Portamate PBR-001 Lumber Storage Rack

Portamate PBR-001

Review in progress!


  • Perfect for storing wood / lumber in your garage, shed, workshop, or even outdoors
  • Wall mounted, with six levels of storage, which increases your overall storage capacity
  • Each level can support up to 100 lbs., making for 600 lbs. of total storage
  • Powder-coated 1-inch steel tube construction means it’s extremely strong
  • Convenient, space saving footprint – 41″ height x (up to) 72″ wide x 12 ½” shelf depth
  • Also perfect for any storage – gutters, pipe, molding, sports equipment, and much more


For more info: portamate.com

To buy: amazon.com

Gamma Seal Lid

Gamma Seal Lid

Review in progress!

For more info: Gamma Seal Lid

To buy: Amazon.com

Stack-On SBR-13 13 Compartment Storage Organizer

Stack On 13Review in progress!

For reference, I included a Swiss Army knife.

  • 13-compartment storage box with removable dividers
  • Easy scoop design for convenient access to small parts
  • Clear see-through lid allows you to see the contents at a glance
  • Cover firmly snaps shut to secure contents
  • Store crafts, nails, nuts and bolts, outdoor items, etc

For more info: Stack-on.com

To buy: Amazon.com


Renovation 4th Edition: Completely Revised and Updated

Renovation 4th Edition Completely Revised and Updated Tools of the Tradies 1Review in progress!

For more info: Taunton.com

To buy:

Renovation 4th Edition: Completely Revised and Updated (amazon)

Knipex Pliers Wrench

Before I share my impressions of the Knipex Pliers Wrench, let’s talk about adjustable wrenches.

I think wrenches are very useful, as long as you have the skills to use them. Whether you are using an inexpensive or an expensive wrench, you need to know how to wiggle the wrench in place, while you’re turning the spiral wheel. These tasks seem very simple, but they’re not. How many times have you seen rounded nuts? In addition to these prerequisites, you’ll need to keep your thumb on the spiral wheel, at least for the inexpensive wrenches, perhaps evening tightening the spiral wheel, as you tighten the nut. You usually don’t have this problem with the better made wrenches, but you need to wiggle the wrench, as you’re loosening the spiral wheel, to get it off of the nut. See where I’m going with this? You need advanced skills or some serious training to use an adjustable wrench.

Unlike adjustable wrenches, the Knipex Pliers Wrench does not require any specialized training to operate. You simply adjust the jaws to the approximate size, then squeeze. That’s it! The Knipex Pliers Wrench is also fundamentally different in that it can apply dynamic pressure to the nut or the object being grasped, as opposed to adjustable wrenches that are static and neutral on the better wrenches, and even negative on the cheaper ones.

If you’re in the market for an adjustable wrench or not, get yourself a pair of the Knipex Pliers Wrench. They’re easier, faster, safer, and super comfy!

For more info: Knipex-Tools.com

To buy: Knipex 8605250 10-Inch Pliers Wrench – Comfort Grip (amazon)

Preview: Crescent CFW2 2 Piece Folding Flip and Grip Ratcheting Wrench

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  • Versatile – Adjustable jaw fits over 50 fasteners
  • Speed – Spring-loaded, ratcheting jaw turns fasteners quickly
  • Access – Locking pivot helps reach around obstacles in tight spaces
  • Portable – Folding wrench head for convenient storage and transport

More info here: apextoolgroup.com

To purchase: amazon.com

Bosch Power Tools – The next big thing is coming… 11/11/13

Bosch will be introducing new tools on 11/11/13. Expect at least one or more of the tools to be brushless.

 For more info: boschtools.com/brushless

Bosch 18V Impact Driver (Bosch IDS181)

  • Most compact impactor design with a head length of 5.4-Inch, allowing the tool to be used in tight and hard to reach places with increased comfort
  • Optimized Impact Performance: Provides the best runtime and control for small to medium duty fastening jobs
  • Integrated 3-LED Ring: Provides shadow free illumination for the best visibility in low lighting applications
  • Superior Ergonomics: Slim, soft grip provides maximum comfort and control during fastening applications
  • Electronic Cell Protection (ECP) – Increases battery lifetime by preventing damage caused by misuse

To be a 100% honest, when Bosch introduced an impact driver with less power, and not more, I thought they had lost their marbles. However, after using it for a few minutes, I understand why.

Very few tradies drive large lag screws or concrete screws on a regular basis. If you do, you should be using an impact wrench. By dialing down the power, Bosch reduced the size, weight, and sound of the IDS181. The smaller size equals more access. The lighter weight permits more control. The reduced power equals less noise. To give you an idea of what the IDS181 sounds like, imagine using your impact driver with ear plugs (listen to this youtube video).

If your need is to drive 3 or 4 inch wood screws on a regular basis, then you’ll be rewarded with a tool that is competent, compact, and quiet.  The IDS181 also has a smaller grip, so it would be great for people that have smaller hands. 

Youtube: Bosch IDS181 driving a Tapcon screw into wood and concrete

For more info about this tool or any other Bosch tool, please contact Bosch Tools.

To purchase: amazon.com

Preview: Lufkin CS8525 Control Series Power Tape, 1-3/16-Inch by 25-Feet, Orange/Black

  • Accuracy – Wide end hook increases tape catch for precision marking
  • Reach – 10 ft. standout enables one person to stretch tape to target
  • Durability – Rugged co-molded grip protects tape from drops or abuse
  • Retraction – Control the tape with a single finger under the case for better grip and safer retraction on tape line
  • Drag Strip finger access for measuring and retraction control

For more info: Lufkintool.com

To purchase: amazon.com

Preview: Stanley STHT83166 2-Inch by 4-Inch Clamp

–Eliminates the need to carry around bar clamps or pipe clamps
–Clamps can be inserted and repositioned anywhere along a 2″x4″
–400 pounds of clamping force and up to 850 pounds when bolted to a 2″x4″
–Non-mar pads to protect work surfaces

Stanley STHT83166 2-Inch by 4-Inch Clamp 9 (amazon)

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