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12 High-Tech Tools To Trick Out Your Home Workshop
These high-tech products will take your workshop to the next level.
Walabot DIY In-Wall Imager
This in-wall, multi-functional sensor provides a real-time visual image behind concrete and drywall. Capable of seeing up to four inches deep, the imager detects metal and wood studs, pipes, PVC and wires. It can also detect and track the movement of rodents behind the wall. Note: It’s only compatible with Android phones. Finding a stud behind plaster and lath is hit-or-miss with a typical stud finder. Here’s a better method.
Dimensioning Instrument + Pen
This creative tool is ideal for quick measurements of objects or 3D references to use in computer aided design (CAD). The stylish tool is carved in aluminum and contained within a pen, pencil, stylus or GO configuration. It works to capture dimensions of any object, and converts and shares it on your smartphone. Our favorite pros are letting you in on their favorite go-to tools for electrical, plumbing, painting and other home improvement projects.
Coolbox: The World’s Smartest Toolbox
Could this toolbox be any cooler? This is the ideal purchase for the tech lover, as it takes the storage of a classic toolbox and adds in features like a magnetic lid, speakers, USB ports, removable whiteboard and detachable LED lamp. Build a simple rolling shop cart to transport heavy toolboxes and wood from one end of the shop to the other.
Digital Laser Infrared Thermometer Temperature Gun
Safely measure surface temperatures from a distance while ensuring laser-sharp accuracy with this product for your workshop. It allows you to measure extreme temperatures ranging from -58°F to 716°F. And it’s only $17! If your oven cooking times are off, recalibrate your oven temperature to match an accurate oven thermometer.
ZipSnip Cutting Tool
This cordless electric cutter is a lightweight and handy tool that will make good old scissors seem so last century. It’s small enough to fit in a utility drawer, but advanced enough to handle jobs too tough for scissors and knives. The cutting tool is powered by a rechargeable 4V MaxLithium battery, which holds a charge for months. These 13 expert sharpening tips and tools make the job easier – no more dull DIY and garden tools!
Graco Cart Airless Paint Sprayer
This airless paint sprayer makes it easy for DIYers to power through paint jobs with speed and finesse. The device comes with a metal spray gun, continuous spraying tip, 25-ft. paint hose, an adapter that hooks up to a garden hose for easy cleaning and much more! Whether you’re changing the color of your walls, polishing jewelry or ripping a long board, these painting tool hacks will make the job a lot easier.
2-in-1 Impact Socket
Save time and space in your tool pouch with this two-in-one impact socket. Capable of switching between different size nuts and bolts completely hands-free, it’s an efficient addition to your workshop. There are three different models covering eight different head sizes to choose from. Check out these top auto mechanic tools.
Air Shim Inflatable Pry Bar and Leveling Tool
This inflatable shim has a variety of uses, from holding a window in position by yourself while setting permanent shims to propping a door slab during installation, aligning base cabinets or leveling appliances. The air shim is easy to pump and can hold up to 300 pounds. Here’s how to shim gapping doors.
Compact Thermal Imaging System
This pocket-size thermal imaging system help find water leaks, electrical hot spots and insulation gaps in walls. It features touch-screen controls that are intuitive to use, and acts as a regular camera to aid in revealing precisely where trouble spots are. Discover hidden heat patterns that signal energy waste, structural defects, plumbing issues and more with this professional-quality device. Unlike that gimmicky stuff you use once and forget, you’ll wonder how you ever got along without these innovative home tech tools and accessories.
Ergonomic Heated Foot Warmer
If you’re a penny-pincher, you might be tempted to keep the temperature down in your workshop. If that’s the case and you have a concrete floor, your feet may get cold when you’re at your workbench. This foot-warming mat will keep your feet toasty without using nearly as much electricity as other devices, like a space heater. Here’s how to heat a garage.
3rd Hand Support System
Where’s that extra hand when you need it? This hand support system gives you the third hand you wished you had while working on tough tasks like installing upper cabinets. You’ll love the 6 x 6-in. base that keeps the cabinets stable, with each lift capable of handling 150 pounds. Here’s how to install cabinets like a pro.
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