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We came across this handy tool from Vaughan & Bushnell today; It’s a hinged lever arm designed to help you straighten boards when installing them as flooring or decking.  Just tap it into place against the subfloor or adjacent joist and pull the handle to bend the board into place.

Vaughan & Bushnell’s website says the tool can help close gaps up to 2-1/4″.  It’s 12″ long — and weighs just 26 ounces — so it should fit in your toolbox relatively easily.  All in all it looks to us like a heck of a replacement for jamming your hammer or pry bar underneath the board.  Half the time you end up creating gouges in the board, and the other half of the time you just can’t find anything that’ll fit in the hold and give you enough leverage to pull everything into place.

Street pricing starts around $30.

The BowJak Board Straightener [Vaughan & Bushnell]
Street Pricing [Froogle]

 

2 Responses to Finds: The BowJak Board Straightener

  1. Bob says:

    Other ‘decking tools’ to straighten decking have been around a while, so that’s not too big a deal.

    http://www.amazon.com/Cepco-Tool-BoWrench-BW-2-Decking/dp/B0000224UP

    The ‘BowJak’ does look smaller and lighter, though. I wonder how well it works in comparison to the more common ones.

  2. bob johnston says:

    I would like for you to look at a tool I have, it does 10 framing procedures. The “Cathook” can be seen on my website http://carpenterbook.com
    Thanks, Bob Johnston

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