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Last week was a busy week here at Toolmonger. If you’ve been spending time in the shop — you should! — 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:

NFL Hard Hats: Break S#!$ in Style!
You must wear safety equipment, but you’re under no obligation to wear ugly safety equipment. And now that football season’s in full swing, you can support your favorite team, look stylish, and protect your head all at the same time.

The Council KATool: Opens A Mobile Home Like A Can Opener
BSW brought out some killer demo tools, including this shovel-handled rig that’ll tear open a wall (or mobile home siding) with ease. If you’re a demo dog, a volunteer firefighter, or just someone who likes tearing stuff up, this should be in your personal inventory.

Hang With The Big (Demo) Dawgs
Think of the Demo Dawg as the result of combining a nail-puller, pry bar, and a really long handle. This would make quick work of prying up flooring or ripping out nails. And it’s reasonably priced to boot.

One Powerful, Destructive Rabbit
Here’s another firefighters’ secret weapon: like a miniature jaws-of-life, it’ll pop open doors (or pry apart jammed structures) better than any crowbar. It employs a hydraulic ram to spread its jaws with some serious force.

Roll Your Own Yo-Yos
Ever thought of making your own yo-yos from scratch? This company offers kits tailored to any level of woodworking skill. You can buy parts to assemble a custom yo-yo, and they sell cutters to make your own from their selection of material blanks. If you own a wood lathe, they even sell a mandrel perfect for turning your own blanks. Bubinga yo-yo, anyone?

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.


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