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.
If you like the Bucket Boss - that canvas bags that fits over a five gallon bucket, providing you all sorts of pockets for your tools - then you might like the Mug Boss. It's the same thing, but for a standard sized coffee cup. You can bring it to work and it'll be good for those days when you're completely beaten down by the man and need a reminder that there's more to life than Excel spreadsheets.
This is, well, sort of tool related. A blender is a tool, right? Whatever. Anyway, Will It Blend is a website where this cheerful fellow, Tom Dickson, puts literally anything in a blender to see how it holds up. The site is divided into two sections; Don't Do This At Home and Do This At Home. We'll let you figure out which of the two sections is lame and which is worth checking out.
Ever wonder exactly how strong a miter joint is? From time to time we have but now, thanks to the guys at Wood magazine, we know. They made up an assortment of common woodworking joints and took them to a lab and stress tested the hell out of them to see which ones were the strongest. Very cool.
The video is here. For some reason, we aren't allowed to embed it on the site.
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