New Tools – Oh Yeah!


My SO is excellent at keeping the electronics of the home in fine, updated and efficient order. My computer is fast, fast, fast, and my software is the latest and greatest. But when it comes to repair and maintenance of household things, well, let’s just say that I’m the handyperson of the house. So if you find yourself in a similar position, I know you will rejoice with me when you see my new tools!

The first one is a belated (backordered) Christmas gift. It’s a wonderful, swiss-army-type of Garden tool from Leatherman for walking around the yard. It comes with a pouch and belt clip that I forgot to take a photo of.

First, it’s tucked away nice and neatly.

Leatherman Tool

Leatherman Tool

Then the first thing you have as you open it up is a pruning tool for those quick cleanups as I stroll around and see a flower to bring indoors or deadhead.

Leatherman snips

Leatherman snips

Continuing to open it, you can see the best part…a sprinkler head tool! I am forever walking around and looking at the spray on my heads in my efforts not to waste water, and never have the right tool at the right time to adjust it. This will be a major frustration saver. This side of the handle also has a small saw blade for those tougher twigs and a bottle opener for that refreshing pause with a tasty beverage.

Leatherman sprinkler tool and saw

Leatherman sprinkler tool and saw

The other side of the handle contains a Phillips head screwdriver (for those stupid screws that are constantly backing themselves out of my deck and then I trip on them and stub my toe and cuss a lot), a tiny weed puller with a ruler on the other side of the blade, and a knife edge for opening bags of mulch and stabbing mosquitos that attack.

Leatherman knife edge and weed puller

Leatherman knife edge and weed puller

Here it is in all its glory!

Leatherman MultiTool

Leatherman MultiTool

Last weekend, I went to the Austin Home and Garden Show at the convention center. I normally don’t bother going, because as much as I love my home town, this has always been the lamest Home and Garden show I’ve ever seen in my life. I grew up in the DFW area, and I suppose I got spoiled attending the Dallas Home shows, which are fabulous and huge. However, I’m about to embark on a kitchen remodel (don’t worry, you’ll see pics soon), and I thought I might learn one small thing at the show that could help.

I didn’t learn anything about my kitchen, but I did find….PINK POWER TOOLS! Here’s what I especially love about them, besides the great pink color. They are sized for smaller hands, and weigh less than manly tools. Oh yes, there is a Goddess!

The stand-out of the bunch is this light weight, yet very powerful, impact drill/driver. For those of you that aren’t familiar with them, let me tell you, it puts you right up there on the same level as those hairy men when it comes to screwing things into wood. Here’s a description from the Tomboy website: “It works just like a drill/driver – until it encounters resistance. At that point the “impact” feature kicks in. In other words, a spring in the impact driver starts “bumping” the bit rather than continuously turning it. It would be similar to taking a hammer and repeatedly tapping the side of a tight nut. Note that the driver doesn’t tap the screw into the work. It taps the screw to the side, for tightening or loosening. This lessens the chance of it splitting the wood, and the tool does the hard work for you so you just hold it. I love my impact driver because (1) it is smaller and lighter than ordinary drills, (2) it has far more torque, so the driver does the work without your having to push it, (3) because of the spring-based operation, it is easier on batteries and they last longer.”

Tomboy Tools impact driver

Tomboy Tools impact driver

When the saleslady asked me “Do you ever find yourself, when measuring something, having to count those little tiny lines to figure out if it’s an eighth, a sixteenth, or whatever?” Oh my god, Yes, and it’s so annoying! Well, obviously I’m not alone. Here’s their solution, that I snapped up instantly.

Tomboy tape measure

Tomboy tape measure

And if I want to have just one tool in my pouch as I walk around the yard, or one tool in the kitchen for quick repairs, here’s an excellent, lightweight but powerful ratchet with 10 different heads for small repairs. All the heads store inside the handle of the tool so I won’t lose them.

Pink Ratchet

Pink Ratchet

Then, lastly, I picked up this sweet little apron for wearing in the garden or in the house when working on repairs; lightweight with tons of pockets, and short enough not to get in the way when I bend over. Unfortunately, she didn’t have it in pink except in a gardening kit (which I didn’t need the tools in it), so I had to get blue.
pinktools6

And because every girl likes to have a nice bag, the drill/driver comes with this cute case. There were other carrying cases I could have purchased, but I had already spent my budget and then some, so I had to stop. Next Christmas, maybe?

Storage Bag

Storage Bag

Tomboy Tools is a company I was previously unfamiliar with, but it is apparently sold through home parties, kinda like Tupperware, Mary Kay Cosmetics, or Avon. I love how we’ve progressed, ladies!

You know, I neglect to mention, that my MOST favorite tool is a strong man who loves lifting things, but I digress. What are your favorite tools?

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8 thoughts on “New Tools – Oh Yeah!

  1. oh my, oh my! How I am coveting those tools. My DH is the same as your SO. We have all the wizardry you can imagine when it comes to things electronic. I LOVE that Leatherman tool — I can just see it now — you flitting about the garden, pruning, sawing, and guzzling a beer that you’ve just opened with your handy-dandy bassomatic – I mean, leatherman! And that drill — nice. And a tapemeasure for farsighted girls — how nifty is that! Your tools are every bit as cool to look at as blooms. (I might need to borrow them….)

  2. Oh, goodie, I knew someone else out there would appreciate the value of these toys! I mean, tools! And you are welcome to borrow anytime. And I can’t wait to use the bassomatic…

  3. Oh, that gardening Leatherman tool is genius! I want one! I’m all full of tool envy, thanks to you and Diana’s new Felcos. I use the crappy $10 pruners from Walmart because I always lose them outside and find them when they’re starting to rust. Maybe I ought to get a toolbelt like yours so I don’t have an excuse for ever putting nice tools on the ground.

    And good god, but the many uses of “tool” and its variations make me think that my response to your post is some huge Freudian metaphor. It’s not the quality of the tool, but how you use it, or something to that effect. ;D

  4. LOL!!! I have to admit, I noticed a few points where a nice double entendre would have fit in well in my post. I’ve always bought cheap tools for the same reason Lori – I leave them everywhere. The apron is an attempt to gain some sanity and lose some frustration when outside in the 110 degree heat. We’ll see how well I do with that…And by the way, the tool was purchased on Amazon, and it’s quite affordable (http://www.amazon.com/Leatherman-830555-Hybrid-Gardening-Multitool/dp/B000GKAJXW/ref=sr_1_14?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1232071027&sr=8-14?).

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