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Honda HRR Gas Lawn Mower Review: Winter wishes for summer reliability

Honda HRR Gas Lawn Mower Review: Winter wishes for summer reliability

I began writing this review when I started to use a Honda HRR push mower a couple of seasons ago. When this review process began, I assumed it'd be like any other. I was used to reviewing things like smartphones and computers - devices that aren't expected to last more than a few years for the average person. But this was to be no average review - this review became about more than just the one machine.

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How I made my own action figure with silicone and resin

How I made my own action figure with silicone and resin

A few months ago I became interested in the offbeat art of bootleg action figures. I started by following artists and designers on Instagram, and a big part of sharing art like this on Instagram is revealing parts of the product's creation process. I wanted to see if I could make an action figure of my own, so I did it. I attained a few bottles of chemicals, grabbed some cups, cardboard, and tape, and got working.

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Wowstick Mini is a 62-in-1 pen-sized power screwdriver

Wowstick Mini is a 62-in-1 pen-sized power screwdriver

The folks at Standmac have a device called Wowstick Mini they'd like to deliver unto the world. This device is a pen-shaped and slightly larger than pen-sized device made to screw and unscrew all sorts of stuff. Included with the tool is a set of 56 bits and a built-in battery that's rechargeable with an included USB cord.

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Trailer Valet RVR will move your trailer with no effort on your part

Trailer Valet RVR will move your trailer with no effort on your part

Trailer Valet has a slick new motorized, remote control trailer mover that will keep you from having to bend over or hook up a truck to move your camper or other trailers. The Trailer Valet RVR has a pair of tank treads for motivation rather than wheels and is an electric device. The body is aluminum and the device measures 22" x 18" x 12" and weighs up to 77 pounds depending on the model.

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InstruMMents creates a better tape measure with 01

InstruMMents creates a better tape measure with 01

If you have ever had the need to measure something, you had to resort to using a tape measure or ruler. Those are the same tools that people have been using to take measurements since 1860 when the tape measure was first invented. A company called InstruMMents, founded by the folks who created the Misfit Shine, have unveiled a new dimensioning device that can replace that old tape measure with something more modern and easy to use and the product is called the 01.

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Micaton magnetic screw holder makes DIY easier

Micaton magnetic screw holder makes DIY easier

Anyone who has tried to build or repair something that needed a few screws put in it knows that getting those screws started can be a literal pain. Slip the screwdriver off the screw head and it always seems to want to cut fingers or mar wood. A new device called the Micaton magnetic screw holder promises to make screwing things together easier and less painful.

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3Dsimo mini is a geeky multi-tool that burns, cuts, and extrudes

3Dsimo mini is a geeky multi-tool that burns, cuts, and extrudes

Anyone who tinkers with electronics or DIY projects needs some specialized tools. A new product has debuted that gives users several tools in one product and it's called the 3Dsimo. 3Dsimo has a 3D printing pen, precision solder, burner, and cutter in one device. The tool is aimed at people who create jewelry, figures, accessories, decorations, and other art.

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See the world’s oldest stone tools up close

See the world’s oldest stone tools up close

A newly published paper suggests that the oldest known tools pre-date the previous record holders by 700,000 years. This places the first tools squarely in the hands of pre-humans, likely in the palms of our ancestors, well before the previous record holders: Homo habilis. These tools were found in a dried up river bed in Kenya, where similar tools have been found that ranged thousands of years forward - the ones found here may have been the first. As should be obvious, these tools are just about as rudimentary a set of tools as you're ever going to see.

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Retouch3D lets your put the finishing touches on 3D prints

Retouch3D lets your put the finishing touches on 3D prints

The democratization of 3D printing has made many a dream and idea come true, but for all the fairy tale stories, some things are kept out of the media. Yes, 3D printing does seem like magic, almost instantly giving physical existence to otherwise digital only objects, but the product that comes out of the printer is rarely the polished finished product you get to see in the end of the process. There's still a lot of cruft to be cut out first, a tiresome and ugly process that Retouch3D wants to cut out as well.

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3D-printed drill is smaller than a quarter, and it actually works!

3D-printed drill is smaller than a quarter, and it actually works!

We've seen some amazing 3D-printed things these days. From sonic art installations to human noses ready for transplant, the 3D printers of today know no bounds. At first, it seemed the trend in 3D printing was to go bigger and better. Companies were dreaming big and creating 3D printed houses. Now, 3D-printing is going the opposite direction as makers are creating tiny objects to showcase their skill. Introducing the world's tiniest drill, engineered using CAD and a 3D printer by Lance Abernathy, who hails all the way from New Zealand.

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Coolbox is a toolbox for your gadgets (and tools)

Coolbox is a toolbox for your gadgets (and tools)

Coolers have received a modern makeover, and so why not the trusty ol' toolbox? Enter the Coolbox, a toolbox for your tools and gadgets with some oft-used integrated technologies. LED lights, for example, are built into the toolbox to provide light when needed, and the lid has a magnet inside that'll keep loose hardware (like nuts and bolts) in place. There's also a built-in battery and charging ports for powering or juicing up one's smartphone or tablet, both of which can be propped up on the lid.

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Leatherman Tread wearable multitool has 25 features

Leatherman Tread wearable multitool has 25 features

I have a Leatherman multitool that lies around in my junk drawer because I don’t want to wear something that bulky everywhere I go. The sad fact is that often I wish I had it with me because I need a tool in random places, especially at work. Leatherman is one of the biggest names in multitools and the company has a new offering coming soon that features 25 different tools.

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