February 11, 2009

Morons with Nailguns: Part Three

Our ongoing investigation into the depths of human stupidity continues with the story of Criss Angel. It appears that Criss is some sort of daredevil/stuntman/illusionist, kind of like a David Blaine for the Pantera crowd. It looks like he's done some work in Vegas as well as on some TV show called Mindfreak. We just stumbled across a video of him attempting to catch a nail shot from a framing gun.

After enough posturing to fill a WWF superdome (we're always suspect of someone who loves to show off their scars), the nail is shot, it busts through the glass that Criss is, for some reason, standing behind, and our dear stuntman ends up with the projectile impaled through his hand. The next few moments are of Criss running around frantically, yelling for an ambulance and using other words that form a nearly continuous bleep.

But we smell a rat here (or in Criss's case, a "ratt"). In our own days of careless stupidity, we've manually pulled back the safety on a framing gun and shot a nail across the room, but because there's really no barrel (and definitely no rifling), the nails quickly start flipping end over end and lose much of their power in a relatively short amount of time (don't even bother try it at home. It's not safe and not all that impressive either). We can't imagine any situation where a nail could break through glass and still have enough force to puncture a man's hand. But in Chriss's stunt, the nail goes through the glass, maintains 'spear-formation' and still manages to go in one side of his hand and out the other. Either the gun has had some military modifications, or Criss figures he'll capture more eyeballs by being a failure rather than a success. And as if the credibility of this stunt isn't threadbare enough, the 'official onlooker' of the event is Anthony Michael Hall. Apparently there were no carpenters in the audience, because everyone seems stunned at the results.

So the sad part here is that Criss is not really a moron with a nail gun, he only pretends to be one.

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January 23, 2009

Snowblower of the Gods

snowblower_1.jpgWe have mixed feelings about snowblowing; one one hand, we love firing up a piece of heavy machinery and blasting snow into our neighbors yard, but on the other hand, we're rarely thrilled to wake up at 5am to deal with nine inches of snow just so we can get to work.

But if there ever was a snowblower that would get us fired up every time we started it, this is it. Recently featured over at Popular Science, this monster is equipped with a V-8 engine (stripped off a Chevy) that gives the snow throwing blades a speed of 6000 rpm. The fact that it looks like something Mad Max would use to clear his walk only adds to the effect.

Check out the article and all the rest of the details over at Popular Science.

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January 15, 2009

Spiders Make Scaffolding?

Did you know that spiders actually create scaffolding when they build their webs? We didn't. And when they're done with it, they eat it, probably because it's cheaper than having the staging company come and break it down. We found this interesting video over at Bits & Pieces (a thoroughly entertaining website) that explains the fascinating process.

It's sort of humiliating to know that something the size of a pencil eraser is better at building things than we are.

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January 14, 2009

Stan Foster: DeWalt Finish Carpenter

Foster_stairwell.JPGWe just noticed that DeWalt has chosen a winner in their finish carpenter contest. Taking the grand prize is Stan Foster with an amazing curved staircase. Over at DeWalt, you can see about 1,000 images of Stan's winning project. It takes a while, but it's worth flipping through them, particularly if you have any interest in understanding how much effort goes into making a curved staircase.

Stan, our hats off to you. Absolutely amazing work.

Check out the contest results over at DeWalt

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January 13, 2009

Best of the Tool Blogs '08

patton.jpgA bunch of our favorite tool blogs have done year end round ups of their most popular articles. Here's the run down:

Tool Crib's 25 Most Popular Articles
Toologics' 10 Most Read Articles of 2008
Charles & Hudson's Most Popular Posts 2008
CopTool's Top 8 Blog Posts of 2008

And of course, our own list of the Top Five Reviews that appeared on Tool Snob.

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January 6, 2009

Tool Snob Top Five Reviews of 2008

PaulaAbdul_Crying.jpgWe thought we would take a look back at the traffic numbers of the past year to let you know which articles were the most popular (America voted!). Like last year's list, this ranking is taken from just straight up page views, so it naturally favors articles that appeared earlier in the year. It's interesting though that numbers five, four, and three were all written last year, so they had far more exposure than the number one review (which absolutely crushed the competition) written in the beginning of November!

So here they are, in descending order....

5. Ridgid Lithium-Ion 18-Volt Compact Drill

4. Ryobi 4-Piece Lithium Ion Power Tool Kit

3. Wagner Paint Crew Plus

2. Dremel Multi-Max / Bosch PS-50

...and the number one review of 2008 is....

ArrowContinue reading: "Tool Snob Top Five Reviews of 2008"

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December 19, 2008

Up and Running

hurricane.jpgSix days without power and eight without phone and cable. It's all over now and we're watching a new storm start up. This one promising 6-12 inches of snow. There's also another one due for Sunday (snow mixing with rain). Fantastic.

We're back up though and in the coming days we're going to have reviews of the Rockwell Jawhorse, the Arbortech Power Chisel and Mini-Grinder, a new little hand sander, the Craftsman AutoHammer, and plenty more. We'll also announce the winners of the Paslode contest. Thanks for bearing with us through our 'technical difficulties.'

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December 15, 2008

Crushed by Ice

ice.jpgLast Thursday our town was pulverized by the ice storm that rolled through New England. The force of the storm came in two interlocking phases; first, the freezing rain covered everything in ice, and secondly, the wind worked over the heavy frozen branches causing them to snap like little tiny sticks. The destruction was impressive and the center of town looks like a tornado bounced through it. One of the many trees that fell managed to tear our power lines right off our house, which is why we've been under radio silence for the past few days. Not that we're complaining though, our neighbor's garage was practically sliced in two by a massive elm.

We kept the house going with a wood stove for the weekend, but finally realizing that we were doing little more than waste a whole lot of good wood, we moved our operation in with some relatives who have taken pity on our miserable state. Because our power was cut between the main line and the house, we're pretty low on the priority list as far as getting our power back goes.

We're not sure how much time we'll be able to spend on the site this week, but as soon as we can, we'll be back with daily updates (and a lot of articles on portable generators, flashlights, and hand-crank radios).

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December 11, 2008

Houston, We Have Problem......

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Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Nails, But Were Afraid to Ask

Seriously, everything.

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