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32 Essential And Inexpensive Tools Everyone Should Own

Be your own handyman.

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1. Get ready for some intense grossness! When you stick a Zip-it down your drain to get rid of a clog, you never know what might come up.

Just kidding, you do know: probably some hair and other assorted sludge.

Let the Zip-it venture down into your pipes for you (just like the basilisk at Hogwarts) and soon all the clogs will be gone and your bath water will drain quickly once more.

2. An extension ladder? Too tall. A step ladder? Too short. This is the Baby Bear of ladders, because it's juuuuuuuuust right.

Plus it has two "landing areas" (wider steps so you won't topple over) and it's lightweight so you can easily haul it around wherever you may need it.

3. No, this isn't Play-Doh, it's Sugru Hacking Putty and it fixes EVERYTHING.

Well, maybe not everything, but it sure fixes a lot. The putty will stick to aluminum, steel, ceramic, glass, wood, and even some fabrics and plastics.

Desk drawer falling apart? Sugru. Laptop cord littered with cracks? Sugru. The thumb of your porcelain doll fell off? Sugru.

You get the idea.


4. This set may look extravagant, but it has every screwdriver and precision bit you could possibly need.

It doesn't take up a lot of space and it doesn't cost a lot of money, so buy it and you'll never encounter a screw you can't remove again (even the itty bitty little ones you find in toys and other electronic devices).

Still think it's too much? Fine, go and check out this all-in-one screwdriver and this precision screwdriver set instead.

5. Anyone who drives should invest in a portable jump starter to keep in the trunk of their car.

Having a dead battery is miserable enough; who wants to add to the misery by waiting around for AAA (or wandering around the parking lot, searching for someone who isn't sketchy to ask for a jump)?

This device will allow you to get your car started again ALL ON YOUR OWN in *most* dead battery situations. It's also impossible to use incorrectly (an alarm will go off if you don't hook the clamps to the right spots).


9. Wrap-Fix Tape is incredibly useful to keep around the house for plumbing emergencies.

Have a leaky shower head? Wrap some of this watertight tape around it until you want to deal with replacing it. Or just leave the tape there--it works REALLY well (unless you have a more high-pressure problem, then you need to dial up your favorite plumber).

Another awesome option: X-Treme Tape (you can attach it to mufflers and other things that get hot).


17. This Micro Vacuum Attachment Kit is useful for anyone with electronic devices... so, everyone, pretty much.

Dust can cause computers, TVs, and other electronics to overheat. Most people use compressed air dusters to clean them out, but that just spreads the dust to other areas of the room! Absurd.

This kit is filled with micro attachments that allow your vacuum to clean even the smallest areas--sucking up the dust, not just displacing it.

Beyond electronics, the attachments are useful for cleaning bookshelves, vehicles, and "between" spaces (between your fridge and the wall, between your oven and the floor, etc.).


21. The Nifty Nabber Pick-Up Tool = a short person's new best friend.

Especially if you live alone.

You may feel silly at first, but you'll be celebrating once you discover how easy it makes getting things off shelves (no matter how big or how small--it can pick up pennies or something that weighs 8 pounds).


24. This flashlight may be small, but it provides an enormous amount of light.

Beyond being bright and conveniently small, it's also water-resistant, shock-proof, and equipped with a magnetic clip (so you can hook it to something to free up your hands).

26. A saw is undoubtedly a tool kit necessity, but the average person will never need an especially large one: the CircSaw Folding HandSaw is a perfect, compact choice.

The ability to fold it up when it's not in use protects the teeth (as well as your precious fingers).


28. "Oh shit, the check engine light just came on": with this gadget, you'll be able to figure out exactly what the problem is.

In most cases, at least.

Plug it into your car and it will allow you to read diagnostic trouble codes, giving you an idea of how bad (or not-so-bad) the situation is.