Reader John sent in some photos of a mystery tool that he came across. His description is as follows:
It's 4 1/4" long; the "wheel" is 3 1/4" in diameter; each measuring section is 3/4" wide; it comes apart at the acorn nut so you could turn the wheel the other way around; neither the number of "teeth" nor the number of openings between the teeth correspond to the numbers on the wheel.
We've never seen anything like it before. If you can tell us what it's called and what it's used for (with some sort of evidence to back you up), we'll send a random tool your way. Drop a line in the comments section.
Our good friend Mark Clement, a walking encyclopedia of tools and construction, is starting his own radio show. The show is called MyFixItUpLIfe and he's co-hosting with his wife Theresa. You can go the website to get a flavor for what the show will be offering, but it looks to us like a blend of all things DIY-oriented. Everything from what tools to use to energy-efficient appliances to how to juggle raising a family in the midst of a catastrophic renovation.
The MyFixItUpLife website also looks like a good destination site and not just a place-holder for the radio show, so we suggest a slapping bookmark on that one. Both Mark and Theresa have blogs at the site and there's opportunities to win plenty of free stuff, not to mention check out the guests for upcoming shows. Mark also has a few tool reviews up (under the Gear section). Thus far he's given his thoughts on the great Rockwell Jawhorse and the Ridgid Fuego mini-recip.
The show is going to debut a week from Saturday at 1pm. We're looking forward to checking it out.
Yeah, so we're obsessed with Marvin, the little iRobot Roomba Vacuum that we tested out a couple weeks ago. He not only cleaned the house but he entertained the cats and Tool Snob Jr. as well. In our review we mentioned the indecipherable pattern that Marvin uses to clean a room and if you didn't believe us on that point, we present to you: Roomba Art.
So it apparently all started when some guy set up the Roomba, turned off the lights and took a long exposure photo. It's a great idea and it reminds us of those fractal images that were popular with the incense crowd in college.
We mentioned the passing of James Krenov the other day. At the time we didn't get into any details on his life, but one of the things he is known for is that he founded the Fine Woodworking Program at the College of the Redwoods.
So in memory of the self-described 'stubborn old enthusiast,' Tool Crib is donating $5 to the scholarship fund for every comment and newsletter comment that they get (until Oct 15th). They've got a cap of $300, so it would be nice to make sure that they hit that mark, which would mean that some young woodworker might get a chance to go to a great school. For more information on how to activate the donation, click here.
In addition to the scholarship drive, Tool Crib has put together a marvelous compendium of Krenov links. If you've never heard of him and are wondering why we're making such a big hooplah, you can learn more about him there.
We snagged the image from the College of the Redwoods Fine Furniture page (here).
Toolmonger, the older brother of the tool blogs just last week posted up their 7000th entry. They've been around the longest, but still, this is an insane mile marker. To put things in perspective, we put up, on average, one post every Monday through Friday. At our current rate, we would need almost 27 years to make it to our 7000th post. 27 freakin' years! To say that there is a lot of activity over there is an understatement.
We've met Chuck and Sean and have to say that they're really great guys and we give them a big round of applause for all of their efforts over at Toolmonger. So go and check out the 'Toolmonger 7000th Post Retrospective" at their always impressive site.
If you've ever done anything and thought, "man, that was a bad idea," you'll feel pretty good about this story. It's about a guy in Romania who acts on a completely unprecedented level of the bad idea universe. The short of it is that he was apparently constipated and felt that the best way to deal with his situation was to shove not one, but two hammer heads up his *ahem*.
His home remedy was discovered when he arrived at a hospital complaining of abdominal pains. According to a Hospital spokesperson, "He was a bit drunk and said he had been eating cherries that had left him badly constipated."
We repeat, "A bit drunk...."
There are pictures and the rest of the story over at The Sun.
Imagine coming home from work and your house is completely gone. Maybe just a heap of bricks and a hole where the basement was. This is pretty much what happened to Al Byrd when a demolition contractor used GPS coordinates to get to the job site and accidentally destroyed the wrong house. This really happened. According to the story the contractor has apologized for the mistake, so Al has that going for him. In our eyes, nothing says 'I'm sorry' like a couple million in damages, but there's no word yet if Byrd is going to litigate these morons back into the stone ages. We hope he does.
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