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    Landscape Block Tongs

    I find myself building a patio with 3 1/2 x 7 x 14" concrete "stones" for an edge. They weight about 28 lb with no good way for my old hands to grip them . I have regular brick tongs that can carry them, but they grip on the ends. I need to grip them on the sides to set them.

    Using materials from my "may be useful someday" bin, I was able made a simple tool to grip the sides of the blocks. Now I can pick them up and set them with one hand. I have no dimensions for it. Yours would be different anyway since I put mine together with what I had around.

    Below is a photo and simple drawings for your imagination.

    Photo Landscape Block Tongs-block-tong.png Drawing Landscape Block Tongs-block-tong-sketch.png

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    baja (May 23, 2022), durrelltn (May 20, 2022), Frank S (May 20, 2022), Jon (May 26, 2022), Toolmaker51 (May 20, 2022)

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    None of that 'Incredible invention you have to see and duplicate' nonsense.
    Just here's why I did what I did.
    "...simple drawings for your imagination." Along with the YMMV statement, phrased like a true mentor.
    ...we'll learn more by wandering than searching...

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    You know the best thing about your build is there is no nonsensical video involved
    Never try to tell me it can't be done
    When I have to paint I use KBS products

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    Thanks hemmjo! We've added your Block Lifting Tongs to our Miscellaneous category,
    as well as to your builder page: hemmjo's Homemade Tools. Your receipt:

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