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I Hack Household Products


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I recently returned home after being away for a month. Much to my dismay, I found my house overrun with fruit flies when I walked in the door. Some of them were still flying around, but a few had managed to die – inside of my mini-blinds. Argh! I tried a few different things to get them out of there without hurting the blinds. I ended up having to head to a local store and picking up something to use. It may not have been originally intended to clean dead bugs out of window blinds, but that’s okay – the newest household hacker made it work!

The Turbo Snake Drain Hair Removal Tool was obviously designed to remove hair that is clogging the drains in your sink or bathtub. However, this little thing was perfect to sweep the stupid dead fruit flies out of the cracks in between the slats on the blinds. Swish! They were on the floor, ready to be sucked up into the confines of my vacuum cleaner.

The little brush at the end of the snake is much like a mascara wand – according to Imei. The tiny bristles were exactly right for the job at hand. It only cost me about ten bucks, and now I have a tool that I can use for several different things.

What other household products have you used for purposes in your home that you didn’t expect?

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It's Not Just a Screwdriver

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Screwdrivers are wonderful tools. The issue I have with some screwdrivers is that I can’t quite get it to fit where it needs to go. This is increasingly frustrating when working in small spaces, especially behind your desk! Well, now you can see a little better using this Spot On Screwdriver from HardToFindTools.com.

The Spot On Screwdriver has an LED light built into the end of it! This is the solution for the professional or hobbyist needing more then the available light to get the job done. Especially when you dont have an extra hand! Push the button and the light shines brightly on this work tool! A long lasting LED spotlight is built into the bit tip permitting you to locate the screw head in dark places. This premium, patent-pending screwdriver also features a contoured sure grip handle for comfort and maximum torque. Hardened and tempered vanadium blade is 4” inches in length. A must tool for automotive, electronic, appliance repair or work with small engines.

For only $24.95, this is a great deal. Having this frees up a hand, by not needing a separate flashlight. Anything that makes life easier for me is something I need, for sure.

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Tool

Did you know there’s such a thing as a cordless saw? I had no idea until I started looking around our Tool King section. I’m starting to take that home improvement thing seriously. Yeah, I know about cordless drills and… what the hell is Lincoln Lubrication!? Chicago Pneumatic – wasn’t that a drama series on NBC? Why doesn’t someone create a comprehensive list of “must have” tools for the average home owner? Ya know, tools that won’t cost me an arm and a leg (or remove them if used improperly). I’ve got a cordless drill with a handful of bits, a screwdriver set, a computer repair kit, a big-ass Black and Decker tool kit, laser level kit, and other assorted handheld goodies. Which brands should we trust – and which ones should we avoid? Actually, I bet Black and Decker isn’t good because it’s so readily available (that’s just a guess). Is DeWalt any good? I mean, honestly – how can you tell?

Home Improvement Tools

So, if one wanted to take home improvement into his or her own hands, where should one begin to look for help online? I really want to become my own handyman, if only because I’d rather “DIY” than wait around for someone else to do it for me. I can change light bulbs like none other, but beyond that – I’m useless. Awl I know is that I need to start collecting simple tutorials for common problems around the house. Let the link love begin!