You might think it’s just another flash light, but this one is pretty sweet.

These days there are tons of LED flash lights out there!  Every size and shape imaginable.

Klein has come out with a new Penlight that is really cool. This is great for up-close inspection. It also has a glow in the dark tip, (I LOVE anything that glows in the dark). I think the coolest thing about it though, is that it has a laser pointer! Most people will use it to point out conduits, wires and other important things. Myself, well, I have a huge in door cat! I use it make him run from one end of the house to the other to hopefully drop some weight. (The flash light comes in handy to look under the couch for cat toys).

The new Klein Inspection Penlight uniquely features a laser that can be used to pinpoint hard-to-reach places, which is ideal for communicating with foreman, inspectors, colleagues, etc. Helping to reduce, or even eliminate, mistakes is what makes the Inspection Penlight with Laser a job site necessity.

  • LED penlight for up-close lighting in dim areas
  • Laser pointer pinpoints objects or features that are out of reach
  • Glow ring tip charges while the light is on and allows for easy retrieval in the dark
  • Pocket clip for easy, convenient storage
  • Aluminum body with cushion-grip handle

~Woody

This can save your life.

5757789Every month I write the blog hoping to entertain and inform our customers about new products, but this month’s blog is going to be a little more serious.

This month I want to talk about the importance of carbon monoxide detectors. Every year, 20,000 to 30,000 people in the United States are sickened by accidental carbon monoxide poisoning and approximately 500 people die, many in their own home. Carbon monoxide is colorless, odorless, and tasteless, which is why carbon monoxide detectors are so important. Most detectors are hard wired and interconnected, but if you have an older home, this may not be the case.

Kidde makes a battery powered detector that can be installed anywhere.

The Nighthawk battery operated carbon monoxide alarm is an easy to install unit that provides reliable protection against the dangers of carbon monoxide. Written information and instruction make this unit’s operation easy for anyone to understand. The Nighthawk DC Basic alarm has a small, sleek design that is suitable for all living areas and has a 7-year limited warranty.

  • Battery Operated (3AA’s included) – Provides protection during power outages.
  • Test/Reset Button – Tests the unit for proper operation. Resets the Carbon Monoxide alarm.
  • 7-Year End of Life Warning – Alerts user to replace CO alarm after 7-years of operation. (40% longer than other CO alarms)
  • UL Listed – Lifelong Warranty

 

~Woody

This drill goes through wood like a pig through slop!

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Drilling holes in wood studs. Every electrician has to do it. These days the task is much easier thanks to the invention of the electric drill.

If you have ever watched a barn raising on Little House on the Prairie, you have seen a guy with a beard spinning the handle of an old drill by hand. This must have taken DAYS to drill 5 holes. What if the hole was in the wrong place?!

Today, electricians use the reliable “Hole Hawg” from Milwaukee! Power and torque, that’s about all that needs to be said about the Hole-Hawg line of drills. The compact design of this drill makes it perfect for drilling between studs and joists. This unit will handle up to a 4-5/8 in. Selfeed Bit. An extra-long pipe handle helps you control the power. The 1676-6 features two speed ranges, 1200 and 300 RPM, this will greatly increase the versatility of this drill. Hi-torque and hi-speed make this the perfect choice for the heavy duty user.

Features:

  • Handles up to 4-5/8 in. selffeed bit
  • Two speeds: 300 and 1,200 RPM, reversing
  • Powerful 7.5 amp motor
  • Powerful, yet compact for large hole drilling between joists and studs

Includes:

  • 1/2 in. Hole-Hawg Two-Speed Drill, 300/1,200 RPM with Case – 1676-6
  • Carrying Case – 48-55-0111
  • Pipe Handle
  • Product Manual

Now in stock!

~Woody

Music lover’s problem, chewing food to the beat of a song.

6005423I do a lot of home projects, and I love to listen to music while I work. In my house it’s easy. I just turn up the surround sound loud enough to hear it in every room. The only problem is, so can my neighbors! Although I did see an older coupling walk past my house bobbing their heads to “LET THE BODIES HIT THE FLOOR!”

So, I started just using my phone. Taking it from room to room. Not the best quality and it reminds me of the old transistor radios we carried around as kids. Ear buds, as it turns out, were not the answer. I got the cord wrapped around a drill bit and tore them right out of my ears.

Then I found this!

The Klein Wireless Job Site Speaker.

  • Connects wirelessly via Bluetooth* or a wired auxiliary input
  • 8 ft (10 m) connectivity range (in open space)
  • 10-Hour battery life
  • Drop protected up to 6.6 ft (2 m)
  • Powerful rear magnet holds speaker to metal surfaces (panels, ducts, etc.)
  • Twist-lock flange mounts to Klein’s Lighted Tool Bag (Cat. No. 55431)
  • 1/4-20 threaded mount on bottom allows attachment to any standard tripod
  • Rated IP45 waterproof/dustproof
  • Able to answer calls hands-free with the built-in speakerphone
  • Includes 1/8” (3.5 mm) stereo auxiliary cable and micro USB-to-standard USB charging cable

 

FYI : Even though you can connect the speaker to the Tool Bag full of tools, I don’t advise trying to hold it up to your ear while dancing like we did with boom boxes in the old days!

~Woody

“Pa, the barn light’s out again!”

5883764Fall has hit in corn country. The days are getting shorter which means the all the farmers are seeing which barn light is out. You know, the barn light! It has been around forever. With it’s horrible yellow glow and a lens that flies off as soon as the wind blows. Every fall we go through dozens of them! They are a huge waste of electricity burning 150 watts of yellow light that just makes everything look like nuclear fallout.

Well, no more! These dinosaurs have finally been replaced with a LED alternative.

The RAB Yardblaster!  

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  • Replaces 175W mercury vapor and 150W HPS barn lights
  • Widespread light distribution illuminates large areas
  • Vandal-resistant
  • High-impact poly-carbonate lens
  • Rugged die-cast aluminum housing withstands harsh environments
  • Integrated dusk to dawn photocell
  • 100,000-hour LED lifespan

This fixture is very easy to install and in most cases, it will fit right on the existing arm!

~Woody

I wonder, if you put an LED lamp in an EZ-Bake oven, I bet you could go back in time!

5975780The incandescent light bulb, the work horse of lighting since Edison invented it! The power of this invention is a fond memory of mine. When I was a kid, my sister had an EZ-Bake oven! It was amazing to me that a light bulb could make treats. No matter how they turned out, she would always made me eat them.

If you have ever taken out a burning lamp, you know how hot they get. Older houses have porcine sockets with a lamp in the closet. Let’s face it, we fill our closets, and an exposed lamp could make an EZ-bake disaster.

In most cases the fixture must be replaced with a new fixture that has a globe, or, you can simply install the Sylvania ULTRA LED Retro Fit lamp! It’s so simple, take out the existing lamp and screw the ULTRA LED into the socket! BAM!!! You now have a great looking LED fixture with a pull chain.

Sylvania 75112

Key Features & Benefits

  • Lumen package: – 700 lumens @ 9 watts (without pull chain)-
  • 1200 lumens @ 15 watts (with pull chain)
  • Replacement for 65W incandescent
  • CCT: 2700K & 4000K
  • CRI of 82
  • Reduces energy consumption up to 86%
  • 50,000 hours life (L70)
  • Suitable for damp and dry locations
  • Save up to $308 over the life of the fixture and last 25X longer
  • 5 year warranty

~Woody

The only wires that should be in your teeth are braces.

RWB WireStripperWire strippers have come a long way since I was a kid. Then again there really was only one reason for me and my friends to ever use a pair. You see back in the day cars didn’t come with cool stereos with speakers everywhere, no, we had an AM radio and one small speaker in the dash. The solution, head down to the local stereo shop and buy a groovy new AM/FM CASSETTE stereo!! If we were lucky, it fit right in place of the old radio. Next, connecting the wires. We usually ran a wire directly to the battery for power. Not a good idea. Now the speakers!! Since we never had a pair of wire strippers, we would use our teeth to strip the wire. By time we were done there was a mass of wires and tape under the dash and we had sore gums from chewing the insulation off the wires.

Avoid sore gums, and get a nice pair of wire strippers! Ideal for example, has a great line. Right now they are offering a limited edition 100-year anniversary wire stripper. It comes in a red, white and blue color scheme to commemorate 100 years of being made in America!

Ideal 45-619

~Woody

What happens in a black hole, stays in a black hole!

Holes! In the electrical industry they are very important. We put pipe in them, stick wires through them, and even install lighting in them.

Today we are lucky, we have all kinds of fun tools to make them with! In the old days, holes were made with manual drills that you would have to crank by hand. This could take days, but your arms would at least look great!

So, it’s so cool that Klein has so many great options for making holes.

Everything from the Carbide-Tipped cutters that go from ½” – 2” pipe sizes, an adjustable hole saw to cut in can lights, and these really neat Ship-Auger Bits that will go through nails, wood, vinyl plastic and heavy timber. (They would also be great in a horror movie.)

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What do you get if you cross a glow worm with a python? A 15 foot strip light that can strangle you to death!

hiviz_driver_0Ever since I was a kid, I have loved anything that glows in the dark. My sister and I used to love to play, “The Barnabas Collins Dark Shadows Game!” Your goal? Be the first person to assemble a full skeleton. You draw a bone or stake from the coffin each turn, though you’re going to want to avoid the stakes. Oh, and the skeleton glows in the dark. “If you win, the curse of the vampire is yours!” Yes, we had a strange Mother who loved horror movies and to scare us to death whenever she could.

Another great pass time was catching lightning bugs……..and then smearing the tails on our arms, running around the yard in the dark until the lightning bug goo quit glowing.

So it is very cool that Klein tools has come out with a line of screw drivers that have handles that glow in the dark!

The Hi-Viz Drivers.

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  • Excellent glow-in-the-dark feature allows you to find your tools in the dark.
  • Handle charges when placed in direct sunlight or artificial light.
  • Precision-machined tip provides accurate fit and torque without slippage.
  • Tip-Ident® quickly identifies the screwdriver type and tip orientation.
  • Premium chrome-plated for smooth feel and corrosion resistance.
  • Internal flanges inside handle provide solid, twist-resistant blade anchor.
  • Special heat-treated shafts.
  • Meets or exceeds applicable ASME/ANSI specifications.

~Woody

If it can’t be fixed with Duct Tape, then you’re not using enough Duct Tape.

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There is nothing in the world that cannot be fixed with Duct Tape.

I once owned a red compact car. Driving to work one day a pheasant decided to take on my front bumper. His sacrifice to his fellow car hating, feathered friends was not in vein. He charged my bumper and with a blast of feathers, the bumper was in pieces. Not having a lot of spare time (or money) at the time, the perfect solution was duct tape! Even better, RED duct tape! Problem solved.

3M™ Heavy Duty Duct Tape 3939 has the tensile strength and adhesion for splicing, masking, patching, seaming, hanging poly sheeting, sealing PVC pipes, covering trip hazards and a host of other industrial applications.

  • Industrial-grade duct tape for splicing, masking, patching, sealing and seaming
  • High tensile strength for a secure hold under stress
  • Thick rubber adhesive bonds to most rough and smooth surfaces for a tight seal
  • Silver polyethylene surface resists wear, abrasion and water

 

So no matter what your need, whether taping a bumper together or your younger brother to a tree, 3M Heavy Duty Duct Tape 3939 is the product for you!

~Woody