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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:

No Dog(leg)s Allowed
Making a bend in conduit normally requires a little practice and much swearing. In order to make multiple bends line up correctly you’ll have to work even harder — unless you’ve got something like No-Dog’s offset level.  It attaches to either end of the conduit to help you eliminate dog-legs in your offset and saddle bends, without as much colorful language.

Preview: Stanley’s Updated Sport Utility Knife
Anyone who carries a razor knife for work and pocket knife for everything else can appreciate the idea of combining the two into a single easy-to-carry tool. But most attempts to do so result in a bulky, uncomfortable product that doesn’t really address either need. The good news: Stanley recently updated their version, and it’s a dramatic improvement.

Shovel With A Spoon
These shovels may resemble the bent-up spoons from school cafeterias, but start digging a hole with a post-hole digger in mud or water and you’ll wish you had one of the odd-looking spoon shovels from Oshkosh Tools.

Feel Free To Bump Your Head
You may not be required to wear a hard hat at work — but if you come home from work regularly with bumps and bruises on your noggin from low-hanging pipes and other rigging, you’re probably a good candidate for a bump cap. Contrary to the popular opinion that donning a helmet immediately qualifies you for the short bus, it’s actually good planning on your part.

Getting into the attic is a pain, especially if the access is inside your house. Many solve the problem with an attic ladder built into the hatch, but most are more than four feet long and shaky after a few months. However, the Televator, with a hatch measurement of just 22″ x 22″, allows you to place an access space in even a fairly small closet.

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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