July 29, 2008

Keith Walendowski: American Hero

keith_walendowski.jpgOn July 23rd, Keith Walendowski did what most of us only dream of doing. He woke up, began drinking heavily and tried to mow his lawn. When the mower wouldn't start, he got his shotgun and unloaded some ammo on the uncooperative machine.

We can understand how he must have felt (minus the early-morning blurred vision), and we have a hard time blaming him for his actions. We've been there and know how absolutely frustrating a lawnmower can be. Unfortunately for Keith, the local authorities weren't too thrilled that the gun he used was a short-barreled shotgun, possession of which is a felony. Our man is now looking at six or so years in the slammer.

The article on the event contains this hilarious line:

Dick Wagner of Wagner's Garden Mart, 6075 N. Green Bay Ave., said shooting the mower didn't help Walendowski's odds of getting it repaired.

"Anything not factory recommended would void the warranty," he said.

Read all about the incident here.

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July 24, 2008

The Push Broom: Public Enemy #1

push_broom.jpgSome safety nuts in England have recommended that carpenters and woodworkers no longer use brooms to sweep up dust and wood shavings for fear of asthma attacks and increased chances of nose cancer.

Instead they are advising carpentry firms to buy state-of-the-art vacuum cleaners and air purification systems which can cost thousands of pounds.

When brooms are outlawed, only outlaws will have brooms.

Read the article here.

Fight the power and buy a few push brooms at Amazon.com.

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July 16, 2008

Milwaukee Tools Ad

It isn't often that we get to see an ad for a power tool company. It's even rarer (1:1000) that there are no half naked women in it (like here). It's actually funny too.

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July 11, 2008

Design a Power Tool in One Hour

tool_design_winner.jpgA design website, Core 77, recently sponsored a contest inviting its readers to design a power tool in under one hour. The winners were chosen last week and the grand prize goes to a cool idea called Air Force.

It's worth going through all the entries; they range from interesting (Digi Drill) to insane (the hamster-powered circular saw).

Check out the winners here.

Get a load of the losers here (there are three pages of entries).

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July 9, 2008

You Can Steal It, We Can Help

HomeDepotLogo.jpgIt appears that some inventive thieves broke into a Home Depot in Florida and once inside, they used some of the power tools that were on display to break into the vault, cut the hinges off the safe, and make a clean getaway with an undisclosed amount of cash.

We've found this story in a number of papers, but the details are scant at best. What we just wrote is about as much is as known. Key details, such as what tools were used, are missing. Is the new 15 Amp Milwaukee Sawzall being sold at Home Depot. If so, that gets our vote for "Hinge Cutter."

An article on the story is here.

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June 25, 2008

Rubik's Cube + Archictecture + Heavy Drugs = The Future

This is unusual. We'd try to explain it, but we'll just give you the youtube video instead. It's six minutes long, but you'll get sucked in.

Can you imagine being on the 70th floor of this thing with a hangover?

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May 29, 2008

Power Tool Drag Racing

power_tool_drag_racing.jpgLaughing Squid has some great photos and videos of a recent power tool drag race. From the looks of it, the event was held in some sort of post-apocalyptic Road Warrior compound, but on further investigation, it's just San Francisco. We're not sure what Bondage Barbie has to do with anything, but.....

Check it out here.

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May 21, 2008

Blog Cabin

blogcabin.jpgWe just got word about Blog Cabin, a DIY Network project that has a really cool concept behind it. The deal is that you, the internet savvy viewers, go to the DIY website and vote on the various aspects of construction and the cabin gets built according to popular vote. At the moment, the voting is open for paint colors and the landscaping.

There are all sorts of other cool things over at the website; videos, updates, the cabin cam and of course, the voting.

Vote at the Blog Cabin website.

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May 13, 2008

Contractor Destroys Porch Over Unpaid Bill

Update: Looks like youtube yanked the video, but here is the original.

This is pretty satisfying...

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April 24, 2008

Lawn Mower Racing

Yesterday we told you about Scotts 20" push mower and while it may be nice, quiet, and all right for the Birkenstock wearers, there's one thing you'll never be able to do with it; strip it down and turn it into a high performance drag racer.

More after the jump...

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