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Advice for Left Handed DIY and Gardening

Confession time: In the past I have been guilty of thinking that left handed tools were just a ‘nice-to-have’ rather than being essential. Surely us lefties are skilled enough to muddle through with cheaper right-handed tools right? Anyway, we recently moved into a new house that needs a lot of work so I took the plunge and invested in a few tools designed for left-handers, to see if they really made a difference.

Take last night as an example. I was measuring up where to hang some shelves. Without thinking, I grabbed the first tape measure I saw, which turned out to be our right-handed one. And what happened? All the numbers were upside down because I held the tape measure in my left hand!

Left Handed Tape Measure Used by a Lefty

Proof how important left-handed tape measures are

Being a stubborn guy I kept on trying to use it rather than hunting for my left-handed one, but it was messing with my head and eventually I admitted defeat! I stopped what I was doing and found my left-handed tape measure, which genuinely made everything so much easier.

Left handed tape measure

Left-handed tape measures really do make life easier – and Anything Left Handed have a great range in stock.

Then last weekend I had to head out into the garden and prune a few overgrown bushes. Fortunately, I thought ahead and had already found my new left-handed secateurs, and I can genuinely report that it was the best experience pruning that I have ever had!

The joy of left handed pruners

The joy of left handed pruners

They fit into my hand comfortably, so I could keep going for longer, but also the cutting edge was on top so I could see exactly what I was doing. In the past, I’ve ended up mangling my bushes rather than pruning them neatly, but this was so much easier.

left handed pruners

Anything Left Handed have a great range of left-handed secateurs in stock

In short, I am now a convert to left handed tools. Having the right tools means I can do everything I need to do quickly, accurately and safely. Now I just wish someone would make a left-handed chainsaw for the tree I need to take down next weekend! 

 

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13 comments on “Advice for Left Handed DIY and Gardening
  1. Tom Anderson says:

    When you’re marking something, say a board, to be cut, it’s way easier to measure from right to left holding the tape measure in the right hand, and making the pencil mark with the left.

    Just saying.

  2. kyle smith says:

    I’ve been a carpenter for 25 years now and a righty tape measure is just the least of it.circular saws,chop saws,table saws,even nail guns. I have never come across a tool belt/nail bags designed for lefties. pisses me off when I walk into a home depot,in the middle of nowhere idaho,and see a unisex bathroom for the maybe 2 people that might use it…but no lefty tools for 10% of their customers

  3. Dave says:

    Are you really left handed? I work in the construction industry, and like Jools, use a tape measure in my right hand. That way your left hand is writing/ marking in the correct place.

  4. Jools says:

    I have never had problems using a right handed tape measure. If you want to write down the measurements, surely it’s far easier with the tape in your right hand? The same goes for using a mouse in your right hand with the computer, it means I can write notes at the same time.

  5. June says:

    Why are right handed tools cheaper? They should be the same price.

    • Karen S. says:

      Left-handed tools are more expensive to build, everything has to be adjusted differently and that costs extra time and money! Should the manufacturers have to take a loss? Most companies don’t even bother to make left-handed tools!

  6. karl hudson says:

    the left handed tape measure is brilliant in my working day i use it all the time.
    the only issue is the belt clip is on the wrong side its still in place for a right hander please see you pic above. this means you cant have it to hand on the left side of your work pants a bit of an oversite in the design stage i think.

  7. Holly says:

    As the saying goes “Right tool for the job.” I’ve always measured left handed and been frustrated with having to read the ruler or tape upside down. I need to invest in both the left handed ruler and tape measure.
    My niece is left handed and I’ve shared this website with her parents who are not left handed and tried to stress how important it is to have the correct tools for her. Their response is she is making do just fine. Why “make do” when the correct tools are available for her, unlike when I was young!

  8. Karl Hudson says:

    I have a left handed tape measure would not be with out it the only problem is that the belt clip is on the wrong side so is designed for a righty you either have to cross over your body to get I off your belt or take it off with your right hand then change hands not thought out to well

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