What the eff is this?


Answer later this week...

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May 20, 2009

Xactware Construction Flash Games


If you're down with dopey flash games, click over to Xactware and go to town. They've got three games, all of which make the original Pong look like advanced computing technology. But still, if you've got nothing to do for three or four minutes, they're worth a look and they're all vaguely construction related.

There's a memory game, an obstacle course game, and one where you move items around a floor plan. Exciting.

Xactware is the maker of some high-powered construction software for estimating and project management.

The games are here.

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May 12, 2009

Popular Mechanics Editor's Choice Awards from the Hardware Show


If there ever was a beauty pageant for the tool lover, it's the National Hardware Show (in Vegas no less). All of the latest and greatest tools are exhibited and the Judge Judys of the tool world (i.e. magazine editors, freelance writers, and obnoxious bloggers like us, etc) are on hand to snoop, sniff, and generally suss out the successes from the failures. Popular Mechanics was on hand for the event and they've released their thoughts on the best tools to emerge from this year's crop.

Looking at their list makes us wish we had made the trip out to the show. They've collected some tools we're familiar with, like the Goldblatt Blade Runner and the amazing Nail Jack (our review here), but they've also found a few things that we've yet to see or even hear about, such as the Little Giant Six-Foot Step Ladder, the Deck Wrecker, and an amazing looking level from C.H. Hanson.

We're hoping to get a closer look at some of these tools in the upcoming days, but in the meantime, do yourself a favor and check out the list at Popular Mechanics.

Best of 2009 Hardware Show at Popular Mechanics

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May 7, 2009

The Ridiculous Power of Excavators

When it comes to large scale demo, all the fancypants prybars in the world aren't going to help you. So put away your Artillery Bar, your FuBar, and your Dead-On Annihilator and hire an excavator. Here are two videos we found of just that kind of awe-inspiring destruction.

We've seen a similar scene first hand and what it did was leave us with a blinding respect for the power of hydraulics. When these things get going, it's like the house isn't even there.

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April 28, 2009


tools_com.jpgWe've seen references in a few places about the launch of a new site called tools.com. Currently the site is nothing more than a placeholder with some extensive legal disclaimers and a place to leave your email address so you can be notified when the site officially launches. The tag line, "the right tool at the right price," makes us to think it's some sort of retail/price comparison site, maybe with a reader ranking system like over at Tool-Rank and ToolCritic or possibly some kind of auction site. Judging from the detailed legal disclaimers, it's either backed by a little coin or someone has a kickass legalzoom.com account. We're also pretty intrigued by the line, "Our site is not directed towards children 13 years of age or younger..." Sweet.

No matter what it is, 'the best thing to happen to tools since electricity' is quite a claim, particularly after watching an episode of Hot for Tools. So head on over to tools.com and log in to get alerted when the site launches. Or if you don't want to, we've done it and we'll probably post something here when it all goes down.


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April 24, 2009

Lenox Blades Cut Car in Half


Apparently as part of Lenox's trade show demonstrations they've been cutting cars in half (more pictures here). From the looks of it, they're just cutting the roof and the stripped out floor of the car, not the doors or any of the exhaust system underneath. So in a functional sense, when you think about the amount of metal being cut, it's impressive, but not too surprising that a high-quality recip blade is up for the task. But from a showmanship perspective it's a different story. You've got to love the amount of effort involved just to make a cut that takes ninety seconds. Watching this makes us wonder if the $500 trade-in on the old Jeep is worth it, or if we should keep the vehicle around for blade testing purposes.

Here's a video...

Lenox blades at Amazon.com

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April 21, 2009

Cool Tools is Looking for an Editor


Cool Tools
(the website, not the TV show) is currently looking for an editor to take over for at least a few months while Kevin Kelly finishes up his book. This is a good opportunity for anyone out there who reads sites like Tool Snob and thinks that they could do a far better job of it because running a daily website is totally easy.

If you're a writer with an interest in all of the odd little items that make life easier, you should consider applying. Not only would it be a good experience, but Cool Tools would be an great site to be associated with. Don't fool yourself though, there's a decent workload associated with the position. Posting every day takes a lot of time, especially at first.

There are details on what they're looking for, how much you'll be paid, and how to apply here.

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March 17, 2009

Safety Last: Part 2

Safety_last_2.jpgHere is another collection of photos showing the safety practices of people with room temperature IQs. This stuff boggles the mind.

See the photos at IBEW Local 725

See our first installment of Safety Last here

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March 10, 2009

Tool Box Refrigerator

tool_fridge.jpgIf you like pounding beers while you're out 'working' in the garage but don't want anyone to know how much of a boozer you are, this could be the best $300 you'll ever spend. Designed by Genuine Hotrod Hardware, the Tool Box Refrigerator is made to look exactly like a regular old tool cabinet. In all functional respects, it's a standard dorm room fridge (complete with Dispense-A-Can can stacker!), but in order to hide it's real purpose, the fridge has simulated drawer pulls, a top drawer lock, and it rolls around on locking casters.

At SkyMall

via Random Good Stuff

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March 4, 2009

Bosch Tool Toys

bosch_toy_workbench.jpgWith the December arrival of Tool Snob Jr., you all knew that it was just a matter of time before we started dredging up this kind of stuff. We promise though that we're going to keep it to a minimum and that we're not going to turn into one of those irritating people who never stops talking about their kids, so just give us this one pass.

So Bosch makes these little tool toys for the (really) junior woodworker in your life. There are two items here; one is a full on workbench, complete with a vise, hand tools, and some nuts and bolts; the other is a little jackhammer that comes with some work gloves and ear protection. We think it would be more authentic if they each came with a little plastic cup of Dunkin Donuts coffee, but that's just us. Six months ago, we would have thought these toys were about the lamest thing ever, but now we think they're pretty cool. Funny how that happens.

We were tipped off about the Bosch Tool Toys by none other than the great Rob Foster. Follow his twitter updates here.

Bosch Tool Shop at Target
Bosch Jackhammer at Amazon.com

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