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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:

Protect Your Eyes Without Compromising Your Hearing
Safety glasses and earmuffs don’t always feel so comfortable when worn together, and what’s worse, you may also be compromising the seal of the earmuffs, thereby reducing your hearing protection. FullPro says they have the solution: They attach ANSI Z87.1+ high-impact safety-rated lenses to the earmuffs with hook-and-loop straps.

Gas-Powered Wet/Dry Vac
Start with a gas blower and a five-gallon bucket, and you end up with a big vacuum that recharges at the pump. With gas prices going up you might prefer a cheaper alternative — but if you really need the right tool for the job there may not be a substitute.

RMJ Tactical Tomahawk: Badass
Like a good knife, a good tomahawk can prove useful in many ways to a soldier/airman/marine in the field. Despite its military heritage you might also employ it in less lethal operations such as climbing, digging, forced entry, and search and rescue operations.

Magnetic Jaw Pads For Woodworking Bench Vises
If you need a wood-faced vice on your bench, these magnetic jaw pads will cover those wood-marring metal jaws with a less damaging material — wood. Strong magnets back these pads so you don’t have to worry about the pads moving or slipping out of place as you tighten the vise.

See Where You Can’t Go
Now you can check out the insides of gas tanks, garbage disposals, and even walls if you’re willing to patch a 3/4″ hole. This could prove very helpful even to those of us who aren’t professional inspectors. Your local equipment dealer may even rent you one if you just want something interesting to play with.

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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