June 6, 2011
Win a Roll of Channellock Tools from Tool Snob
Our homies at Channellock have set aside a roll of hand tools for us to give away to you, one of our readers for Father's Day. The tool set commemorates Channellocks 125th year in existence and will be engraved with "1886 - 2011 -- 125 Years Strong." The tool roll includes five tools:
430 Tongue and Groove Plier
420 Tongue and Groove Plier
337 Cutting Plier
3017 Long Nose Plier
526 Slip Joint Plier
Sorry about the bizarre red-tinted fire and brimstone plier image. The tools are much cooler looking in real life.
So yeah, it pretty much covers all of the basic pliers that a guy could want. We've been testing out the set and we really can't find anything wrong with them. They're made in the USA too, if that's important to you (and to a lot of you, we know it is). As far as we can tell, the tools are indestructible. The roll itself is cool too and very handy if you don't already have some kind of tool storage system going. We think our favorite are the needle nose. We end up using those for everything from holding a brad for nailing to fishing things that have fallen into ductwork.
So to enter to win, let us know your what your big summer projects are, either at work if you're a tradesman or at home if you do the DIY thing. Are you looking forward to the tasks, or are you dreading them? Feel free to make us laugh.
The non-anniversary version of the tool roll is priced at about $80. We'll pick a winner in about a week. If there are a lot of good entries, Marlowe the SuperCat will do the picking for us. Good luck.
Actually, we just noticed that Channellock has their own sweepstakes going as well, so you can get more information on that here.
Assorted Channellock items are available at Amazon
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Posted by Doug Mahoney at June 6, 2011 6:23 AM
Every summer I set out with grand plans and always finish just glad to survive it. This year my only projects revolve around things I can enjoy. I'm hoping the new mindset can keep things in perspective.
You can never have enough quality pliers around. My cheap Harbor Freight set just can't hold a candle to the 2 decent Channel Lock pairs I have. I really need to replace the rest of the cheap ones for all the random tinkering projects I'm working on.
My wife and I just move into a new-to-us house with more projects than I can shake a roll of Channellock Tools at... but they would help!
I just bought a new sailboat and need to put together a toolkit for the boat. These would be perfect for dealing with the many split rings and other random things that come up on a sailboat.
I am a maintenance man for a youth camp. The end of summer list is very long after you have hundreds of kids go through 19 buildings, a pool, climbing tower, and 100 acres of land. Most of our tools in the shop are garage sale leftovers donated to the camp. We usually through them in a bucket of oil for a week and then see what they look like after that. It would be nice to have a set like this!
Let's see, I need some more quality tools to round out my Home Dentistry Kit. No, seriously, the first project is to get rid of all of my inferior pliers, wire cutters, and diagonals to make way for the incoming Channellocks. (Wishful thinking.) But then again, if I don't win, I will definitely be purchasing plenty of these fine tools this summer, as I just downloaded their catalog and have renewed my vows to buy American. As for projects, once again, it's my daughter's playhouse—I'll definitely need some good pliers to put in the plumbing and electrical (not kidding).
I've got a riding mower and a push mower that both need some serious work to get running. The look the wifey gives me every time she has to walk by them is reason enough to get my rear in gear and get ta fixin'. :)
Let's see where to start, the wife and I just purchased our first home:
- Re-plumb house, front to back, side to side, drain lines and all.
- New Roof. (Tin for the win!)
- New crawlspace doors (3 total)
- Begin drywalling various rooms in the house, starting with the bathroom after it is re-plumbed/
- Pasture fence along the one side of the property that isn't enclosed already.
- Repair leaky tin roof of the barn on our property so I can actually keep things in there and they won't ruin.
- Many trees to cut down, so many trees.
- Re-wire as much of the electrical as possible, at random as well as when I run across it.
- Make sure I completely finish the bathroom, OR the wife kills me, and none of this other stuff gets done.
- Push mower engine rebuild, fun with internal combustion!
Sheez, I didn't even realize I had this many big things coming up until putting it all down in one place. If nothing else, I am organized now. Maybe I can start my own segment here called 'Case of beer projects'. Haha.
Finishing out the basement man cave this summer - electrical, plumbing, sheetrock, built-in shelves, home theater, the whole shebang...
Wow!!! I feel like a slacker! Custom this, folding that, decks, floors, sheds oh my! My list is short on major construction, but loooooooooooooooong and time consuming. I'm switching out harware in one bathroom, rehanging pictures throughout the entire house, constructing several very small shelves for special places, installing premade overhead shelves in the garage, cutting the trees back that are overhanging the house and garage, building drop down storage between the rafters in the garage, restructuring the closet to maximize storage, cleaning all the major appliances, cranking up the portable generator and checking it out (hurricane season here on the Gulf) and numerous potting duties in the garden.....
Great to see an American manufacturer doing promotions in this economy. I'll decline this give away as I have plenty of the tools offered, as I'm a big fan of Channellocks, but I will tell you all that I'm volunteering to work on multiple bird house kit for kids to build this summer at a local day camp, and I'm trying to organize some outdoor craft builds for an environmental education center. I would like to try teaching how to build picnic tables, Aldo Leopold benches, bat houses, as well as repeat a successful bamboo wind chime project.
As for personal projects, I need to build a new bench to use in my carport as well as a miter saw jig to work on that bench.
Oh geez...summer projects! Let's see...transitioning wood flooring to the fireplace heart, crown molding over new cabinets, spackling and painting the hallways, refinishing a coffee table and an end table, sheetrocking and painting the bathroom, building matching doors for a nightstand. Phewwwww...that's a lot! I'm tired just writing it! I think the one I'm most looking forward to (possibly the only one) is a custom folding wooden Settlers of Catan board I'm working on right now.
I'd hoped to begin construction of a new deck and finish out my garage/workshop this summer, but plans have changed. With baby-1 due in October, project funds and focus have been redirected to all things baby related. Hopefully we can order nursery furnishings that aren't pre-assembled.
The tool roll would help remind me of happier, albeit selfish, times. I need to win this one.
I have a deck project, as well as a shed project for this summer/fall/winter. And I have had these on my wishlist for 3 years and nobody gets them for me! These would also be handy for all the wire/fence work I do on our chicken coop!
My big project is cleaning/organizing the garage/shop. For some reason it seems to be a regular project.
Also on the to do is cleaning up and restoring my grandfathers old Drill Press.
Where to start? I've got more things to do this summer than I'll have time to actually get done. That's for sure.
But with these tools I'd start with fixing all of the leaks on our pool plumbing equipment.