February 19, 2008

Robert Larson Shavehook (Molding Scraper) Set with 3 Blades

shavehook.jpgWe've been on the lookout for a molding scraper since we recently started a door restoration project. Now that most of the paint is scraped, it's time to bite the bullet and go out and get one. After doing some research, we're pretty sure we're going to go with this nice little set. It comes with a handle, a wrench for blade changing, and three different blades, each capable of handling different profiles.

There might be better ones out there but this one is very similar to one that we used to have and that one worked great. It's also only $17, so that's good too. If anyone out there knows of a better one, drop a line and let us know.

At Amazon.com

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February 18, 2008

Gorilla Gripper

gorilla_gripper.jpgThere's a technique to hauling around sheet goods; a particular way to pop the back up in order to get a hand under it, and, in the same move to grab the top and get into the standing position. From this point on it's all hand pain, back strain, and muscle aches. In other words, there's really no easy way to do it. Or so we thought before we got a look at the Gorilla Gripper.

The Gorilla Gripper, made by a company called Landon Innovations, LLC, is essentially a portable handle for sheet goods. From the looks of it, you just snap it on the plywood, drywall, Durock, or whatever and there you have it. The Gripper can handle anything from 3/8' to 2-3/4' thick, but it doesn't look like it can do multiple sheets at a time.

Read past the fold if you're interested in checking out the Gorilla Gripper ad. If you're the type who enjoys watching a hot chick in Daisy Dukes (and we are), you'll probably like it.

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February 4, 2008

Stanley #1 Odd-Job

stanley_oddjob.jpgAccording to Garret Wade, there used to be a saying, "All you needed was a #1 Odd Job, a hammer and a saw, and you could build anything." And from the looks of this old time layout tool, it's probably correct. This multi-tool has a lot going for it; an inside miter, a try square, an arc scribing tool, a t-square, a depth marking scribe, and more. It's made of brass and steel and has very cool look to it.

The Odd-Job comes with a 6" ruler and costs $35 (now on sale for $27). If you want it with a 12" ruler, it'll set you back $45 (sale price $36). Or you can just pick up the 12" ruler in addition to the tool for $13.

They were apparently manufactured from the late 1880's to the early 1930's. It all makes you wonder why they fell out of style.

At Garret Wade

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January 31, 2008

Ryobi Procross AIRgrip Self Leveling Laser - Review

ryobi_level_on-wall.jpgWith the resources that are out there, homeowners are taking on more and more complex projects and are thus starting to use the tools that the pros use. With this move happening, it's no shock that Ryobi is on the leading edge of providing an affordable laser level to the general public. We recently tried out their AIRgrip Self-Leveling Laser and here's what we found.

First, a bit of general information on the tool. The laser itself projects from a little pendulum that hangs inside of the tool housing. The housing itself can rotate 360 degrees around, meaning that the level can be set in one corner of the room and even if the laser isn't projecting all around the room, one twist of a knob can move it. There is also a knob to move the housing up and down with about an inch of play here, so you can get the level all set up and you can still adjust some to get it to the desired height.

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January 16, 2008

Stanley FatMax 4-in-1 Bi-Material Pocket Driver

stanley_mini_screwdriver.jpgStanley has just introduced their Fatmax 4-in-1 Pocket Driver. No larger than a ball point pen, the pocket driver comes with 2 double sided magnetically charged bits. One of the bits has a small flat and a small Philips (really small, eyeglasses small), and the other looks to be either #1 or #2. The screwdriver has a pocket clip and, we assume, on board bit storage.

Why this mini tool has the Fat Max name is beyond us, seeing as it is neither Fat nor Max. But one thing it is is cheap. Amazon is selling it for under $3. At this price, we don't see any reason not to pick one up.

At Amazon.com

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January 11, 2008

Sheffield 14-In-1 Multi-Tool

sheffield_multi-tool.jpgWe were wandering around Home Depot the other night and this interesting little tool caught our eye. It's a pocket-sized multi-tool, but, as you can see, it's got a hammer. Who knew you could do such a crazy thing?

The multi-tool is made by Sheffield, a company that we know makes some pretty good knives. The price of this one is under $15 which raises a flag as far as quality is concerned (a Leatherman can go for up to $100), but Sheffield has a lifetime warranty, so they'll stand behind their product.

Read on to find out what the 14 tools are.

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January 10, 2008

Husky 20 Million Rechargeable Spotlight

husky_20_million.jpgHusky has a new big light out on the market and if it's anything like their last one, you should be able to blind orbiting astronauts with it. Their latest portable sun is called the 20 Million (probably in reference to it's freakishly large candlepower) and it looks like it would be a good thing to have in the trunk of your car.

The light uses a replaceable 100 watt Phillips H-4 dual filament bulb. When fully charged, the light lasts about 25 minutes at full power. It comes with 12-volt DC and 120-volt AC adapters so recharging it shouldn't be a problem. Also included is a shoulder strap and a work stand. Since it's made for outdoor use, the 20 Million is weather-resistant.

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December 18, 2007

Black & Decker 36" Accu Mark Level

bd_accu_mark_level.jpgThis is either an interesting idea or the gimmick to end all gimmicks. For the sake of all the people who made it one of the number one holiday sellers at Amazon, we hope it's the former. The Accu Mark is a 36" level with two interesting features that separate it from the pack.

First, they have something called Geko Grips which are spring loaded pads that allow the level to be easily held against a wall with one hand, while you mark the wall with the other hand. The other new features are two gauges that slide up and down the length of the level. They are supposed to help with marking preset hanging holes, the kind that are usually found on the backs of those Pier 1 shelving units. The way it works is that you place the level against the back of the picture/shelf/whatever and line up the gauges with the hangers. Then when you place the level against the wall, you know exactly where to put the hangers.

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December 6, 2007

Leatherman Skeletool

skeletool.jpgSince everyone needs a Leatherman, why not distinguish yourself from the pack by getting freakiest looking one that exists. What the Skeletool actually is is a pared down version of a Leatherman, equipped with only the most used tools. Because it's not weighted down with files, scissors, and other little used items, the Skeletool weighs only 5 oz., making it the lightest full-sized multi-tool out there.

The main feature of the Skeletool is the outside accessible blade, meaning you don't have to open the tool up to get at the blade. The Skeletool also has a screwdriver with interchangeable bits (and onboard bit storage). And since the point of this tool is to boil things down to the essential, there's also a bottle opener on it.

The Skeletool is available in two models. One is tungsten-coated and retails for about $80, and the other, which is all stainless steel, sells for about $60. This might sound like a lot, but we speak from experience when we say that Leathermans are great and worth whatever you have to pay for them. If you'd prefer a more normal looking one, they can be had for anywhere from $40 and up.

Check and see what the fellas at The Hardware Aisle had to say about the Skeletool.

Tungsten-Coated Skeletool at Amazon.com
Stainless Skeletool at Amazon.com
Other Leatherman Tools at Amazon.com

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November 26, 2007

Ryobi AIRgrip Laser Levels and SonicTape

UPDATE: Our review of the Procross Self-Leveling Laser is here.

Ryobi has three new laser tools that all look interesting. They've got the Self-Leveling Laser, the Compact Laser Level, and the SonicTape.

ryobi_laser_level.jpgRyobi ProCross Self-Leveling Laser with Airgrip - This self-leveling laser is capable of projecting a horizontal, vertical, or intersecting laser lines, it fits on to any standard 5/8" or 1/4" tripod, and it has a fine adjustment that allows the laser to move up to 1" without moving the housing. The laser can project up to 50' and the tool has some sort of battery-powered suction base (the AIRgrip), that allows it to attach to virtually any surface. It comes with 4 AA batteries, a padded carrying case, and a tripod adapter and costs $69.97.

Exclusively at Home Depot

ryobi_compact_level.jpgRyobi Compact Laser Level - This is a homeowner version of the above tool. Because it's not self-leveling, it comes with level vials built-in to the tool. The laser lens rotates 90 degrees so it can project either horizontal or vertical (but not at the same time). The head of the level rotates 360 degrees, so from the center of the room you'll be able to put a level line on all four walls. Like it's big brother, The Compact Laser Level also has the AIRgrip suction system. The tool comes with a padded case, a base, 2 push pins, and 2 AA batteries. At the price of $19.97, this looks like a good choice for around the house work; hanging shelves, hanging pictures, lining up hooks, etc.

Exclusively at Home Depot

ryobi_sonictape.jpgRyobi SonicTape - This laser tape measure is so small that it comes with a keychain ring attached to it. It can measure distances up to 30' and has a laser pointer for accuracy purposes. Along with distances, it can also measure room area. The SonicTape comes with 4 button batteries and it costs $14.97.

At Home Depot

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