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:
Clean Your Hands, Don’t Lose Your Fingerprints
Whenever you use superglue or any cyanoacrylate-based adhesive you’re going to get some on you. If you don’t mind absorbing toxic chemicals you can soften the glue with solvents like acetone — or you can try a soap-bar-sized porous stone called Glue-B-Gone that gently removes the glue and fused skin from your hands.
Big Ben Conduit Hand Bender
Tools for bending conduit and pipe can get a bit pricey to be practical for a small shop. If you’re going to do the job like the fire marshal would prefer, you might want to look at a less expensive option like a hand bender. For about $30 it provides a correctly shaped form for bending the conduit without breaking or kinking it.
Manual Flooring Nailer
The shape of this nailer just goes to show how specific requirements can lead to creative and elegant solutions. The tall handle helps relieve back strain from bending down to work on a floor all day. The striker works with the cleat at the bottom for tight joints but also allows for odd angles and tighter spacing of the nails.
Sweet Custom ToolTrailer
The ToolTrailer features a walk-around design, and its manufacturer claims it offers 33% more usable space than walk-in trailers of the same size. It may look like Evel Knievel’s spare take-off ramp, but the open-side design provides enough room for a standard mounted table saw and chop saw and a boatload of gear.
Hello, My Name Is LaserBob
Stabila’s new plumb laser, dubbed “LaserBob,” just sounds friendly to us. With its rugged construction, this crown jewel of Stabila’s Laser line can withstand a three-foot drop onto concrete, according to Stabila. The best part: It runs on a set of four AA batteries that power LaserBob’s 150-degree laser for up to 30 hours of operation.
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.