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stocking stuffers list

Need some last minute stocking stuffer ideas? If you’re looking for some great gifts for a friend or maybe need to update your own tool collection I hope these stocking stuffer ideas will help you out. I have personally used and owned each of these tools and found all of them very useful. My work Read more

Need some last minute stocking stuffer ideas?

If you’re looking for some great gifts for a friend or maybe need to update your own tool collection I hope these stocking stuffer ideas will help you out. I have personally used and owned each of these tools and found all of them very useful. My work is typically boiler heating system installs, repairs and plenty of tankless water heater work as well. After twenty years of being a licensed master plumber I have owned so many tools, some good and some not so much. So if you or the one you’re shopping for does any type of plumbing, HVAC or electrical check this list out. If you find this list useful please share it with your friends on your preferred social media account!

Bring on the tools!

The best stocking stuffer ever!

The Wera ToolCheck PLUS in metric or Imperial is truly the Macgyver of all tools for the service tech and installer! This one tool replaces the need to carry most small socket sets, multiple bit tips, and adaptors for both. I carry the metric model (shown), there is a difference between it and the imperial but they have a lot in common as well.

Wiha 12-n-1 Ultra Screwdriver

Okay so maybe the Wiha Ultra 12-n-1 driver isn’t technically a multi-tool but this is definitely one of the best bit tip screwdrivers I have ever made room for in my bag. The handle feels the best! Wiha knows screwdrivers better than anyone in the market, give them a try because if you’ve never owned a Wiha I think you’ll be surprised.

FYI, use our Wiha Tools shopping link and our discount code: MHUB15 for a 15% discount at checkout. But don’t forget, you gotta use our link! 

Wiha Pico finish screwdrivers

To round out my list of favorites I would be a jerk for not bringing this solid deal on what I consider the best pack of control screwdrivers out there. Perfect feel and shaped handles, bit ends that fit and won’t strip, these are so nice! And as of right now they’re on sale for $15, that’s a solid deal so you might want to act fast. They ship out of Monticello, MN just twenty minutes from my shop!

Supco Magnetic Jumper

The Supco magnetic jumper is rated for 30 VAC and will make troubleshooting a breeze! I carry a few of these in my Veto MB and wouldn’t be without them ever again. When alligators are a pain or just won’t work these mag jumpers are sweet.

SEEK Thermal CompactPro thermal imager, a great stocking stuffer!

This is the thermal imager I’ve been carrying in my pocket for three years. This model is for an iPhone. The SEEK Thermal CompactPro thermal imager is hands-down my go-to infrared imager for troubleshooting and discovery. Simply plug it into your phone and the app automatically starts up allowing you to take video or pictures so fast and easy anyone could do it. As a bonus, the SEEK is powered off your phone, unlike others that seem to always have a dead battery when you need them. Thermal imaging unlocks some serious earning potential. This is an affordable imager and honestly I think its all any HVAC, boiler, electrician or plumbing tech needs.

Knipex Pliers Wrench Knipex Cobra Pump Pliers

Look no further. Without a doubt Knipex is the world leader in design, function and quality when it comes to pliers. The Knipex Pliers Wrench AND the Knipex Cobra pump pliers are the best pliers on the market. Period. Available in many sizes, these pliers will have you throwing out those old finger pinching, nut stripping, pipe gauging pliers after one use. I promise.

RIDGID Offset Pipe Wrench

No stocking stuffer list would be complete with what I would call RIDGID’s most useful wrench in the catalog. The offset pipe wrench is not a fad. This wrench design allows you to reach and work in tighter spots than any other pipe wrench. I love the 14″ and 18″ offset so much I got it tattooed on my forearm. Its the best damn pipe wrench there is imo. P.S. the 14′ will fit in a stocking, I checked. Just make sure to hang your stocking from a 16p nail or 2-1/2 construction screw.

Diablo Cermet Blade

This week in Nashville, TN we attended the 2019 STAFDA show where Diablo invited a few members of the media to take part in their annual new product showcase. Market research and stats show that a significant percentage of circular saws in use, throughout multiple industries, in shop and job site environments are actually 6-1/2″ Read more

This week in Nashville, TN we attended the 2019 STAFDA show where Diablo invited a few members of the media to take part in their annual new product showcase.
Market research and stats show that a significant percentage of circular saws in use, throughout multiple industries, in shop and job site environments are actually 6-1/2″ models. Demand for a high performance metal cutting blade at an affordable price is high according to Diablo. Here is the latest saw blade by Diablo, the STEEL DEMON w/ Cermet Carbide teeth in 6-1/2″ diameter cutting 2″x3″x.25″ 304 Stainless Steel tube as demonstrated by MH’s Eric Aune, Master Plumber.

Tool Giveaway

Tool Giveaway Video

You might want to head over to our Instagram feed to get in on a fun little giveaway ending this Friday, October 25th. Here’s the video post announcing the giveaway and rules for entry, they’re suer simple and I think the prize is damn nice. Good luck! https://www.instagram.com/p/B329CXQJ9ca/   Read more

You might want to head over to our Instagram feed to get in on a fun little giveaway ending this Friday, October 25th.

Here’s the video post announcing the giveaway and rules for entry, they’re suer simple and I think the prize is damn nice. Good luck!

 

Best Tool Bag

VetoProPac OT-MC

I’ve been going on and on for a couple years about my current tool bag, the Veto Tech OT-MC. Its an open-top model that’s compact but packed with features. The OT-MC is made by the now famous VetoProPac brand headquartered in Connecticut [most products made in China, some here in the US]. VetoProPac’s tagline is Read more

I’ve been going on and on for a couple years about my current tool bag, the Veto Tech OT-MC. Its an open-top model that’s compact but packed with features. The OT-MC is made by the now famous VetoProPac brand headquartered in Connecticut [most products made in China, some here in the US].

VetoProPac’s tagline is “Tool Bags That Work”. I have to agree 100%, I have been a Veto owner now for many years, my first bag was a huge OT-XL and its still kicking today. I chose the Tech OT-MC in December of 2017 for one main reason: I needed to lighten the load I was carrying on and off the truck, in and out of client’s houses and office spaces. The OT-MC allowed me to do just that. I must have shed nearly 20lbs of unneeded tools, I say unneeded because I wasn’t using them even once a week in some cases.

Shopping ButtonThe center compartment is a hard plastic bucket if you will, it accepts up to three of Veto’s reposition-able square insert box with lid (the bag includes one) and that’s where I keep larger tools like a copper tubing cutter, PEX cutter, pipe dope and a small socket set. With 28 interior & exterior pockets the VetoProPac Tech OT-MC has a spot for just about anything I need on a daily basis.

Often times during the heating season you’ll see me clipping their meter bag (MB, MB2) on either end via the stainless steel ring on the exterior. The MB/MB2 has my meters and manometer, clipping it onto the outside of the OT-MC immediately converts my setup into a no heat assault weapon.

I’ve used an abused my Vetos. I’m less of a fanboy than I am a true fan; these bags are built to last and last they do. Some of my friends have gone as far as getting Veto tattoos, I’ll just stick to loving my bag for what it does best…keeping me organized and helping me make money.

KEEN GIVEAWAY

You’ve landed in the right place! Enter to win your own pair of Logandale KEEN Utility boots and I will build them for you! Mechanical Hub is traveling to Portland, Oregon to KEEN Utility headquarters to see behind the scenes, learn all about what goes into the design and build of all their boots and Read more

You’ve landed in the right place! Enter to win your own pair of Logandale KEEN Utility boots and I will build them for you!

Mechanical Hub is traveling to Portland, Oregon to KEEN Utility headquarters to see behind the scenes, learn all about what goes into the design and build of all their boots and to top it all off we will be building a pair of the U.S. Made Logandale boots!

ENTER BELOW BY LEAVING YOUR NAME AND SHOE SIZE IN THE COMMENT SECTION. An email address is required to leave a comment. GOOD LUCK!

Entries accepted until 11:59pm Eastern Time Sunday, August 4th.