We can't imagine that anyone would ever look at a blowing leaf pile and think, "I bet if I encased that pile in a crunchy corn syrup-like product, it wouldn't be able to blow away." We also can't imagine that enough people would approve of the idea in order for it to make it to market. But it's out there and it's called Toro's Leaf Lock.
This Old House has info on Leaf Lock and almost 20 other bizarre gardening products over at their site. Check it out here.
...And you thought that doing the bathroom renovation was difficult. Here's a guy who spends his time figuring out how to move 90,000 pound rocks around his yard. He does it all by himself with no modern technology whatsoever. The video is sort of long (over 6 minutes), but it's worth the watch.
Since we're feeling pretty lazy this morning, we're just going to glom onto the hard work and effort of others. Here's what else is going on around the tool blogging world:
Tool King has just released their own line of tools called TKTools. At the moment it looks like they've got a few cordless drills and a nice looking driver. Their blog, Toologics, has all the info here and here. Check out the bit case that comes with the driver. Whoa.
PartsSelect.com, an online retailer of appliance parts, is currently revamping their website and adding some things that we think are worth passing on. For one, they've put together a list of their top ten DIY websites. It's a great selection, ranging from the one-man-band of The Natural Handyman to the polished Better Homes and Garden's DIY site. The list has good descriptions of each site, letting you know what features they each have.
The Wall Street Journal has an interesting article by Kay Hymowitz about the rise of female DIYers.
Because tools marketed for women are more and more successful, but the number of women in the construction trades remains at a very low number, Hymowitz draws this conclusion:
No, the pink-hammer brigade is less interested in expanding career opportunities for women than in enlarging the traditional art of homemaking. Not so long ago, custom limited women's activities in that area to cleaning, sewing, cooking and perhaps a few crafts projects for those with extra time on their hands. Installing smoke alarms and reconfiguring a closet are simply an extension of the old domestic urge. That helps explain why single women are twice as likely to buy homes than single men, despite having considerably lower median incomes. According to Fannie Mae, the number of single female homeowners will soon almost double, to 31 million by 2010 from today's 17 million -- at least that was the prediction before the recent mortgage meltdown. It seems that you can take women out of the kitchen and nursery, but you can't take them out of the nest.
The DIY Network has a new show dedicated entirely to tools. It's called Cool Tools and it's on Thursday's at 9 and 9:30. They've got a webpage up with some clips of the show and there's a longer promo for it here.
One of the videos (Power, Tunes, & Clean), is their choice of the five best tools of the year. It's worth watching just to check out the JacPac, a pneumatic power source that clips onto your belt.
Be warned though, host Chris Grundy acts like he's been mainlining Red Bull, so you might want to wait until after that first cup of coffee before you check out the videos. Watching him use the JacPac to lay down a bead of caulking is pretty intense.
We scrapped our cable months ago, so if any of you have seen this show, drop a comment and let us know what you think.
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