Tools that make handy people happy

  • Tue Dec 14th, 2010 10:08pm
  • Life

By Dwight Barnett Scripps Howard News Service

Looking for some last-minute Christmas gifts? Here are some suggestions and stocking stuffer ideas:

Dremels: Woodworkers, handymen and hobbyists will be pleased to see the new Dremel Trio or the Dremel Multi-Max under the Christmas tree. The 120-volt Dremel Trio is a sander, router or jigsaw all in one tool. The compact tool comes with a variety of attachments for woodworking, drywall repair, appliance installation, furniture and wood finishing. The Trio retails for $99.99 and is available at all major home and hardware stores.

Dremel’s 120-volt Multi-Max is an oscillating tool used for cutting, sanding, scraping and grinding, or grout removal. The oscillating, side-to-side motion of the blade and the numerous attachments included allow the user to work in tight places where no other tool will go. The Multi-Max retails for 149.99 and is available at all major home and hardware stores. (

Tool kit staples: For more than 80 years Arrow Fasteners has been a staple of any handyman’s tool kit. What can you do with a manual stapler/brad nailer? Attach roofing, install carpeting, secure wiring and cable, secure insulation, upholstery repair, and work with arts and crafts. No wires and no batteries to buy. The manual stapler works anywhere and anytime.

The model T50R.E.D retails for $25 and is available at major hardware stores. (

Kid time: Want to spend some quality time with the newer generation of DIYers? Red Tool Box has introduced a line of tools and tool-kit projects so that parents and children can experience the thrill of completing a project together. Kits for creating a birdhouse, interactive mini-golf holes or a picture pack are available for under $10 at Lowe’s or online at The line includes a 10-piece tool set for the beginners in your family.

Light up: Need a stocking stuffer? “Find a Light” by PatBay International is a reflective light-switch cover that glows in the dark without using any electricity or batteries. PatBay offers a variety of reflective products to make our lives safer. The switch plates are available for less than $10 and can be found at

Six pack: Need to take care of those tools from Christmas past? Liquid Wrench has a new six-sample pack of specialty spray lubricant and penetrant products that will help tackle a lot of jobs around the house, from squeaky hinges to automotive projects. And it keeps working parts in good working condition. It retails for less than $15 and is available at major retailers. (