Here’s a list of gift suggestions for the handyman or handywoman on your list, items you can purchase online. I personally have tested and used these tools.
•Shed a little light on your project. The Energizer Hard Case Professional Swivel Head flashlight produces double the lumens of lighting of its predecessor. Last season’s model produced 35 lumens; that’s been increased to a 70-lumens spotlight using only two AA batteries.
The flashlight fits easily in your hand, has a handy clip to fit your belt or waistband or can stand alone on the casing’s flat base. The lamp head swivels 125 degrees to focus output on any work surface. Suggested retail price is $52.99, but it can be found for less than $48 at http://victorsafety.com.
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•Whether you are installing tile, repairing subfloor or tackling cutouts in plaster walls, this do-it-all cutting saw reduces work time and headaches, having been optimized for more power, control and versatility. The new 6.0A RotoSaw+ cuts through even the toughest building materials (such as hard wood, rebar and granite), eliminating the need for multiple tools.
The RotoSaw+ can be used as a cutoff grinder, a cutout tool a flush-cut saw and a hole saw. And with the right RotoZip Connect attachments, it also can replace tile-cutting wet saws, jigsaws or power shears. Suggested retail price is $130 and it is available online at amazon.com.
You can watch a video of the RotoSaw cutting through a piece of steel rebar at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7gCAOOI7iY.
•This year, SKIL Power Tools is joining the fight against breast cancer by partnering with Susan G. Komen to launch its “Tools for the Cure’’ campaign. The power-tool company will be turning its No. 1-selling power tool, the iXO Palm-Sized Screwdriver, to pink.
Skill will then devote 10 percent of the unit price of every pink iXO sold between Aug. 1 and Dec. 31 to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure, providing a minimum donation of $100,000 to the organization.
The versatile pink iXO Palm-Sized Screwdriver will help do-it-yourselfers with everyday projects, from tightening up cabinet knobs to assembling furniture or toys.
The iXO’s Lithium Ion Battery will hold a charge for up to 18 months. The unit has a built-in Sitelight LED Work Light that illuminates hard-to-see areas; a battery fuel gauge showing when it’s time to recharge the tool; drill-forward and -reverse indicators, and a quarter-inch hex-bit holder allows for fast and easy bit changes.
Suggested retail price is $39.99 and it is available online at amazon.com.
I have two of the iXOs and use at least one of them every day. It is one of the handiest tools I own.
Dwight Barnett is a certified master inspector. Contact him at C. Dwight Barnett, Evansville Courier & Press, P.O. Box 268, Evansville, Ind. 47702 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Sorry, no personal replies. Always consult local contractors and codes.