The Best Tools Pros Use (And DIYers Should, Too)
Our favorite pros are letting you in on their secret, go-to tools for electrical, plumbing, painting and other jobs you’re doing, too.
Do-Everything Electrical Tester
The GT-95 costs about $80 online, but it’s the only tester you’re likely to need. And it’ll last a lifetime. Buy it on Amazon today.
The Secret to Super-Smooth Finishes
Dean’s Do-Everything Tool
Dean says, “I picked up the use of a lino knife from working alongside a seasoned jack-of-all-trades flooring installer.” Get one of these versatile knives on Amazon now.
Kirk’s Helping Hand
If you can’t find Board Buddies at a local woodworking store, look for them online. You can buy them on Amazon here.
Dave Says, “I used to put off sharpening because it was such a hassle. With this machine, sharpening is a quick task, not a project.”
Costas says, “This little tool has gotten me out of some bad jams.”
Terry’s Magic Dirt Drill
You can buy the tool online ($200 to $265) and see a video of the Borit in action at borit.com.
Les’ Quick Cutter
You can buy the Kopex tubing cutter shown here for $33 at Pace Machinery Group. You’ll find similar tubing cutters at some home centers and hardware stores. But keep in mind that you’ll have to buy a separate cutter for each size tubing. Les says, “I’ve tried other tubing cutters, but they just don’t last.” You can get this cutter on Amazon today.
Diamond Hole Saw
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