Admit it — we're not all tool savvy. To help us non-workshop guys, Black & Decker delivers to us the Auto Wrench ($32). This 8-inch battery operated wonder opens and closes on any size nut or bolt up to 1-1/4-inch at the touch of a button. This, coupled with 220 foot-pounds of torque, guarantees ease of use and Al Borland-like skills.
As reliable as modern electronics are, there are times — adding RAM or drives, graphics cards, installing modchips, whatever — when you might need to crack your babies open. For those times, we use the 145-Piece Computer Tool Kit from CompUSA ($60). This kit provides every bit, driver, key, adapter, wrench, etc. that we've ever needed to bust open a computer — all in a handy little case.
Everyone needs a good tape measure, but unfortunately most of them will only standout about six or seven feet — not good if you're trying to measure something by yourself. The Stanley Fat Max Tape Measure ($20) features a 1 1/4" easy to read blade, but here's the real kicker: it has an eleven-foot standout, making it much easier to measure longer distances.