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It’s been 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:

Plastic Razor Blades
Plastic razor blade sounds like the name of an underground punk band rather than the new rage with automotive detailers. Auto painters use ’em to strip away paint and adhesives without damaging freshly completed body work. Toolmonger readers point out that you still wouldn’t want to take ’em through airport security.

TM’s 2007 Favorites: Skil’s Base-Model Skilsaw
The first member of Toolmonger’s Favorite Tools of 2007, the trusted 7-1/4” Skilsaw model 5400-01 proved to us time and time again that toughness doesn’t always come in expensive packages. Our $25 investment helped us solve a lot of problems, sawdust-style.

Drilling Dust Bubble
Laugh if you want, but someday you might want to get your hands on a few dust bubbles. The idea here is to place the plastic bubble between what you’re drilling and the bit, so you can catch drywall and masonry in the bubble instead of spilling it on your floor. Is it a gimmick? Perhaps, but we hear these bubbles are super handy.

A Hand Plane Without Giving Up An Arm (Or Leg)
Anyone looking to start woodworking might go into sticker shock when comparing the cost of a decent hand plane to modern power tools. Anant helps to ease the low-budget blues with a solid, entry-level hand plane that will get the job done, after a bit of adjustment.

Lift A Ton And A Half With A Bicycle Pump
Unless your name is Bruce Banner and you turn green when you get angry, there isn’t a really easy way to lift a car without a jack — unless you’re armed with one of Matjack’s low-pressure, high-lift bags. They can lift 1-1/2 tons with nothing but a bag, a bicycle pump, and about 8 PSI of air.

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.


One Response to The Week in Tools: Toolmonger’s Top 5

  1. Ron Shoemaker says:

    Hey guys,

    First of all, great podcast. I actually just recently found it and am enjoying catching up on all the older episodes. Thanks a lot for all you are doing. Just a quick point about this podcast (sorry so late, as I said, I just heard it)… being a paramedic/firefighter, I just wanted to let you know that we don’t actually get under a vehicle lifted with an airbag until it is supported with some sort of cribbing (wood blocks, etc.). Don’t get me wrong – we do our share of stupid things (why firefighters like playing with fire so much, I’ll never understand), that just isn’t one of them. Even when we get in a hurry, there us usually some command officer watching to make sure we don’t get too stupid. Anyway, take care and again, thanks for a great podcast. I’m hooked.

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