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Adventure Testing The $10 Wal-Mart Multitool: What Could Go Wrong?

A multitool looks dorky dangling off your belt. But at some point being able to summon a knife, screwdriver, saw or plier makes you a hero on every trip. A well-rated tool is $100 to $300, so I marooned myself on an island with the cheapest one I could find to see what happens when you skimp out.
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Your Garage is Begging For this 3-Ton Jack, Plus More Deals

This highly-rated 3-ton aluminum and steel jack from Powerzone is getting a rare discount from its usual $150 price tag today. As a matter of fact, our deal researcher Corey owns it, and says it's the best Jack he's ever used. You don't have to just take his word though; it has a 4.6 star average from over 300… » 2/26/15 2:56pm 2/26/15 2:56pm

This Powerful Mapping Tool Lets You Plot the Weather Along a Road Trip

The National Weather Service has developed a powerful tool that allows users to create custom weather maps that show everything from temperatures to snow totals. The tool's most excellent feature, by far, is the ability to track future weather along the path of one's road trip. » 11/06/14 3:51pm 11/06/14 3:51pm

Driving a Car with Pliers As a Steering Wheel Is a Hilariously Dumb Idea

Imagine you're the police. Imagine you're in your police car. Imagine eating a donut. Imagine complaining about life to your partner. Imagine seeing a car with two obviously blown tires drive by. Imagine pulling that car over. Imagine seeing that the driver driving the car was using a makeshift steering wheel made… » 7/23/13 8:26am 7/23/13 8:26am

Hilarious Car Key Hack Lets You Drive It Like You Stole It

If your daily commute has become mundane and boring, you can easily spice things up with this clever hack that makes it feel like you've just jacked someone's ride. All you need is an old screwdriver—the more worn it is the more convincing the effect will be—and a car key you're willing to hack to bits. » 4/30/13 11:50am 4/30/13 11:50am

NASA Has The Coolest Vending Machines In The World

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory held its annual open house earlier this month, and like any good space dork I was there. There, of course, was all manner of exciting and interesting stuff to see, tended by scientists who seemed genuinely surprised and delighted by the fact that so many locals want to come gawk at… » 6/19/12 1:30pm 6/19/12 1:30pm

Driveway Grooming Now Fit For Anything With A Hitch

Believe it or not, there are other uses for trailer hitches than hanging testicles... like gravel driveway grooming. One item many forget to mention about having gravel driveways is the maintenance required. The Driveway Groomer is a simple device that can attach to the rear towing hitch on any vehicle, therefore… » 5/20/08 1:00pm 5/20/08 1:00pm

10,000 Pound MAC Lift Is The Beauty Pageant Winner

How the heck are you supposed to work on your fantasy car without a fantasy garage chock full of tools like MAC's new 10,000-pound professional grade two-post lift? This beauty has a pretty hefty $3,000 price tag and is loaded with enough features to keep your fantasy garage in business through the next decade. » 2/18/08 4:30pm 2/18/08 4:30pm

Rev Up A Romantic Dinner With Gearhead Place Setting

Roses? Check. Candles? Check. Nice dinner in the oven? Check. Beautiful place setting with automotive theme? Negative. It's a shame you forget the smallest parts of your romantic Valentine's Day dinner, such as the nice plates, glasses and silverware. Help is available, however. Say hello to the gearhead place setting. » 2/14/08 4:45pm 2/14/08 4:45pm

The Jalopnik Holiday Re-Gift Guide: Cheap Tool Kits

Nothing says "Thanks Ma" like stripping the hell out of your wheel's lug nuts because you wanted to use a gift. These kits come in "all purpose" "auto specific" and "auto emergency" varieties and all come in a cheap plastic case. The thought is "Hey, this person loves tools, let's get 'em something big and heavy."… » 11/23/07 11:40am 11/23/07 11:40am