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A Handyman Christmas Gift List from Lakes Region Home

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Posted 12-04-2016 at 07:26 PM by Roy Sanborn

A Handyman Christmas Gift List from Lakes Region Home

‘Tis the season again and while most people may have other things on their minds there are a few holiday home shoppers still poking around under the tree for a new house for their families. My best advice to anyone trying to sell their home during the holiday season is to make sure it exudes a colorful festive spirit and décor…but don’t overdo it too much. Remember, buyers are trying to see your home and not the decorations.

Now, for those of you wondering what to buy your handy man hubby to make his life easier and more productive (for you, that is) here are a few affordable ideas.
Every handyman, even if he is not a redneck, must have a pick-up truck. If he doesn’t, you should buy him one. Not a used old clunker. A shiny new one. Can you imagine how happy he would be to see that new red truck in the driveway on Christmas morn and how much he would get done for you around the property with it? You can pick up a base model from any dealership for around $40K or so. All right, all right, I know that’s not affordable! Just dreaming…

But, if he did have a pick-up there are a couple of inexpensive gifts that will come in handy when he goes to Lowes or Home Depot to buy new fixtures for that bath remodel you have always wanted. A Ratcheting Cargo Bar is handy to keep stuff from sliding around or tipping over in the bed when he is speeding home to install that new tub for you. Simply put it across the bed and ratchet it in position against the sides. You can even use it in your minivan, God forbid, but he really needs that truck! They even sell them at the big box stores for forty bucks or under or up at Truck Trends on Route 106 in Belmont where you could also pick up an E-Z Extendable Reacher to help retrieve small items from the front of the bed. This tool is like the modern version of the hook they used to drag a bad performer off a stage with and runs about forty bucks as well. Throw in a package of ratcheting tie down straps, again for 40 bucks or less depending on the size and number you get, and he can move the world for you…

Every handy man needs a good pocket knife. He can use it to strip the wires when he is putting up that new bathroom light fixture, to open those vacuum sealed packages that your new bathroom towel holders come in, or whittle on that pinewood derby car for little Johnny. Buck Knives 110 Famous Folding Hunter Knife has a 3 ¾” blade, has a lifetime warranty, and comes with a leather sheath so he can carry it on his belt and show off. And, yes, it is affordable at under $40 from Amazon. Band-Aids are extra.

I would hope that your handy hubby already owns a cordless drill because if he doesn’t he couldn’t be very handy. If he doesn’t, please, please go get him one. A man is truly not complete until he has a cordless drill. And while there are countless reviews on line telling you which is the best drill or brand to buy you probably will go crazy trying to figure it all out. Just make sure to get a good brand name like Bosch, DeWalt, Makita, Milwaukee, or Craftsman and that it has a couple of lithium ion or maybe the newer NiMH batteries with it. You can either get a 3/8” or ½” drill which refers to the maximum drill bit size you can use. A 3/8” size drill will handle most jobs around the house but a ½” drill generally is a better built, more powerful, and versatile option. Drills come with different size batteries and obviously, the more voltage, the more power a drill has. You don’t have to go crazy here and you can pick up a decent drill for general use around the house for somewhere between $100 and $200. Talk to the guy in the tool department, he’ll advise you on the best deal he’s got.

Or how about the Black & Decker MSW100 Ready Wrench?
This is for the guy that has lost his marbles or more specifically his sockets. With this new Black & Decker Ready Wrench he won’t need his socket set any more as it incorporates sixteen of the most popular standard and metric sizes in one durable rubber gripped tool. No more wasting time hunting for the right socket size. A great stocking stuffer for around $30 at Amazon.

If your guy likes nice tools, check out the Garrett Wade tool catalog on-line. Lots of great stuff to choose from here. I particularly like the Special Screwdriver set for $56. This is an excellent set of six wooden handle screwdrivers that won’t slip out of the screw when tightening it that last little bit. A regular screwdriver that we normally use has a tapered tip that cause it jump out of the slot usually tearing the top of the screw head in the process well. The tips on these screwdrivers are ground parallel so they don’t slip. Pretty nice! They also have a beautiful set of three Gunsmithing Screwdrivers with Rosewood Handles and Brass ferrules for $56 that also have hollow ground tips that won’t slip. So nice he might not want to use them…
Happy shopping!

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