For as long as I can remember, the name “Bosch” has been associated with quality DIY and power tools (I’m not even sure if I can name another power tool manufacturer). The folks from Bosch South Africa recently offered to send me a couple of their DIY tools to review. At first I was a bit sceptical, since I’m very far from being a drill-wielding power tool aficionado, but they kindly sent me a kit of awesome DIY tools that anyone can easily use. Even better, i’m convinced that everyone could use these in their homes, their utility is by no means limited to those with a full tool box.
PLR 15 Digital Laser Rangefinder
Don’t let the fancy name scare you, this nifty little thing is essentially a digital tape measure. It uses precise technology to measure lengths, much like your normal tape measure would, but it’s much more accurate and easy to use (best of all, you don’t need to find another person to “hold” the other end). The battery operated PLR 15 has a very clear digital display, and can measure up to 15 meters. It’s also really small and lightweight, so it’s easy to pop into your handbag or pocket if you’re going furniture shopping or house hunting. Find more details here.
PMD 7 Digital Detector
The PMD 7 is a safe and reliable detector of electric cables and other objects made of metal. I’ve heard some horror stories about friends drilling into water pipes within their walls, so this tool could definitely save you a lot of time and hassle. The detector has a “traffic light” system, which means that the light on the unit changes colour according to the contents of the material underneath, and it also emits a warning sound. It can reliably detect metals and cables up to a depth of 50-70mm. We had quite a bit of fun playing “metal detector” around one of our light switches. More information on the PMD 7 can be found here.
PCL 20 Cross Line Laser
I think this has to be my favourite of the 3 tools. The PCL 20 is a laser spirit level, that is also capable of doing a cross-line, vertical line, and plumb line (a spot on the ceiling directly above the unit). The unit has an internal self-leveller, so there’s no need for manual levelling like a normal spirit level. This is a must-have tool for hanging pictures (make those gallery walls a breeze!), curtain rails, tiles or light fittings. It has a tripod fitting, and it also comes with a wall holder so that it can be mounted to a wall. My description can’t really do it justice, so visit this page to find out more. If you look carefully in the image below, you can see some of the laser lines making a cross or a horizontal line.
I used my PCL 20 to help with this washi tape cross-stitch mural, full details will be up on the blog later this week.
Bosch South Africa has kindly put together a DIY kit containing all 3 items, to be won by one lucky TDL reader! Yay! To enter, use the Rafflecopter form to leave a comment describing a DIY project which you would love to do in your own home. You can also increase your chances of winning by sharing via various platforms. If you don’t enter for yourself, at least enter for the man in your life. I can guarantee that your husband/boyfriend/brother/dad will have a ball playing around with these gadgets! The winner will be announced on Wednesday the 9th of April, so get your DIY-juices flowing and enter! Entries are only open to South African residents. Good luck! If you’re not the lucky winner, all these Bosch item can be found at your local hardware store.