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:
Now that smoking isn’t politically correct, most automobiles don’t come with a cigarette lighter — the manufacturers have repurposed that hole as a power port. Fill the empty port with the Auto LED flashlight from Coast. You can leave it charging in your vehicle’s power port, always ready, like the lighter it replaced.
Reversible Adjustable Wrench
Bahco gave this ordinary adjustable wrench a secret double life, by adding some teeth to the unused side of its sliding jaw. With one smooth side and one serrated side, you can use the adjustable wrench as you always have — or reverse the sliding jaw and grip some pipes.
Mechanix Vent Gloves
Every time we see Mechanix vent gloves we think of the eighties, when guys used to wear leather driving gloves with the fingers cut off. Perhaps it’s the holes in the hand, but they always produce a chuckle.
Folding Pocket Wrench
With the Folding Pocket Wrench you can carry around an entire set of open-end wrenches in your pocket. The double-ended wrench folds down to 5″ x 2″ x 3/4″ to fit comfortably in its included nylon belt pouch. Its integrated spacer blades act as shims to adjust the wrench to the fastener size, rather than using a thumb wheel that needs constant adjustment.
We’ve posted about add-on miter saw lasers that only show you one side of the blade. Usually, if they’re off, they don’t offer any way to adjust the beam and can even cause the blade to wobble. The blade also has to be spinning to activate the laser, and the blade guard blocks the beam until you start lowering the saw. By mounting the Laserkerf II to the saw and not the arbor, you can eliminate all these problems.
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.