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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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

Bacon, fire...Need we say more?

The Tool Fool’s Stool #3: We’re Not Afraid of Fire

Thousands of years ago, a lightning bolt hit the predecessor of the modern pig. While the rest of the humans fled from the strange light, heat, and smells, one did not. One stepped forward and took a deep breath. He wasn’t sure what had happened, but he knew a good scent. “Bacon. I shall call […]

Ridgid Power Inverter RD97100 – Charging on the Go

Running from job to job can be a real drain…on your batteries. The Ridgid Power Inverter (RD97100) provides an answer for your plight. This 100W power inverter plugs into your vehicle’s cigarette lighter and has three outlets: One 120V standard outlet plug and two USB plugs. The Ridgid RD97100 is prefect for attaching a battery charger (like […]

Milwaukee Utility Blades Cut Longer

Following up on the success of their FASTBACK Utility Knife, the newest Milwaukee utility blades are not only an improvement on existing blades, but have specialty uses. First, their new General Purpose Utility Blade promises to deliver up to 3X longer life than standard carbon blades and are engineered with optimized blade geometries to deliver maximum cutting performance in […]

Welcome to The Tool Fool’s Stool

There is a Tom at Pro Tool Reviews. He’s a contractor. A professional tool guy. He can rattle off specs of the latest DeWalt or Milwaukee driver from memory. He wrote that review that made you smile or curse. He’s the one that you can aim like a gun. “Hey, Tom, that guy over there? […]