promising review: Surprisingly powerful. I used it to drill 3-inch deck screws into two-inch cedar for two hours straight. While the unit will heat up over time, it cools down quickly. But more importantly, it is powerful enough to do that job well without any issues at all. I am totally satisfied with it. It is also more compact and lighter than the 18V Black & Decker I owned before. Yet outperforms that old 18V by a wide margin. Update: It has now been a year and this drill still performs as it did right out of the box. The battery keeps charging for a long time too.”—John

    Price: $97.91+ (available in eight styles)   

    7. An instant mold and mildew stain remover spray that works in minutes, so you’ll be left wondering what kind of sorcery was used to get the job done.

An instant mold and mildew stain remover spray

    Promising review: "I honestly couldn’t be more pleased with this product. I had black mold/mildew spots in the grout in my shower in several places where water would sit, and I had tried scrubbing it with every product under the sun, to no avail. LITERALLY, all I had to do was spray the RMR-86 on the spots, walk away, and 15 minutes later the black spots TOTALLY disappeared."—JLG

    Price: $16.99+ (available in five sizes)

    8. A heavy-duty staple gun for putting up string lights, reupholstering old chairs, and putting the finishing touches on your outdoor holiday displays.

    A heavy-duty staple gun

    Promising review: “The staple gun is smaller than any staple gun I've owned in the past. I actually like that the form factor is smaller because it's easier to handle. It feels very heavy for such a small size and seems very well-built. Very impressed with this staple gun. I love that it has the capability to shoot multiple different kinds of staples including little T-shaped nails and curved staples, all of which are included in this kit. It also has a really nifty staple remover which will come in really handy. I like the staple gun so much that I uploaded a video so you could see what it looks like and my hand versus photos. I think the video shows more. Glad that I found this staple gun and it worked great on our chairs stapling on new fabric. Five stars for this staple gun.”—Kevin & Liz

    Price: $15.99+ (available in three sizes)

    9. A portable air compressor if you're planning a cross-country RV trip this summer and don't want flat tires spoiling the fun.

    A portable air compressor

    Promising review: “I am by no means an experienced tradesman -- total novice to this equipment, learning via Youtube. I purchased this to work with a nail gun, read the instructions, and have been good to go. It is easy enough to lift so I can get it up and down the stairs. I would recommend this to the home DIYer.”—Krissy

    Price: $168.98+ (available in three styles)   

    10. A package of assorted grit sandpaper to easily restore car headlights, tackle rust on your metal lawn chairs, or refurbish old furniture.

    A package of assorted grit sandpaper

    The package includes one 3x120 grit sandpaper, one 3x220 grit sandpaper, one 3x320 grit sandpaper, one 3x400 grit sandpaper, one 3x600 grit sandpaper, one 3x800 grit sandpaper, one 3x1000 grit sandpaper, one 3x1200 grit sandpaper, one 3x1500 grit sandpaper, one 3x2000 grit sandpaper, one 3x2500 grit sandpaper, and one 3x3000 Grit Sandpaper. 

    Promising review: “Nice assortment of wet-or-dry sandpaper grits/grades for whatever sanding project you may have, from wood to plastic to metal. Using them wet helps prevent the sandpaper from clogging, making these sheets last ten or more times longer than typical aluminum oxide sandpaper. Retail prices can be $6 (or more) for eight sheets, about a buck a sheet. These cost about 25 to 30 cents per sheet, making this pack a great value. Several sheets of each grit. Even if you use them dry, you can wash out the clogs with warm soapy water and a stiff brush, and then let the air dry. It’s the only sandpaper I use anymore.”—Yusuf

    Price: $6.99+ (available in four colors)   

    11. A dual grit multipurpose sharpener — aside from giving axes and lawn mower blades a fresh sharpening, it will also keep those steak knives from becoming dull.

    A dual grit multipurpose sharpener

    Promising review: “Works well on chopping blades. I've successfully used it on axes, thick parangs, lawnmower blades, and thick mI also used this successfully to get a burr on some super dull kitchen knives, so I could begin the sharpening process. Update 12/4/17: Yes, it was a bit 'caveman,' but it worked. I put a small amount of mineral oil on the puck before I used it. Later, I scrubbed the puck with a green dish scrubber sponge to get rid of the embedded metal on the surface of the abrasive.”—Punasmoke

    Price: $7.49

    12. A pack of rubber twist-ties that can be used in many ways — including saving space in your suitcase, baby-proofing your home, and more!

    A pack of reusable rubber twist ties

    Promising review: “I'm kind of a fanatic about keeping my cords neat and separated. I detest trying to untangle a mass of wires and cords. I'd never heard of these before, but came across them on the Amazon site, and they looked useful. I love them! Not only do they get the job done, but, unlike the wire or plastic twisties, they can be used over and over without damage to the tie. And, as an added bonus, I can color code my wires and cords! While they are more expensive than other products for this purpose, they are still very reasonable - and far superior.”—Heidi

    Price: $12.98+ (available in five sizes and two colors)   

    13. A pack of car buffing polish pads to aid you in polishing or restoring paint, so your car looks like it did when you first bought it.

    A pack of car buffing polishing pads

    Promising review: “Really liked these pads. There are six different levels of cut depending on what you need to polish. These held up so much better than the ones from the low-cost tool store that disintegrated after an hour of polishing. These are still going after many hours and days. I really like the price and for that, it was a good chance that I'm glad I took.”—Michelle S. 

    Price: $17.99

    14. A pH-balancing kit that maximizes plant growth, so all your #plantmom Insta posts will make your fellow plant parents jealous.

    A pH-balancing kit

    Promising review: “I found this pH kit to be very easy to use. I really appreciate the graduating color chart so I can see roughly where my pH is at. I never realized how important pH was to growing healthy plants and trees, but now I'm a total believer. My plants are so healthy and deep green, I get tons of compliments. I'm convinced that besides soil quality, pH is the most important thing to consider. You can buy expensive fertilizers, but if the plant can't utilize those nutrients because the pH is off, you're just throwing money down the drain.”—Cid

    Price: $26.38+ (available in three sizes and two styles)   

    15. A four-claw weeder for making weed removal in the garden a total breeze, so you won’t have to bribe the neighbor kid with cookies to get them to de-weed it for you.

    A four-claw weeder

    Promising review: “This thing is stinking incredible. It should come standard when you get a house. My yard was full of weeds from the last owner, and I filled two buckets full of weeds with this thing in 20 minutes. Best part? To release the weed from the tool is like cocking a shotgun, so you even get to pretend you're hunting zombies while de-weeding your yard.”—Carolyn P

    Price: $50.22+ (available in two sizes)   

    16. A magnetic wristband if you keep your tool kit in the garage and want to keep all your screws, nails, and bolts close by when working upstairs.

    A magnetic wristband

    Promising review: “I didn't even know a product like this existed until my daughter mentioned she got one as a gift for her brother who does woodworking. I had to try it, and I'm so glad I did! I do a lot of repairs to wooden portable storage containers and this is a big time saver! I use it when having to remove a lot of screws from something so my hand stays free, I just lay them on the band, and they stay put. When I need screws to work on a portion I just grab some, again just lay it on the band and get to work.”—Colleen

    Price: $18.99

    17. A pack of quick-grip clamps so you can build benches, install cabinets, and glue and screw items together without straining your hard-working hands in the process.

    A pack of quick-grip clamps

    Promising review: “I have been a woodworker for over 30 years and these are some of the easiest clamps to handle are versatile, and easily clamp and release. One can never have too many clamps and of various sizes. Even the small ones have plenty of strength.”—J. Beutel

    Price: $29.69+ (available in two sizes)   

    18. A six-piece metal and wood cutting set because you’ll want some heavy-duty tools to help cut those obstructive tree branches down after the next big storm that hits your town.

    A six-piece metal and wood cutting set

    Promising review: “After blowing through too many cheap imitations I finally decided to get a new set of DeWalt blades for my DeWalt reciprocating saw. Now I’m not just a chick with a badass saw- I’m a woman that gets things done. I haven’t even had to change my blade yet. Do yourself a favor and buy brand name DeWalt blades. Absolutely amazing, durable, and worth every penny!! btw - no I don’t work for them I just really love my DeWalt tools! All of them. ( If only they came in neon Pink?!! ).”—Amy D. 

    Price: $9.98

    19. A digital tire inflator with a pressure gauge, which fills tires with the exact pressure you want, so you won’t have to waste loose change refilling low tires again.

    A digital tire inflator with a pressure gauge

    Promising review: “Works great, the gauge automatically comes on when it senses pressure and shuts off automatically. Surprised at how nice it seemed for the cost. Time will tell if it lasts. I aired my tires all up to 40 psi according to this gauge. I had just repaired one tire, and I double-checked it in the morning to make sure it wasn't leaking, and the gauge I checked with said it was 30 psi! I couldn't believe it dropped so much, so just to be safe, I pulled this back out and it said 40 psi. I couldn't believe the calibration was that far off. I checked the tire pressure using the vehicle TPMS, and guess what? This device was bang on, they were all 40 psi. This unintentionally diagnosed a different pressure gauge that was off by almost 10 psi.”— M. McKinnon

    Price: $25

    20. A five-in-one scraper tool to open paint cans, strip off varnish and scrape up stuck on tiles, so you can finally achieve your bathroom (or kitchen!) renovation goal yourself this summer.

    A five-in-one scraper tool

    Promising review: “This tool is made in Louisiana and is my go-to tool for working around my house. Easy to use and the blade is sharp! Easy to get into tight places and scrape off uneven surfaces and blemishes. I used this 5-in-1 tool to scrape up stuck on tiles that melted to the subfloor, cleaned and prepped my kitchen cabinets to paint and, used it to break the toilet seal when discarding an old toilet and adding a new one. The tool is versatile and I use it to open and seal paint cans as well. It doesn't bend and damage the ridge the way a screwdriver can and is so easy to use. I can't say enough about this tool! I bought a second pack and gave one to my parents and siblings. I can't recommend this enough! Also worked wonders on my cast iron radiators, pulling up old linoleum sheeting in the bathroom, and the sharp corner made removing old caulk a breeze.”—Brenda Caught in a Book

    Price: $7.99

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