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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:

HotBend Your PVC
We always appreciate the term “propane flamethrower” for the hardcore image it conjures. Though the actual use is somewhat less spectacular, it’s still sweet. This thing burns propane at a rate of 5.7 lbs. per hour and puts out 125,000 BTU, to bend 1/2″ to 8″ schedule 40 or 80 PVC. To put it another way, you can set fire to your boots, pants, and anything else under the affected area.

Pencil Sharpener Combo
The Fusion Contractor 2×4 diverges from the path of your normal multi-tool. Combine a pencil sharpener, level, wire stripper, knife blade, storage for one nail, and a faux circ saw blade — and you’ve got all the tools a contractor needs! We have to cock an eyebrow, but it might be handy for a select crowd.

Space Balls
If you’ve never had cause to rip your household doors apart, you may not realize that the panels in raised-panel doors just float in the frame. Space Balls — no Mel Brooks affiliation — can help reduce the floating area between the panel and frame when you’re assembling a door, to cut down on rattle. It’s a little thing, yes, but it cuts down on the haunted house vibe, and that’s a good thing.

This Axe Won’t Chop Down Any Cherry Trees
At first glance you might not recognize this tool as an axe, but if you have some light-duty clearing in mind, this Swedish-style clearing axe from Bahco offers some sweet advantages over a typical axe — like a replaceable double-edged blade.

Little Bender
In our mind little Bender should be a small, foul-mouthed version of Futurama’s Bender — think Mini-Me, only robotic. This little hobby metal bender from Groz can shape hinges, brackets, wrought iron, chain links, hooks, and clamps. It handles a verity of stock, and it won’t rob you blind like the Bender from the year 3000.

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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