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June 18, 2021

Professional Tool Reviews for Pros


The Tool Fool’s Stool – The Great Tool Review Coverup

There comes a time in every man’s life when they must stand up for themselves. For too long my voice has been suppressed on this site. You may be asking yourself, “Who is this guy?” Exactly. When this “site” was a real publication—i.e. a PRINT MAGAZINE, I had the last word on each issue. That’s […]

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Tool Fool’s Stool: After the Break

When I was shopping for my first home, I did a walk-through of a house that looked, on paper, to be everything we wanted. Even approaching the door, I was full of hope. But the minute that door opened, those hopes were dashed. It started with the paint. You could see where they tried to […]

The Tool Fool’s Stool: You’re the Tool

I’ve been transforming a bedroom into a home theater (with the help of Clint DeBoer and Tom Gaige because I’m, well, me). Just about everything was done except that I needed a shelf for a projector. We’d bought the plywood, the brackets and the hardware. Tom described how it was to be constructed but, in the end, he […]

The Tool Fool’s Stool: Hoarding

The Reality TV formula is pretty simple: Find people that are more dysfunctional than the majority of the target audience, film them doing stupid stuff, and put it on TV. The viewer watches it much like you might watch some poor soul being shoveled off the asphalt after an accident. You don’t want to look, […]

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The Tool Fool’s Stool: Under Pressure

Fully against my will, I was roped (by my wife, no less) into helping a friend with a major home remodel. He was hopelessly behind schedule and needed to get his home ready for painting. It is an older home (dating back to the early 1900’s) with all the problems and hazards that come with […]

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The Tool Fool’s Stool: Owning a Drill Press

There are people that are just naturally social. The kind that look at a room full of strangers as an opportunity to learn exciting things, make connections and have a good time. Me? I see that room of strangers as obstacles standing between me and the beer. Or the BBQ. Or both. It’s not that […]

Fluke Ti400 thermal imaging IR camera

Fluke Ti400, Ti300 and Ti200 Infrared Cameras

If you’ve ever used an infrared camera to do diagnostics or inspection in maintenance or as an electrician, focusing on the correct point of measurement is pretty important to getting a good reading. IR cameras that lack a good point of focus don’t yield accurate temperature readings, and so your work gets a lot more […]

Everyone Needs a Ta-Da

Everyone Needs a Ta-Da! Tool Fool’s Stool

I’m in the midst of moving right now, and we are trying to make this new home our own. Before we moved, we got rid of a lot of our furniture so that we could “start fresh” or, as I like to call it, “find a way to send me straight to the chiropractor.” Yes, […]

Channellock E318I XLT Pliers

Channellock E-Series XLT Pliers

I think every tool company feels the need to make at least one tool with an “X” in the model name or series. The Channellock E-Series XLT pliers might actually have more justification than others. They are named because they now offer Xtreme Leverage Technology. Channellock moved the riveting hinge upwards so that the fulcrum point is closer […]

Its Not The Size of the Tool

It’s Not The Size of the Tool | The Tool Fool’s Stool

How many of you have gone to a friend’s house and discovered that they’ve bought a new tool that they can’t wait to show you? Honestly, you’re sort of excited to see it because, you know, it’s a tool. And tools are cool. Then, they whip it out. Your jaw drops. It’s…It’s…well, there are no […]