We have long said that someone needs to start throwing kits together for the DIYer/Homeonwer crowd that arms them with the tools they need to get things done around the house. Not drills and saws (others have that covered), but the more obscure home maintenance chores. We knew someone would come up with it eventually, but we didn’t expect it to come from Campbell Hausfeld. Yet the FP260097 Home Improvement Kit and its three like-minded sibling packages are exactly what we were talking about.
It’s not rocket science; tell someone what they need to do then give them a package with all those tools in it for an entry-level price. Apparently someone at CH has their head on straight because that’s what they did. They also threw in an instructional DVD that tells you how to start getting done the projects you bought the kit for.
This may sound like gimmicky crap at first, but think about what that might do to fledgling DIYers trying to hold their place together or mend furniture that tight budgets can’t replace. Those consumers might come back to Campbell Hausfeld next time because they took just a little extra time to invest in their education. Stranger things have happened.
Those of a cynical mind will no doubt will say that there are both higher quality tools out there and you could get all the same gear at the big box and come out for roughly the same cash — in this case about $140. You might even be right except for three points:
- It’s Campbell Hausfeld; they are basically as inexpensive as it gets.
- They’re shooting for the DIYer who might not know what tools should be on the list yet.
- Compressors and air tools can be very intimidating if you’ve never had your hands on one and a step-by-step guide isn’t a bad way to go if that’s true.
If you knew nothing about home maintenance, would you be able to put together a kit like the FP260097 that can help with: interior sealing, exterior sealing, roofing, landscape, molding, building custom furniture, outdoor accents and flooring/construction? Campbell Hausfeld can, so they put this and three others like it together.
Kit (Model FP260097) includes 2 gallon air compressor, storage bag and:
2 in. 2-in-1 Nailer/stapler
Blow gun and nozzle
25 ft. air hose
BONUS Caulk Gun
The other kits in the series swap out a brad nailer for a stapler or a few smaller hand tools for an airbrush, but you get the idea: focused and usable gear on the cheap.
It may not be the most glamorous brand name on the market, but it could be the difference between a frustrated DIYer and one with a fixed-up home, which is the point. Plus, CH might get a few longtime customers who remember what a cheap bag of tools and a DVD throw-in did for them when they needed help and didn’t have a ton of cash.
Look for the kits to be at the local big box in the months ahead.
Model FP260097 Home Improvement Kit [Campbell Hausfeld]