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The Dog Bone!

Apparently I have a thing for tools and equipment named after animals. My most recent purchase (and must-have tool for you) is no exception. It’s called a TWIST-GRIP SPLINE DOG BONE WRENCH by Thorsen. I’m sure you’ve heard of or seen them in your local hardware or department store. I must admit that I was skeptical at first, as the tool appeared to be something you’d see on an infomercial for the low, low price of one easy payment…of $19.95 (but wait, there’s more!). Check out the specs…

This tool gets its nickname from the way it appears, a long shaft handle that gets wider at both ends to accommodate two swiveling socket heads. Each swiveling socket head is sized to fit four U.S. and four metric wrench sizes, giving you a grand total of 16 different wrenches in one tool (but wait, there’s more)! As I said earlier, I am a skeptic who firmly believes in using tools that have withstood the test of time. I admit – I resist change (there, I said it). But this multi-tool really works well! It feels comfortable in your hand (a bit heavier than a normal box-end wrench) and spares having to run back to the toolbox for different-sized wrenches. Mine covers the following sizes: U.S. – 5/16, 3/8, 7/16, 1/2, 9/16, 5/8, 11/16, & 3/4 in. – Metric: 8, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 17, 19 mm. Any do-it-yourself Joe knows that THESE are the SIZES you NEED 99.99% of the TIME.

I only paid 20 bucks for mine (no, it was not on QVC), but some can range in price up to $30 or more. Many other companies offer the same type tool (Kobalt, Craftsman, Black & Decker, etc) for a comparable price. Hey, don’t take my word for it, though. FETCH one for yourself and you can make those seemingly RUFF jobs a heck-of-a-lot easier!

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