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7 Tricks to Test a Tool’s Quality at the Hardware Store

Bob Vila Logo By Glenda Taylor of Bob Vila | Slide 1 of 7: <p>One of the simplest tricks for locating quality tools is to “look on the shelves above eye level,” Talbot says. Retail stores position mid-quality tools at eye level because those are the tools that most customers purchase—but they may not offer the best bang for your buck. With tools, as with many things in life, higher quality often comes at a slightly higher price. The superior materials and the manufacturing methods used to create better tools add a little to the final cost. Instead of grabbing the first putty knife you see, shift your focus upward. That’s where you’ll find higher-quality tools, such as the ones in HYDE's Black &amp; Silver line, which are made to last a lifetime.</p>

1. Look Up!

One of the simplest tricks for locating quality tools is to “look on the shelves above eye level,” Talbot says. Retail stores position mid-quality tools at eye level because those are the tools that most customers purchase—but they may not offer the best bang for your buck. With tools, as with many things in life, higher quality often comes at a slightly higher price. The superior materials and the manufacturing methods used to create better tools add a little to the final cost. Instead of grabbing the first putty knife you see, shift your focus upward. That’s where you’ll find higher-quality tools, such as the ones in HYDE's Black & Silver line, which are made to last a lifetime.

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