DIY Tips

Winter is a Great Time to Tackle Indoor Fixes – by David Heiby

If you live in a cold-weather climate like we do, now is the perfect time to tackle those indoor repairs that have been have been on your to-do list.   Customers tell us that our brand new automatic, self-adjusting locking pliers, the Auto-Grip, is the perfect tool for this.  Here are a few suggestions: tighten hoses under sinks to stop faucet leaks, snug up all of the bolts under your tables and chair legs, tighten interior garage door hinges before they break and remove old staples and nails from walls. Customers tell us the Auto-Grip is also great for removing broken light bulbs, pulling broken corkscrews from corks and - we tried this and it works! -- even removing salmon fish bones before cooking! 


Organize All of the Tools in Your Home

Like socks that vanish in the dryer, tools seem to relocate mysteriously when you do projects over the years. We can't explain it.  If you're a home handyman or handywoman (or even a professional contractor), you likely have toolboxes all over the house, each with odd assortments of tools.  All the big screwdrivers might be in the basement toolbox and the hammers in the toolbox in the garage.  But here's what we suggest to solve the problem. Gather all of the toolboxes in your home, spread newspaper on the floor and empty the toolboxes onto the paper.  Now, put just the right combination of tools into each box - screwdrivers, a hammer, socket wrenches, Auto-Grip locking pliers (of course), regular pliers, flashlight and a little bag of nails and screws.   You should not have to do this again for at least 10 years. By the way, if you really are a beginner and don't have a toolbox, Auto-Grip sells a very nice kit for $60