Stuff We Love: Tools & Products for the Great Outdoors
Do you spend as much time outdoors as possible? If so, these tools and products will make your open-air time even more enjoyable. Whether you're chopping wood, planting trees or feeding the birds, these 11 products are designed to make your work easier and more efficient, which means more time for fun.
Cool Covers for Your Shoes
Gifts for Homeowners: Post Protector
Killer Firewood Saw
No More Knots
Photo: Courtesy of Paul Nelson
Super-Easy String Replacement
Gifts for Homeowners: Gas Can That's Easy to Use
Plant Trees Like a Real Forester
Backwoods Repair Gear
I spend a lot of time outdoors: canoeing, backpacking, fishing, camping—you name it. And as a DIYer, I feel compelled to carry a repair kit wherever I go.
Of course, the kit varies depending on the trip, but here are a few items I often carry. Some are pretty obvious, like duct tape, paracord, zip ties and a multi-tool.
But the others aren't: A piece of aluminum tube that can slide over a broken tent pole can be a trip saver. A lightweight magnifier will actually allow you to see what you're doing when you make small repairs.
And thin wire is one of the most useful items you can carry. Wrap it, twist it, 'sew' with it.... It's strong, heat proof and doesn't stretch. I've used it dozens of times, for fixing everything from my boot to a canoe.