Johnson Level offers two free leveling apps for Android smart phones – a bubble level and a visual level. The bubble level functionality is not anything new, but Johnson’s version offers larger visuals and angular deviation measurements. The second app, a visual level, overlays a moveable horizontal and vertical alignment crosshair over a real-time photo of […]
The guys over at the Pounded Thumb had a pretty frustrating experience with their local Home Depot’s Home Services Dept. when trying to purchase a patio door and arranging for its installation. Check out the full account here: Home Depot Home Services Fall Way Short.
Channellock has redesigned their website to accommodate new features and to provide a more interactive experience. The new layout is cleancut, and the product directory looks to be very detailed yet easy to navigate.
In case you haven’t noticed, we added a new link in the top menu of our homepage, titled “Forum.” No, we’re not adding forum functionality to the blog, but there are a few unaffiliated forums that we wanted to endorse. On this page there are currently links to two community forums, and more will be […]
For a few weeks now I’ve been writing a series on crafting tools over at Tamdoll’s Workspace crafting blog. It’s always fun to take a break from my normal thought processes to think and write about tools with a different eye. Following is a list of tool post topics that already went up – I encourage you […]
I don’t know what is going on in this photo, but clearly someone got a little too carried away with expanding foam insulation. This is NOT how you waterproof a bathtub! Well, not everyone is cut out for DIY home improvement. Spotted on There, I Fixed It, a website that aggregates kludges and disasters like […]
I wrote an article over at Popular Mechanics reviewing five exotic and uncommon hand tools you’ll probably never see at your local big box hardware stores. These handy tools will likely be discussed in greater detail here on ToolGuyd in the future, but for now, check out my reviews over at PopMech! Attack of the Exotic, Off-Brand Hand Tools via […]
Sears’ Blue Tools Crew recently announced a new interactive online Sears Tool Catalog that they hope will make it easier than ever for shoppers to find the right tool for the job. We are told that, for the interactive parts of the catalog, there are videos and helpful product finders and selection guides. For reference, […]
In recent years new compact 12V cordless tools – impact drivers, drills, saws, multi-tools, and so forth, have been flooding the market, and the selection of new tools keeps growing and growing. While they’re not suitable for all tasks, we have accepted that these compact tools are capable of handling many low to medium duty applications. There […]
I spotted this creatively altered image of a hammer-ratchet multitool over at the ShopNGarage forum. It may be hard to believe, but as unusual as a hammer-ratchet multitool would be, I’ve been pitched strangers tool combination ideas before. Have a neat photoshopped/GIMPed multitool of your own? Send a pic of it our way via email. […]
We’re not normally into Facebook apps or add-ons, but this new one by the Sears Blue Tools Crew definitely caught our attention. A few major tool companies and distributors have been using Facebook as a way of reaching the public, but this is the first tool-ish related app that we’ve heard about. This simple Woodshop app allows […]
Craftsman Labs is a small microsite that features videos of Craftsman power and hand tools being subjected to grueling tests and extreme conditions. The guys over at the Craftsman Lab are ready to make new videos and obliterate more tools, and are asking for viewers to offer tool-torture video suggestions of their own. You can check out […]
Happy Epstein, a very well known and reputable hand tool distributor, just launched their new online store! Their new storefront features a shopping cart and checkout system for easy-as-pie ordering. There’s also a search engine, country of origin info for every item, straightforward catalog navigation, and… flying tools!
Sears’ Black Friday sales flyer has been leaked! A list of the discounted items can be found over at bfads.net, and a full scan of the sales flyer can be downloaded from Bfads’ adscan page. We briefly went through the flyer and found quite a few decent deals mixed in with the expected ones. Overall, we […]
The new Sears/Craftsman 2009 Holiday Tool Catalog is OUT!!! Because last year’s holiday tool catalog was so intensely satisfying, I have been waiting weeks for this year’s catalog to be published. Don’t worry, I will spare you the obsessive details, at least for now. The new catalog does two things: 1) it highlights a few new products, […]
This morning we took a break from our usual routine and focused instead on playing around with Google’s “trend” service. Google Trends allows you to compare the search volume for different search terms with respect to time. Below are a few comparisons that we found to be interesting.
Google Sketchup is a free program that allows you to create and modify 3D models. Learning how to use the program is relatively quick and easy, especially if you opt to follow along some of the video tutorials. Modeling programs such as Sketchup are excellent for planning and visualizing projects, such as the tentative worktable design […]
We just wanted to give a brief shout out to a few other noteworthy tool blogs that you may want to take a look at.
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 […]