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What is your Favorite DIY Tool?

3/20/2009 2:45:45 PM

Tags: DIY, do-it-yourself, fix it, tools

I needed to hang a picture last weekend and went to the kitchen junk drawer to get my most favorite hammer – an upholstery hammer. Thirty five years ago I took a reupholstering class and this hammer was a required tool.

I use this hammer on simple household repair projects – it’s lightweight and has a magnet on one of the hammer ends – making it convenient for delicate household projects. I would be lost without it in my fix-it tool kit.

What is your all-time favorite fix-it tool? Tell us in the comments section below.



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KCMike
1/4/2010 5:44:29 PM
My two favorites are my 9" snips. I cut everything with it,even nails. It works great in rehabbing. My second fav is my 2 lb heavy hammer. Its great for pounding stakes and metal posts while gardening.

Ray_1
12/19/2009 8:05:01 AM
I'm with Micheal, it's my Swiss pocket knife, I've carried it for years, it opens packages, trims boards, marks cut lines, tightens screws, and removes slivers and I suppose if I kept it really sharp I could shave with it.

Harry_1
12/16/2009 10:08:14 AM
My favorite tools have to be the ones from my grandfather, father, and brother, all of whom are doing projects in a better place. But, the most useful new tool has to be the 4WD-ATV. It gets so much use for hauling firewood, rock, dirt, going the quarter mile to the mailbox when I'm too lazy or it's too cold or wet, visiting neighbors down the road. I'm not an off road jock, but I can see how people would enjoy it.

Harry_1
12/16/2009 10:07:39 AM
My favorite tools have to be the ones from my grandfather, father, and brother, all of whom are doing projects in a better place. But, the most useful new tool has to be the 4WD-ATV. It gets so much use for hauling firewood, rock, dirt, going the quarter mile to the mailbox when I'm too lazy or it's too cold or wet, visiting neighbors down the road. I'm not an off road jock, but I can see how people would enjoy it.

Harry_1
12/16/2009 10:06:41 AM
My favorite tools have to be the ones from my grandfather, father, and brother, all of whom are doing projects in a better place. But, the most useful new tool has to be the 4WD-ATV. It gets so much use for hauling firewood, rock, dirt, going the quarter mile to the mailbox when I'm too lazy or it's too cold or wet, visiting neighbors down the road. I'm not an off road jock, but I can see how people would enjoy it.

Harry_1
12/16/2009 10:04:52 AM
My favorite tools have to be the ones from my grandfather, father, and brother, all of whom are doing projects in a better place. But, the most useful new tool has to be the 4WD-ATV. It gets so much use for hauling firewood, rock, dirt, going the quarter mile to the mailbox when I'm too lazy or it's too cold or wet, visiting neighbors down the road. I'm not an off road jock, but I can see how people would enjoy it.

Harry_1
12/16/2009 10:04:34 AM
My favorite tools have to be the ones from my grandfather, father, and brother, all of whom are doing projects in a better place. But, the most useful new tool has to be the 4WD-ATV. It gets so much use for hauling firewood, rock, dirt, going the quarter mile to the mailbox when I'm too lazy or it's too cold or wet, visiting neighbors down the road. I'm not an off road jock, but I can see how people would enjoy it.

Harry_1
12/16/2009 10:02:43 AM
My favorite tools have to be the ones from my grandfather, father, and brother, all of whom are doing projects in a better place. But, the most useful new tool has to be the 4WD-ATV. It gets so much use for hauling firewood, rock, dirt, going the quarter mile to the mailbox when I'm too lazy or it's too cold or wet, visiting neighbors down the road. I'm not an off road jock, but I can see how people would enjoy it.

Harry_1
12/16/2009 10:00:54 AM
My favorite tools have to be the ones from my grandfather, father, and brother, all of whom are doing projects in a better place. But, the most useful new tool has to be the 4WD-ATV. It gets so much use for hauling firewood, rock, dirt, going the quarter mile to the mailbox when I'm too lazy or it's too cold or wet, visiting neighbors down the road. I'm not an off road jock, but I can see how people would enjoy it.

Bill_72
12/16/2009 9:47:23 AM
Lord help me, my favorite tool is the calendar function on my cell phone. It has replaced my brain for reminding me what I need to do and when I need to do it.

Wiley Sanders_5
12/16/2009 9:40:48 AM
My favorite tool for some of the basic home projects is my grandfather's finish hammer. Everytime I use it, I remember the days growing up with grandpa teaching me basic carpentry skills. I sure miss grandpa, but at least I have those memories, and his hammer.

Ron Renken
4/10/2009 5:19:56 PM
In response to your article on hand tools, I'd like to nominate "Grandpa's Weeder" It's a great little gadget we bought at our local Ace Hardware. You just step it into the ground around weed, and pull out the weed root and all. No bending over! Sadly, since our purchase of a "Made in USA" product, the manufacturing has been moved to China. But no less a great product!

Pat Miketinac
4/6/2009 10:17:08 PM
My favorite DIY tool is an ancient pair of small slip-joint pliers. I think Sears sold them as "ignition pliers" from the days when cars had breaker points. I always carry them with an LED flashlite in my pocket and have fixed many things when my toolbox wasn't nearby. They are more versatile than the needle-nose kind and grip stronger.

Michael Hilliker
4/5/2009 8:05:16 AM
My favorite tool for projects is my imagination. If it weren't for the daydreaming I do prior to building my projects I wouldn't be able to dome up with the ideas that I get. I get great enjoyment from visualizing a project before I start, then see it completed just like I imagined it.

Edward J Peters
3/30/2009 3:10:06 PM
I could never call a tool a favorite sorry as most others have already it's a list.First and foremost on the list is the time to do something the way you choose to.My older sister gets wiser as time goes on and our mutual habit of procrastinating if eliminated can provide time so my tool is the following list. 1. An early issue Black and Decker WorkMate, sorry for the name dropping but as economic upheaval has some decrying innovation I am still using dear old Dad's gift. Moisture has swollen to near ruin one side of the wooden top,but maintenance has thus been zero. 2. Vise grips, again a name and the notice the plural. One vise grip grabbing another,to be hammered by the third on the list: 3. A hammer,semi large and wooden handled,thank you

Tony_25
3/30/2009 9:22:49 AM
Needle-nose Vice Grips and table saw are tools I use most frequently.

hazel Watson_2
3/28/2009 7:07:03 AM
I'm unable to name just one favorite tool - it always depends on what I'm doing at any given time. For opening bags and boxes, my pocket knife; for raking leaves from around plants, my mini rake; for quick carpentry repairs, my multi-headed ratchet screwdriver, and sometimes a hammer and a nail (quicker than switching bits on the electric drill for making starter holes). My well-used bar of soap is handy for lubricating screws. Then there's my computer, great for finding things from books to household needs to recipes to tools to word meanings and on and on. And, not least, my brain, which occasionally falters so that I forget things I meant to remember, but still working pretty well most of the time.

Tom_55
3/27/2009 2:22:05 PM
While I love my cordless drill and Hart 16 ou. hammer, my favorite tool is my "telco knife and shear" set. I've worked as a telephone company splicer/technician for 22 years and it's just amazing the amount of work one can do with just these two tools. The "snips", if held correctly with the ring finger, can cut almost anything (I've cut pennies in half to show off) and the knife is a short blade with a rubberized handle, which I use for marking as much as I do cutting. If you don't have a friend at the local phone company, you can buy the set, with a leather pouch, at Lowe's. They're not cheap but you'll never be sorry you did.

Rainseeker
3/27/2009 11:35:26 AM
The new (as of the laste few years) razor knives that fold like a pocket knife. I have several and gave one to each of my boys (5 of them). These have blades you can quickly pull out and swap around. Working around the yard, in the shop or doing a DIY project, it is just handy to have one. I still like a good knife like the Oldtimer my grandpa gave me, but the razor knife is great for cutting twine, carpet, carving and more. Buy one of those 100 county packs and you will always have a super sharp blde. Take it from an old fishcutter, a sharp blade is a safer blade.

Michael_81
3/27/2009 7:34:08 AM
Bar none my Victorianox Swiss Army knife...I cannot go a day without it at my side. If I ever survive an aircraft crash the fact I cannot have it in my pocket will lead to lost life I just know it.

bob_50
3/27/2009 12:52:20 AM
Wracking my brain over my favorite multi tool or my multibit screwdriver and it occurred to me that my computor is now my favorite tool, it has saved me countless hours finding the right plans , tools , materials , good ideas....BAD ideas. ,,,the list goes on and on (and I don't even really like the infernal machine) some days , I'd like to take one of my other favoite tools ( A nicely polished tennis ball sized rock to it !!!!)keep up the good work, Bob.

becki
3/26/2009 5:35:27 PM
of all the tools we use in a day, it really is hard to asign the title of favorite to just one. personally i think the greatest tools are my own hands, because with out the hand any other tool is useless. aside from that my favorite tools are a set of old craftsman screwdrivers, wrenches, and an old claw hammer that used to belong to my grandpa with them i have fixed just about everything around the house/ yard. although right now with planting season coming on, my favorite tools become my rakes, trowels, stakes and twine. come harvest time my tools change to a pressure canner, waterbath canner and the assorted jars, funnels, spatulas etc. then there are my year round tools of sewing machine, quilt hoop w/ stand, and my knitting needles. they are in my favorites because their use has made beautiful coverings and items to keep our family warm throughout the frigid winter months here on the mountain.

clong
3/26/2009 10:54:04 AM
I agree with other commenters about battery-powered drills--they are terrific. My favorite handtool is a wood rasp I bought many years ago. I use it much like most folks would use a router--to create rounded edges on woodworking projects. Doing this work by hand takes longer, of course, but the result is very satisfying--a truly handmade look. The rasp is also very handy whenever I need to file down pieces when my initial cuts don't quite fit the way they need too (this happens fairly often, to me.)

Harasho Puck_1
3/25/2009 1:07:09 PM
While I do carry a pocket knife at all times, and love my saws and hammers and cordless drills, I have to say that my favorite tool is a pencil. Yes, a pencil. Of course, I always have a notebook handy as well. I carry both a mechanical pencil for notes and a standard #2 pencil for marking lumber or laying out patterns, and for making sketches in the notebook. I have even used the #2 pencil as a spacing tool at times when it was just the right thickness for spacing slats on garden shelves in the greenhouse or when laying the surface boards on a deck. And the great thing about it is I can usually pick up a free spare at the lumber yard or garden store when I need one.

Celeste_3
3/25/2009 1:02:57 PM
My Paslode cordless nail gun--love that thing!

Sue Mo
3/25/2009 1:00:46 PM
My rechargeable drill/screwdriver. Has reduced the time on "onerous" tasks, and that makes me smile!

Joe_37
3/25/2009 12:44:19 PM
While my Leaatherman Wave is invaluable my portable Makita drill has to be a close 2nd. I use both regularly on jobs around my property here in the mountains

ratcat
3/25/2009 10:46:05 AM
My favorite tool seems to change with the job. Oh sure, the pocket knife is a nifty item for neatly cutting open packaging or trimming some string, but it's no use if it isn't sharp. So to sharpen it, my favorite tool is a "Samuri Shark"tm... a nifty little tool I picked up for 49 cents at a closeout counter in the local pharmacy store. However, I only use it a few times a year, and I use some tools that are far more timesaving and useful. Take, for example, the Kentucky Big Wheel cultivator. Now, that is one useful, timesaving, back saving tool! I can fly down the garden row making a nice even furrow, or use it to quickly uproot a row of weeds! Better yet, my son loves to use it - he flies through the garden driving it like his make believe motorcycle leaving weeds in the dust. Can't get much better than that! Of course, once the furrow is done, the seeds need to be planted. So, then, my favorite tool is one of those nifty wheeled seed planters - the one I have found to work best for me is one of the "Earthways" kind. Man, you can plant a row of beans perfectly, in about 30 seconds. It may take a few seconds longer with "Motorcyle Man" at the helm, but you can't beat the convenience. Oh, how I remember stooping and my aching back before I started using this "favorite tool." Then, there's the old beat up van that I use for hauling all of this stuff and all of the assorted other "favorite tools" like hoses and pumps and wrenches and shovels and tillers and twine. Well, that's sure one favorite tool when I need to haul all of that stuff around! I suppose my all around "favorite tool" would have to be my mind. I've gotten so much enjoyment from using it. It seems to go just about everywhere I go without me having to remember to pick it up and put it in the van or pocketbook. It helps me appreciate the beauty around us and the wonderful people I meet. It helps make the

George Works
3/25/2009 9:53:30 AM
My favorite is my Leatherman pocket tool. I carry it all the time and generally use it several times a day, saving a walk to the toolbox. The hardness and toughness of the stainless steel seems to be better than many good brands of hand tools, and I especially like the way I can use the screwdrivers as offset screwdrivers in tight spaces. Folded up it even makes a serviceable hammer for some purposes.

Sam_27
3/22/2009 8:10:48 AM
my favorite tool is just a swiss army knife! try carrying one in your pocket, it's amazing how it just makes life easier, you find a million and one uses for it that just make sense... but if you don't carry one you seem to not realize what you're missing! Mine has a large blade, a small blade, a can and bottle opener, a couple of screw drivers, a leather reamer, and a cork screw, and of course tweezers and a toothpick. I think the reamer is about the only thing I don't use on a regular basis!

Duane Keys
3/20/2009 3:16:40 PM
My favorite tool is my tool belt. Before starting on a project I fill it up with everything I'll need, that way my tools, screws, tape measure, etc are all within my reach.







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