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Adam Savage's Favorite Tools: Fabric and Garment Steamer!

Adam tries on a new hat he just bought, and in the process shows how he can make use of a garment steamer and wooden hat stretcher to make this new fedora fit better. For cosplayers and costumers, a good garment steamer is an essential piece of equipment, and portable fabric steamers like ones you find in hotel rooms are oftentimes preferred over irons!

Tested Favorite Tools: Soldering Fume Extractor!

Jen shares some of her favorite tools for electronics work, including helping hands and soldering acessories that she recently used in a project requiring the soldering of thousands of LEDs. One of the most useful tools was a portable desktop fume extractor, which can be used to absorb solder smoke or paired with other shop tools that put out smelly and hazardous fumes.

Adam Savage's Favorite Tools: Plastic Forming Strip Heater!

Today's tool tip is all about using heat in different ways to form sheet material, whether it's with a blow dryer, dedicated heat gun, or a specialized tool like a plastic forming strip heater. As employed in his recent build of his Iron Man Mark 1 costume, an industrial plastic strip heater can bend sheets of acrylic quickly and evenly, creating convincing parts that double as bent metal. Adam demonstrates how this heater works on one of his favorite materials: foam PVC!

Adam Savage's Vintage Automatic Testing Micrometer

Adam shows us this vintage automatic testing micrometer that is used for a different purpose than his machining micrometers.

Adam Savage's Favorite Tools: Japanese Hand Saws!

Adam Savage shows you why he's so fond of his Japanese hand saw in comparison to a traditional hack saw or American hand saw.