December 7, 2009

Ready Wrench Winners Announced!

winners.jpgThe Ready Wrench contest is over and we've picked our winners. Like we said in the contest rules, of the five Ready Wrenches that we're giving away, three of them were being decided by random drawing. Those winners are readers Mark, Ben, and Jim. Congrats.

The other two winners were chosen based on the content of their entry and they are readers Paul and Todd. Paul because he dropped the line, "The back of the house was pretty much made of sawdust and wishes," and Todd because he has somehow gotten away with depriving his wife of a kitchen for over a year of renovations. We've posted their entries after the jump. They're worth checking out, particularly if you're in the middle of a project and it feels like it can't get any worse.

Again we'd like to thank Black & Decker for assisting with the contest and providing the prizes. If you didn't win but are interested in a Ready Wrench, they can be had at for about $25. We would also like to thank all of the readers who entered. We enjoyed looking through the entries and we hope to give you more chances to win stuff with more contests like this in the future.

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December 3, 2009

Gift Ideas Over at Amazon

dandelion.jpegIf you're struggling for tool-oriented gift ideas and you've already deemed our own gift guide as worthless, Amazon has a 'most wished for' and a 'most gifted' list, so you can see what other people out there are thinking about. They're pretty handy if you're having trouble with the Mr. or Mrs. Fixit of your life.

Amazon's Most Wished For List

Amazon's Most Gifted List

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One Last Chance to Win a B&D Ready Wrench

We're doing the drawing tomorrow, so get your entries in now. Details here.

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December 2, 2009

Craftsman's 25 Days of Holiday Deals


Craftsman just started up an interesting promotion that will last from now until Christmas. Each day, they'll be offering a different item at a drastically reduced price (up to 70%). There's no telling what the next day's deal is going to be, but Craftsman sent out the head's up on a few enticing ones:

  • December 2: GearWrench Reversible Wrench Set, inch or metric (44003/4) for $39.99 (regular price $79.99), ideal for getting into confined work areas, 100 limited quantity each sku
  • December 6: Craftsman 192 pc. Mechanics Tool Set (33192) for $129.99 (regular price $199.99), a perfect gift for anyone looking to build their hand tool collection, 150 limited quantity
  • December 12: Racor Pro Ceiling Mount Bike Rack (59535) for $7.99 (regular $29.99), a terrific way to store bikes in unused space, while supplies last
  • December 17: Craftsman ½ in. Impact Wrench for $19.99 (regular $39.99), a must have for any DIY auto enthusiast to remove nuts and bolts with ease, 100 limited quantity
  • December 18: GM Performance Parts 2 Ton Hydraulic Trolley Jack (50113) for $19.99 (regular $29.99), a portable automotive lifting device manufactured to strict industry specifications, 200 limited quantity
  • December 21: Craftsman Cordless Rechargeable LED Work Light (73904) for $16.99 (regular $33.99), for lighting a dim workspace, while supplies last

We've got our eye on the LED and the bike rack. As you can see quantities are pretty limited, so it's best to investigate this earlier in the day as opposed to later. You West coast people are screwed. No deals for you.

Craftsman has set up a micro-site just for this promotion, where you can go and and see what the day's deal is. Check it out, it sort of feels like you're playing Monopoly at McDonald's.

More information at

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November 30, 2009

Tool Snob Cyber Monday Deals 2009

black_friday_mayhem.jpgWhy bother get crushed against the sliding doors at Target when you can do all of your shopping online? Today, Cyber Monday, is the largest i-shopping day of the year and there are a lot of retailers vying for your attention (read: credit card number). Here are a few that we found that were offering some pretty nice deals. Amazon must have ordered a billion Stanley Tri-Pod Lights and now, they're desperately trying to get rid of them. It's been the lead item on their sale page all weekend and it's down to just over $10. We've got one of these and it's a great light, perfect for the workshop or the glove compartment. They've also got a countdown on a number of other deals that will go live all throughout the day. Check out their Cyber Monday page here.

Tool Barn: These guys are offering 20% off on 10 select brands (Bosch, Skil, Hitachi, Dremel, just to name a few) and 15% off on others (Jet and Powermatic). They've also got free shipping on a bunch of brands. More details here.

Ohio Power Tools: OPT has a lot going on. First, there's free shipping (code: TURKEY), then there's a straight-up deal page, and finally, they've called out a lot of manufacturers coupons. Their deal page is here and information on the other stuff is here.

Tool King: TK is doing the free shipping thing as well as a number of other deals. They also say they'll give you a $100 gift card if you can find anyone with a lower price, but the fine print says that sales don't apply, so don't get too excited. Info on what they've got is here.

Sears: There's a lot here.

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November 26, 2009

Win a Ready Wrench from Black & Decker and Tool Snob


Like the little tool making elves they are, Black & Decker is supplying us with five of their new Ready Wrenches to give away to you, our readers. All you have to do to enter is drop a comment at this post telling us what your current home improvement project is. We'll do a random drawing for three of the wrenches and choose the most interesting entries for the other two. That way, we'll get submissions more substantial than, "fix floor." Anyone who can also tell us how their project got wildly out of hand and painfully over budget gets bonus points.

UPDATE: Yeah, we forgot the little detail of when the random drawing will be. How about a week from now...Friday, Dec 4th.

If you hate contests and dislike getting things for free, the wrenches are available for $30 at

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November 18, 2009

Skil 18-Volt 4-Piece Combo Kit for $99 **UPDATED WITH CORRECTION

CORRECTION: The members of our fact-checking division were off at a bar getting loaded when this article was posted, so there is a slight correction to be made. Well, actually more than slight. In fact, what Skil is offering for $99 are the four tools and a charger and one battery. For some reason, we thought that the kit was tools only, no battery or charger. In this new light, the already good deal is truly fantastic. It's now a full-on kit for a hundred bucks. Honestly, you can't beat that.


Lowes is offering a nice deal on a Skil 4-piece cordless kit. The rock bottom $99 price is for the tools only (no battery and charger), so you'll have to get those separately. But still, with the additional purchase, you're only going to be at a whisker under $150.

We've never used these tools, but we have experience with a similar 18-volt Skil kit (our review here) and we liked it quite a bit. This would be a nice set for someone looking to get started in the DIY world; decent tools that aren't going to break the bank.

Exclusively at Lowes

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November 10, 2009

Craftsman Auto-Hammer for $89

autohammer.jpgWe just got word that Sears online is having a one day only sale of Auto-Hammers. They're taking $10 off the price, bringing it down to $89, but they're only marking down 500 units so when they're gone, they're gone.

The sale goes live at Midnight (Tuesday evening) and lasts all day Wednesday or until the 500 are sold.

We reviewed the Auto-Hammer here and also wrote about it for Popular Mechanics here.

At Sears

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October 8, 2009


Mark_Clement.jpgOur good friend Mark Clement, a walking encyclopedia of tools and construction, is starting his own radio show. The show is called MyFixItUpLIfe and he's co-hosting with his wife Theresa. You can go the website to get a flavor for what the show will be offering, but it looks to us like a blend of all things DIY-oriented. Everything from what tools to use to energy-efficient appliances to how to juggle raising a family in the midst of a catastrophic renovation.

The MyFixItUpLife website also looks like a good destination site and not just a place-holder for the radio show, so we suggest a slapping bookmark on that one. Both Mark and Theresa have blogs at the site and there's opportunities to win plenty of free stuff, not to mention check out the guests for upcoming shows. Mark also has a few tool reviews up (under the Gear section). Thus far he's given his thoughts on the great Rockwell Jawhorse and the Ridgid Fuego mini-recip.

The show is going to debut a week from Saturday at 1pm. We're looking forward to checking it out.

More information at

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August 21, 2009

Northern Tool 2009 Fall/Winter Master Catalog

Northern_tool_09.jpgFinally, a tool catalog so badass it has to be delivered in a cardboard box. And it's freakin' hardcover! To us, the Northern Tool catalog marks the seasons more reliably than the solstice. Even though it's still about 97 degrees where we live, the fact that the Fall/Winter catalog just hit means that it's time to start thinking about the first stages of buckling down for the winter. Should we pick up a generator this year (after being without power for six days last December)? Is it time to get one of those tent vehicle enclosures? Should we stop wearing white, now that the Fall/Winter catalog is here? These are some of the thoughts prompted by the arrival of one of the best tool catalogs out there.

And it's not just tools. In fact, power tools only take up 27 of the 591 pages here. The rest is packed with automotive, heating, storage, hydraulics, and on and on and on.

Order your free catalog here.

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