November 15, 2010
So this is officially a trend: tool companies making videos of themselves, or their surrogates, distributing violence upon one or more of their tools. I've been dribbling these videos out to you as I get word of them, but since I now see it as a full on fad, I've decided to collect my thoughts on the genre. After viewing all of the tool destruction videos I could get my eyes on, I've come to some distinct conclusions on what makes a good one and what makes a bad one. I've compiled this list of six items that I feel should be taken into consideration when putting together one of these anarchy-riddled videos.
Continue reading: "Tool Snob's Official and Unexpurgated Guide to Making a Tool Demolition Video"
November 11, 2010
Any video that begins with a warranty disclaimer stating that the tool will be shown in "abnormally abusive situations,' is one that we're going to watch. We're fully in favor of the current trend in which companies display their tools' toughness by beating on them in front of a camera, but what Ridgid does in this video goes above and beyond.
To say that they're bringing down the hurt on their new radio is like saying Charlie Sheen likes to have a beer every now and then. To say that they seem to be truly attempting to destroy the tool is far closer to the truth. The standard beat-the-tool video has kind of a contrived feel, like they're going most of the way, but backing off on the abuse when they know the tool might be at risk. Not this one. And Ridgid not only doesn't back off at that delicate point, they seem to accelerate.
The one fatal flaw in the video is that there is an editing cut after they throw the radio off the roof which is the only time the face of the tool sees any abuse...call us cynical, but our BS detectors went bonkers at that one. Still, the cinder block bonanza is sublime.
Check it out...
(and thanks to Reader Thomas P. for the head's up)
Ridgid doesn't have any info at their site yet, but we found the radio at Home Depot for $150
November 10, 2010
Marc over at Home Fixated has compiled a nice list of six magazines that he feels are essential reading for the DIY minded.
We like his selections (particularly when he mentions Tool Snob), but we would like to add, for consideration, the mega monster known as JLC. Unquestionably, the best building magazine out there and no doubt geared towards the pro, each issue of The Journal of Light Construction is jammed with information that would be useful to any aggressive DIYer. We've been reading it for years and we still smile when we see it in the mailbox.
Check out Home Fixated's magazine list here.
Check out JLC online here.
November 3, 2010
If you spend time online, it doesn't take long to come to the conclusion that there are a lot of really not-so-good-looking tool company websites out there (frames? who the hell still uses frames?). Thankfully, the worst of the worst (Paslode) was recently redesigned. It turns out that RotoZip and Metabo also just got a makeover.
Of the two, the RotoZip redesign is the most drastic, and most beneficial. The old one consisted of a nondescript listing of tool model numbers (snore). The new one is much nicer and has a real polished feel to it. Way to go fellas.
The Metabo redesign looks more like an aesthetic pass than a total gut. Sort of like painting over the old wallpaper in the kitchen. Still, it looks a whole lot better.
Visit RotoZip and Metabo
RotoZip tools at Amazon.com
Metabo tools at Amazon.com
November 2, 2010
So for Halloween, I did a tandem costume with Tool Snob Jr. (TSJR). He was Yoda and I was Degobah Luke. But my problem was that, other than a dirty shirt and a lame attitude, Luke didn't have much to distinguish himself during those scenes. So in order for me not to hear, "so what's with the filthy clothes?" all night long, I needed some additional accessory that would complete the costume. I needed a lightsaber.
Out to the shop I went, looking for a good lightsabery item. There really wasn't any question about it, the Milwaukee M12 Flashlight was my guy (my original review here). If it weren't for the fact that it only has a one-handed grip, it could be a real movie prop.
So I ended up being the filthy guy with the flashlight. Creepy.
Didn't matter thought, Yoda got all the attention.
Note: Yoda's ears and head were lovingly hand-knit by Mother of Tool Snob (MOTS). If you're interested in fine, high quality yarns (from the fleeces of very happy sheep) or if you just want to learn a thing or two about haying, head over to The Sheep's Company. Also, if you bargain a price she may, just may, knit you a Yoda head as well.
Yoda at TheSheepsCompany.com
Milwaukee Lightsaber at Amazon.com
October 12, 2010
One of the main pistons of the diabolical Tool Monger posting engine is a guy named Benjamin Johnson. We just saw (via Twitter of all places) that in addition to his tool-specific writing over at TM, he's started up his own website called Ben's Workshop.
In his own words:
After writing almost 1200 posts for Toolmonger, I would like to break out of the narrow column format and explore how to bring projects and other cool tool related posts to the web in some different ways. I still plan to write for Toolmonger, where I'll continue to concentrate on new and cool tools, but here in the workshop I'll show more of the projects that I work on in my shop and how I get them done.
So far those projects include adding eye hooks to a canoe rack, creating a wooden train track piece, and mounting a caliper to a drill press. As you can see from the selection, he's just recording all the little workshop things that he does on a day-to-day basis. It's not going to be a site where you go looking for a specific how-to, but rather one where you can see some interesting techniques and maybe leave with an idea or two.
It's a cool site, check it out here.
September 29, 2010
It's our experience that contractors are just generally strange people. The skills needed for success in that role are varied and impressive. It's a workout for both the left and right side of the brain. You need to...well, lets let Mark Clement say it for us...
We particularly like that he's actually yelling this from a rooftop.
Make sure to check out his website and radio show at myfixituplife.com.
September 21, 2010
Our favorite annual event (other than watching Tony Romo lose in the playoffs) is the This Old House Pumpkin Carving Contest. This year's deadline is October 20th (with open voting between the 21st and 28th). Details on how to enter are here, but don't even bother unless you've got some serious skills. Your 12-year-old son's one-toothed jack-o-lantern isn't going to cut it here.
TOH has a lot of other nice Halloween articles here.
August 30, 2010
A couple weeks ago, we told you about the Sears Ugliest Room Contest. Well, the top ten finalists have been chosen and they're ready for your votes.
We looked them over and the photo you see is the one we voted for. A lot of the others just need a paint job and a little redecorating. No big deal on those. One guy even says that his room is ugly in part because the carpet is gone but the tack strips are still there. Um...hello...take a pry bar and pry them up. It takes about 3 minutes and your laziness immediately excludes you from the $3,500 makeover prize.
But the one we like is just straight-up ugly. And It's the kind of outdated ugly that you need a little money to fix. It's also the kitchen, which makes things ten times worse. An ugly bathroom can be ignored for at least a few years (we should know), but an ugly kitchen makes you feel like a loser. Imagine waking up on a Saturday morning, slightly hung over and you've got to go make coffee in this kitchen. Brutal. This species of ugly can only be ripped out and replaced, Mike Holmes style.
Vote for your favorite, or rather, least favorite here.
August 25, 2010
UNITS (Unique, No-Hassle, Individual, Transportable, Storage), a S.C.-based company similar to PODS, has just introduced the use of UNITS-moving robots. While these robots are no match for Husqvarna's Demolition Robot, they're still pretty cool.
The remote control UNITS movers are ideal for placing the storage boxes on little city streets, in tight driveways, or any other place where a full-sized truck is going to have some problems.
It's wild to watch this thing in action. It's like those little forklifts that come with lumber trucks, minus the fat, grumpy driver.
To get more information on UNITS, including locations, check out their website: unitsstorage.com. The press release on the arrival of our UNITS-moving robot masters is after the jump.
Continue reading: "ROBO-UNIT Portable Storage"