Easy-on-the-Hands Bucket Handles
Old 5-gallon buckets are great for hauling stuff, but the plastic handles eventually break and the wire handles can cut into your hands. To solve the problem, retrofit the buckets with new handles made from an old garden hose. Just cut short lengths of hose, slit each one with a utility knife and slide them over the handles. If you can remove one side of the wire handle, you can just slide the hose grip on without slitting it. The handles work great and keep those buckets working hard!
Get a Beefy Bench Vise
A wimpy $30 vise may satisfy your wallet, but you'll regret buying one the first time you have to crank the bolts off a really big part. So skip the cheapies and invest in a heavy-duty vise. You want a vise with at least 5-1/2-in. jaws, a pipe clamping area, dual swivel locks and a large anvil area. I found this model at a home center for $100. But you can find great deals on good used vises on Craigslist or at neighborhood garage sales.
Save Your Back and Knees With a Rolling Seat
A rolling creeper seat doesn't need much explanation. You sit on it. You store tools and parts under it. And you roll around to reach the tools and parts you forgot.
Find creeper seats at any auto parts store, home center or online tool site. The model shown here costs about $35. A unit with a pneumatic lift and a contoured seat (for you Ferrari owners) could set you back $150 or more.