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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:

Pimp Your Toolbox Snap-on Style
Now the fast and the furious can pimp their toolbox with neon. Snap-on offers 23″ tubes that attach to any ferrous surface with magnetic clamps.  Choose from red, green, and blue lights for your sweet new Technicolor dream box. Pointless and immature, sure — but then again, so was the pet rock, and that sold millions.

Watering Crystals
It may sound like science fiction, but with modern chemistry you can modify your lawn to make it store water like a camel. Polyacrylamide polymer crystals can absorb 400 times their weight in water, swelling up to a jelly-like consistency and looking like watery ice. When the soils gets dry, the crystals release water to the roots as needed.

Hands-On: Paslode CF-325 Cordless Framing Nailer
For remote jobs, carrying an air compressor can become problematic — when you’re replacing a few slats at the back of your wooden fence, for instance, or building a shed in the back forty. That’s when the Paslode CF-325 cordless framing nailer shines.  Big, bad, and gunshot-loud, it drives nails just like your standard pneumatic nailer, but without all the extra gear.

Mine Probe
If you’re in the market for Gerber’s Deluxe Mine Probe Kit, one of two things is probably true: A) you’re underpaid, or B) you need to move. People who remove unexploded ordnance work mostly on their bellies, inching across the battlefield, constantly in danger. For these serious people and their serious work, Gerber makes some precision mine probe tools to replace that old KA-BAR.

More Flexible Than A Romanian Gymnast
Some tools don’t lend themselves very well to dust collection — you have to manhandle the dust-collection hose with complicated twists and turns to get it into position right before it snaps. Rockler’s new FlexForm hoses can help. Think of it as a giant bendy straw that can flex and bend to almost any shape you need to get the job done.

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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