Hand Tools

Donate Tools To Those In Need

Donate Tools To Those In Need

We often think about donating non-perishable food, gently used clothing and other household items to help those in need. But what about tools? Thanks to an organization called Tools For Self-Reliance, you can donate your gently used tools. Each item will be carefully refurbished before being sent to Africa to […]

Knowledge At Your Fingertips With iScrew App

Knowledge At Your Fingertips With iScrew App

OK, we know — the iPhone as an actual home improvement tool? It’s a bit of a stretch. But with so many DIY-focused apps on the market, handy devices like the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad can increasingly service a purpose as an invaluable reference tool during various stages of […]

Top 5 New Tools for Your Wish List

Top 5 New Tools for Your Wish List

Envy. Awe. Uncontrollable desire. Warning – you may experience all of these things when you get a load of these tools. New to the market or just improvements to tried and true favorites, these tools are true must-haves. OK, get a grip on yourself and try not to drool.

Must-Have Tools For Home Repair Success

Must-Have Tools For Home Repair Success

A DIYer without tools is like an artist without a paintbrush; a writer without a pencil; a blogger without a computer — well, you get my drift. The importance of tools to home improvement projects is undeniable, but the bigger question is: what are the must-have tools for home repair? […]

The Gutster Demolition Tool

The Gutster Demolition Tool

One of the great things about the International Builders Show and the Remodeling Show are the small guys who have an opportunity to share their inventions with the world and hopefully get picked up for distribution. Marvin Windows shared one of their favorites this year called the Gutster. James and […]

Infuse Your Toolbox With A Pop Of Pretty

Infuse Your Toolbox With A Pop Of Pretty

If you, like me, are on a constant mission to surround yourself with pretty things, then Cynthia Rowley’s new tool collection should definitely be on your radar. Basic home improvement supplies, including hammers, pliers and screwdrivers, become a little more extraordinary when bathed in prints inspired by Cynthia’s fashion designs […]

Bionic Wrench Stops the Bolt Size Guessing Game

Bionic Wrench Stops the Bolt Size Guessing Game

Along the lines of the Gator Grip we saw at the National Hardware Show, the Bionic Wrench from LoggerHead Tools is even more stout and while it doesn’t have the versatility of the Gator Grip the applications are quite different. The Bionic Wrench comes in 3 sizes which would replace […]

You’ll Never Lose a Boomerang Tool

You’ll Never Lose a Boomerang Tool

If you’ve got a problem setting down tools and misplacing them in the middle of a project, consider tools from the Boomerang Tool company. On display at the National Hardware Show were the retractable multi-use pliers. The kevlar cable extends to 36″ and the pliers are ultralight and anti-corrosive, best […]

Tighten Your Belts with E-Z Sander

Tighten Your Belts with E-Z Sander

Sanding blocks can be a pain in the you know what. Ripping off the correct sized piece without wasting paper can be frustrating. We came across the E-Z Sander at the National Hardware Show this year and the inventor, Rick Patton, was at the booth and was pleased to show […]

Stay Strong with the BackSaver Grip

Stay Strong with the BackSaver Grip

Any tool that helps relieve stress on the back, hips and arms will enable you to work longer and with less chance of injury. This is especially important for folks that require universal design considerations. The BackSaver Grip attaches to any long-handled tool such as a shovel, broom or rake. […]

Handheld Snow Plow for Deep Snow

Handheld Snow Plow for Deep Snow

Shoveling snow is not only extremely difficult, it can also be hazardous to your deck, patio or walkway surface. Shovels can easily gouge wood and chip stone. The Manplow as seen at the National Hardware Show is a hand held snow plow that works to push snow away in manageable […]

Gifts for the DIY Mom

Gifts for the DIY Mom

Newsflash–Mother’s Day is Sunday! Don’t have a gift? Fear not, friends–Charles & Hudson is here with a DIY-inspired gift guide to help direct your shopping. Whether your mom loves to spend hours in a garden or prefers to tackle even the most daunting DIY project, we’ve got the perfect gift […]

Measuring Success at the National Hardware Show

Measuring Success at the National Hardware Show

Our first product roundup from the 2010 National Hardware Show highlights tools that take a slight twist on an enduring product with hopes to make it better. Sketch-it – Straight line drawing tool clipboard Franklin Stud Sensor – Instantly finds hidden studs without sliding across the wall Compass Guide Tape […]

4-in-1 Square: Simple and Effective

4-in-1 Square: Simple and Effective

Simple tools that tackle multiple tasks offer the most value to us. We’ve found some gems at this years National Hardware Show and Level Best 2 is one of them. It’s actually 4 tools in 1 as it serves as a square and ruler but also measures level and plumb […]

A DIYers’ Five Best Friends

A DIYers’ Five Best Friends

One of my fellow morning bus-riders, a widow nearing retirement, recently told me that said she wouldn’t begin to know what she should have in the house when it came to tools. I told her there were five things I would never be without. Here are those five picks: 1. […]

Giveaway: Rockler Pock-It Hole Clamp

Giveaway: Rockler Pock-It Hole Clamp

This weeks giveaway is for the woodworkers out there! Amateurs and pros will all agree that this pocket hole clamp from Rockler is indispensable when it comes to joinery. This clamp is a welcome addition to any workshop and would make a great gift for the budding craftsman in your […]

Sears Craftsman Tools Now at Ace Hardware

Sears Craftsman Tools Now at Ace Hardware

One Project Closer just tipped us that Craftsman tools will now be available in about 100 Ace Hardware stores by this summer. Ace Hardware will start with about 10% of the Craftsman line and go from there. This is big news for Sears Holdings as they’ve found a partner in […]

Screwpop Keeps a Tool and Bottle Opener in Your Pocket

Screwpop Keeps a Tool and Bottle Opener in Your Pocket

We like unique bottle openers and when they also incorporate other functions we are besides ourselves. Case in point, the Screwpop. It’s a 4-1 tool that is small enough to attach to your keychain. It’s great when you’re in a bind and need a flathead or phillips screwdriver or if […]