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Jack of All Trades

Is it a jack that can clamp, or is it a clamp that can jack? That’s the question. FastCap’s Jack of All Trades functions as a jack, a clamp, and a spreader — it seems like an ideal tool for a kitchen remodeler. It can lift cabinets or heavy doors into place, pull together hardwood or laminate flooring, or hold two cabinets while screwing them together.

As a jack it can lift up to 70 lbs, up to 15-1/4″ high. The notched base allows the 1/8″ thick metal hook to rest directly on the floor, making it easy to maneuver the “Jack” under cabinets. As a spreader, it can spread up to 23″. And as a clamp, its 2-1/4″ deep jaws can open up to 13.3″. Like most quick-clamps, it features a quick-release lever.

In reviews, people mentioned one glaring negative: The “Jack” isn’t the most ruggedly built tool. One guy snapped the handle in two. But the general consensus was that if you use the “Jack” within its limits, it works just fine.

The “Jack” retails for $35, but you can find it for a little less with some searching. If you plan on buying more than one, a two pack runs about $55.

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2 Responses to Jack, Clamp, And Spreaders In One

  1. Fred says:

    I’ve hung lots of cabinets and seen lots of rigs and jigs:

    http://www.e-zspreadnlift.com/details.htm

    http://www.cabjack.com

    http://www.cabinetjacks.com

    http://www.tjak.com

    plus lots of homemade jigs – the typical one (used in pairs) using 2 lengths (about 18 inch each) of plywood or 2×4 with a hinge set about 6 inches from one end of the top piece connected to the end of what becomes the vertical piece. The end that bears on the countertop is padded with some non-marring material. To use – you set both top boards under the wall cabinet, rest the ends of the vertical board on the countertop and then push it inward. I guess if you have built them to the right size, the vertical board will be slightly shy of 90 degrees once the cabinet is at the right height. I saw this being used by a one-man crew – hanging garage wall cabinets over bases.

    We’ve never used any of these – preferring cleats and manpower to set the wall cabinets.

    We do use Fastcap pole jacks to hang zip-wall.

  2. Fred says:

    We use Fastcap products (not this one) for holding up zip wall.

    I’ve seen ads for lots of cabinet jacks – seldom thought that we needed one – prefering to use cleats and crew-power to get the job done.

    some alternatives:

    http://www.cabjack.com

    http://www.cabinetjacks.com

    http://www.tjack.com

    If I were putting up commercial stainless steel cabinets – I might reconsider – even look at a lift.

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