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WARNING: To reduce the risk of injury, the user must read and understand this manual before operating any of the equipment.

From drafting to clean-up, the following is a comprehensive manual to the basic tools that will help get even the hardest household jobs accomplished.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS GENERAL SAFETY 1. Keep your area clean and well lit. 2. Keep bystanders, children and visitors away while operating any tool. Distractions can cause you to lose control. 3. Avoid body contact with grounded surfaces when working with electrical equipment. 4. Stay alert and focused. Do not consume alcohol, drugs, or medication while working. 5. Dress properly. Do not wear loose clothing or jewelry. Contain long hair and keep it away from moving parts. 6. Do not force any tool. Use each tool for its correct application 7. Maintain tools with care.

SAFETY SIGNAL WORDS DANGER: Indicates an imminently hazardous situation which, if not avoided, will result in death or serious injury. WARNING: Indicates a potentially hazardous situation which, if not avoided, could result in death or serious injury. CAUTION: Indicates a potentially hazardous situation which, if not avoided, may result in minor or moderate injury.

FEATURED TOOLS Craftsman Tool Chest Guess Peep Toes Steel Rule Stanley Staple gun Arrow Heavy Duty Staple gun Not Rated Pumps Twenty One Peep Toes CLC Tool belt Hammer Screwdriver Pliers Nine West Pumps

Arrow Riveter Sterrit Hack-Saw Franco Sarto Mary Janes Skill Jig Saw Tribeca by Kenneth Cole Ryobi Sawzall Jessica Simpson Pumps Ryobi Circular Saw Nine West Stillettos Craftsman Hand Saw Guess Peep Toes Ryobi 18V Cordless Drill Ryobi Drill Nine West Stillettos

Pony C-Clamp Irwin Bar Clamp Pony Spring Clamp Irwin Bar Clamp Re-Mix Peep Toes Husky Ladder Xhilaration Slides Coleman Extension Cable Miss Bissou Pumps Ridgid Wet/Dry Vac Fioni Wedges Steve Madden Pumps

Tool chests are useful in storing all of your hand and power tools, hardware and accessories. With stackable tool chests you get maximum storage without losing valuable space. Tool boxes are useful for portability and site-specific jobs.


DO NOT STAND ON this product. You may fall which may cause personal injury. WEAR SAFETY WHEN MOVING OR REPOSITIONING. The tool could slip or tip over which may cause personal injury.

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PUSH DON’T PULL to prevent personal injury. DO NOT MOUNT THIS on a truck bed or any other moving object. This may cause personal injury or damage.


REMOVE HANDS before the cover closes completely to prevent personal injury.

DRAWER REMOVAL: • Fully extend drawer. • Insert screwdriver into the slot in the slide and push in on the stop until it clears the lance. • Repeat procedure on other side to remove drawer. LUBRICATION: Lubricate the top and bottom channels of the drawer slides twice a year. Lubricate the castors with bearing grease.



Read and understand all instructions. Failure to follow all instructions listed in this manual may result in electric shock, fire, and/or serious personal injury.

A good quality steel rule has many uses, drawing plans, measuring material, checking if glue ups are flat, aligning table saw wings, and any other application where accuracy is necessary. They are available in various lengths. Some have the markings starting from the edge while others are indented and are better for precise measurement since damage to the end will not affect the reading.

With this tool it is possible to layout and measure just about everything in the construction of a house from the basement stairs on up to the attic rafters. It may also be referred to as a steel square or a carpenters square. The most common size has a 24” blade and a 16” tongue, however there are smaller sizes available but like some cheaper versions of the larger style they do not have the framing tables stamped on them.

combination square

framing square

Tape measures come in a variety of widths and lengths. Anything less than 3/4” wide for a tape 1. over 6 feet long is not recommended as they can 2. Spring Motor not be extended out and is under tension and opening may cause injury. remain rigid. For small 3. projects in the shop 1/2” Don’t allow tape to wide ones are adequate. retract into case at full speed. Some have highlighted indicators at each foot, others have them at 16 inch intervals which is handier in construction for stud layout, whereas the foot indicators are more useful in the shop. Special tapes are available for lefties as well as ones with digital read-outs. They come in a variety of sizes and finishes ranging from heavy duty stainless steel to plastic. Most come with a locking mechanism that keeps the tape extended at any chosen interval. This is helpful when measuring something longer than ones own armspan.



CAUTION: BLADE LOCK MAY CREEP WHILE TAKING MEASUREMENTS. WARNING: Do not allow familiarity with tools make you careless. Remember that a careless fraction of a second is sufficient to inflict serious injury.

WARNING: Never aim at anything other than work at hand. Failure to do so may result in serious personal injury.

WARNING: Do not allow to be used as a toy. Close attention is necessary when used by or near children.

Hammers must have securely wedged handles suited to the type of head used. The handle should be smooth, free of oil, shaped to fit the hand, and properly sized for the job. Carpenter’s or claw hammers are designed primarily for driving and drawing nails, and they are unsuitable for striking heavier objects, such as cold chisels. The corners of the claw should not be used as pries because they are susceptible to chipping and breaking.

Screwdrivers must never be used as punches, wedges, pinch bars or pries. They are easily damaged causing blades to slip off the slots and injure workers’ hands. A screwdriver tip should fit the screw. A sharp square-edged bit will not skip as easily as a dull, rounded one, and it requires less pressure. The tip must be kept clean and sharp to permit a good grip on the head of the screw. Screwdrivers having blades or rivets extending through the handle should never be used for electrical work. Both blade and handle should be insulated except the tip.

There is a correct wrench for every nut and bolt. Oversize openings will not grip the corners securely and shims should not be used to compensate for an oversized opening. Using the wrong size wrench can round the corners of the bolt, or cause slippage, as well as make it difficult to then apply the proper size. Never overload the capacity of a wrench by using a pipe extension on the handle or strike the handle of a wrench with a hammer. Machine wrenches are often incorrectly used as hammers. As a result, they soon become distorted and unsafe. Always use the proper tool for the job.

Pliers are often considered a general-purpose tool and are often used for purposes for which they were not designed. Pliers are meant for gripping and cutting operations. They are not recommended as a substitute for wrenches because their jaws are flexible and frequently slip and do not hold the work securely. The handle of electricians’ pliers should be insulated. In addition, users should wear electricians’ gloves. Nippers sometimes cause injuries when they are used to cut short ends of wire.


USE INSULATED NIPPERS when working with electrical equipment.


DON’T USE MAKESHIFT TOOLS. Use special cutters for heavy wire, reinforcing wire, and bolts.


WEAR PROTECTION to prevent personal injury from flying ends of wires, etc.

WARNING: To reduce the risk of injury, the user must read and understand this manual before operating any of the equipment.

Pop-rivets are useful when temporary bolts or fasteners need to be replaced with something permanent. To rivet: place drive head of rivet gun against rivet shank and pull trigger to activate hammer that spreads rivet. A right angle riveter is good for use on gutters, storm doors, air vents and many more applications. The long handle makes riveter easy to squeeze. Use self-piercing rivets to join similar or dissimilar materials, such as steel, stainless steel, aluminum, brass and certain plastics and fibers. Self-piercing rivets often provide the best fastening solution when spot welding is difficult or impossible, such as with zinc-coated steel (automotive, HVAC and building applications), pre-painted metal (white goods) and aluminum (signs).

The kinds of rivets include: Oval and truss head rivets Flat countersunk head rivets Universal head rivets Flat head rivets CAUTION: PRE-DRILLED HOLES REQUIRED.


ALWAYS WEAR PROTECTION. AIM CAREFULLY. When the rivet is popped, any stray remnants may cause personal injury.


PROTECT HANDS. Don’t allow tool to pinch the skin. WARNING: Do not attempt to modify this tool or create accessories not recommended for use with this tool. Any such modification or alteration is misuse and could result in a hazardous condition leading to possible serious injury. WARNING: Do not at any time let petroleum-based products, penetrating oils, etc. come into contact with rubber parts. Chemicals can damage, weaken or destroy rubber which may result in personal injury.

WARNING: Avoid accidental starting. This may cause a lack of control which can lead to serious personal injury.

Corded drills come in many configurations, 3/8� and 1/2� capacities are the most common, this refers to the diameter of the drill shank the chuck will hold. Features include variable speed controls, reversing , and special hammer drills for drilling into rock or concrete. Attachments are available to convert hand drills to drill presses, some of these are quite satisfactory if holes have to be drilled straight. Usually when a drill stops working it is because the brushes have worn down, replacements can be obtained from service depots, some can be changed easily without taking the drill apart.

Cordless drills are continually improving, as higher voltage batteries are becoming available, a top of the line cordless drill is a very impressive tool, unfortunately there are lower voltage units that are totally inadequate. Because these drills are used so much for driving screws many have an adjustable clutch to regulate the depth that screws are driven in and are now frequently referred to as Driver-Drills. Voltage ranges from 4.8 to 24, speeds are usually around 0 - 700 or 350 - 1200 rpm, many are dual speed offering both ranges. Lower end models have on-board batteries, the more expensive models have battery packs allowing one pack to be charged while using another.


ALWAYS WEAR PROTECTION. SECURE SMALLER MATERIAL in a vise or clamp to bench. 3. CORRECT SPEED according to the size of bit. 4. DO NOT USE A DULL BIT. Always use a sharp bit. 5. APPLY CORRECT PRESSURE, only enough so it will cut. Ease up as bit 1.


cuts through to reduce breakage.

WARNING: The operation of this can result in foreign objects being thrown into your eyes, which can result in severe eye damage. Always wear safety goggles, safety glasses or a full face shield.

WARNING: Two or more clamps should be used to secure and support the workpiece to a stable platform. Holding the work by hand or against your body is unstable and may lead to loss of control and potential personal injury.

Any project that is glued requires clamping to insure that the parts are bonded firmly in exactly the right position. You can never have too many clamps, it is a good idea to pick up any that are available for a good price. Use a piece of scrap wood as a buffer between the jaws and the material to prevent damage. Clamping pressure should be at exact right angles to the glue line otherwise slippage may result. When the clamp is positioned screw the jaws shut until the clamp feels tight, some glue will be squeezed out around the joint, a sign that it is tight enough. Do not overtighten, if the fit is accurate only moderate pressure is required, the purpose of a clamp is only to maintain uniform pressure between the two surfaces, not to force them to fit.


These clamps have a sliding jaw that makes them easily adjustable. A very good first choice because they are versatile and relatively inexpensive.

With double-rolled thread for faster clamping and increased durability, these are good way to secure any project. Available in 3’’, 4’’ and 6’’ sizes. Some downfalls may be that these are bulky and take longer to screw.

The wooden jaws make these a natural for furniture repairs and the adjustable jaws will also fit angled material.

WARNING: Keep the tool and its handle dry, clean and free from oil and grease. Always use a clean cloth when cleaning. This will reduce the risk of loss of control and deterioration of the tool.

CAUTION: Keep free of grease, oil, wet paint, and other slipping hazards WARNING: Keep the area around the top and bottom clear. Obstruction may result in personal injury. WARNING: Do not tie two together to provide longer sections, unless they are specifically designed to do so. WARNING: Be certain the spreader is locked before climbing. Failure to do so may result in serious personal injury. WARNING: Never stand on the top step. This could lead to toppling over and result in serious personal injury. WARNING: Never stand on the top step. This could lead to toppling over and result in serious personal injury.

For extension and straight ladders, they should be placed so that its base is one foot away from what the ladder leans against for every four feet in height to the point where the ladder rests. This is referred to as the four-to-one rule. For example, if a 16 foot ladder leans against a wall, its base should be placed four feet from the wall.


NEVER USE IN STRONG WIND. NEVER USE IN DOORWAY unless it is blocked, locked, or guarded. 3. INSPECT BEFORE USE for potential irregularities or cracks. 4. KEEP YOUR BODY CENTERED. 5. ONE PERSON AT A TIME. 1.


WARNING: If you must work near power lines, make sure it is wood or fiberglass, never metal. This will reduce the risk of electric shock. WARNING: Do not overreach. Keep proper footing and balance at all times. Proper footing and balance enables better control of tools in unexpected situations.

WARNING: To reduce the risk of injury, the user must read and understand this manual before operating any of the equipment.

When using a power tool at a considerable distance from the power source, be sure to use an extension cord that has a capacity to handle the current the tool will draw. An undersized cord will cause a drop in line voltage, resulting in overheating and loss of power. Use the chart to determine the minimum size required in an extension cord. When working outside with a tool, use an extension cord that is designed with a “WA” on the cord’s jacket. Before using any extension cord, inspect it for loose or exposed wires and cut or worn insulation. **Ampere rating (on tool data plate) 0-2.0


Cord Length





Wire Size (A.W.G.)






















**Used on 12 gauge - 20 amp circuit NOTE: A.W.G. = American Wire Gauge

WARNING: Keep it clear of the working area. Position it so it will not get caught on wood, tools or other obstructions while you are working. Failure to do so can result in serious personal injury. WARNING: Check before each use. If damaged, replace immediately. Never use while damaged since touching the area could cause electrical shock resulting in serious personal injury.

WARNING: To reduce risk of personal injury, be sure to keep hands, fingers or any other foreign objects out of the center opening while in use.


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