A few days ago in Austrailia, a doctor used a household drill to bore into a 13 year old’s skull to relieve pressure on his brain due to a blood clot. The drill was sourced from the maintenance closet since the hospital was not equipped with any neurological drills. Now I’m wondering, what drill was […]
Okay, so calling the Pocket Ref an ultimate guide to everything may be an exaggeration, but not by as much as you might think. The Pocket Ref is packed full of indispensable information for construction workers, engineers, scientists, travelers, and pretty much everyone else. While a majority of the book offers technical details, there are also many useful general-interest tidbits such as a […]
With Father’s Day on approach, everyone is asking themselves and others “what to buy?” Well, how about something useful. These five items are less than $10 each and are affordable enough to throw in with larger gifts. Bucket Boss Mug Boss Paired with a spare 10-12oz mug, the Mug Boss provides for nifty desktop organization […]
I was browsing Channellock’s website the other day and was quite pleasantly surprised by what I found. As you can see from the above screen capture, Channellock is openly disclosing that their screwdrivers and nutdrivers are made overseas. That open disclosure (not the fact that the drivers are imported) should be praised. You may be wondering […]
Gearwrench has recently (and quietly) released a new tool – a 12″ indexing nail puller. This tool combines the efficiency and ease of a cat’s paw puller design with the convenience of a pivoting lever arm with 180° of swing. This indexing puller is intended to be used in tight quarters and between closely spaced beams, and likely performs […]
Racor’s spray can rack holds 6 cans or similarly sized bottles neatly and out of the way. The rack, constructed from 14ga steel and coated with a durable epoxy finish, installs quickly and easily, and barely takes up any more space than the 6 cans it holds. While we have seen quite a few DIY […]
Stanley’s professional organizers are extremely durable, easy to stack and store (even vertically), and best of all the 25 compartments are removable, swapable, and reconfigurable. I now have six units in use holding all types of small parts and components – hardware, PVC fittings, servos, electronic components, grommets, and the list goes on. These organizers […]
As you can imagine, thermal cameras can be used for a wide range of diagnostics where there may be a gradient in temperature. Overheating components, heat loss/leaks, excessive friction in bearings or other mechanical components – the detection applications of a thermal imaging camera are virtually endless. Thermal Image of an Engine Block During the […]
A few weeks ago, Skil announced a new line of 18V Li-Ion power tools targeting DIYers and professionals who need pro-grade features at consumer-level prices. These tools are not mere adaptations of last generation’s NiCad-powered tools; Skil designed these tools to be more powerful, longer lasting, lighter, more compact, and comfortable to use. As of now, there are four new tools […]
Bosch’s multi-construction bits are designed for high performance drilling through wood, masonry, ceramic tiles, plastic, and metal.
As promised a few weeks ago, Small Parts is now selling Beta tools! You can purchase these fine Italian-made tools from Small Parts’ website, or their shop on Amazon (which we find easier to navigate). I am VERY excited about this – can you tell? Oh, and if any one reading this should win the lottery, my birthday’s coming up (not […]
If you enjoy browsing through tool catalogs, then you will definitely want to head on over to Rose Antique Tools. Rose Antique Tools maintains a directory of old tool catalogs that have been scanned in and converted to downloadable PDF files. You should also check out Rose Tools’s store – they have quite a few antique […]
Bosch recently launched a complete line of nail guns that are said to be “20% smaller and 10% more powerful.” Bosch’s Full Force Technology helps the tools achieve this by eliminating wasted energy and power to deliver 100% of the driving energy directly to the fastener. While it shouldn’t be a main focus of these nailers, the […]
DAP has recently released a new series of sealants and caulks with Kwik Dry that can be exposed to water in just 3 hours instead of 24-36. Not only that, these DAP 3.0 sealants provide an improved waterproof and weatherproof seal and are expected to respond exceptionally well to temperature fluctuations.
Ok, here is the deal… we are currently working on a tool brand/manufacturer reference guide. The guide is intended to provide basic reference information about tool brands and their product offerings. The guide is not quite finalized, so we thought it would be a good time to ask for comments and criticisms. What we are most […]
This Step2 child-sized tool chest dresser is perfect for the little ones in your home that want to have a toolbox just like dad’s (or mom’s). If you ask us, its size makes it better suited for use as a night table or as a toy box. The tool chest dresser retails for about $95 including shipping. Step2 Tool Chest Dresser […]
The main advantages of a dead-blow over a standard rubber mallet are the reduction of recoil and increase in striking control. The dead-blow excels in loosening stuck or stubborn parts, and also comes in handy when a breaker bar cannot provide enough leverage to turn a fastener by itself. Stanley’s 21oz Compo-Cast is my dead-blow of choice, […]
Leatherman’s new Freestyle is due to be released in May, and we are very excited. Leatherman’s Freestyle is based off of their Skeletool design, but whereas the Skeletool is a full-size tool, the Freestyle is slightly smaller and lighter, making it a more pocket-friendly tool. Full-size knife? Check. Full-size pliers? Check. “I want one now” […]
We’re currently pouring through the 17th issue of Make: Technology on Your Time. Make magazine is published quarterly, and is always packed with great ideas and projects. Each issue retails for $15 at newstands but can be found online for slightly cheaper, and an annual subscription costs $35. Strapped for cash? Makezine.com provides enough free material […]
I was browsing Grip-On’s catalog the other day, and found mention of this unusual tool. Grip-On’s bunion relief pliers can be used to spot-stretch all types of footwear to accomodate bunions, corns, and other painful bumps on the feet. In case you’re wondering, no, this is not an early April Fools Day joke.