Top Tools You Didn’t Know You Needed in Your Life

hands using laser measurement tool
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There are countless tasks to tackle around the house.

From odds and ends in the plumbing department to figuring out how to retrieve that dropped screw, having the right tool can mean the difference between success and failure--or at least help you keep your sanity.

The good news is if you’ve had an issue, someone else has too and they’ve probably developed just the tool you need, even if you didn’t know it yet.

Below are some tools that fall into that category, and perhaps a few you just hadn’t thought to have around.

Kelamayi Broom and Dustpan Set

dustpan and broom

Every home and garage has its messes. While sometimes a vacuum is the right tool for the job, other times the traditional broom and dustpan hit the mark.

This system makes the process smarter. How often have you swept up a pile then not been able to find a dustpan? Or you’ve grabbed the dustpan only to find it leaves debris behind?

Someone else was frustrated too. The Kelamayi relies on high quality bristles to get the first part of the job done. They are also environmentally-friendly, made from recycled plastic.

An extendable handle offers versatility, ebbing from 39.76 to 51.18 inches on demand. Made from stainless steel, you don’t have to worry about it getting crushed, bent, or broken.

The dustpan has a unique feature that cleans the bristles upon removal, pulling out hair and dropping it into the pan below. The dustpan then closes for transport so you can empty it outdoors or in the trash.

Other convenient features make it easy to store out of the way.

Gen 2 Vue Smart Home Energy Monitor

Plug it in for 24/7 energy monitoring. There are DIY instructions included, but a professional electrician is recommended.

16 sensors monitor circuits throughout the house so you can figure out which devices are using the most energy. It monitors both the whole energy use and solar net metering.

An app on your phone allows you to monitor energy generation and consumption in real time. It requires WiFi service to communicate information.

The Emporia Vue links with compatible smart devices in the home for full circle energy management. With a full set up you can set an energy goal and allow all devices to adjust to meet that goal. You can put a maximum consumption rate on devices during peak times or a ceiling on energy usage overall.

When creating solar energy, you can remotely initiate or auto set devices to turn on during peak energy production. Using energy as it’s being produced results in maximum efficiency and a lower power bill.

Lockly Secure Pro, Wi-Fi Smart Lock

smart lock set

There are countless reasons to install keyless entry. For example, perhaps you have a vacation rental where you need to change the code in between renters.

You may also want the convenience of providing access to a maid, childcare provider, plumber, or other workers in your home.

The Lockly Secure Pro can be controlled via phone app so you can unlock the door even when you’re away from home. Of course, you can also lock it from your phone if someone forgets.

The system relies on a thumbprint and can store information for up to 99 different people. That means you can use it in a public space or even an office. The individual personalization means you’ll know when individuals come and go.

This biometric sensor is available in three colors and is available in deadbolt or latch options. It’s also compatible with Alexa.

FASTPRO 220-Piece Home Tool Set

You have a common household repair to make. You think you have the screwdriver or drill bit you need, but when you start digging around you find you don’t. That’s when an all-in-one tool set comes in handy.

It’s also a great gift for recent graduates, homeowners, first-time renters or for the car.

This set has a nearly perfect 5-star rating from nearly 4,000 reviews.

It has all the commonly used tools you need readily available, such as wrenches, pliers, scissors, drill bits, screwdrivers, utility knife, and tape measure. Plus, it’s all contained in a durable tool bag with many pockets for organization.

110/220-Volt Paddle Switch by POWERTEC

safety cover for power outlet

Safety comes first in the workshop. Inasmuch, make sure you can quickly cut the power supply when using power tools.

This paddle switch can be hooked up as a primary kill switch or used to replace a defective unit on your favorite power tools.

It can be used with your table saw, table sander, band saw, drill press, router table, cement mixer, and more.

HAUTMEC Professional Contractor's Tool Bag

If you already have a good assortment of tools, you simply need one more critical organizational tool to keep it all together.

This tool bag is foldable with a strong tote handle for carrying it from one place to another or closing it during transport.

While on the jobsite, it can sit open, exposing the organizational pouches and pockets. It’s useful for specialty tools, general tools, or as a project bag. Twenty-three pockets allow everything to have its place so it’s there when you need it. It’s available in 13-in, 16-in, or 18-in sizes.

Professional Repair Tool for Electronics

precision screwdriver set

If ever there is a project where you realize the benefits of specifically-developed tools, it’s when working on electronics. Imagine the laptop torn apart, small chips and tiny screws scattered about.

If you didn’t have these tools when you took it apart, you’ll want them when you put it back together.

The 102 bits are magnetic to avoid the dropsies and the set includes 93 CRV precision bits and 9 socket bits, using the highest quality CR-V material. The tools and the bits come in a convenient storage box to keep everything organized and ready for whatever electronic task you’re preparing to tackle.

Whether you’re disassembling and repairing cell phones, digital cameras, watches, glasses, laptops or game consoles, this 106-piece set will limit your downtime.

90W LED Digital Soldering Kit

When something breaks, your DIY spirit looks for ways to fix it. But without the right tool, there’s only so much you can do.

In the case of detailed work like that on circuit boards, jewelry, craft welding, computers, home appliances, and phone repairs, a soldering kit is the tool you didn’t know you needed.

The high-quality ceramic heating core heats up in less than 30 seconds. A digital display allows you to monitor functions and gives you temperature control to make precise adjustments between 176℉-896℉. The ℃/°F can be switched at any time.

For safety and the protection of the device, it features automatic standby and sleep mechanisms.

Laser Tape Measure

laser measuring device

If you need to measure a board or perhaps the length of a window opening you can grab any basic tape measure. But when you need to calculate flooring materials for a room, want to know the distance across the driveway, or are planning for a new fence, a laser tape measure is your best friend.

The Tavool Tackvool (say that three times fast) offers a large display screen that is backlit for daytime or nighttime use.

In addition to measurements of straight distance, it does some preliminary geometry like area, volume, and Pythagorean calculations.

You can also set it to measure from the front of the device or the back of the device. This allows you to place it against the wall and measure from the back or hold it in front of you and measure from that point forward. This brand is highly rated on Amazon and available in both 165-foot and 229-foot lengths.

Showpin Smartphones Suction Cup Tool

There are many reasons we often don’t work on our own cell phones, one of which is that it will void a warranty if you have one. If that’s the case, send it in. If you aren’t at risk of losing warranty coverage, you can order parts and make the repairs with the help of this handy set.

The suction cups not only separate the front and back of the phone so you can access internal parts, but they keep you from touching the screen and other parts unnecessarily.

This tool has a very specific job and all the parts to make it happen. The suction cups support the phone while an opening tool guides the front and back pieces away from each other.

RAK Multi-Tool 2Pc Pen Set

pens with rulers and levels on them

This is a little like the gadget check on movies before the agent heads out on a mission. Not nearly as fancy, perhaps, but this condensed multi-tool will provide the device you need for backpacking, in the car, or in a pinch when you leave your toolbox at home.

The multi-tool is made up of eight tools, including an LED light that will illuminate as you work. There’s a stylus and both metric and standard rulers too. Then, of course, there’s the ubiquitous bottle opener and both Phillips and flathead screwdrivers.

The device also has a bubble level and a straightforward ballpoint pen (sometimes it’s just the tool you need).

Over 6,000 reviewers report it’s sturdy, well made, worth the money, and makes a great gift.

Magnetic Pickup Tool

There’s nothing more annoying than dropping a small screw that’s pertinent to a project. Often it finds its way in the most inconvenient places that are difficult to get to.

Whether that’s at the bottom of the engine block or underneath the dishwasher, when you need to retrieve it, a magnet on a flexible neck is the right tool for the job.

This version has a flashlight on the end so you can see where you’re headed. The rotating neck can extend in any direction, so you can manipulate it where it needs to go.

Reviewers say it makes a great gift for the tinkerers, DIYers, and mechanics in your life.

SURDOCA Car Trunk Organizer

Over 18,000 customers have given this car organizer high reviews.

Sturdy straps mount the organizer to most seat styles, holding it in place while it restrains a multitude of supplies.

Organize emergency gear, tools, cleaning products, or toys and wet wipes for the kids. Throw in sporting gear, dog accessories or work items.

This trunk organizer is available in black or gray and is quick to install. Mesh pockets make it easy to see what’s inside.

Red the Crab Silicone Utensil Rest

crab shaped spoon holder

Like we said, you didn’t know you needed it. Keep sticky, messy ladles and spoons off your work surface with this handy holder.

Since it’s silicone, it can handle the high temps without melting. Plus, it’s cute. It’ll just make you want to smile a bit while you cook or bake.

In addition to powerlifting cooking utensils, this crabby helper can sit on the edge of a pot or skillet and hold the lid up for steam release.

It will help avoid stains on the counter and keep your stirring device handy.

Magnetic Wristband

Again with the magnets? Yes indeed.

This little gadget keeps you from worrying about knocking over the container of small parts where you managed to corral all the metal pieces from your project.

That’s if you have a container available and remember to put them all inside. Instead, this device makes it easy to grab the needed piece even while balanced on the top of a ladder or when wedged beneath a vehicle.

KIWOEN Universal Socket

This type of universal socket seems to always make our lists because they’re so dang convenient.

For many tasks around the house and under the hood, a universal socket eliminates the need for digging through the bucket of sockets in search of the right size.

Plus, you don’t need to distinguish what type of screw head you’re dealing with. It pretty much grabs anything ranging from standard 1/4 to 3/4 inches and metric 7 mm to 19 mm, even with irregular shapes.

RAK Contour Gauge

If you’ve ever installed wood or laminate flooring, you’ll immediately see one use for this little gadget. It allows you to create a template for those odd cuts. You know, the ones that skirt around the fireplace, meet up with a doorway, or land in an oddly-shaped corner.

To use, simply press the contour gauge into the space. The teeth will replicate each contour. Lock it into place and transfer the pattern to your material for precise cuts or drawings.

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