Tool Roll – 32 Pockets With Socket Pouches, Perfect for Work, Vehicle

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CLC 32 Pocket Tool Roll – you know the tools aren’t included yeah?

Are you looking for another way to carry your tools around? Have you thought about using a tool roll? They don’t seem to be as popular as they used to. We used them a lot in the military because they saved on space and kept tools organized.

Tool rolls are great for your vehicle, you can stow them under a seat, or in a cubby in your trailer or RV. People that go on motorcycle trips sometimes throw one into their backpacks. I use mine primarily at work since it is easy to carry out onto various roofs and into mechanical spaces. For as small as they are, you can pack quite a bit into one. Plus, when you unroll it you can see what tools you have on hand.

I showed this tool roll, the 32 pocket CLC model, to a friend here at work and he said he had never seen one. They are convenient, save on space, and are an inexpensive way to lug your tools around. Read the post below and decide if you think $12 is worth it.

CLC 32 Pocket Tool Roll

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The socket pockets. The velcro above closes over the sockets.

Just like the site name suggests, I work as a building engineer. My primary use for the tool roll is when I need to have a selection and variety of tools on hand when I am away from my main toolbox. I flipping hate having to make trips for that one wrench or a bigger screwdriver. I will make a pit stop at my toolbox, and either just grab the roll by the handle since I know what’s inside, or I will swap things out if I need something else, and then go make the trip. Imagine being out on the roof somewhere working on something like a fan AND NOT having to make trips to go get something.

Here is a quick list of the features of this inexpensive bad boy:

  • Measures 14″ wide by 28″ long when unrolled.
  • Elastic straps hold your tools in place.
  • Fairly robust handle.
  • Has specific pockets for sockets on one end.
  • Socket pocket section closes with its own velcro flap.
  • Adjustable length and quick release buckles.
  • Tool roll pocket sizes vary for different tools.
  • “Rain flap” that covers your tools when closed.

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Here is what I carry in mine – with extra pockets to spare.

Check out the picture to the right. These are all of the tools I carry around in it. For how small this thing rolls up, that’s quite a few. Rolled up and closed, with all of the stuff pictured inside, it measures about 5″ in diameter, easily small enough to fit underneath a seat or in the trunk of your vehicle.

Right now it has different screwdrivers, a nut driver set, a small ratcheting wrench set, a couple pliers, fuse pullers, different wire strippers, and a small 3/8″ socket set with ratchet. You should be able to tackle most jobs with that assortment.

Think about making a quick fix to your trailer out camping with it, or needing something at the boat launch and being able to pull out the right tool. I have broken things on my trailer while camping a few times and needed different tools. One time the water pump froze and burst a line while out in winter, we had let the pump sit idle for too long. I was able to remove the pump completely and connect the water lines together. Talk about saving the day, thanks tool roll!

Someone else suggested this and I have to agree. I think the only improvement CLC could have made to this product would have been including a shoulder strap just in case you needed a free hand. Other than that, it is well designed and constructed.

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The “rain flap” thing – as you roll it up, this covers and protects what’s inside.

CLC is selling this product on both Amazon and their website. The price is roughly 33% cheaper through Amazon. And, if you have Amazon Prime, shipping may be free for you. This tool roll has a rating of 4.5 stars and comes with a CLC warranty.

The warranty for this items states:

  • CLC tool holders and soft side tool carriers are covered by a limited lifetime warranty against defects in material and workmanship for the normal life of the product. This warranty does not cover normal wear, abuse, accidents, neglect, or damage caused by use of the product for a purpose other than intended.

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CLC Tool Roll Conclusion

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Rolled up and buckled. You can see the “rain flap” exposed slightly.

Are you convinced that you should get this yet? I can’t say if this is the best tool roll or not because it is the only one I have. It is not the #1 seller on Amazon, that spot belongs to a bucket boss model but that also costs more.

CLC makes a variety of tool carrying products. If you have skimmed this site at all, you might have seen a post on tools a building engineer should carry. You can see in that post that in my building engineering duties I use a CLC electrician’s tool pouch. There is also another one on the free standing electrician’s tool carrier made by CLC. Hmmm. Maybe I have a thing for CLC? Not really since these were all purchased by my engineering employers and not me.

By having this product, you no longer should need to make trips to your toolbox. If you are working on a project in your attic or if you are at the marina getting ready to launch your boat, you should have already thought ahead to what problems you may encounter and what tools (and parts) would be required to make the repairs. So get this item and load it up. Play around with it. Experiment with the best set up, you can be sure I do. Do you offset the screwdrivers or do you put them in the same slot? Decisions decisions.

Do you have this tool roll already? I’d be interested to read what you have to say. Do you love it? Can’t stand it? Let us know in the comments please. Do you guys think this should be the next product given away to a member? It sounds like a good idea to me.

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Klein MM100 Multimeter Review

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The Klein MM100 screen and dial selection.

For this last multimeter, and only 16 months later, we are going to review the Klein MM100. No, it’s not the most fancy meter that Klein makes, it’s probably one of their more basic models. The Klein MM100 is priced near the lower end of electrical multimeters and is about average for the ones we have reviewed. Perhaps it would have been smarter to start lower and work our way up to the more expensive ones.

At some work sites your employer will buy all of your tools for you. At one place, the hand tools they purchased were made by Klein. Klein was pretty much the industry standard for electrical tools among journeymen electricians back then. Not necessarily their multimeters but for sure their hand tools. With that in the back of my head, I had high hopes for the MM100 meter. Sorry, and no offense to Klein, but I don’t think I’d recommend this meter to you guys.

The Klein MM100 looks rugged enough, it has a very similar style hard case that the Triplett multimeter does. Hopefully you noticed that it reads “looks rugged,” now that I’ve felt it, it’s not that rugged or beefy. It would work at home, in your garage, and perhaps as a carry around meter for a light trade technician. It’s a stretch to say it is heavy duty. It does have the Klein name attached to it though.

It has a 600V rating and can measure current up to 10 amps DC. The Klein MM100 might work well for the homeowner, the person that fixes their own vehicle, or some hobbyists.

Here are some features you may want to consider before choosing any multimeter:

  • Digital.
  • Audible indication.
  • Compact.
  • Universal use – volts, amps, resistance.
  • At least 600V rating.

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Triplett 1101-B Multimeter Review

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The Triplett 1101-B measuring the temperature of some high quality H2O.

The next multimeter up for review is the Triplett 1101-B compact multimeter. This is the 4th multimeter to be reviewed which leaves one more unless you guys want to keep going with electrical items. Up to this point we have looked at the Fluke 115, an AM-510 from Amprobe, the Innova 3320, and now a compact meter from Triplett, the 1101-B model. How does it stack up? Does it have any features the others didn’t? What are some of the pros and cons with this Triplett multimeter? Don’t worry, got you covered. Why did the Triplett 1101-B make the cut?

Because it is:

  • On my multimeter comparison chart.
  • Only meter reviewed w/ a temperature probe.
  • The next tool we’re giving away.
  • A best selling meter on Amazon.

Overall, the Triplett 1101-B multimeter is in my opinion, average. If I saw someone using it at work or around their house, would I buy it after seeing it in action? Maybe. A technician could use this meter on heat exchangers or plenums while a homeowner could use it on their car or furnace.

3 Cool Things About the Triplett 1101-B

Real quick, to capture your attention, here are 3 reasons this meter may or may not stand out to you:

  • Comes with a temperature probe.
  • So far has the best test leads.
  • Also has the brightest back light.
Triplett 1101-B Multimeter

How does she look? I like the color contrasts.

Think about what you could do with that feature on a meter. Not sure if your fridge is cooling enough? Slip the probe between the door seal, close it, and watch your meter to see what happens.

Need to make adjustments to your car A/C? Put the probe inside, roll the window up with the unit on, and see how cool the car is getting inside while you work under the hood.

It also has the best set of test leads of the 4 other meters we’ve checked out. They are long, pointed, and come with screw on alligator clips as well. Dang. Convincing myself.

This meter might work for you, it does have a couple nice features but personally the more rugged meters is what I prefer. If you have looked at our multimeter comparison chart, the Triplett 1101-B is one of the higher priced meters on there so for me that was a drawback. You could just as easily get the Amprobe AM-510 for the same price and the overall quality and heftiness feels much better.

Keep reading though and see if this meter is more your style or preference, everyone is different. The Triplett 1101-B has a temperature sensor, a strong and bright back light display, and a 3 year warranty. Those are some pretty good features.

Remember that the Triplett 1101-B multimeter was purchased only to write this review and give away to one of you people in the member drawing next month. You can find out more about becoming a free member and getting free chances to win stuff here.

If you’d like to find out if this multimeter would be enough for all of your electrical needs, click ahead and check it out.

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Innova 3320 Auto-Ranging Multimeter Review

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There’s an elastic strap on the back of the 3320 so you can wear it.

How does the Innova 3320 Auto-Ranging Multimeter stack up? Why do a review of this meter?

Because the Innova 3320 is:

  • on my multimeter comparison chart.
  • Well priced at under $20.
  • The next tool we’re giving away.
  • The #1 best selling meter on Amazon.

What kind of auto-ranging multimeter can you get for that price? How would the quality be? Would the Innova 3320 be ideal for use at home? Being a guy that uses meters at work, would this also perform there?

Because I do work in a trade industry, sort of, it is difficult for me to remove I don’t know, the “ruggedness” or whatever I usually look for when buying a multimeter. Do you know what I mean? Brands like Fluke, Klein – the stuff you see actual journeymen electrician use, that’s what I’m used to seeing.

So when I see that this Innova meter is in fact chosen the most, over all others on probably the largest online shopping platform, it puzzles me. I bought the Innova 3320 Multimeter solely to write this review and it will be the next tool given away in the member drawing. You can find out more about becoming a free member and getting free chances to win stuff here.

Anyways, if you’d like to find out if this meter would be enough for your home/auto/work electrical needs, click ahead and check it out. My verdict? Maybe.

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Amprobe AM-510 Multimeter Review

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Amprobe AM-510 – clean looking display and switch.

Glad you found your way to my Amprobe AM-510 Multimeter Review. The AM-510 multimeter is going to be the first tool given away in the tool drawing to a lucky winner. The drawing of course will be after the AM-510 review.

I have to say, based on the low price alone, I was skeptical of the quality. After getting it delivered and finally seeing it and holding it, my opinion has changed. The AM-510 meter seems rugged and accurate, enough for a homeowner as well as for someone in the engineering or construction fields.

So, keep on reading this Amprobe AM-510 multimeter review so you can decide for yourself if it would both meet your needs and stay in your price range. Read more

Cordless Vacuum Cleaner – DeWalt’s Handheld, 18V, Contractor Grade

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The 18V 1/2 Gallon Portable DeWalt Vacuum Cleaner.

Lucky you found your way to this page. You must be looking for an easier way to quickly clean up kind of bigger messes or maybe an easier way to vacuum your car? Without having to drag out the huge wet dry vac? Believe me, I know. I have to run at least two, usually three, extension cords to power up my shop vac.

Not now though. Get a beefy cordless wet dry vacuum with a HEPA filter and portable capabilities. I was going to write a review of this cordless vacuum cleaner actually skewering it, ha ha. For real.

Everyone got one at my work a few months ago, the pics in this post are of mine. I kind of thought it was worthless. Really. You think I’m really going to bother cleaning up a mess with this mini cordless shop vac? Turns out, eventually yes. This handheld cordless vacuum turns out, is quite handy and rugged. Wish I would have used it more sooner. Damn you stubbornness!

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AR Blue Clean AR383 Pressure Washer Review

AR Blue Clean AR383 Pressure Washer It’s Saturday morning and nice outside. You step out on the porch with your coffee, look around, what do you see? If your house is more than 4 days old, like mine, you probably have a stained driveway, a dirty fence, or a deck that needs cleaning. Or, maybe you have all 3 and more.

This model is the best selling pressure washer on Amazon right now, it dwarfs second place. How does it stack up though? What do people like or dislike about it?

In this AR Blue Clean AR383 pressure washer review, we are going to try and provide you with some answers and information so that you can make an informed decision. The AR383 may not be the one for you so make sure you check everything.

With that, let’s get to it.

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Makita 18V Cordless Drill – Best New Drill of 2014?

Tired of Your Drill Dying Mid Screw?

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Please don’t die…

Seems to happen every time doesn’t it? Maybe it’s that last piece of sheetrock, or only halfway through putting the screws back in. It’s gonna happen right? And if you’re like me at all, this happens at the worst possible times lol. Not anymore people. Guess what? Someone has made a better tool for people like us! Finally.

How are you? You must be a do it yourself type of person, or project person. Otherwise you wouldn’t be trying to find your best cordless drill option, especially for 2014, and as 2015 nears.

Cordless drills have been around now for what, 30 years? The first one I saw was a Makita, my Dad had it. By today’s standards, it would be clunky and bulky. As I got older and into doing everything, I have gone through my share of cordless drills. Maybe 5? Tell me if you have ever had this problem when you are working on something?

There you are holding something in place like a piece of plywood, over your flipping head. Or holding two pieces of wood together, just exactly right, if you get the screw in there right now to make a perfectly lined up joint, and then your cordless drill dies…

Talk about aggravating.

I just got flippin’ tired of always running out of battery juice. It wasn’t just the running out part that was bad either. I had a virtual graveyard of cordless drill batteries on my workbench. Seriously. Two from one brand, three from another. Sitting there taking up space.

At most, the best cordless drill battery would last maybe 15 minutes. And this one wasn’t even sentenced into the graveyard, this was a “good” one. They took forever to charge, and would barely even hold one then. You can’t tell me you haven’t experienced this? And ha ha, usually I do a lot of work on Sunday’s, football is on, trying to finish a project. Argh. Maybe this battery will work for 5 minutes while I charge the other… Been there, done that.

And then by chance, it all changed! Too dramatic? Yeah. But really it did.

I guess I was too stubborn to realize it, but I had been hung up on the old style of 18v cordless drills. These were no longer necessarily the best cordless drills anymore, there is a new standard and these are it.

Best drill I have ever owned.

This is hands down, all around the best drill I have ever used. I usually use DeWalt but after using my father-in-law’s Makita I bought this. Great for light to medium/heavyish projects. It charges fast, has 2 speeds and a responsive trigger. Has a led light to illuminate where you are working and has a super sweet ‘holster’ attachment that I now wonder how I ever got along without it.

I highly recommend this, great quality and an amazing price.


A real powerhouse of a drill!

Fast charge! Well balanced weight wise, and lightweight. Small and comfortable to handle. The real key is that this is a POWERHOUSE of a drill! Long battery life from each charge as well. Fantastic item and lightning fast shipper.

Here is the Makita 18V Cordless Drill

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The new 18V compact Makita.

Your drill is probably:

Too Heavy

  • This compact drill from Makita allows you to work overhead longer if needed, or even just carry it around.

This feature is probably what helps maybe make this the best cordless drill of 2014 – the weight. It only checks in at 3 lbs. Compare that to the 5 and 6 lbs for some of its competitors.

Too Weak

  • Never again will you not have enough juice to drive a ton of screws at your desired torque setting.

This 1/2″ compact cordless 18V Makita can produce 480 in-lbs of torque. This is a lot for such a light drill. More power is never a bad thing. For comparison, another classic cordless 18V drill produces only 450 in-lbs of torque (30 in-lbs less) and weighs almost TWICE as much (3.3 lbs to 5.5 lbs.)

Won’t Hold a Charge

  • The lithium ion batteries charge in 15 minutes. Yes, you read that right. No more waiting for a charge.

These batteries charge 4x faster than NiCad. The 2 lithium ion batteries that come with this 18V Makita kit are lighter, charge faster, and hold their charge longer. The 2 included batteries are 65% lighter and more compact than nickel cadmium also. And it doesn’t make sense to buy another $70 battery for an old drill.

Poorly Lit?

  • It’s got a trigger sensitive work light that stays lit while you work and then for another 5-10 seconds after you release the trigger.

Pretty slick but becoming a tool standard. My old drill(s) didn’t have them so it is a nice feature. Working in the attic, or underneath the car maybe removing oil pan screws, the trigger light is helpful.

Makita 18V Cordless Drill Size

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Comparing the two 18V batteries…

The 18V Makita cordless drill is perfectly sized. And as you can see from the torque, it doesn’t lack in power despite being a legit compact drill. It only weighs 3.3 lbs. Frickin’ light. Most drills run around 5 lbs or more. It’s only 8″ across the top. Smaller than the width of a piece of paper.

Makita 18V Cordless Drill Quick Charge

Like I wrote above, these lithium ion batteries charge 4 times more quickly than the old ones. You can be working, easily swap one out, and put the other in the charger.

The charger looks basically like a computer and that might take me a while to figure out. It’s got indicating lights, sounds, warnings. All I know is that I took the two new batteries out of the case and both were fully charged and ready for action in under 30 minutes.

The charger automatically optimizes battery charge time and battery life using like a memory chip and charger interaction. The Makita charger can sense how to best charge your batteries to maximize their life and output.

Makita 18V Cordless Drill Warranty

No shockers here, Makita backs their 18V cordless drill with a 3 year warranty on the tool itself. The batteries and charger come with a one year warranty. That is a pretty good safety net in case something does go wrong as it does with anything. Just be sure to register it after you get it. I’m a stickler for warranties lol. The free ones anyways. And you should be too.

More Makita 18V Cordless Drill Features

Dual Speed

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Highlights of the drill from the packaging.

Kind of standard on most cordless drills now, this Makita is no different. It’s got slow (1) and fast (2) speed settings. Make sure the drill is stopped before changing speeds and that you have picked the right speed for the material you’re going to be drilling in. The first setting rotates at 0-400 rpm, the second setting goes from 0-1500 rpm.

Transmission

Makita has made good, solid, reliable tools. Perhaps the best cordless 18V drill of 2014 is no exception. It has an all metal two speed transmission for reliability and changing up the speed. This multiplies the amount of stuff you can do, or the number of projects you can tackle with the same drill.

Motor & Bearings

The motor is a powerful, 4-pole design and has dual steel ball bearings for longer, more reliable service.

Ergonomics

Makita improved the ergonomic design of their cordless drills. They added a new rubberized soft grip for increased comfort. This really reduces the amount of fatigue you feel while using the drill. Then you factor in the way less weight of the drill…

Makita 18V Cordless Drill Kit:
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Unboxing the Makita.

This specific 1/2″ Makita 18V compact lithium ion driver-drill kit, comes with:

  • 18V Drill
  • Charger
  • 2 Lithium Ion Batteries
  • Belt Clip (handy if you are moving)
  • Classic Makita Hard Case
  • Double Ended Bit (phillips & straight head)

There are other options also, more below. Keep in mind that for all of the options, the drill is the same. Only the battery options change which then impacts the cost. The kit here is the most expensive one, but you can easily lower your cost by getting one battery, or even none. I wanted a back-up.

Good quality

Bought this for my husband and he loves it and has had no problems with it. Good quality and good price.


Strong and long lasting

Great drill, very strong. Had the clutch set to max drilling holes in oak tree stump. When I hit a hard spot, the drill almost spun out of my hands, but didn’t stall. Also been using it around the house drilling holes here and there for wife. Battery still going strong.

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If you’d like to check out the same 18V Makita drill with one battery – click here.

If you already have Makita lithium ion batteries and just want the bare tool – click here.


Portable Air Compressor Reviews

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The DeWalt Max Trim we reviewed – #5 on the list, out of 5.

This is nearly it, the second to last page to wrap up this little site experiment – a portable air compressors review page.

I own nothing on this portable air compressor reviews page.  Not a single one of them.

However…

I do work with them daily both at work and at home.  I love building.  I know compressors and what they can do.

Mainly it comes down to 2 things:

  • what you need it to do &
  • what you want from an air compressor overall.

Of course you sort of know what you’d like it to do.  Off the top of your head though, do you:

  • Want it quiet above all else?  Look at the Senco.
  • Want a large tank capacity for portable?  Porter-Cable.

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Makita 12V Max Combo Kit Review – Drill/Driver & Impact, LCT209W

Makita 12V Max Combo Kit Review

Makita 12V Max Combo Kit ReviewYou’re thinking, I thought Makita tools were blue? They used to be, always were that off kind of blue. Not anymore, and let me say it makes writing a Makita Max Combo Kit review that much more… weird?

The first cordless drill I saw was my Dad’s Makita. Back then cordless drills and tools were big time and fancy. Combo kits like this one where you get a drill/driver and an impact wrench didn’t exist.

The Makita 12V Max Lithium-Ion Cordless 2-Piece Combo Kit puts out professional power at a professional, sometimes variable speed. All in a rugged and compact design. The Makita LCT209W includes Makita 12V Max Combo Kit Reviewtwo cordless tools for drilling, driving, and fastening – an impact driver as well as a drill/driver.

Plus a rapid charger and a kinda sweet aluminum, spy looking case to carry them around in.  The Makita 12V Max Combo Kit is the most purchased combo kit online and will make any guy, or girl, feel like a pro.

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