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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:

Get A Grip On Your Bed Liner
Do you find there’s never enough tie-downs or they’re never where you need ’em when you’re securing a load in your truck bed?  With Liner Locks Cargo Clamps any ridge on your bed-liner can be a tie-down point. The adjustable serrated jaws of these imported clamps bite into the liner ridges when you tighten the eyebolts just a quarter turn.

4-in-1 Bucket Tool
I must love buckets — they’re all over my home, shop, and garden — but the ones missing their handles cut into my hand when fully loaded, and the new ones can be a pain to open.  Fortunately Prazi makes the 4-in-1 Bucket tool;  it can serve as a replacement handle, and it’ll also help you pry off those stubborn lids.

Stop The Snowplow From Chewing Up Your Yard
As the snow starts to melt, you notice that the snowplow driver took some liberty guessing where the road ended and your yard began.  Don’t be too hard on him — it’s pretty tough to tell at 2 in the morning.  Next time give him a break and mark your driveway or curb with a lighted solar driveway marker from SunForce.

Precision Machinist’s Gauge Blocks
Woodworkers have brass setup bars for precision setup — machinists have gauge blocks.  You stack a series of gauge blocks to match the desired measurement, for accurately checking and setting measurements and calibrating instruments.

Rope-Working Gloves
As a theater stage technician I handle hot light fixtures, heavy weights and set pieces, and ropes and rigging, so gloves are a must — after a day at the fly rail without ‘em, I’d be sorely sorry and rubbed raw. These SetWear Journeyman gloves feature tough, durable SureGrip panels on the palm and fingers, and they look like they’d do the trick.

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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