My favorite tool today is… Knee pads. Not just any knee pads, though: CLC’s Gel Kneepads with grooved caps (you can get them at Ace Hardware). I spent about six hours this evening on my knees pulling wire in cramped spaces so that we can restore the original lighting in our living and dining rooms. I was working with my knees positioned on the floor joists of the second floor for six hours. Had it not been for these incredible devices, I would have given up after an hour. Most knee pads pinch really badly at the back of my knees (especially bad when I’m working in shorts as I was this evening.

I also highly recommend CLC’s Pro Framer gloves. They leave your thumb and index and middle fingers open to do things like grab nails from a bag.