After being informed recently that a gyro screwdriver was on its way from California, several questions sprang to mind, not least among them “Why would anyone want a drink that tastes like Greek meat and OJ, even if there IS vodka in it? And dammit, isn’t the ice going to melt?!” [Read more...]
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Just like getting dressed, I suggest that for this go-round of Tool News Nirvana, you first put your feet in your pants, and then work up. Meaning: start at the end of this article with the last item: a contest from Duluth Trading Company, which could net you a new pair of their firehose work pants… and potentially cash! Good deal, if you ask me – especially since at the moment I happen to be down to one pair of work jeans and they’re starting to look more like the fashionably torn duds of a major movie actress than actual clothing. I’m thinking up a tall tale for my entry… so hurry and enter too before I outshine you with my great storytelling skills. [Read more...]
Before I get started on my in-depth analysis, let me say that the Ratcheting ReadyWrench by Black & Decker may be the single greatest hand tool I’ve ever used. Here’s the basic information: The Ratcheting ReadyWrench is a double ended closed wrench/ratchet. Each end of the ratchet is capable of pivoting to give you four different sizes per end. Sure, I’ve used dog bone wrenches similar to the Ratcheting ReadyWrench, but none so nice. Oh, by the way, it’s not just four sizes but eight. The Ratcheting ReadyWrench is machined to be able to properly grip both standard size bolts and the nearest equivalent metric. For example, ½” and 13mm can each fit in the same hole. But to make this tool even better, Black & Decker added ratcheting mechanisms to both ends. So instead of removing and resetting the wrench to turn more, all you have to do is crank backwards just like a ratchet.
When the weather gets cooler and you start cranking up your furnace, the last thing you want is have all that fuzzy, costly warmness leak outside – or have nasty, prickly cold seep inside. [Read more...]
Cordless technology has come a long way when it comes to power tools. We were curious if the same could be said of cordless lawnmowers. Black & Decker recently sent us one of their CM1936 Cordless Mowers to help us answer that question. About six years ago I made the mistake of buying an electric lawnmower, a corded one. I won’t tell you it was made by Black & Decker, I’l instead refer to the manufacturer as “B & D.” Phew, corporate public relations crisis avoided! Actually, there wasn’t anything wrong with that mower, that is, if you ignored the fact that you had to continuously plug it into an electrical outlet. I avoided the annoyance and eco-unfriendliness of gas mowers, but instead engaged in a spectacular “avoid running over the extension cord dance” every time I mowed. That dance was even more dramatic given our hilly lawn terrain. And it’s not just me. Did you know human’s are genetically coded to go cordless? I offer two items of proof: 1) The iphone 2) One of the first steps in human birth is cutting the umbilical cord. See, we’re all meant to be cordless! Unfortunately six years ago, cordless mowers we’re still a little too “cutting edge” for me to try. Cutting edge, get it?! [Read more...]
Some people think geckos are cute. We can probably blame Geico and their well-mannered gecko mascot for that. The truth is, geckos freak me out a bit. In a recent trip down south, I stayed in a home that was gecko-central. Fidgety, brown, wall and ceiling-climbing lizards in the bedroom and bathroom? NO, THANK YOU.