These boots bring slip-on functionality to the job site. Made by Blundstone, an Australian company, the 500s have the amenities you'd expect in a high-end workboot: durable leather, a steel shank, and an antimicrobial treatment. Thanks to the unique pull-on design, the shell of the boot is seamless, further protecting your feet from the weather. Best of all, there are no laces to trip over.
¦ Price: $155. 888-310-1116. www.blundstoneusa.com.
Having battery chargers at the end of every extension cord and hanging from all available outlets makes for a disorganized job site. The Knaack Power Crew lets you safely add four GFCI outlets to the inside of your gang box so that you have a weatherproof, out-of-the-way spot for chargers and other plug-in devices. Installation is as easy as drilling a 3-inch hole in your box and attaching the unit. To power the outlets, you connect an extension cord to the weather-protected plug on the exterior of the box. The Power Crew is rated at 15 amps and has an indicator light to let you know when the outlets are live.
¦ Price: $100. 800-456-7865. www.knaack.com.
The Carhartt PVC Raincoat might not win any fashion awards, but it'll keep you from getting soaked – and if you're working outside in the rain, that's all you really need. Made from durable polyester-backed PVC material, the hooded coat has welded seams and snaps at the wrists for tightening up the sleeves. And if you're planning to work where it's really wet, matching pants are also available.
¦ Price: $45. 800-833-3118. www.carhartt.com.
Changing a clogged vacuum filter is a dirty, messy job, and the cost of replacing collection bags adds up over time. The Dust Deputy installs in line with your vacuum's hose and diverts virtually all of the debris into a containment bucket, extending the life of the filter and reducing the need to change bags.
¦ Price: $80. 800-732-4065. www.dustdeputy.com.
If you spend the day carrying lumber and operating tools, you need a secure grip. Ironclad's new Gripworx Gloves have silicon webbing fused to the palm and fingers so that whatever you hold onto stays in your hand. These form-fitting gloves are made from a breathable washable fabric with reinforcement between the thumb and forefinger and padding at the knuckles to protect against impact.
¦ Price: $25. 310-643-7800. www.ironclad.com.