I don’t do much work with steel studs at home (okay, I’ve never worked with steel studs anywhere, but I’ve seen them and think they’re neat) so I have not used the Wedjji from J&J Industries. It’s a door and window framing tool that allows one person to center a stud in a metal door or window frame. Based on videos on the Wedjji web site, commercial construction crews would formerly use pieces of sheetrock for this, and it was a PITA. The Wedjji, which comes in four sizes, depending on sheetrock thickness and stud dimensions, costs between $27.99 and $29.49. Each unit has 3 or 4 built-in magnets to hold it to the door or window frame. It looks like the Wedjji is a reasonable widget, and it does have a cool name.
Have any Toolmongers used this tool? Is it a good alternative to a few scrap pieces of sheetrock?
Wedjji [Manufacturer’s Site]
We can see why Mayhew Tools thought it would be cool to name this tool the Cats Paw Deck Wrecker. The Cats Paw part is obvious, especially since they own the trademark, but the “Deck Wrecker” part of the name doesn’t really describe the tool. It’s designed to lift deck boards with little damage and without damaging the joists underneath, allowing you to resurface the deck with as little repair to the structure as possible.
Mayhew manufactures the 44″ long Cats Paw Deck Wrecker from steel and powder coats it for corrosion resistance. The tool’s double Cats Paw head straddles the joist, while the curved rocker sits on top of the joist. Pulling back on the handle pries the deck board off the joist. Once the board is out of the way you can use one of the Cats Paw heads to pry up remaining nails and screws.
You can purchase the Cats Paw Deck Wrecker from Amazon for $100 shipped. Other online retailers also sell it for $100, but you’ll take your chances with their shipping charges.
The creator of the Hook-Um Dano ladder lock must have been a fan of Hawaii Five-O, but then, who isn’t? We’re not exactly sure how this product relates to a cop show set in Hawaii — what it does do is secure one or two extension or step ladders to your ladder or roof rack, quickly and without tools.
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Just in case a certain coworker goes off the deep end
If your router puts up a fight every time you change bits, try a chuck eliminator. Legacy Woodworking offers two versions, labeled as the Bosch version and the Porter Cable version. Either of them should help eliminate the whole juggling act with two wrenches, and the related cussing. Even though they look the same, the Porter Cable version supposedly allows you to change router bits in ten seconds without knuckle scrapes.
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Sometimes getting into the attic is just a pain, especially if the access is inside your house — try getting a ladder, say a 20-footer, into the room and positioned under the hatch. You could solve the problem with an attic ladder built into the hatch, but most are more than four feet long. However, the Televator, with a hatch measurement of just 22″ x 22″, allows you to place an attic access in even a fairly small closet. Or install it anywhere, to increase the convenience of getting into the attic.
Expect to pay $175 for the 8′ version or $205 for the 10′ version.
Regardless of whether you give a damn about this product or what it does (or doesn’t) actually do, you’ve gotta love Black & Decker’s ballsy name for it: the ScumBuster. As far as I can tell, it’s some kind of battery-powered super-scrubber that spins various attachments to make cleaning the bathroom easier. Black & Decker claims a 25-30 minute runtime, and the box is chock-full of various extensions and attachments for scrubbing and rinsing.