Things have been a little quiet here, as we’re working on Spring reviews, more of our Milwaukee NPS coverage, a few small projects, and a new PC build.
Rather than spring a few short posts on you, here’s a quick misc tool news roundup.
Water Hose Recommendations?
I’m in need of a good garden hose. There are lots of brands out there, but rather than do any research I went with the brand I like when it comes to extension cords and air hoses. Sounds reasonable, right?
I haven’t connected it yet, but it looks and feels good. I’m optimistic.
Do you have go-to garden water hose brands or styles?
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I also need a new nozzle. There are too many to choose from, so I took a chance and ordered a Dramm 9-pattern spray nozzle, in yellow.
Nozzles are somewhat disposable – I have yet to hear from someone who hasn’t had to order a new one every year or two – but I’m hoping this one lasts at least a season or two.
I would have preferred blue, but all the other colors are $3 less. It seems that yellow will stand out well, in grass, dirt, or my workbench.
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OLFA Social Promo
OLFA, one of our current project sponsors, is running a social media contest, where you can show off your OLFA knife for a chance to win a free pack of blades.
Tag #OLFAinthewild via Instagram or twitter, or use their woobox submission process, to enter.
We have two new contributors, Anthony Sculimbrene, Andrew Wagner.
I have followed Tony’s knife and EDC gear for many years now, at Everyday Commentary, and am quite fond of his writing style, expert insights, and no-BS attitude.
Andrew has been a long-time reader, and we’ve talked about having him as a contributor before. We finally pulled him in for Milwaukee NPS18 coverage, and so you’ll see more from him soon. His eagerness to talk about tools rivals my own.
If you want to say hello, @byAndrewWagner at Twitter.
Milwaukee Battery Preorder
Milwaukee’s newest M18 High Output battery packs are currently available for preorder.
Lee Valley Gentle Scrubber
I don’t know how, but it takes less than a minute outside before my son’s hands are dirty. And not the “rinse away with light soap and water” kind of dirt. It’s the kind where you have to scrub it away.
Lee Valley’s gentle brushes are cheap – $2.50 per pair – and get the job done pretty well. My son doesn’t mind them either. From the sound of it, they tickle him. My nail scrubber, on the other hand, would likely traumatize him. So with these, I’m able to clean the dirt off my son’s hands without much fuss.
I’ve been using them myself for years, but tend to use industrial hand cleaners more often. I can leave my son alone with the brush, but probably not with the commercial cleansers.
If you haven’t tried these out yet, consider buying them with your next Lee Valley order. They have “free shipping on $40+” promos every now and then.
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Maglite Solitaire LED Flashlight Failure
My Maglite Solitaire LED flashlight has failed. I don’t even know what happened. It flickered off, so I swapped in a fresh battery. No change. Another battery? Nope.
The flashlight was mostly kept near my desk, and so it hasn’t seen rough usage at all.
How disappointing. I emailed Maglite, but haven’t heard back yet.
Do you have a favorite mini LED flashlight? These Solitaires are quite small, sized for a single AAA battery.