January 23, 2011

Home Depot Renew and Redo (And Win a $200 Gift Card from Tool Snob!)

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It's hard for us to even list the things wrong with our bathroom. To get a sense of the general state of things, check out this picture. It's one of the nicer elements of the room. The other day, Mrs. Tool Snob was cleaning the back splash and five tiles fell off. Just fell off. So, needless to say, we're planning a little fluff and buff of the room. And what a perfect time to have this in our heads because this weekend, Home Depot is kicking off their Renew and Redo Program.

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January 20, 2011

Reconditioned Festool Products (Limited Sale...Big Savings)

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There are two prevailing facts about Festool products:

1. They're built to extremely high quality standards.

2. They're expensive as hell.

Because of these two facts, there are a lot of people out there who really want some Festool products in the arsenal, but have a hard time pulling the trigger on the cost. Well, here's your chance...

For a limited time, Festool is selling their reconditioned stock. What is a reconditioned tool, you ask? Well, in our earlier post on the subject, we wrote,

Essentially, a factory reconditioned tool is one that has, for one reason or another, been purchased, returned, revamped, and is now in the process of being resold. The important part to keep in mind is that once the tool is returned to the manufacturer; they inspect it and, if needed, repair it, bringing it back up to 'new' standards. Because some tools are returned due to user preference (too heavy, hate the color, dad already has one), not all reconditioned tools need repairs or have ever had any defects. It's just that once the original packaging has been removed, they can no longer be sold as new. At the very worst, the tool may show very slight signs of usage. Maybe someone drove a few screws with that screw gun and decided it wasn't powerful enough, that sort of thing.

So here's your chance to get some sweet products at some nice discounts. We just got the Tool Nut email with the information...

Festool has just announced their reconditioned tool program. While supplies last and for a limited time only, thru February 1st to the 28th, you can grab any Festool for 10% up to 20% off. Yes, you heard us right, a 20% discount on Festool tools! Start your shopping here.

The program works like this. Check out Festool's reconditioned website. Pick out a tool. Call us at 877-TOOLNUT to place your order...your tool will be on it's way!

Tools will begin shipping February 1st. Supplies are very limited on a first come first served basis. Program ends on February 28th or while supplies last.

Festool isn't know for having much in the way of sales, so this is a big deal. We checked out the site and there's a Domino for $550, Jigsaws for about $250, and a Kapex for just a whisker over $1,000. Get 'em while they're hot.

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January 4, 2011

Win a Black & Decker Ratcheting ReadyWrench from Tool Snob

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Black & Decker has been nice enough to set aside one of their ReadyWrenches for us to give away to one of you, our readers (our review here). To mark the occasion, we've decided to have a nice post-Christmas themed contest. To enter to win, just leave a comment at this post telling us about your worst 'Some Assembly Required" experience. You know, when the box says it should take 30 minutes and it takes three days? Or when the 'instructions' consist of a photocopied piece of paper that is at least 30 generations from the original, and the a,b, and c on the parts schematic all look the same?

In a week, January 10th, we'll put all of the entries in a hat and let Marlowe the WonderCat sniff out the winner. Unless there's one that's hands down hilarious, then we'll pick that one.

Many thanks to B&D for sponsoring the contest.

Or, if you're the impatient type, you can pick up the tool at Amazon.com for $25.

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December 20, 2010

Dremel Winner Announced!

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Marlowe the SuperCat took a break from his exhausting sleeping schedule, donned his fancy clothes, and picked a winner in our Dremel MultiMax contest. The lucky reader is Kelly the architecture student, whose first project with the tool will likely be a shoe rack.

We want to thank everyone who participated. We also would like to thank Dremel for supplying the contest winnings. There's a good selection of Dremel items at Amazon.com if you're interested.

Also, in other contest news, the Milwaukee radio went to Reader Tom. Also, the fingernail will be falling off soon.

Doug Mahoney at Permalink | Comments (1) | social bookmarking

December 17, 2010

Sears' Heroes at Home Wish Registry

soldier_smoking.jpgWe just got word that Sears is taking donations for their Heroes at Home Wish Registry. What they do is take all the collected money and turn them into gift cards which they distribute among all of the military families that have signed up. We think this is great, we're all for it. Particularly when we think of how easy we have it compared to the guys (and gals) who have to spend Christmas an ocean away from their families. Seriously, think about that for a second.

Sears has set up a web page for the program here. It has letters from past participants and a couple videos. At the moment, there is almost $3,000,000 raised.

From Sears:

With thousands of active-duty military fathers and mothers away from their homes fighting for our country, Sears' Heroes at Home Wish Registry helps to bring the holidays home for many deserving families. Many families that were helped by last year's efforts shared their stories - this video is inspired by real letters from soldiers and their families:

You can help Sears as they fulfill military heroes' wishes this holiday season by making a contribution to the Wish Registry either in-store or online at http://www.sears.com/heroesathome (donations are accepted until Dec 31). This is a great way to give back this holiday season and say "thanks" to the nation's troops.

Sears' Heroes at Home Wish Registry has helped more than 51,000 military families and has raised more than $12.2 million. For many, the wishes fulfilled in years past have been simple and practical, including everything from warm clothes to new toys for their children to a Christmas tree and other holiday decorations for their homes.

Please note that donations made to the Wish Registry are not tax deductible and will be used to purchase Sears gift cards that will be equally distributed to all registered families.


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December 9, 2010

Craftsman Set to Launch Things with a Trebuchet...and a Contest from Tool Snob...

It wasn't long ago that we were griping about tool videos and the lack of trebuchets therein. Well, it seems that Craftsman is getting it right...or at least half right. They're making a trebuchet, but unfortunately they may not be launching their own tools with it.

The company has enlisted the aid of Joseph Budka from Pagoda Studios, Inc. to build them the trebuchet. Budka is a very creative man. How do we know this? Because he has a very creative mustache.

Here's a preview:

So if you're interested in watching the whole thing get made:


This Saturday and Sunday evening, logon to Craftsman's Facebook page to check out how the trebuchet is put together, step-by-step, and to see what the Craftsman team threw with this cool device, all live from inside the Craftsman Experience in Chicago.

But Craftsman is at a loss as to what exactly they should be launching. We think it's obvious...they should launch a Craftsman table saw. So what if it travels 600 feet in the air and smashes into little, tiny pieces? The fact that they'd be willing to trash one of their own tools for the sake of the spectacle would shoot their credibility through the roof.

If you have an idea, leave them a note at their facebook page. To us, anything less than their own products would be a disappointment.

Oh wow. We just checked out the current suggestions over at Facebook and it's brutal. Right now, there are about 80 comments and probably about 70 of them are 100% moron. They're filled with more misspellings and exclamation points than a warehouse full of Amazon customer reviews. Here's a sample:

"How about a chic in a port-a-potty and call it a "Turd Hurller"...lol"

"How about kittens...make it a "catapult"."

"imma go crush sum castles ftw."

"Puppies lol"

"ANGRY BIRDS!!!"

...And we didn't even get into the political ones. Is it just us, or is this insane? Times like this make us feel very honored that we have readers like you. We've done a ton of write-in contests and never have we seen anything close to this level of Cro-Magnon mouth-breathing. Lordy.

Actually, now that we think about it, we'd like to hear your best impression of one of these knuckle-draggers. Drop a comment at this post, pretending your lips move when you read, and let us know what ridiculous item you'd like to launch with the trebuchet. Misspellings are welcome, proper use of punctuation will be frowned upon, and capitalization is optional. We'll pick the one that makes us laugh hardest and send you a tool. And no cuss words allowed.

We also want to make clear that we're not poking fun at Craftsman. We think their trebuchet idea is a great one, we just can't get over the people who think that a "turd hurller" is lol.

Anyway, so back to the Craftsman trebuchet. If you want to watch, here's the official schedule:

-Saturday, December 11, 6:30 pm-7:00 pm: Trebuchet Assembly 101, featuring Joseph Budka

-Sunday, December 12: Trebuchet Holiday, 6:30 pm-7:30 pm

UPDATE: We did a little research on Budka and found that he really is a very talented guy. Check out his portfolio here. He's someone who seems to be comfortable with all kinds of materials and the end results are consistently fantastic. A guy with that kind of skills can have any mustache he wants.

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November 26, 2010

Win a Dremel MultiMax from Tool Snob

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Thanks to our homies over at Dremel, we're giving away one of their shiny new cordless MultiMax Oscillating Tools (a value of $140).

To enter, leave a comment at this post telling us what your first job will be with the new tool. We'll accept entries through December 10th and at that point our cat will pick a random winner, or if there is a post that is smothered in hilarious genius, we might choose that one, or if you make us weep, we might choose that one. It all really depends on how we're feeling that day. Strange, isn't it?

Dremel also supplied us with an Oscillating Tool Primer which is after the jump. It's a nice intro to the tool as well as what to consider when buying one. It's very even-handed and not all Dremel-centric like you might assume. So if you don't really know what these tools are capable of, make sure to click through and learn a thing or two.

Also, if you're impatient with the giveaway and have instant gratification issues, the cordless Dremel MultiMax is at Amazon.com.

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November 19, 2010

Win a Milwaukee M12 Radio from Tool Snob

m12_radio_1.jpgWe're giving away a brand new Milwaukee M12 radio. It's a great little item and because of its size and the fact it has a protected compartment for our iPod, it's become our radio of choice. You can read our original review here.

To enter to win, leave a comment at this post telling us what tools, hardware, or gear you're wanting to get for Christmas. In a week or so, we'll compile all of the entries into a gift guide of sorts to help out all the clueless tool shoppers out there. Be sure to also tell us why you want it. Just a sentence or two is fine. We'll choose an entry at random and send you the radio.

And just so you know, the Milwaukee radio does not come with a battery or charger, but it does have an A/C adapter so it is ready to use out of the box, just not in a cordless fashion. If you have other M12 tools, great. If you don't, well, then this is as good a reason as any to start getting involved with them.

A big thanks to Milwaukee for providing the prize. Learn more about their massive M12 line here, or do some window shopping at Amazon.com.

Doug Mahoney at Permalink | Comments (30) | social bookmarking

November 15, 2010

Tool Snob's Official and Unexpurgated Guide to Making a Tool Demolition Video

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So this is officially a trend: tool companies making videos of themselves, or their surrogates, distributing violence upon one or more of their tools. I've been dribbling these videos out to you as I get word of them, but since I now see it as a full on fad, I've decided to collect my thoughts on the genre. After viewing all of the tool destruction videos I could get my eyes on, I've come to some distinct conclusions on what makes a good one and what makes a bad one. I've compiled this list of six items that I feel should be taken into consideration when putting together one of these anarchy-riddled videos.

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November 5, 2010

Win a $5000 Amazon Gift Card

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(girl not included)

Yikes....five grand?!

That's a ton of dough.

And all you have to do to put your name in the hat is sign up for their Tools & Home Improvement emails. That's it. Usually for this kind of money you have to do some sort of stunt, probably involving a firearm or an alligator (or both).

Get details and enter at Amazon.com

Also check out Amazon's new Home Improvement Facebook page here, if you're into that sort of thing.

...and if you are into that sort of thing, make sure to 'follow,' 'like,' or otherwise approve of Tool Snob's Facebook page here.

Doug Mahoney at Permalink | Comments (0) | social bookmarking

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