The Coolest Stuff You Didn’t Know You Could Get at the Hardware Store


I spend infinitely too much time wandering around hardware stores, and over the years I’ve found a lot of hidden gems. There’s tons of little tools, materials, and parts that most people have no idea exist, but are ridiculously useful to have in your toolbox. Here’s a few of my favorites.

Shake Siphon

Have you seen these things? They’re brilliant. Just stick one end in the liquid you need to siphon out, give it a few good shakes, and you’re ready to go. No more sucking gasoline into your mouth and spitting it out when the siphon is full

Self-Fusing Silicon Tape

This stuff is amazing. It might even be better than duct tape. Basically, it’s this stretchy, double sided tape that sticks only to itself. It’s also heat-resistant up to 500 degrees farenheit, and can stretch to 300 percent of its original size.


Forget super glue. Instead of haphazardly squeezing some adhesive out of a tube, Bondic allows you to join two materials together with liquid plastic that hardens under UV light. You know those little UV glue guns that dentists use to fill minor cavities before they get too serious? It’s basically the exact same adhesive technology, just tweaked a little and redesigned for a different purpose.

Sprayable Rubber

Need to rubberize something? Get yourself a can of sprayable rubber. It’s awesome. You may have seen the infomercials for it — you know, the one where the dude makes a boat with a screen door on the bottom, and then makes it seaworthy with a single can.

Heat Shrink Tubing

Another badass tool that you may or may not be aware of is heat shrink tubing. This stuff does just what it sounds like — it shrinks when you heat it up. I use it to seal up broken or cracked charging cables, but the potential uses of this stuff are only limited by your imagination.

Glow-In-The-Dark Duct Tape

I mean, duct tape is already awesome, but did you know they make a glowing version? It’s a game-changer. Wrap it around your bike or backpack for extra visibility at night, stick some on your kid before he/she goes trick-or-treating, or just use it like regular duct tape.

Chalk Board Spray Paint

You’ve probably heard about this stuff before, but what you might not realize is that it’s available in aerosol form now. Armed with this, you can transform practically anything into a chalkboard — you dresser drawers, the top of your kids table, hell, maybe even your car.

No-Slip Spray

Ok, this is the last “spray” thing on the list, I promise. It just never ceases to amaze me how many different things can come out of an aerosol can. Spray this stuff on a slippery surface, and it magically gives it traction. it works wonders for stairs, wooden decks, and the hood of your boat.

Magnetic Paint

Yup. This is a thing. Apply it to the surface of your choosing, and you’ll be able to affix magnets to it. The paint is filled with tiny particles of ferrous metal, which effectively turns any surface into a refrigerator door.