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Sears is offering $10 off the Gorilla 2-in-1 Utility Cart if you purchase it through their website for $64.99 after discount. The cart is 38″ by 20″ by 10″ and weighs 47 lbs., and it can haul loads up to 800 lbs. It’s comprised of a steel mesh deck with removable folding side walls that turn it into a flatbead, and when you pull the pin out, the metal handle becomes a trailer hitch.

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I just love it when something interesting you see on the web leads you to something else that’s equally interesting. And that’s just what happened when the Make blog reported on Katrina (Kat) Jungnickel’s presentation on “Stickytape” (she includes anything that’s in tape form and is adhesive or sticky: Sellotape, Scotch, Gaffa, duct, fusion, packing, invisible, double-sided, electrical, insulation, and masking), and the realization that it’s “not only a technology you cannot live without but it is also a metaphor for life.” There are plenty of examples in her slides (at her blog link below), but I particularly liked the following statement by her:

The world is full of stickytape stories – and to some they are a poor fix, a lazy response. It is easy to mock them. But what I argue is that there is innovation at play in many cases. It gets you involved in making stuff – makes you think you can do things, change things – re-imagine how things might be. Stickytape epitomises an experimental approach. It is emblematic of being able to fix anything.

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We love super glue’s fast-drying stick-damn-near-anything-together rep.  But we’re less than thrilled about its brittle nature.  Gorilla’s new super glue incorporates tiny rubber particles to make the dried glue slightly flexible — rendering it more impact resistant than the normal stuff.  It’s much thicker, too, so it doesn’t run as easily.

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You’ve probably got a bottle of Gorilla Glue around the shop, but have you heard about Gorilla tape?  We selected this as one of PopSci’s Best of What’s New 2006 winners, and while I was researching it I became quite a fan.

Why’s it so cool?  By including a layer of adhesive twice as thick as standard duct tape, Gorilla Tape’s engineers endowed it with the ability to “mold” around imperfections on rough surfaces — letting you tape things like bricks and wood together.  They also doubled the thread count in the tape’s woven backing, but offset the second grid of fibers slightly to allow you to tear the higher-tensile strength tape by hand.

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