NEW TOOL DAY! (4/22/21)

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I’ve been gearing up for a buying guide on DIYer tool kits, and as usual I like to vet tools before I can recommend them. So… NEW TOOL DAY!

We have a content series coming up, and it was time to go shopping. I have a lot more shopping to do, but I thought this was a good time to share a quick peek.

Not unsurprisingly, most of these tools are not new to me, although some of them are.

I’ve tested and even own quite a few of these tools, but design or production updates mean I need to work with current versions of these tools if I’m to suggest or recommend them.

Here are the impulse buys:

The entire haul was purchased at retail via my local Home Depot stores. I’ve been very eager to get the ball rolling on this content series, and I’m thrilled that Home Depot signed on as a sponsor.

Don’t mind the Spax lag screws or can of WD40, that was just part of a normal supply run.

In addition to the DIYer tool kit buying guide, I’ve got a long list of personal and reader questions that I’ll be seeking to answer. Because of this, you might see some overlap in the types of tools.

Here’s the full list of what you see here:


  • Tool bag
  • End nippers with hammer claw
  • Diamond tip screwdriver set
  • 27 oz dead blow hammer
  • Utility knife with bottle opener
  • 6-in-1 multi-bit screwdriver


  • Single end pull saw
  • Flush cut pull saw
  • Retractable utility knife (exclusive promo display)


  • 8′ adjustable wrench
  • Miniature wire cutter and pliers set
  • Wiss mini bolt and wire cutter


  • Rafter square
  • Diagonal cutter
  • Locking pliers
  • Side-slide utility knife
  • Wire stripper


  • Poly rafter square
  • Aluminum rafter square
  • Premium aluminum rafter square


  • Basic wire stripper
  • Klein Kurve wire stripper
  • Multi-functional wire stripper


Would you add any of these tools to your own tool kit?

Following is a brief (less than 60 second) sneak peek and highlights overview. I’m sorry for the aspect ratio, that’s what YouTube wants for “shorts.” I’m planning on a more elaborate usual-format video or two in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, I’m trying to get my bearings – I’m far more comfortable with written content than video.

We will be happy to hear your thoughts

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