Cool Tool: Gage-It

While at Home Depot the other day I ran across a nifty little all-in-one measurement tool called Gage-It. It allows you to measure screws and bolts; nuts; steel, brass & PVC pipe; wire size; and nails. It also has a couple of rulers (metric and standard) and a conversions table for weights and measurements. I feel like I’m always going to the hardware store trying to find a screw that’s the right size for this or that thing around my house, plus it seemed like a useful thing to have with you on a film set, so I picked one up. The thing cost something like $1.99.


I can’t even seem to find the manufacturer (“Armour Technologies, Inc.”) online, much less the item itself. The only other mention I could find was at Toolmonger, from whom I grabbed the pic above. But if you’re looking for one, try Home Depot. I ran across mine in the screws/nails aisle.

Finally, as an aside, writing this post made me realize that I’ve become so conditioned to finding products on the internet (and the internet has become so synonymous with shopping) that, when I run across something that can’t be found for sale anywhere online, it seems… well, it seems weird. And by “weird” I mean conspiratorially weird, even creepy. It’s like the thing doesn’t exist, even though I have one right in my hands. Am I alone on this one?

5 Responses to “Cool Tool: Gage-It”

  1. Chris Cagle Says:

    Was Armour Technologies in that Pynchon book?

  2. Paul Says:

    Ha! Yes, Pynchonesque is definitely the word for that creepy feeling. I don’t remember if Armour is in Pynchon (and I’ve only read V. and The Crying of Lot 49). The only Pynchon company I remember is Yoyodyne.

  3. Simon Says:

    Make sure you test it.

  4. Pete Bauer Says:

    Funny… I have the same reaction when I don’t find something on the internet! It’s like… “are you kidding me? Something’s got to be shady!”

    I’m glad I’m not the only one.

  5. Erik Says:

    I bought this essential tools about a year ago and I use it a lot!

    I am an instructor at a small media school and when you need parts for the studio, this makes it a lot easier than tearing everything apart to replace a bolt or nut. Do a quick size check and away you go.

    It has saved me many a trip to the Depot. I think I got it for $.99 on sale.