It’s been a very, very busy week here at Toolmonger, but one thing made us happy: We got to spend some time in the shop.
If you’ve been spending time in the shop, too, and you haven’t had a chance to keep up with Toolmonger this week, we suggest you start with these posts, which our readers helped to select:
Hands-On: Irwin’s Self-Adjusting Wire Stripper
This tool (which is new to the Irwin line, but not new to any old-hand electronics buff) proves to be a winner. We tried it out on a variety of wire types and posted lots of pictures to help you get a feel for it. (And if you’re still using a manual stripper — or one that requires you to pick the right hole — you should definitely check out a self-adjusting model. They rock.)
Cheap-Ass Tools: REALLY Cheap LED Lights
It wasn’t enough when a reader found a 2-pack of 9-LED aluminum flashlights for $6. Another reader blew that out of the water with 10 keychain LED lights for $4.70 shipped. These would make great gifts — or even parts for a project.
Preview: Milwaukee’s V4 Cordless Screwdriver
If you’re a fan of the classic two-position cordless screwdriver form factor but’ve been holding out for li-ion extended runtime and shelf charge, you’ll likely find your match with Milwaukee’s new V4, which features a single-cell version of the same lithium manganese battery set used in their famous V28 and V18 sets.
Preview: Dremel’s Multi-Vise
Think of this new Vise from Dremel as a big version of an electronics guru’s “third hand” designed to hold small bits of wood and other items you might wish to modify. It clamps to most workbenches and features a 360-degree tilt-swivel base and a bar clamp up top.
Finds: An Inexpensive Paint Respirator
Why not pick up one of these before your next rattle-can paint job? The life you save may be your own.
Help us choose next week’s Top 5!
We’d appreciate your help in choosing next week’s Top 5, which’ll be featured here, elsewhere, and in the podcast as well. While you’re reading TM this week, look out for the “Interesting Post” button at the bottom of the article:
When you see an article that piques your interest, click the button once. You’ll return to the same page, but TM’s software’ll score your click for future reference. We’ll check in on the totals before selecting next week’s Top 5.