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Black & Decker MSW1000 Ready Wrench

Posted by hardwareworld on February 18, 2010

Black & Decker MSW100

The greatest thing about the Black & Decker MSW100 is that it completely eliminates the problem of lost sockets.  It’s our product of the week.

Don’t know about you – but we have a bunch of different socket sets in our workshop, each one missing a few sockets that we’ve lost over time.  By collecting enough sets you know you’ll have the socket you need in one of them, even if that size socket is missing from the others.  It’s almost a comedy how 1 socket set won’t do, because you’ll always wind up missing that socket size that you need.

And how many times have to put your socket set down (maybe somewhere on top of an engine you’re working on), and then tipped the set over, knocking the sockets all over the floor and into places you can’t reach them.  We have, plenty of times.  This tool ends that problem too.

8 Sockets Fit These Sizes

Handles a lot of Torque

This tool is a fairly simple idea that works really well.  All of the sockets are permanently attached to the handle.  The sockets are on rotating heads that snap into place.  An extra advantage is that the heads can be turned to many angles – you aren’t limited to the 90 degree angle of a typical socket heads.

We were surprised by the build quality of that tool.  It’s not a toy or a gimmick.  It’s solid and can take a lot of torque. 

One thing we also like is the way the socket size numbers are both engraved onto the tool and then filled with colored ink – it makes the numbers easily readable.  It’s much nicer than the typical socket set where you may struggle to read lightly engraved socket sizes.

This tool features 16 of the most common socket sizes.  The sockets are 6-point, not the cheaper 12-point which is more likely to strip.  Another benefit is the sockets are hollow through to the socket on the other side, able to do the work of a deep socket.

We’ve really come to like having this in our toolbox.  Turns out it takes up a lot less space in there than a standard socket set too! 

As you know, for our product of the week, we love to offer a great price.  For this week only, we’re offering the unbeatable price of 

Product of the Week Price: $24.99

To order this product, please go to the product page: Order this Ready Wrench

As with all our products, this product is new.  In-stock orders placed by 12pm eastern, 9am pacific ship the same business day.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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Bosch Ariston GL2.5 Under-Sink Water Heater

Posted by hardwareworld on February 5, 2010

Bosch Ariston GL2.5

Bosch Ariston GL2.5 Water Heater

There’s just something about washing your hands in warm water. 

In most houses, because the sink is not right next to the water heater, there is a delay between when you first turn on the hot water and when hot water actually comes out of the faucet.  One of our staff had a house with a remodel and old plumbing and it actually took almost 3 minutes for the water to turn warm!  Most houses average 30 seconds to a few minutes. 

When waiting for warm water, it’s tempting to not wait and just wash your hands in the cold water and be done with it.  You get used to washing your hands in cold water and you just put up with it.  Well it doesn’t have to be that way. 

This week’s product of the week is the Bosch Ariston GL2.5 under counter water heater.  It’s a mini hot water tank that goes right under your sink.  It makes hot water available instantly. 

We found installation to be very easy.  The unit can sit on the floor, so there is no need to drill holes or mount it (it can also be mounted on the wall if desired).  The water installation is as simple as unplugging the supply line between the hot water outlet and the sink, and plugging that into the water heater’s IN port, and then running a new line from the water heater’s OUT port to the sink.  You will need an extra supply line that fits your sink.  (we carry supply lines here.)  Both of the connectors in the unit are 1/2″ NPT male. 

Installation does not require any mounting

The electrical installation is slightly more complicated but not too bad.  The unit plugs into a regular 120V outlet.  The challenge is the only outlet that most homes have under the sink is a switched outlet for the garbage disposal — and that outlet is generally left off.  We often found it convenient to tap a new unswitched outlet off the junction box that is located under most diswashers.  If you are installing in a bathroom or other location with no outlet, you may need to install a new one.  The heater is rated at 1500 watts, which means it will draw 12.5 amps.  You’ll need to be sure your circuit has the extra capacity when other appliances are on.  We didn’t have a problem, but you’ll definitely want to check for your own situation. 

The unit has a thermostat, so you can select the exact temperature you wish.  It also has an on/off switch so you can save energy when going on vacation. 

We don’t have hard figures – but we think we’re saving energy, and definitely water, by not drawing so much water out of the hot water tank on each use. 

It’s hard to describe just how big a difference it makes to have hot water instantly available.  Since we installed it, nearly everyone who uses that sink comments on how nice the water is.  Think of how many times you wash your hands every day. 

Product of the week pricing for this product has ended, however you can still purchase this cutter at our every day low price: Order this Water Heater  

As with all our products, this product is new.  In-stock orders placed by 12pm eastern, 9am pacific ship the same business day.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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Skil 2352-01 Power Cutter

Posted by hardwareworld on January 21, 2010

Skil 3.6v Cutter
This cutter is light – it weighs less than 1 pound.

Our product of the week is the Skil 3.6 volt Lithium-Ion Power Cutter. 

We have found this device very handy to keep around the house.  It cuts through all kinds of materials up to 1/4″ thick – and once we had it around, we kept finding new uses for it.  It’s amazing how handy this device turns out to be. 

One of our favorite uses for this cutter is to open those plastic clamshell packages that so many products come in (see picture).  These packages always seem to be trouble to open with scissors or pocket knives – but this cutter makes surprisingly easy work of them. 

One very nice feature of this cutter is the battery.  It has a smart charging system that will not over charge, no matter how long it’s plugged in.  It also has a low self-discharge rate: you can leave it unplugged for up to 18 months, and it will still be ready to cut when you need it.  Not having to constantly charge this device really adds to its convenience.  

Great at opening plastic clamshell packaging

A note on the strength of this cutter: If you are used to angle grinders or 110v cutoff tools, this tool is not in the same category.  Instead, this tool is suited to any material you might cut with medium to heavy duty scissors.  The tool provides a huge advantage over scissors in that it’s effortless – it eliminates cramped hands or the struggling to make the scissors cut the material. 

Some of our friends with arthritis really love this cutter.  It gives them a whole new ability to work with materials that they cannot achieve with scissors. 

Some of the materials this cutter is able to cut  include fabrics, cardboard, window screens, plastic packaging, sandpaper sheets, roofing paper, plastic barrier fencing, wallpaper, carpet, vinyl siding, and plenty more.  We’ve attached a video showing the cutter in action below. 

Product of the week pricing for this product has ended, however you can still purchase this cutter at our every day low price: Order this Power Cutter 

As with all our products, this product is new.  In-stock orders placed by 12pm eastern, 9am pacific ship the same business day.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us

Here is a video of the cutter in action: 

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Warn PullzAll 685000 Handheld Electric Winch

Posted by hardwareworld on January 13, 2010

Warn 685000 Handheld Winch

Warn 685000

Our first product of the week is the Warn PullzAll 110v handheld electric winch / hoist.

Sometimes you just need an extra hand. 

We work outside alot.  Whether we’re alone or with a team, it just seems like you just constantly run into situations where you could use an extra body to help lift or move something.  This winch from Warn is a great tool for these situations.

PullzAll Lifts an Engine

It is great at jobs like pulling fences tight while you nail them up, dragging vehicles or trailers from one place to another, or — one of our favorite jobs — pulling a boat up the boat lift incline.

One especially versatile way to use this winch is to secure the end of the line to something overhead – like ceiling joists.  You can then use the hook on the other end to lift just about any load vertically.  We’ve used this technique many times to lift heavy items into a truck – get the load suspended, then back the pickup underneath the load.  This is a great way to lift almost anything heavy.

This winch runs on 110v AC power.  It has a rated pulling capacity of 1,000 pounds.  It operates both forward and reverse, and the pulling force varies with how hard you pull on the trigger.  The winch draws about 8 amps under full load.  There is a nice LED display that shows how hard the winch is pulling.  The rope is a 15′ length wire rope, 7/32′ in diameter.  The winch weighs 15 pounds.

Product of the week pricing for this product has ended, however you can still purchase this winch at our every day low price: Order this Winch 

PullzAll Stretches a Fence Taut

As with all our products, this product is new.  In-stock orders placed by 12pm eastern, 9am pacific ship the same business day.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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Welcome!

Posted by hardwareworld on January 13, 2010

Blogging has been around for more than a decade, and we figure it’s about time we join in.

We plan to use this space to let you know about new products and other developments in the world of home hardware.

Also, once each week, we’ll feature an unbeatable deal on our Product of the Week.

Please let us know what you think.  And please stop by any time at www.hardwareworld.com.

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