April 1, 2008

Gardening Products for the Insane

Toro-Leaf-Lock.jpgWe 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.

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March 27, 2008

Man Builds Stonehenge in Backyard

...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.

Read past the jump for more Stonehenge video.

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March 20, 2008

Fun with Excavators

Here's one for the "don't try this at home" file.

Read past the jump for more.

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March 14, 2008

...Looking Around the Internet...

binoculars.jpgSince 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.

The Hardware Aisle, as always, has a ton of cool stuff to check out. There's the Fatal Funnel bug killer, a ton of info on sanding, and an article about a 50 year old circular saw that's still going strong.

Toolmonger did some research and found out when the Skeletool is going to be back in stores here. They've also got their Flickr Pool which is fun to browse through every one in a while.

CopTool has a good Milwaukee-Bosch-Compact-Driver-head-to-head here .

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February 6, 2008

Crane Accident

Is this for real? Either way it's pretty funny.

We love how one worker's reaction is to just start running away as fast as he can.

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January 23, 2008

How to Raise a Building in Three Minutes and Forty Seconds

Here's a cool video we found of a construction site captured with time-lapse photography. The video spans the nine months that it took to build what looks like an office building.

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January 22, 2008

PartsSelect.com's 10 Best DIY Websites

diy.jpgPartsSelect.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.

Check out the list here.

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January 14, 2008

Wall Street Journal: Mrs. Fix-it?

mrs_fixit.jpgThe 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.

Read the article here.

One of the companies mentioned in the article, Barbara K, has a cool cordless drill that we looked at here.

Note: We applaud the young lady in the photo for wearing a hardhat, gloves, and safety glasses.

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December 13, 2007

Tool Christmas Tree Lights

tool_lights.jpgBecause hanging a Sawzall from your tree just isn't an option.

$14.80 at ChristmasPeople.com

Thanks to the crew at SuperCoolPets for the find.

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December 7, 2007

Cool Tools on DIY Network

chris_grundy.jpgThe 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.

JacPac at Amazon.com ($100)

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