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SpotCheck #21

A quick look at some of the cool stuff that has come across our workbench or inbox this week.

You May Think You Know BBQ

Weber's New American Barbecue: A Modern Spin on the Classics - Book Cover
Through stories and essays, hundreds of photos, crystal-clear techniques, and 100 exceptional and fool-proof recipes, Weber’s New American Barbecue celebrates what’s happening at the grill today. From chefs creating new classics to everyday backyard heroes melding flavors to pitmasters setting new standards of excellence at competitions, Weber's new book explores the delicious evolution of our true American pastime—barbecue. Available from leading booksellers and on Amazon in paperback or Kindle.

A Hammer for All Angles

Craftsman Flex Claw Hammer The Craftsman Flex Claw Hammer is both an 18oz. hammer and an adjustable pry bar. Craftsman's new design offers four claw positions, a large striking face and a magnetic nail starter. The dual-material grip is also designed to prevent slippage. $20 at

And This Hammer Saves Lives

Life Hammer
Cars crashing into ponds or rivers isn't as rare as you'd think. Nor is vehicle entrapment after an accident. The LifeHammer auto escape tool is essential when doors are jammed, the seat belt is stuck, and breaking a window is the only way out. You hope you never have to use it, but this little tool is insurance that every vehicle should have in it—mounted for easy driver and passenger access. Get one, or better yet get a pair for $29.

Portable Door Ding Protection

Door Shox - Door Ding Protector
DoorShox is a removable magnetic car door guard that provides protection from door dings. Since it's magnetic, it obviously will not work with aluminum doors. The integrated tether, which you basically close the car door on, prevents theft of the device. The magnets are also embedded into the DoorShox so as not to scratch your car's finish. A perfect, portable door ding protector from the knuckleheads at the grocery store. Available on Amazon for about $120.

A Cool Fridge for the Garage

Gladiator's Chillerator Garage Refrigerator is a pretty cool looking ENERGY STAR qualified refrigerator/freezer with 19cubic-feet total storage space. It's specially designed to withstand the intense heat and cold of the garage environment and includes locking casters, three adjustable and one fixed door bins, plus a can caddy and utility bin. The Chillerator measures 29.5" x 73" x 33.9". Available in select big box home improvement stores or on Amazon for around $1,170.

Mini-Torque Limiters

FixIt Sticks - Penny Comparison
Designed for gun enthusiasts, but usable in the shop as well, Fix It Sticks are mini-torque limiters for ¼" bits. These nifty tools prevent over-tightening by limiting torque to exact specifications. Available in 15, 25, 45 and 65-inch-pound adapters, Fix It Sticks are color coded to easily and quickly identify the right one for the job. $40 each on Amazon.



About Michael Turner

Forty-something years later, Michael still doesn't' know what he wants to do if he grows up. Raised around cars and trained in diesel mechanics, Michael has owned a successful detail shop, developed and sold software, led a K-9 SAR team, ridden the dot-com wave as a marketing & PR executive, led digital strategy teams at both large and small agencies, and now this. He digs Jeeps, off-road racing, football, photography, writing, making EDM, cranking metal, PC gaming, and a plethora of other contradictory things.

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