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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:

Bike Chain Cleaner
Dirt and metal particles on your bike’s chain can accelerate chain and sprocket wear and cause shifting or other performance problems.  Park Tool sells its Cyclone chain scrubber to keep your bike’s chain clean and operating at peak performance.

Remove Thatch With Your Lawnmower
Dethatching the lawn by hand with a rake or proper dethatching tool is hard work.  You can buy or rent a power dethatcher, but that’s just one more piece of equipment to worry about — or for around $15 you can outfit your lawnmower with Arnold’s universal-fit 16″ dethatching blade.

Craftsman Nextec Multi-Tool
Next week Craftsman is set to release its newest addition to the existing 12V Nextec line:  the Multi-Tool.  If the shape seems a little familiar, it should — except for a few slight differences in the casing, it looks very similar to the Bosch PS50-2B multi-saw.

Add A Reclosable Spout To Any Bag
The three-piece Smart Cap from Evriholder Products adds a screw cap and spout to any bag so you can easily pour, seal, and store bags of pet food, seed, potting soil, or any other products that comes in a plastic bag.

Easily Cut Strips Of Drywall
Warner calls this tool a drywall edge cutter, but perhaps a better name would be drywall strip cutter.  That’s because when you run this tool along the edge of a sheet of drywall, it scores both sides, allowing you to snap a strip of drywall off the edge of the sheet.

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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