Always wanted to have a page or so of some handy tools everyone uses around their home, car or not.
Hopefully this thread can become a good place for reviews or just random chatter about some of the more odd tools made these days.
I don't have anything special to start off with, but being a photographer / videographer I have some lights that aren't typically found in a garage but worked out great.
They are a cheap LED panel found just about anywhere (around or under $50) and typically run on AA batteries and are a great source of plenty of light, and don't have to be plugged in or anything.
I guess they do have LED strip style work lights but they aren't very bright to me.
But essentially this is what I'm referring to:
With a light stand I have around I can set this thing up really high or with it off the stand I can set it down or throw it around and being such a simple device it takes a lot for it to break.
But it's always super handy when working under my car any time of the day (literally I've used it in broad daylight when working on a friend's car and it still lit up a lot)
This thing is super bright and great to have for seeing things. There are plenty of models and smaller ones too.
But an interesting one I just came across this morning is this Flexit light, which is the same thing essentially but a lot less LEDs, has magnets, and .. obviously can change shape.
It's a pretty cool thing, it was on Amazon's lightning deals and it's only $24, so I may give this thing a shot since it seems so versatile.
I've recently started filling up my new toolbox, and came across some semi-cheap ratcheting wrenches from a knock off company called Gearwrench, apparently they have very good reviews, a lifetime warranty.. and are starting to look less like a knock off than a few years ago I suppose.
They've been super sturdy, are fully polished.. I'm curious if the coating will chip off but so far even after friends have been throwing my new tools around (kind of a crappy feeling right??) they haven't shown any sorts of beginnings or chips at all, just scratches.
A silly little tip that took me the 10th time to realize when using them after a few months was... the direction of the crows foot is the direction of the lock on the ratchet...
I'm unsure if other brands are the same, but it was a nice little thing I noticed when I did notice it, because the rest of the time I'd be testing it to see which way the ratchet locked before I put it on anything.
So hopefully this thread will thrive and we can all get some good ideas on interesting and helpful tools that aren't crazy expensive.