Hubby Says Craftsman Socket Sets Make Great Gifts

by Robyn Wright on November 30, 2011

in Reviews & Giveaways

Hubby likes socketsHonestly tools like my husband uses for work and things around the house are not my thing. I am not handywoman inclined in the slightest. I struggle with using a hammer or a screwdriver even. If I put my mind to it I am sure I could figure it all out, but I have a husband and a teenage son who both understand the tools and I just let them take care of things for now.

When I ask Hubby or even now Taylor what they want for Christmas often they say tools. One of the most requested tools are sockets. Um, ok. That sounds totally boring to me. It is just this little round metal thing, kind of like a big heavy bead in my mind. Apparently I am way off though because Hubby was very excited when he saw this Craftsman 19-piece Socket Set on the table when he got home. I told him that he could have them, but only if he could explain their use to me first.

The first thing he showed me a use for was a bicycle. The thing he is pointing at is a nut (a 6pt hex to be exact). Then you find the socket (the metal tube/bead looking thing) that fits and put it on the ratchet (the handle thingie). Then you put the socket part on the nut and pull/push the handle to tighten or loosen the nut. I learned that sometimes you also need a wrench on the other side of the nut (the bolt end) to hold that in place while you adjust the nut on the other side – otherwise it would just spin a lot. Got that?

Using a socket and ratchet on a bikeUsing a socket and ratchet on a bikeUsing a socket and ratchet on a bikeUsing a socket and ratchet on a bike

Since my husband is a master technician he uses sockets all the live long day apparently working on cars. He took me out to show me a few places under the hood of my car that you need sockets for. Hubby says for the average shade tree mechanic they need both deep and shallow (this set is shallow) socket sets on hand for car work. You also need a lot of different sizes and you may need standard or metric or both. If you have no idea what kind to buy your hubby (or other tool-person in your family) for a gift, just ask the people working in the tool department at Sears because they will have some ideas of general sets that will probably work.

Using a socket and ratchet on a carUsing a socket and ratchet on a car

Another use for sockets is for hanging up your flat screen TV with a wall mount. You can see here that Hubby used a smaller socket for the bolts (he says they are carriage bolts – whatever) that go into the wall for the mount. Must work because my TV is still hanging after a couple of years now and it is really heavy.

Using a socket and ratchet on a wall mount for a TV

So Hubby highly recommends socket sets as a holiday gift item. Even if you have no idea why they need them, the guys apparently do and get very happy about them. I have learned over the years that if I make sure Hubby has a supply of tools things tend to get fixed faster around the house also – that is a win-win situation. Like I mentioned before, just ask the Sears people in the tool department for help. I do this all the time and Hubby is always happy with the selections. If you are more a catalog and online shopper, you can order this socket set from their online tool catalog (which is really cool actually).

Does someone on your gift list like sockets or other tools you do not really understand?

Disclosure: Sears provided us with the Craftsman socket set shown in order to facilitate this post. The opinions are mine, and Hubby’s. He really uses Craftsman tools every single day for work and at home.

© 2011, Robyn Wright. All rights reserved.

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1 js2222 November 30, 2011 at 7:27 pm

My father loved Craftsman tools!! I must admit I have a few myself! I know they used to have a lifetime guarantee, not sure if that is still in effect.

2 Robyn's Online World November 30, 2011 at 9:19 pm

Yes, they do still have a lifetime warranty on many of their tools

3 nik November 30, 2011 at 7:42 pm

My father-in-law has a few socket sets that he uses quite a bit. They travel around the country for several months every year in their RV and his giant tool box always goes with…I’m sure the socket sets come in handy!

4 Dana Valle November 30, 2011 at 9:10 pm

lol.. That would be my hubby. He asked me to bring him a pair of pliers from his tool box …and I brought him wire cutters… enough said.

5 Robyn's Online World November 30, 2011 at 9:27 pm

At least I am not alone…

6 tannawings November 30, 2011 at 9:18 pm

Hubby likes tools too but I do understand it. Besides being a carpenter he loves working on cars and through the years has amassed tons of tools. I like tools too and have my own set for outside. I even have my own chainsaw (light version) 
We love tools and alot are Craftsman- great value, great guarantee!

7 Robyn's Online World November 30, 2011 at 9:28 pm

I TRIED having my own little set of tools. I even got a set with girly pink flowery handles – they didn’t care – they took them and lost them anyway! Grrrr!

8 Eileen November 30, 2011 at 10:17 pm

Craftsman tools ARE the best and warranty cant be beat. I find it funny though, we have about 4 sets of these in our garage and why I cant tell you. Maybe like a woman amassing her shoe or handbag collection?
Robyn, I love tools !!  I have my own hammer with my name on it and a couple power tools. I am not afraid in the least to try anything. Being a single mom of 3 years back helped me learn as I went. My dad taught me to change oil in my car too. Once I even changed out a garbage disposal when hubby kept ditching the chore. I purchase it, put it in, and joined him at the football game later.

9 mail4rosey November 30, 2011 at 11:07 pm

It’s nice when the kids get to the age they can fix things, isn’t it?  Our oldest is 23 (and our youngest is 4, lol, but that’s besides the point).  He came home for a surprise Thanksgiving visit with his wife, and jumped right in fixing things that needed it, most especially our bathroom door (yay to my son!).  I gave him my credit card to get necessary tools for the job, and he insisted on going to Sears to get Craftsman.  He said he doesn’t like anything else.  I told him he could keep the tools when he was done w/the job, and he was more than delighted.  Craftsman is def. a top-notch gift for the handy folks on your shopping list.  Good call, Robyn!

10 MELISASource December 1, 2011 at 12:06 am

My hubby, Dad, and brother are all tool fanatics, plus they love Craftsman products, so this would make a perfect gift for all three of them this Christmas!!  ~Thanks for sharing!

11 Christy December 3, 2011 at 7:27 pm

That’s a good idea.  I always thought that guys were tired of getting tools like this but I guess not.  That actually makes Christmas shopping very easy for me!

12 Mary C December 5, 2011 at 10:43 am

What exactly is it with men and tools??  I was thinking of buying my husband a new tool box but then realized if his tools were thinned out, he wouldn’t need one.  Of course, if I touch his tools, that might make him think he could touch my crafting items.  Hmmm.  He can have as many tools as he wants!!

13 Robyn's Online World December 5, 2011 at 11:21 am

Thin the tools out? Ha – you know your husband would go bonkers if you did that. Just get him a nice toolbox to keep them in and out of your way LOL

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