6. Craftsman Self-Adjusting Pliers
Your Grip Multiplied: Most pliers are simple tools-two metal jaws and a pivot. But squeeze lightly on Craftsman's Self-Adjusting Pliers and its cam multiplies the gripping force like a vise. An adjustment screw enables you to change the level of multiplication, so you can apply the same force to a rusted steel nut or a brittle PVC plumbing cap. The jaws close parallel to each other and stay flat on any surface.
7. Skil 3.6-volt Twist Screwdriver
Screw Tight with Light: Securing a drawer in a darkened kitchen cabinet is no easy task, with a flashlight in one hand and screwdriver in the other. With its built-in light, Skil's 3.6-volt Twist cordless screwdriver is two tools in one. It also has a four-position articulating handle, which means you have to crawl in there only once.
8. Craftsman Mini T
Get a (Good) Grip: Unlike other compact drills, the Mini T's motor is housed below the trigger, leaving the grip small enough so that it actually feels good in your hand. That also means the drill's head is diminutive enough to make accurate holes between studs and joists or behind cabinets.
9. American Tool Strait-Line Laser
Light Keeps You in Line: Whether you're hanging wallpaper, installing shelving, or laying tile, this level ensures everything is hanging straight. It beams a solid red line up to 30 feet long, so you don't have to mark up the wall or floor. There are also two bubble-level vials for further precision.
10. The Super Knife
Cut More Comfortably: Combine the convenience of disposable razor blades with the feel of a regular knife handle and you have the Super Knife. The switchblade-style cutter easily opens with your thumb and folds to a mere 3.5 inches long.
11. Craftsman GelTek Kneepads
Knee Savers: These kneepads use the same air-injected gel found in running shoes and bicycle seats to absorb shock better than conventional foam-lined pads. The gel returns to its original shape after every use. The pads also have interchangeable caps-smooth for new carpet and treaded for rough asphalt roofs.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.