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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:

The Bow Saw That Wanted To Be A Hacksaw
Though a good bow saw comes in handy around the yard and camp, you don’t always want to carry around a full-size version. Irwin makes this little 12″ bow saw that looks like it’d be easy to pack and still useful around camp.  And it also accepts standard hacksaw blades — that’s one useful tool.

Hot or Not? Mr. Funnel
A funnel can help you put gas in your tank without spilling it all over the place — and if you’re using a funnel, why not one that filters the gas to get rid of contaminants?  That’s exactly what the fuel filters from Mr. Funnel do.

Reader Question: Tips For A First-Time Homeowner
Toolmonger reader Scott writes in with an interesting question:  “I just bought a house built in 1958;  do you have any posts on general advice for a first-time homeowner?  We’re already planning several projects including adding more insulation to the settled insulation in the attic.” Toolmongers spoke up and laid down uber-wisdom.

How-To: Install Custom Sliding Drawers
The third time I was attacked by my kitchen cabinets while trying to free a pot from the bottom cupboard, I decided to remedy the situation.  Nursing a bruised foot I went to the local big box to buy a few sliding drawer units to put in the cabinets — and I nearly popped a gasket when the size I wanted turned out to be sixty bucks a drawer.  So I built them myself.

Basin Wrench Attachment
A basin wrench will help you get at hard-to-reach nuts, especially up behind sink basins, but not everyone has the room for an extra wrench in the toolbox.  Superior Tools makes this 3/8″ drive attachment that turns your ratchet into a basin wrench — and you can make it any length you need by changing extensions.

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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