A while back we mentioned the Gecko Grip level from Black and Decker. Though it’s a bit gimmicky I recently ran across one that had been gifted to a friend, and I got to see him put it through its paces. I found, to my surprise, that it does work as advertised.
The usual argument against the Gecko goes something like, “Who uses a level to hang a picture?” After seeing the Gecko in action I understand that it’s not the level that makes this a useful real-world setup — it’s the adjustable targets on a straightedge that happens to have a level on it.
I watched a 12-year-old align the level’s targets with the wall mount on the back of a picture, then take the Gecko over to the wall, hold it up and check that the bubble level was reasonably straight, and mark the surface with a pen. After mounting the hardware, they hung the picture, shifted it a bit here and there to correct for the room’s “alignment” — and they were done.
The whole thing took about a minute, and no one touched a tape measure or fussed over crookedness. The father also explained that it doubled as a household level and worked pretty well for it, too. He followed up with the remark that it was one of the better Christmas tools he’d ever received.
The lesson here: Not everything gimmicky has to be junk. In this case, the Gecko performs actual household tasks — and it not only performs its original purpose, but also substitutes for other more-expensive, no-gimmick tools that are taken more seriously.
What do you think? Once a gimmick, always trash? Or can some of these Christmas grabbers make life better, even in some small way, around the homestead? Let us know in comments.
Street pricing starts at $15.