5 Deals for a Better Home: From Tools and Hardware to Grills and Shelves

By , dealnews contributor

Hey, you. Yeah, you. Wake up! 2012 is here. Remember those resolutions you made? Personal. Professional. And yeah, around the house. In 2011, you had a tough time taking out the trash ... and now you're going to replace those hardwood floors in your living room? Well, we've got five deals on tools and home improvement items that will help you make those upgrades a reality. If you can't find what you're looking for from this selection of deals, check out other home improvement and hardware deals on the site.

  1. Ryobi 8-Piece Forstner Bit Set
    Store: Home Depot
    Price: $14.97 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $11

    Is It Worth It?: This respected tool brand's Ryobi 8-Piece Forstner Bit Set has reached 5 hotness on the site, and there's no question why. This set includes eight wood drilling bits with flat shanks and an X-Wing design for the lowest price we've seen since Christmas Eve. Do note this item is on backorder, but if you purchase it now, you'll receive it at this price, and it will ship once available.

  2. Nexgrill 3-Burner Gas & Charcoal Grill Combo
    Store: Sears
    Price: $129.97 with free in-store pickup EXPIRED
    Lowest By: $45

    Is It Worth It?: This Editors' Choice grill is the best example of the kinds of summer and off-season deals you'll find now. Normally priced at $349.99, this grill is currently priced at more than half off. This combo grill features separate gas and charcoal cooking chambers, three 12,000 BTU stainless steel burners, and more than 900 sq. in. of cooking area. Note that stock is limited and not available at all Sears stores.

  3. Refurbished RIDGID 12-volt Cordless Multi-Tool Kit
    Store: VM Innovations via eBay
    Price: $49.99 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $17

    Is It Worth It?: This refurbished RIDGID 12-volt Cordless Multi-Tool Kit includes a multi-angle rotary power tool, built-in LED light, lithium-ion rechargeable battery, heavy-duty bag, and more. VM also offers a 90-day warranty, making this refurbished product a good bet; in general, refurbished tools make for excellent bargains once you have a decent warranty in place.

  4. Gorilla Rack 5-Shelf Shelving Unit
    Store: Ace Hardware
    Price: $39.99 with free in-store pickup
    Lowest By: $24

    Is It Worth It?: Personally, we find a shipping charge that's almost as much as the product ($20.82, in this case) tough to swallow, so arrange for free in-store pickup of this Gorilla Rack 5-Shelf Shelving Unit. Featuring an L-beam steel frame, adjustable shelves, and more, this product is a great bet for your storage needs, and boasts a per-shelf capacity of 200 lbs.

  5. Craftsman Hydraulic Stool
    Price: $35.99 in-cart with free in-store pickup EXPIRED
    Lowest By: $4

    Is It Worth It?: Save yourself the $16.14 shipping charge and head to your local Sears to pick up this Editors' Choice stool, which drops to just $35.99 in-cart. Featuring an adjustable vinyl-padded backrest, slip-resistant feet, and hydraulic adjustment (from 28-1/2" to 33" in height), this is a great addition to any workbench.

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Lou Carlozo is dealnews' Green Dad columnist. He was most recently the managing editor of WalletPop.com, and before that a veteran columnist at the Chicago Tribune. Follow him on Twitter — @LouCarlozo63. You can also sign up for an email alert for all dealnews features.
DealNews may be compensated by companies mentioned in this article. Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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