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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:

Turf Core Aerator
If a full drum aerator is overkill for your yard and you have some time on your hands, you can step on the Yard Butler Core Aerator to get air down to those roots. It may take all day, but it’s cheap and doesn’t take up much room in the garage.

Mend Your Fences With A Fence Stretcher
When you need to stretch, splice, staple, or reposition high-tensile, barbed, or smooth wire in the back forty, you’ll probably want to bring along a fence stretcher. Goldenrod’s #405 fence stretcher will keep those cows where they belong and save you some knuckle-busting in the process.

Carnauba Lathe Wax
We went looking for some nice carnauba wax, and Toolmonger readers responded with a ton of recommendations and places to find good deals.  They also came through with a few sweet tips and recipes on wax paste and how to apply it.

What Do You Get When You Cross A Phillips And A Slotted Screwdriver?
The terminal-block screw can be driven with either a slotted or Phillips screwdriver — but there are drawbacks to both. Wiha designed these cross-slotted screwdrivers that offer the best of both worlds. The slotted portion transfers lots of torque, and the cross point doesn’t slip off of the screw head.

McCulloch Chipper/Shredder
If your yard doesn’t need a shredder that’ll tear an old refrigerator in half, a smaller, friendlier version like the McCulloch electric shredder might be the way to go. It can handle small lawn waste, like dead bushes or branches too small for an axe, without much trouble.

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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