Home Improvement Tools for Your Budget

Making sure you have the necessary tools for basic home improvement products doesn't have to cost a lot of money, and Matt Blashaw, licensed contractor and host of the DIY Network's "Money Hunters," appeared on "The Early Show" to prove it. He rounded up a bunch of his favorite tools and products, and shared how to use them.

KETER FOLDING WORK TABLE
Portable workstation with a unique quick-opening system
Saw horses can be cumbersome
Includes two clamps for horizontal and vertical clamping
Holds up to 400 pounds
You can find these for less than $150 at some retailers and you should be able to purchase them online soon

Find it here:
http://www.keter.com/products/folding-work-table/

STACK-ON STEP N STOR STEP STOOL TOOL BOX
What makes this toolbox unique is that it doubles as a step stool, giving you a 12.5" boost
Holds up to 325 pounds
Large, sure-grip foot pads help prevent slippage
Specially designed area for upright bottle storage
Less than $50

Find it here:
http://www.toolboxesdirect.com/tool-boxes/plastic-tool-boxes/stackonstepnstorstepstool.cfm#tabs

MAGNETIC LED LIGHT-MINE
There are a lot of work lights on the market but many have their limitations, including size, versatility, and multi-placement.
Smaller than a golf ball used to fit into tight areas and aim a powerful beam of light where it is needed most.
12 powerful magnets allow you to stick it to any steel surface and aim the light towards your project.
Can also be held/hung by the lanyard
Can also be used as a "pick up" tool for dropped screws and hardware
Some common uses are: Automotive (engine block or suspension, car fender to change a a flat at night), Electrical (fuse box in a power outage, wiring home theater systems), Plumbing (under the skin, under the house), HVAC (installing or repairing duct work) Shop (on a drill press, near work bench, stuck on tools), General (anywhere around the house, keep it on the fridge so it's readily available, camping).
About $7

Find it here:
http://www.striker1.com/light.html

LASER TAPE
Make measuring SO much easier
Especially great for anybody who needs quick measurements
50 foot range
Only need one person to get accurate measurements because you don't need someone to hold the other end of the measuring tape
This also calculates area and volume. It does the math!
Remember to measure twice and cut once, as you would with a standard measuring tape
You can find a laser measuring tape for less than $25 at your local home improvement store

Find it here:
http://www.tlc-direct.co.uk/Technical/DataSheets/Laser/Laser_Tape_Manual.pdf

4-IN-ONE TAPE MEASURE
For smaller projects around the house
Take measurements during the day or in the dark!
Appears to be a standard tape measure, but when you open the cover, it's so much more!
Includes a rigid 16-foot tape measure with full lock and retraction capability at the push of a button, a full-function calculator, a note pad and an LED light
Clip it to your belt and go
Less than $20

Find it here:
http://www.delk.us/multi_purpose_tools_tape_tool.html

GE CAULK SINGLES
This is a great time of year to touch up windows and doors to make sure cold air isn't leaking into your home.
Many jobs you don't need a full tube of caulk and often the leftovers are wasted
"Tear, Squeeze and Toss"
Easier to dispense than a squeeze tube or cartridge.
Available in silicone white, silicone clear and paintable white (Matt will use paintable white)
No instruction, experience or tools required
Less waste
Find these at your local hardware store for less than $2.

Find it here:
http://www.caulksingles.com/

DOOR JACK
Hanging doors is often a two-person job
This product works as a foot lever to lift and re-hang doors up to 240 pounds.
Speedy and painless
Made so it won't damage the floor or the door
Allows you to be hands free so no help is needed to slip the pins into the hinges
About $20

Find it here:
http://www.doorjack.com/