SOURCE: The Money Pit

June 10, 2005 08:00 ET

Great Gifts for the Do-It-Yourself Dad

The Best Way to Dad's Heart May Be Through His Toolbox

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 10, 2005 -- Money Pit News Bureau -- With Father's Day just around the corner it's time to be thinking of that special gift for dad, often a very daunting task. But even the father who has everything appreciates a new tool or toy. The way to Dad's heart could be through his tool box or workshop.

"Dads are especially hard to buy for," said Tom Kraeutler from firsthand experience. As a home improvement expert, host of the syndicated radio program The Money Pit and a father of three himself, Kraeutler knows that do-it-yourself Dads can make shopping tough. "Anything they really want they tend to buy for themselves."

Kraeutler says if the Dad in your life likes to work around the house and tackle do-it-yourself projects you can't go wrong with a new tool or gadget this Father's Day.

With so many product choices and so little time, here are some popular picks:

PRESSURE WASHER -- For quick cleaning of everything from decks to siding to SUVs, trucks and garage floors, the newest Briggs and Stratton 2200 series gas powered pressure washer for home use is well equipped to do the job. It features a ProjectPro nozzle with specific nozzles for soap, delicate surfaces, general purpose and maximum power. It cleans significantly faster and with less effort, saving more water than when using a garden hose. A complete guide to pressure washer projects, tips and frequently asked questions can be found at For more information visit Pressure washers range in price from $300 - $375.

DRILL SHARPENER -- To keep drill bits in factory-sharp condition in less than 60 seconds, the Drill Doctor Drill Bit Sharpener™ is the tool. It works with all standard 118 point twist high-speed steel, carbide, tin-coated, cobalt and masonry bits. The powerful 20,000 rpm motor makes the Drill Doctor fast and easy to use while the compact design makes it easy to store. A 1/2" chuck is included in a double-insulated, impact resistant casing. Drill Doctor Model D300 is available for just $79.99. For more information contact Drill Doctor at 1-800-597-6170 or visit

PICTURE HANGING HARDWARE -- The latest and easiest way to hang photos, mirrors or any wall decorations up to 50lbs. is the Money Hook. The Monkey Hook installs by hand with an EZ Self-boring tip in drywall where there are no studs. No tools are required, just push in and twist. A self-locking feature secures the hook behind the wall and holds anything hangable up to 50lbs. Prices start at $2.99 for a set or two hooks. For more information visit

CORDLESS POWER TOOLS -- Ryobi's 18-volt One+System™ is a full line of cordless power tools using the same interchangeable battery. Five new tools and accessories have been added to the line. The Right Angle Drill has a compact shape that fits into tight spaces and features a swiveling battery. The Trimmer and Cordless Cat Finish Sander offer woodworkers providing the performance of a corded tool with the convenience of cordless. The Caulk and Adhesive gun makes caulking tasks quick and easy. An in-vehicle charger and carrying case is also being added to charge batteries even while driving. Prices for the tools in the system range from $19.97 to $59.97. For more information visit or call 1-800-525-2579.

GLOVES -- If your Dad loves hand or power tools, the Ironclad Griptec® Advantage™ is the only glove that decreases vibration and increases control. The Griptec glove system utilizes a patented 3M super gripping material that's integrated into the palm and fingers of the glove. An additional piece of material with adhesive backing is included with each pair of gloves and can be mounted on tools or work surfaces, creating a non-slip grip in dry, wet and oily conditions. Like all of Ironclad's gloves, Griptec® gloves are washable and resist stretching, shrinking or hardening. For more information, go to

EXTENSION CORDS -- Even if your Dad already has all the tools he needs, there is always room in the shop for one more good extension cord, especially a cord that locks like the new collection from Craftsman. These "Push-Lock" power cords have a positive locking feature that eliminates disconnects when working with power tools and other electrical products. To lock or release the connection, Dad simply has to push a button on the female connector side. The extension cords are available in 25, 50 and 100 foot lengths and range in price from $13.99 to $23.99. For more information, visit your local Sears store or go to

TIE DOWNS INSTEAD OF TIES -- If your Dad is Payload Pete, who drives around with his lawnmower, tool box and cooler in the back of his pickup, give him a gift of security. The Cargo Security Set and Steelcore Reverse Hook Bungee Cords from Master Lock, help him tie down loads to prevent accidental spills, while the locking set reduces the risk of theft. The Cargo Security Set includes everything to keep cargo in place and to protect it from theft and comes with an easy-to-carry storage case, all for just $39.99. The Steelcor Reverse Hook Bungee Cords have an innovative reverse hook design that creates an easy and safe means of attaching bungee cords, eliminating finger pinching between the hook and the attachment point. Steelcor comes in an easy to store bungee organizer and is priced at $24.99 (10 pack); $34.99 (15 pack).

Whether it's faster clean-up, maintenance inside the home and out, or projects around the house or in the yard, tools to help your favorite handy-man are sure to be a hit this Dad's Day.

Editors Note: Product photos available on request. Camera ready photographs of Tom Kraeutler are available for download here:

About The Money Pit® -- The Money Pit is a nationally syndicated live call-in home improvement radio show, hosted by veteran broadcasters Tom Kraeutler and Leslie Segrete. The show is produced by Squeaky Door Productions, Inc., and airs each Saturday and Sunday on nearly 150 stations across the United States and Canada. Kraeutler and Segrete answer listener calls about home improvement, safety and maintenance, as well as cover a host of consumer issues. The Money Pit has become well known for providing down-to-earth advice from national experts who are trustworthy and entertaining. Kraeutler and Segrete also appear frequently as experts on news television programs and author frequent columns. For more information go to

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