Gifts for a DIY Dad

Looking for a special gift for Father's Day? If your dad, stepdad or granddad is a DIYer, take a look at these special tools and items for a handy guy who likes doing chores and building things around the home and garden.

By Gene And Katie Hamilton

Gifts for a DIY Dad

Is your Dad a DIY Guy, a handyman who likes to work in the garden and fix and build things around the house? Then he's sure to like any of these useful tools and gadgets for Father's Day. Plus everytime he uses them he'll think of you!

No need for a ladder to prune and trim trees and shrubbery with the WORX 2-in-1 Electric Pole Saw that let's you separate the saw from the pole and use it independently. The saw is equipped with a 10-in. bar and chain, driven by an 8 amp motor. Sold for $90 WORX 10-inch-electric-pole-saw.

The Bosch Self-Leveling Cross-Line Laser makes short work of precision jobs like hanging pictures, aligning tiles, installing a hand rail or hanging wall cabinets. The Self Pendulum System self-levels to assure accurate layout and allows the laser to be clamped on any surface from 1/2 in. to 2 1/4 in. thick for level lines at any height. You'll find it for $70 Laser Level.

The new Dremel Velocity Kit VC60 is a tool that bridges the gap between an oscillating tool and rough-cutting tools. It's for a hands-on guy who knows his way around remodeling and home repairs. The tool can make long accurate cuts in panel material and be used as an oscillating tool for any cutting, scraping, sanding, grinding or grout removal jobs. We found it selling for $75 Dremel Velocity Kit.

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Every DIYer can use a good tool resource and the All New Illustrated Guide to Everything Sold in Hardware Stores is a terrific reference for all things related to items found in hardware stores. ($20).

If Dad's a gardener here are two nifty gifts for container plants. Drain-Smart at makes container drainer discs that fits into a container and encourages faster drainage and prevents root-rot. ($10-$20).

If he likes painting projects consider any of these Handy Paint Products. Choose from a variety of painting aids $3-$15

Another painting aid that Dad will appreciate is an easy way to cover up a wet brush or roller in an airtight container until it's time to paint again. The handy Paint Brush Cover ($5) and Roller Cover ($7) are available at

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