June 22, 2011
Craftsman is looking for a major zero to play the big role in their new online reality series, SCREW*D. Chance to win $50,000 which is pretty sweet. Details below...
NO SKILLS REQUIRED: THE CRAFTSMAN® BRAND SEEKS UNDERQUALIFIED HANDYMAN (OR WOMAN) FOR INTERACTIVE ONLINE SERIES
Audition for "SCREW*D: Where Survival Comes Down to the Right Tools" and Earn $50,000*
Hoffman Estates, Ill. (June 20, 2011) - The Craftsman® brand launched a search today for the next breakout reality star to be part of a new interactive online series, SCREW*D: Where Survival Comes Down to the Right Tools. Applications are being accepted now through Thursday, July 7 at craftsmanscrewd.com and at select events in Chicago and Los Angeles. The ideal candidate will have little to no tool skills whatsoever, but must be ready to face anything in pursuit of DIY knowledge, as well as have an engaging personality and be comfortable in front of a camera. Whoever is selected for the challenges ahead will earn up to $50,000* and free room and board for the duration of the show.
"Craftsman has been providing trusted, durable and innovative tools in the marketplace since 1927," said Scott Freidheim, executive vice president at Sears Holdings and president, Kenmore, Craftsman & DieHard. "We're about to witness how Craftsman tools can empower a DIY novice to successfully complete a range of tasks that enable them to overcome extreme conditions."
Anyone with swagger and a sense of humor, but hapless with a hammer, is encouraged to apply by creating a video no longer than two minutes in length that answers the following questions:
1) Tell us your story: why do you want to learn to work with tools? What do you want to build that you don't know how?
2) How unhandy are you? Show us a recent project that went awry. OR give us a tour of your toolbox (or lack thereof)
Applicants are encouraged to be as creative as possible, showcase their personality and demonstrate why they should be chosen for this opportunity. Use of props and pictures, or other creative treatments is highly encouraged. Online submissions are being accepted at: www.craftsmanscrewd.com
In addition to online submissions, open auditions will be held in Chicago and Los Angeles from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. local time on Sat., June 25. The audition in Chicago will take place at the Craftsman Experience, 233 W. Huron, and in Los Angeles at ASG Casting, Inc., 4144 Lankershim Blvd, Suite #202, in North Hollywood.
The same criteria for the online submission process apply to the open auditions. Please come prepared with answers to the above questions and bring props, pictures and/or other creative treatments as necessary.
If chosen, the individual will undergo a series of grueling boot camp training sessions led by Craftsman experts. Ready or not, after each training, the chosen hero will be taken on a series of extreme, high-risk tool and survival challenges with only Craftsman tools and the brand's online community to guide him/her along the way.
The role as hero of SCREW*D will start Aug. 14 and continue full-time for 12 weeks. All semi-finalists must pass a background check to be eligible for further consideration. Candidates must be available from Aug. 10 - Oct. 23 and must be willing to travel to remote, wild locations to put new-found tool skills to the test in a variety of demanding challenges. The chosen candidate will earn compensation of up to $50,000, as well as room and board in Chicago's River North area.
To see how the adventure unfolds, tune in when the show begins on Aug. 14 to engage with our hero via Facebook and be entertained by his/her misadventures and mishaps along the way.
For more information on SCREW*D, the available position and complete rules visit www.craftsmanscrewd.com.
June 20, 2011
Marlowe the SuperCat did his magic and we're now left with the names of our various Father's Day contest winners. We had three drawings going on this time around; the Paslode Framing Gun, the Channellock Tool Roll, and the B&D Trimmer/Sweeper set. All of them cool prizes and we own a big high five to all three companies for supplying the prizes.
The winners are as follows....
The Paslode Framing Gun...Dave A, the guy going to Joplin to help rebuild houses that were destroyed in the tornado. We're uber cynical here and are constantly on the look-out for scammers who spend all day entering online contests to try to get free stuff, but this guy sounds legit and judging from the photos we've seen of the mess down there, they can use all the help they can get.
The Paslode Nail Fuel packs are going to....PutnamEco, Nick Heine, Bert O'Dell, Timothy Land, and Ian.
Nice work guys....make sure to visit Paslode.
The winner of the Channellock Tool Roll is.....Moose (yep, that's his name).
And finally, the B&D Trimmer/Sweeper kit goes to.....David M.
Check out the rest of the B&D lawn lineup.
We want to thank all of you for entering. Happy Father's Day.
June 15, 2011
Just a reminder, we've got three giveaways going right now...
1. Paslode Framing Gun. Details here.
2. Channellock Tool Roll. Details here.
3. Black & Decker Cordless String Trimmer and Sweeper. Details here.
June 13, 2011
Yup, we're giving away more stuff for Father's Day. And what dad doesn't want a new string trimmer and sweeper? These are cordless too, so the days of watching dad try to mix gas, attempt to pull the starter, and ultimately throw the trimmer against the side of the garage are over.
Black & Decker is generously going to send these two tools out to the lucky winner. We just got done writing our review of these two tools and it's here if you're interested. They're pretty cool items. They're also compatible with a large line of B&D outdoor equipment from a little chainsaw to a hedge trimmer.
So to enter, just leave a comment at this post telling us how much aggravation your two-stroke trimmer has caused you over the years...or tell us why you want to win these...or clue us into your landscaping projects that you're looking to get done this summer...or tell us a funny construction-related story about your dad.
Also, don't forget to check out B&Ds Facebook page here (they've got a massive sweepstakes going on). The tools are also available at Amazon here and here.
June 6, 2011
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
June 2, 2011
Paslode has been nice enough to donate one of their slick new Cordless Framing Nailers to one of you lucky readers. They've also supplied some runner-up prizes in the form of their nail/fuel packages. We reviewed this gun a while back (here) and found it to be really nice. Since the review, we've kept using it and our opinion has remained the same and possibly improved. If you're a tradesman, you already know the benefits of the cordless nailer and if you're a DIYer, it means that you can have a nice framing gun without having to buy hoses or a compressor.
So to enter to win, leave a comment at this post telling us the first thing you would do with the gun...what would you build? Since this is a Father's Day giveaway (that's when we'll announce the winner) you also have the option of telling us the first thing you would browbeat your husband into making for you.
Easy enough. And like we said, we've also got 5 fuel/nail packs to give away, so also include in your comment if you want to be in the running for those. Paslode is now selling them with little adapter pieces, making the fuel tanks compatible with their older model guns.
So have at it.
Or if you think that contests are for the lazy and insane, you can get the gun at Amazon.com for $350
June 1, 2011
ScotchBlue, makers of a fine painter's tape are doing their best to make your painting project go as smoothly as possible. On June 4th and 5th, they're setting up a help desk of sorts to answer any paint related questions that you have. Here's how you can contact them:
Skype Hotline: Connect to a Pro Prep Patrol expert through a Skype video appointment, available 9am to 9pm ET on June 4 and 5--and actually see a personal step-by-step demonstration for your paint question. To register, email ScotchBluePPP@gmail.com and include a 150 word or less description of the painting prep dilemma--or register on the ScotchBlue Facebook page: www.facebook.com/scotchblue.
855-HLP-PAINT: DIYers can call toll-free 855-HLP-PAINT from 9am to 9pm ET June 4 and 5 to talk live to one of the Pro Prep Patrol professional painters who will give you the tips you need to solve your paint trouble!
In-Home Consultations in San Francisco, CA and Atlanta, GA: Pro Prep Patrol expert painters will provide personal - and complimentary - in-home consultations to help Atlanta and San Francisco residents revamp their homes like a pro--and save money while so doing so! To register, email ScotchBluePPP@gmail.com and include a 150 word or less description of the painting prep dilemma --or register on the ScotchBlue Facebook page: www.facebook.com/scotchblue.
Pretty cool. If someone were to call us, our advice would be: prep, prep, prep, and prep. A nice paint job is all about prep. Fill your nail holes, sand it smooth, leave nice caulk lines. Take your time.
April 28, 2011
UPDATE: Two things....First, we didn't all conspire to use Milwaukee tools in our designs. We did that all independently of one another (and we actually all got a big kick out of it). It think it says a lot about how the three of us regard the Big Red Company.
The second thing is that Milwaukee saw the post and thought it was very cool (probably also liking the fact that we all used their tools in our designs). So they've decided to sponsor the contest by donating a brand new Milwaukee M12 3/8" Drill Driver (with Red Lithium batteries) to be the prize. With this new development, we're going to accept entries for another week, until Wednesday May 4th. A big thanks to our friends at Milwaukee for their generous donation.
Contrary to what you might think, we don't spend our days plotting the downfall of the other tool websites out there. In fact, we get along great with our compatriots in the tool writing sphere. We recently got to talking to a few of them (our homies at ProToolReviews and CopTool) and we decided it was time we all put our heads together on something. So here we are kicking off a soon-to-be ongoing series called the Power Tool Blog-A-Geddon. It's kind of like Thunderdome, but without weapons, Tina Turner, Master-Blaster, or the post-apocalyptic bondage clothing. In a way, it's actually nothing like Thunderdome. The Blog-A-Geddon basically includes two things, (of which only one is really of interest to you):
1) Our opinions.
2) Free stuff.
So here's the deal: a tool-related question is asked. We each come up with our own answers which are posted below. Then, you all get to either answer the question yourself or comment on our answers (in the comments section of this post). The best comment is going to win some tool that we've got kicking around the shop. We're not sure what yet, but it'll be something good, something in the $100+ range, like a nice laser level or a router, that kind of thing. We'll all pick a winner in a week (April 25th).
So the question is.....
What device, vehicle, object, etc would you like to see powered by a cordless drill and how would you do it?
And the answers are....
Continue reading: "Power Tool Blog-A-Geddon: Volume One, Number One (Updated)"
April 21, 2011
When I was just a wee lad, at Christmas time I would go through the toy section of the Sears Wish Book catalog and put giant red circles around the things I wanted, hoping mom and dad would notice. Train sets, remote control airplanes and dozens and dozens of GI Joe action figures all got the grease pencil treatment. I'll never forget the smell of those catalogs and how hard it was to turn the thin little static-loaded pages.
Those were the good old days. Now Sears has everything online, including their tool catalog, the latest of which they've just released. It looks like if you're the nostalgic type, you can request a hardcopy. But for the manic, obsessed, OCD, I've-got-no-time-to-spare crowd, it's all online in one of those funny 'page turning' applications. So have at it here (click "shop catalog"), 194 pages, all the big brands.
April 20, 2011
For reals? Festool is giving stuff away? And it looks like it might be a different tool each month. For April, the first month, it's a Rotex RO 125 Sander and a CT 26 Dust Extractor. Entering is really easy, just give them a name and an email address. If you want to put a second ticket in the hat, you can complete an additional form with address info and a few generic purchasing questions.
We'd suggest getting in on this, sooner rather than later. This stuff ain't cheap and when word gets out that Festool has something like this going, everyone who's ever held a screw gun is going to be entering.
All the info, including official contest rules, is here.