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Thingamajigs for Diy

Updated on September 5, 2014

Every DIYer Has Thingamajigs and Whatchamacallits

DIY is the rule in our house. My husband is an electrician; he also does plumbing, carpentry and anything else that needs doing around here. He taught me most of what I know and the rest I've picked up from watching a lot of DIY shows and HGTV.

I sometimes like to compare myself to Martha Stewart. Admittedly, she probably cooks better than I do and she definitely has more money, but I bet I have more thingamajigs than she does.

Thingamajigs? You know what I'm talking about, don't you? Thingamajigs are the whatchamacallits you use often enough to recognize their purpose on sight, but the name remains frozen at the tip of your tounge.

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

My Favorite New Thingamajig - Fantastic painters tool!

Firm Grip Thingamajig
Firm Grip Thingamajig

This thingamajig is one of my new favorites for helping me while I paint. A strudy clip secures the thingamajig to the rim of a paint can or a paint tray. It has a strong magnet on top where the paint brush "rests" to prevent it from falling into the paint in between brush strokes. It is particularly handy to me as I alternate between using the paint brush and the paint roller.

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

MAGNETIC PAINTBRUSH HOLDER - You won't ever want to paint again without this!

Paintbrush Sidekick Clip on Magnetic Brush Holder - fits any size can or roller tray
Paintbrush Sidekick Clip on Magnetic Brush Holder - fits any size can or roller tray

I told you all about this handy thingamajig and now you can get one for yourself AND a friend or two at this price. Seriously, a VERY handy tool to have around.


Handy Thingamajigs for DIY

Handy Wrist Magnetic Wristband For Tools Screws Bolts
Handy Wrist Magnetic Wristband For Tools Screws Bolts

This simple magnetic wristband is a thingamajig every DIY person needs.

Drill Bit Sleeve Thingamajig
Drill Bit Sleeve Thingamajig

Drill Bit Sleeve Thingamajig

DEWALT Magnetic Drive Guide Set

I use this thingamajig drill bit sleeve constantly. It serves as a guide to ensure the screw goes into surfaces smoothly and without slipping off the drill bit. No handy person can afford to be without this inexpensive, indispensable whatchamacallit (it's called a drill bit sleeve). :)

InSinkErator WRN-00 Wrenchette, One Size, Silver
InSinkErator WRN-00 Wrenchette, One Size, Silver

Use this thingamajig to unjam a garbage disposal instead of calling a plumber.

Vice Grips Set
Vice Grips Set

Hand Me Those Thingamajigs (Vice Grips)

Crescent 5 Piece Locking Plier Set

I can never remember the term vice grips, always referring to them as thingamajigs. (I actually had to look up the term again in order to write about these handy diy tools.) Seriously, I reach for a pair of vice grips any time I have a stripped screw or something seemingly frozen into place. For the record, these vice grips are also referred to as locking pliers, but you can just call them thingamajigs. (Just make sure you have a set in your own tool box.)

Painters Pyramids Thingamajigs
Painters Pyramids Thingamajigs

Painters Pyramids Thingamajigs for DIY

Painters Pyramids

These painters pyramids are great DIY thingamajigs. I used to use four same-height canned goods with a small bit of wax paper on the top to hold my painting projects above my work surface. Now I just use these painters pyramids. Great thingamajigs for painting projects.

Bigg Lugg Power Tool Holder Belt Hook
Bigg Lugg Power Tool Holder Belt Hook

This belt hook thingamajig clips to any belt to hold an electric drill or similar power tool.

Thingamajigs for DIY - Backerboard Scoring Knife
Thingamajigs for DIY - Backerboard Scoring Knife

Thingamajigs for DIY - Backerboard Scoring Knife

Carbide Backerboard Scoring Knife

Anyone who has ever worked with backerboard and cement board and attempted to cut it without a scoring knife, sure wishes they had one. It makes the DIY job so much easier!

So when you're doing a tile job at home, don't forget this important DIY thingamajig. It's a very handy and cost effective saves you time and money and lots of frustration.

Painter's Brush
Painter's Brush

Thingamajigs for DIY - Painter's Comb

Wooster Brush Painter's Comb

There are lots of thingamajigs for painters out there. I found out about the handy two-sided painter's comb from my daughter in law's mom after we'd completed a DIY project for the kids and needed to clean our brushes.

If you paint regularly, or know anyone who does, this clever thingamajig is one of the best hand tools I've found for extending the life of my good paintbrushes. Invaluable, in fact!

Handy Trends 75-01098 Smart Caulk for a Perfect Finish
Handy Trends 75-01098 Smart Caulk for a Perfect Finish

This doohickey thingamajig kit is super helpful when applying new caulk around a bathtub/shower area.


Do you have any favorite thingamajigs for DIY that you can't work without?

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    • Diana Wenzel profile image

      Renaissance Woman 

      4 years ago from Colorado

      I can see that you are the Martha Stewart of DIY. She would be jealous if she knew you had more thingamajigs than her. These products are really clever. I sure could use one of those drill bit sleeves. Makes me crazy when those tiny bits fall off the drill.

    • David Stone1 profile image

      David Stone 

      5 years ago from New York City

      I don't but you've showed me some interesting things I didn't know about. Useful, tool

    • Countryluthier profile image

      E L Seaton 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      Not really but the DIYer has a special place in my heart. Will definitely fly by again and sprinkle blessings on other lenses. Great job!

    • BluKatDesign profile image


      6 years ago

      I need some thingamajigs! I never would have know about any of this stuff! Thanks: )

    • spids1 profile image


      6 years ago

      Good collection of handy diy tools, cheers veryirie.

    • magictricksdotcom profile image


      6 years ago

      I've never seen those painter's pyramids. We repaint and repair a lot of vintage magician's props and tricks, and these will really come in handy. Thanks for the tip!

    • Ann Hinds profile image

      Ann Hinds 

      7 years ago from So Cal

      At our house there is always an expletive in front of the thingamajigs. Great suggestions!

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      7 years ago

      I love your thingamajigs. I know I have many, but I can't think of them. Great lens.

    • Showpup LM profile image

      Showpup LM 

      7 years ago

      Oh my! These are way cool! Love the paint brush holder and the triangle holder things. How handy is that?!

    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      I haven't seen some of these gizmos before. Pretty useful looking tools.

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      7 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      You have alerted me to a few thingamajigs and whatchamacallits I need to fill out my toolbox. So far it is only filled with a bunch of doohickies.

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      7 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      great stuff here, I love thingamjigs and whatdoyacallems

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      7 years ago

      Another reason to wish we were neighbors -- so I could borrow your swell thingamajigs! Great lens!

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      7 years ago

      no really, as i am not a DIY in the domain of home repairs. i wish i were though.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      7 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Wow, you are such a git 'er dun kind of gal. I do crafty stuff but you do actual repairs and stuff! I'm so impressed with your collection of thingamajigs! Love them all!


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