Cool tool of the month

Have you ever seen the bit on the TV show, This Old House, when one of the show’s hosts produces an odd yet cool tool and asks the other hosts what they might think it is?  I had an experience something like that this morning while I was out at Glencoe.

Otis and Tim are working to pull up some floor boards and having a remarkably hard time doing so.  These boards are 1.5″ thick, and have 3 nails at each floor joist.

They used three of these nails at every floor joist.

They used three of these nails at every floor joist.

When I walked up to check in with Otis and Tim, I noticed four or five different pry bars, ranging in size from small to “grizzly” sitting off to the side, abandoned.  Otis told me that they’d been having a terrible time getting the boards up without chipping or splitting the boards until Tom showed up with the right tool for the job.  Leave it to Tom to have the neatest old tools!  Otis was so pleased with this new(old) tool that I couldn’t resist throwing it up here!

Pry bar with a nice long handle and a foot to act as a fulcrum!

Pry bar with a nice long handle and a foot to act as a fulcrum!

The foot makes a great fulcrum says Otis.

The foot makes a great fulcrum says Otis.

2 responses to “Cool tool of the month

  1. That even looks like a little, two-toed foot! Thanks for sharing this fascinating tool, Carrie. Your news is always welcome!

  2. Tom Hanford has amazing skills and access to almost anything old and useful that one might need! Thanks for sharing this tool – I’ve never seen one like it!

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