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 (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""

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

"imma go crush sum castles ftw."

"Puppies lol"


...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


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

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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

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November 15, 2010

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


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

(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

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.

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November 4, 2010

A Concord Carpenter's Giveaway

DF_cordless_roofing_gun.jpgOur pal Rob from A Concord Carpenter, who actually lives not far from here, is going to be hosting a Duo-Fast giveaway over at his site. The giveaway is going to happen next week, but this week there is open voting on what the prize will be. So go and vote on one of three Duo-Fast nailers and the one with the most votes will be given away.

The contestants are the new roofing gun, the positive placement nailer, and a pneumatic framer. Our vote goes with the roofer. We've been playing around with one for a review (coming soon) and the thing is very cool. Check out our original thoughts on the tool here.

Head over and vote at Concord Carpenter here. Also be sure to check out Rob's Home Improvement Tips section (to the right of the front page). There's a lot of good information there.

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October 18, 2010

Winners of the Sears Gift Card Announced

winner5.jpgThe winners of the two $25 Sears gift cards are....

(drum roll)...

(more drum roll)...

Reader Joel won the card that was chosen by random drawing and Reader Tom walked away with the one that we hand-picked. It's worth noting that Tom didn't win by virtue of his entry in the gift card, but rather because at the same time, he entered the fingernail contest with this...

Thanks to my better half, I got my thumb stuck in a tailgate 2 weeks ago and could neither get the thumb out of the closed door or could I reach the latch. Broke the bone on top of it. I got lots of sympathy for about a day. Not worth it.

We think that you'll all agree that Tom is deserving of the gift card.

Also, this Friday, we're going to stop taking entries on the 'When Will My Fingernail Fall Off" contest. So if you've got the stomach to enter, go here.

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October 14, 2010

Tool Nut's Woodfest 2010


If you live anywhere near Yorktown Heights, New York, this Saturday, you should be over at the Tool Nut retail location for some heavy tool action and a free lunch. It's their big Woodfest 2010 event and it's looking good from where we're sitting (which unfortunately is too far away from Yorktown Heights to make it).

We're told that there are going to be over 20 vendors and lots of new tool demos. There is also going to be a substantial sale going on, including a sale on Festool, which is sort of like the Haley's Comet of the tool world it happens so rarely.

Check out Tool Nut.

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October 12, 2010

Fluke Football Sweepstakes


Since thermal imaging and college football go hand in hand, Fluke, one of the big names in the test and measurement category has announced their Big Game Sweepstakes with the winner getting two tickets and airfare to watch the Big Game in Arlington Texas in February 2011. We're not into college football, so we couldn't tell you the significance of The Big Game, other than to say that it's big. As in capital 'B' Big.

To enter, you need to go to this page and simply investigate one of the products. Once you're on a product page, you can click through to enter.

It looks like the point of the sweepstakes is to merely get the word out about Fluke. It's a smart move too, seeing as Milwaukee is hard-charging in the test and measurement category and they've got some massive brand recognition.

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