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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:

Hot or Not? Do-It-Yourself Truck-Bed Liner
DIY truck-bed liners can protect your truck-bed interior, but they can also protect lots of other stuff, from industrial machinery to that functional but ugly toolbox you picked up at the flea market. We asked tool guys what they thought — in short, they’re fans.

Save Your Knees With Long-Handled Grass Shears
We remember a time folks would crawl around the yard on their knees with a hand shear to trim the grass at the edge of the lawn — man, that sucked. Whether it was a better time or just a simpler time may be up for debate, but if Fiskars’ long-handled swivel grass shears had been around, they would’ve spared us a lot of strained backs and sore knees.

No More Round Pegs In Square Holes
If your finish nailer has ever left a few nails poking from the surface — and you’ve wondered, “How do I drive a rectangular nail head with a round set?” — you might recognize this tool as a solution to the problem.

Folding Yard Cart Challenges The Wheelbarrow
Wheelbarrows generally take up tons of space, but Allsop designed one that’s collapsible. The WheelEasy LE cart has sides built from a canvas-like material — it can carry heavy loads around the yard with no trouble, and then it folds up to fit easily in your tool shed.

Grandpa’s Weeder
Originally designed over 90 years ago, this weed puller saw action up until the Second World War, when steel and other materials were salvaged for the war effort. This takes us back to a time when you reached for a tool instead of a bottle of weed killer.

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:

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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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