About two weeks ago we told you about upcoming changes to ToolGuyd’s look and feel. Well.. what do you think?
It’s not all quite finished yet, but I have the site looking almost like it used to, and hopefully better. Behind the scenes, it should look a lot better on tablets and smartphones than ever before. At this point, most of my work will be polishing the look and feel with minor tweaks here and there.
There are still a couple of broken pages, and I’m working on them too. If you notice something out of place, please don’t hesitate to let me know!
Joseph wrote in:
I love the new mobile layout! Since I only read Toolguyd on my phone, it’s an incredible improvement. So much easier to read, no more manually adjusting the size to zoom in on the text.
Also, I learn so much on your website, and I’ve saved a lot of money from the deals you post–although my wife would say you make me spend a lot of money, too. Thanks so much for the effort you put in Stuart!
I’m the guy who was complaining about the new website layout. I apologize if I was too harsh. I do have do admit you’ve improved it infinitely since the initial changeover, especially on my tablet. If I could suggest anything it would be more subtle indentation in the comments. On a phone the replies end up with a column width of about an inch.
I also wanted to suggest/ask about two things for articles.
1) While in Sears today I ran across a bizarre combination wrench set:
It’s a really strange selection of metric sizes and if I’d ever seen this series of wrenches I have long forgotten about them. Full polish, gloss finish, and an unusual squared off profile. I got the set for the roll it came with, the entire thing was less expensive than the wrench roll I went in to buy and fit my needs better.
2) What does the SEN suffix on Klein tool part numbers signify? For example, a set of cable cutters comes in part numbers 63050 and 63050SEN. In this case, at Home Depot the 63050SEN is more expensive than the other. Other SEN items are less. There isn’t any difference in the tools or packaging. I originally thought it was something exclusive to Home Depot but my local electrical suppliers have tools with the SEN as well and they have told me they just sometimes come in. Not a huge deal, I just thought you might have a contact at Klein who could give a definitive answer. Maybe others are curious as well.
Don’t worry, I didn’t take offense to your feedback. Harsh feedback is often better than no feedback.
It’s unfortunate that it took a day or a couple before things smoothed out, but that was the easiest way for me to roll out the changes. I cut as much whitespace front the front page as possible, to where it looks comparable to how it used to.
I’ve looked into the padding around threaded comments for mobile devices, but there’s no clear and easy fix. Adjustments to the indentation tends to break some of the rules keeping them tame. The level of adjustment needed to widen 4th and 5th level comments, such as this one causes the comment to break out of bound and create horizontal scroll bars.
It might be fixable, but it became a lower priority since it would require extensive adjustments and testing. The easier path would be to limit comments to 4th level thread depths, but I’d rather not do that.
1) Great find! You’re right that, for the $7.19 sale price, it’s worth it for the wrench roll. That is a bizarre assortment of sizes. My feeling is that someone at Sears looked to see which sizes they had in surplus and tossed them together into a budget set to sell for cheap.
It’s almost as if you buy the wrench roll and get 5 random wrenches for free!
2) It probably just has to do with packaging. Brands will sometimes package tools different for retail sales compared to online, industrial, or specialty distribution channels. Maybe one version comes with clamshell packaging, the other comes with shrink-wrapped card. I’ll ask.
Confirmed: Klein responded back and said that the SEN suffix merely a way to differentiate packaging requirements for retailers.
P.S. I tried to respond to you directly via email, but I received this error twice: Recipient address rejected: User unknown in relay recipient table.