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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:

Strike A Blow Against Stuck Fasteners
What do you do when you can’t break a stubborn fastener loose?  You beat the tar out of the other end of your wrench, of course.  Stanley Proto made these striking wrenches so you can wail on your favorite tools with a large hammer, without any shame.

Where No Pipe Wrench Has Gone Before
Wiha’s narrow-profile pipe wrenches fit into places a normal pipe wrench couldn’t reach, even after the latest South Beach treatment. Available in three thin-waisted varieties and jaw styles, one of these nine wrenches is bound to do a number on whatever fastener has you stumped in a small space.

Catch Water Leaks Before It’s Too Late
After the water heater has drained onto your floor or attic is not the time to worry about how to detect a leak in the tank. Zircon’s Leak Alert electronic water detector can save you a bunch of hassle and grief — you just place it under or near the water tank in question, and let the Zircon sound off when there’s moisture.

Part Hatchet, Part Hammer, All Destruction
The Lee Valley box tool has a Mad Max vibe to it, complete with pits from the steel casting process. The box tool was designed to bust open objects you’re really not interested in putting back together. It’s part hatchet, part hammer, part pry bar, and part horror movie. We like it.

Preview: New Floating XTools For 2008
No, these floating tools aren’t made by Fisher-Price, despite their bright colors. These are the Floating series XTools, and the high-visibility colors allow you to find the tools in the water, in case you drop one overboard. Sets come in an equally flashy bag that’ll float on the water as well — so you’re covered, no matter how clumsy you are.

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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