Tool Letdowns

Gear Acres shares a couple of their tools that may have looked good on paper but ended up disappointing on the job. Their putty chaser and heat element (look out for those eBay purchases) cost them time and money and left them frustrated with a tool that didn’t live up to their expectations. What tools have you bought with high hopes that ended up at the bottom of your scrap bin?

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Timothy Dahl

Timothy Dahl

Founder/EIC at Charles & Hudson
Timothy’s background includes stints at This Old House, ELLE DECOR, Metropolitan Home and Woman’s Day. His work has been published on Wired Design, Bob Vila, DIY Network, The Family Handyman and Popular Mechanics and he has been featured on the Martha Stewart radio show and as a speaker at the ALT Design Summit, K/BIS and the National Hardware Show.
  • Johan Singer

    For me it’s not really the tools that let me down but I end up forgetting I’ve bought the fancy “fit in tight corners” socket wrench and try to make do with my go-to wrenches. I must say that the most frustrating thing is buying a tool and just using it once and then getting itchy to find a reason to use it again .

  • Karla Q

    I bought an anti-vibration hammer and it still kills me!