Since we're going to just assume you guys (and gals) are hard at work outlining your projects for the Great Outdoors contest we're holding all this month, we'd love to hear what sort of tools and 'tricks of the trade' hiding in all those DIY toolboxes out there. Share yours in the comments!
Personally, I don't consider myself much of a handyman. More of a geek fanatic with a strong preference in designing work flows and charts than putting together a rotating solar panel system on my rooftop by myself. Still, there's nothing more gratifying than sticking it out and putting it all together.
So, onto the good stuff. In my box, I've got my handy-dandy mallet/hammer, power drill, wrench, Maglite flashlight, leveling bar, and an all-in-one bicycle hex set for my second love of my life - my Bianchi Pista fixie. Speaking of all-in-one's, CableOrganizer.com sent me one of their top selling, multi-bit screwdrivers recently for review. Here's a summary of my impressions of the unit in case you're interested:
The Autoloader Multi-Bit Screwdriver really started to grow on me when I started mounting my home theater system speakers onto the wall. The tedious task of removing (and later replacing) the electrical outlet cover plates became a breeze as I was able to switch in between different bits on the fly with a simple pull-and-twist using the Autoloader.
However, because it truly is marketed as a dedicated flathead and Philips bit library, I found myself demanding even more from the Autoloader after using it for just a couple of weeks. For one, I wished Autoloader made one dedicated to bike maintenance (a hex set, basically) using the same awesome lock-and-load mechanic so I could finally toss this odd-shaped spinning design I've come to hate due to its poor ergonomics.
All in all, the Autoloader Screwdriver rocks in my book and comes highly recommended due to its lightweight portability factor and versatility. Grab the one I reviewed for $20.