A retractable utility knife is a staple in everyone’s toolbox. This model from Stanley is as basic as you can get, and that’s the reason we love it so much. It can do any job a utility knife is expected to do, there aren’t any frills to break, and it’s tough and compact. Instead of spending up to $30 on a fancy utility knife with unnecessary bells and whistles, get this one on Amazon instead—it’ll be the best $5 you’ve ever spent on a tool!
Whether you’re hanging pictures or installing trim, an essential to-do during many DIY projects is finding a stud behind drywall. The CH Hanson magnetic stud finder will help you do just that while saying sayonara to lights, beeps and batteries. It uses strong rare earth magnets to locate screws that hold the drywall to the studs, once you find a screw you know where the stud is. If you’re looking for a basic tool to locate studs, look past the electronic stud finders that are hit or miss, and pick this magnetic version up for $8 on Amazon.
We love inexpensive tools, but these are the ones you should definitely consider splurging on!
If you’re on a budget and in the market for a clamp or two, there are no other clamps as versatile as pipe clamps. Buy the clamps themselves and fit them with a threaded black pipe of any size, and you’ve got yourself a tough, cheap and really long-lasting clamp. You can even thread multiple lengths of pipe together to get an infinitely long pipe clamp! Find them on Amazon for $15.
Watch this video to learn more about why we love these trusty—and cheap!—tools:
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