JackClamp Review – The Grip Clamp Reinvented

Let’s face it. When we really need to clamp something and know that it’ll stay tight, we don’t reach for the Irwin Quick-Grip. That’s because as handy as they are, they’re unreliable and the clamping strength tends to fade fairly dramatically over just a few hours. Consider that problem solved because today we’re looking at the JackClamp. Built by a small company in Bozeman, Montana, the JackClamp is a brilliant tool and it’s now my go-to clamp. It’s engineered perfectly and with all your pain points with grip-clamps in mind. Now, because someone will invariably notice, yes, the JackClamp is built in the same town I call home.

Whether the JackClamp was built in Bozeman or in Bangor, Maine, I’d be writing a review of it. Why? The JackClamp is, without any hometown pride factoring into this statement, the best clamp on the market today. No qualifiers needed in that statement. It’s the best. Period. Here’s proof:     I apply a healthy degree of skepticism to any product that claims to be “multi-use,” as do most people. We’ve become accustomed to any product that claims to have multiple uses to not be very good at any of them. The JackClamp just changed that though. It’s not just good, it’s great. At everything it claims to do.

  • It jacks things up and even has little built in levels to get things approximately level if needed.
  • It can spread gaps as small as ¼” which I sure could have used when working on my deck last summer.
  • Using the spreader attachments, it can clamp things as wide as 36”.
  • It can hold odd shapes (even round shapes) securely with the v-jaws.
  • It’s just a damn good clamp.

I like to build things and I like products that make it easier to do that. Products that solve a pain point are those that are bound to be successful in the long term. The JackClamp solves several and it does them all well. The difference in quality is evident as soon as you pick it up. This thing is heavy. Hold it in one hand and the Irwin QuickGrip in the other and you’ll choose the JackClamp every time. It’s just solid and well put together. There is one area that the JackClamp does slightly less well than everything else and that’s the stand. It’s not quite as solid and sturdy as I expected, given the rest of the tool. It’s totally adequate and does what it needs to but if there was one thing I’d improve, that would be it. In fact, there really is only one thing I’d improve.

They thought of everything when engineering the JackClamp, it seems. I’m really blown away that a small upstart company from Montana has managed to create such a flawless product. The evidence of pride in workmanship is evident throughout the JackClamp – from the clamping strength to the infallible braking system. From the parallel bars that create so much more utility to the attachment that bring the whole package to the next level, the JackClamp is a must have product. I don’t say that something’s the best lightly or often. When you’re looking for a clamp though, put the QuickGrip down and pick up the JackClamp.

My only real gripe? There’s no built-in bottle opener. Hint, hint, hint. We chatted with Lowell Thomas, the President of the still fledgling company. He was not only happy to talk to us but excited to discuss the virtues of the tool. If you’re thinking of buying this tool (and you really should be), click below. You’ll get free shipping within the USA.

 

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How to Pick a Good Christmas Tree and Keep it Looking Great

It’s that time of year again! Snow drifting down though the air, frost on your windshields and eggnog in the refrigerator. One of the things that starts to make the Christmas holiday season feel special is my Christmas tree. The smell and look of a tree with lights on it bring back some of my favorite memories and hint at the festivities that are on their way. How can you know which tree to get though? And as important as the first question, how do you keep you Christmas tree looking great?

How to pick a good Christmas Tree:

First things first, you need to think about where you’re going to put your tree and how much space you want it to occupy. As you might imagine, trees come in all shapes and sizes so by thinking about what kind of tree you want, you’ll significantly narrow down your options when looking for the perfect one.

Volunteering Will Make you Happier and Richer

Too few of us are spending time building better communities. By investing a little bit of our energy in creating a better home for future generations and simply extending a helping hand to those in need, you’ll not only have a better community, you’ll feel better about yourself and you’ll make new contacts which will help you professionally.

volunteering

Let’s be honest. What do you do when you go home at the end of the day? If you’re like most people, you plop down in front of the TV and burn the rest of your evening there. I volunteer to the tune of several thousand hours per year. How? I have no kids and my significant other is very understanding. You may not be able to volunteer at the same level I do but everyone can donate some time. Do it and it’ll pay off.

First of all, volunteering is an extremely rewarding experience. It shows people that you’re dedicated to making the world better and in the process, you may even find that you really do have a passion for helping! It makes you feel good. It makes your community look good. If you’re stuck in a rut, going through the motions of the same old routine day in and day out, it’ll change that for the better. You’ll get an emotional boost (there’s tons of research to back that up) and you’ll change up that boring routine. Break free of the doldrums and find a new passion in helping people.

Holiday Gift Ideas for Builders and DIYers

Christmas is, unfortunately, a very stressful time of the year. Despite the levity of the season, you need to deal with extended family, decorating and…figuring out what to get everyone. While it can be challenging to know what gift to get someone, we’re going to make it a lot easier to figure out for the DIYers, handymen, builders, construction professionals and woodworkers in your life.

The following list are our picks for the best gifts of the 2013 holiday season. I grouped them by price point and found the best prices online for each product.

 

Inexpensive Gifts for Builders and DIYers:

The following are some great entry level Christmas gift ideas for your handyman.

Stanley 55-099 FatMax Xtreme Fubar Functional Utility Bar
The Stanley Fubar is one of my new favorite tools around the shop. It’s solid and has way more uses than I thought it would. With a hammer, pry bar, nail puller and tons of other creative uses, you don’t have to be doing a major remodel to get major utility here!

How to Buy a Used Hot Tub

I just closed on a new house in Bozeman, Montana. It’s amazing but I’m exhausted. In order to get the price I wanted for my last house, I had to do some serious upgrades. Tile everything, bathroom remodel, granite counters, fence repairs and landscaping galore. My new house needs almost no work, which was one of the big selling points for me – I want to relax for a few months before I tackle any major home improvement again. So, in order to make my new house the amazing sanctuary of relaxation that I want it to be, I bought a hot tub.

Never having owned a hot tub before, there was a major learning curve that comes along with the purchase. So, how do you buy a used hot tub / spa? First of all, be careful. There are some things that you need to check out before you make the buying decision:

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