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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November 27, 2008

Q & A with Cool Tools' Chris Grundy

grundy.jpgWe had the opportunity to email Chris Grundy (the host of DIY Network's Cool Tools) some questions and he was good enough to give us some answers....

1. What do you think of the cordless 36-volt tool systems (Bosch, DeWalt)? Isn't 18-volts enough, or do you think that there are enough occasions where the extra power is needed to warrant 36-volts?

The additional run time for the more power hungry tools like saws definitely make it worth it for pros on the jobsite or serious DIYers that don't want to get tangled in extensions or working with an umbilical cord of power just is not an option.

2. Do you have a favorite out of the new crop of oscillating tools? Rockwell, Dremel, Bosch, others?

I haven't tried the Rockwell yet. As for the others - gotta love that the Bosch is cordless but Dremel's pricing on the tool and accessories brings this handy tool to everyone, including the folks that didn't even know that they could work without it. We can't forget the Fein Multimaster either. It was the original oscillating tool and is still a great choice - it's well engineered tool though often a little pricier than the competition.

3. Festool Kapex...worth it?

Worth it?...Please, is my Ferrari worth it? I could still be driving my Pacer but it just doesn't handle the same. The Festool systems are important when you want the ultimate accuracy and that comes with an ultimate price tag. I know, I know "It's not the tools it's the craftsman", riiiight... ask Tiger Woods to play with a hockey stick. It never hurts to have the best possible club in your bag. And I also find it exciting in the way they are inspiring the rest of the industry to kick it up a notch.

We've actually never seen Cool Tools because we scrapped our cable service in a fit of disgust over a year ago, but we've seen clips and it looks pretty cool if you can handle Grundy's heavily-caffeinated personality. They will be airing a special "Holiday Blitz" of Cool Tools episodes for the Thanksgiving weekend (starting 11/27 through 11/30), and the new season of Cool Tools will air immediately after the Holiday Blitz on Thursdays at 9pm. So check that out and let us know how it is.

More information about the show is here. It looks like they've also got a contest with a $15,000 cash prize.

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November 26, 2008

Ridgid 2009-2010 Calendar

ridgid_calendar.jpgWe saw over at CopTool that Ridgid has unveiled their 2009-2010 Calendar. It's not exactly "family-friendly," but if you don't mind your workshop looking like the back room at the auto-parts store, it might be perfect for you.

It costs $15 and is available directly from Ridgid or if you purchase over $100 of Ridgid tools at Ohio Power Tools you can get one for free. Details here.

At Ridgid

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November 23, 2008

New SawStop Video - Real Finger Used.

On Friday, we told you about Tool Crib's scoop on the possible Nail Jack takeover of a Nebraskan Vise-Grip factory. Today, we're lifting another one of their posts, this one containing a new video of the famed SawStop.

We've all seen the SawStop vs. Hot Dog video and have been impressed, but there was always a part of us that thought that using a hot dog to demonstrate the finger-saving blade brake was a little lame. If this tool really works, why doesn't someone from the company step up and jam their finger in the thing? Well now, the inventor of the tool Steve Gass has done just that.

The clip looks like it's a segment from some Discovery Network show. It's got a lot of great video of the saw brake in action and at the very end, you get to watch a guy stick his finger in a whirling table saw blade. The whole thing is amazing.

Check out Tool Crib's post here.

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November 20, 2008

And You Thought You Had Problems...Astronaut Loses Tool Bag in Space

At least when you lose your tool bag, you know that it's still on the same planet. Astronaut Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper, while doing some external maintenance on the International Space Station on Tuesday watched helplessly as her bag of tools floated away from her and into the history books.

Stefanyshyn-Piper was in the first stages of a five hour space walk when the incident occurred. It seems that one of the grease guns in the tool bag leaked all over her hands and while she was cleaning off her gloves, the bag, which was supposed to be tied down, floated away.

The bag contained a couple grease guns, two scrapers, a trash bag and a debris container. The reported value of which is somewhere around $100,000, which makes us wonder where the hell they do their shopping. has an article about it here.
Check out the video.

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November 11, 2008

Popular Science: Best of What's New 2008

bown_header.gifEach year, Popular Science culls through the latest innovations and inventions to create their comprehensive Best of What's New Issue. It's a huge undertaking and the results are worth at least a 1/2 hour of your internet browsing time.

They just went live with their website for this year's issue and you should go there and check out all the winners. Obviously, we're most interested in the 'Home Tech' category, but, like we said, it's a site built for browsing, and all of the selections are, at the very least, interesting.

And while you're over at their site, check out the article on DeWalt's new corded technology. We covered the basics the other day, but they actually get a look inside the motor and explain why the new tools are so powerful. Read the article here.

Check out Popular Science's Best of What's New list here.

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October 29, 2008

This Old House Pumpking Carving Contest

pumpkin_carving.jpgThis Old House has sponsored a pumpkin carving contest and the results are completely off the handle. Over at their website, you can page through the entries and vote for the ones that you like and dislike. Think of it as a 'Hot or Not' of the Halloween set. Voting is going to be open until noon tomorrow (Thursday).

We went through quite a few and although there are some weak ones in the bunch, the majority are really amazing. We've always been partial to Marty Feldman, so that one got our vote.

Check out the pumpkins and vote here.

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