September 29, 2010

Sears Spend and Get Sale...And Win a Sears Gift Card from Tool Snob

sears_giftcard.jog.jpgFor the remainder of this month which is and tomorrow, Sears is putting on something called the Spend and Get. The principal is simple...spend some dough....and get a gift card back. The hitch is that you have to use the gift card by the end of October.

The amounts of the gift cards vary with how much you're willing to shell out up front:

$10 card for a $75 purchase
$20 card for a $200 purchase
$50 card for a $500 purchase
$100 card for a $1,000 purchase

Sears is also giving us two $25 gift cards (with no expiration) to hand out to you guys, so leave a comment at this post if you want to be in the running for one of them. Just let us know what you'd buy with it. We'll give one away in a random drawing and for the other we'll pick the entry we like the best. So go ahead and enter, it's like free money. We'll do the drawing in two weeks (or maybe one week, if the turnout is good...we're not particularly 'official' here).

Our third bit of Sears news today is that there's another Friends and Family sale this weekend. According to Sears,

Sears' Friends and Family Sale is back on-line and in stores this weekend! Tools, electronics, grills and more are 10% off.

The sale will start online Sat, Oct 2, 8 PM CT until Monday, Oct 4, 4 AM CT. The nationwide in-store sale is on Sun, Oct 3, 6- 9 PM, but dates and times are a bit different in a handful of cities (Raleigh, Cincinnati, Miami, Dallas, Boston, and Seattle). You can visit Sears for more details.

As an added bonus, there's a chance to win up to $1,000 in Sears gift cards in the Sears Family and Friends Sweeps this week! Follow this link to enter the contest.

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September 13, 2010

Sears Ugly Winners Announced


Sears went and chose the three winners of their ugliest room competition. We wholeheartedly disagree with two of their choices, but we're on board for the third (the center one).Our horse in the race (our reasons here) didn't even show, but the guy with the stuffed animal heads did! And also the guy who's too lazy to pry up the carpet tack strips! Travesty.

Check out the results here.

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September 8, 2010

Duo-Fast Winner Announced

winner_df.jpgWe're happy to announce that Dave A. is the big winner of the Duo-Fast gun. It was a tough call and there were a lot of really great entries; there were funny ones, poignant ones, serious ones, and quite a few lame ones. We couldn't bring ourselves to pick a single winner out of all the good ones, so we chose the best ten from the bunch and did a random drawing from those.

And we're happy with the results. Dave's entry was the first one logged in and it falls under the poignant category. Here's what he said:

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September 7, 2010

One More Day on the Duo-Fast Giveaway

We've decided to extend the Duo-Fast Siding Gun giveaway for an extra day. We just posted up a review of the gun and thought that we'd give you all a chance to read up on the tool and enter before we picked a winner. So take a look and if it's something you'd like to own (which is sort of a no-brainer), go on and enter. We'll pick the winner tomorrow...

Read the review here.
Enter the contest here.

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September 2, 2010

International Woodworker's Fair Coverage at Woodworker's Journal

We just discovered that Chris Marshall from Woodworker's Journal was at the IWF this year and he brought a video camera. Jay from CopTool picked out the non-uber-woodworkery videos and posted them up, with some commentary, here. If you're interested in the full compliment of videos in all of their clamping, dovetailing, and biscuit joining glory, you should head directly over to Woodworker's Journal IWF page. Here's a video on the Porter-Cable pocket hole system (discussed here) that should whet the appetite...

By the way, we've spent some time hanging out with Chris Marshall and not only is he a great writer and extremely knowledgeable, but he's a really great guy as well. It's worth following him over at WJ.

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August 30, 2010

Vote for the Ugliest Room

ugly_room.jpgA couple weeks ago, we told you about the Sears Ugliest Room Contest. Well, the top ten finalists have been chosen and they're ready for your votes.

We looked them over and the photo you see is the one we voted for. A lot of the others just need a paint job and a little redecorating. No big deal on those. One guy even says that his room is ugly in part because the carpet is gone but the tack strips are still there. Um...hello...take a pry bar and pry them up. It takes about 3 minutes and your laziness immediately excludes you from the $3,500 makeover prize.

But the one we like is just straight-up ugly. And It's the kind of outdated ugly that you need a little money to fix. It's also the kitchen, which makes things ten times worse. An ugly bathroom can be ignored for at least a few years (we should know), but an ugly kitchen makes you feel like a loser. Imagine waking up on a Saturday morning, slightly hung over and you've got to go make coffee in this kitchen. Brutal. This species of ugly can only be ripped out and replaced, Mike Holmes style.

Vote for your favorite, or rather, least favorite here.

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August 29, 2010

Um...yeah...maybe you didn't hear us...*ahem*...Win a Free Siding Gun from Tool Snob

DuoFast_siding_nailer.jpgMaybe it's the end of summer and you're all running around getting pencils and Trapper Keepers for the kids, or maybe you're on that final week of vacation time, but either way, a lot of you seemed to have missed the whole thing about us giving away a Duo-Fast Siding Gun.

So far, one week in, we've gotten a staggering five (5) entries. Now, we've got our analytics program and know for sure that a little more than five people visit the site on a daily basis, so we'd like you to stop for a second and think about that Christmas feeling that you'd get if a box with a free siding gun showed up at your doorstep.

OK, now why don't you revisit our post which describes how to enter the contest. It's easy and it's here.

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August 23, 2010

Win a Duo-Fast DF225C Coil Siding Nailer from Tool Snob!

DuoFast_siding_nailer.jpgThe nice folks at Duo-Fast are supplying us with one of their new coil siding nailers to give away to a lucky reader. The new gun is lightweight (lighter, as far as we can tell, than any other pro-grade siding nailer on the market) and takes plastic-collated nails to reduce the nasty, rusty staining that can happen with metal-collated nails. It's got a street value of about $370.

We've had one for a while now and have been testing it out for an upcoming review (hopefully to be posted before the contest is over) and so far, it's been a champ.

So to enter, leave a comment at this post telling us two reasons why you should be the one to get the nailer. We'll choose the winner based on who we think is most deserving, or who makes us laugh, or who, at that moment, we think is the most sincere. It's a crapshoot, really, what exactly we're looking for, but we'll know when we find it, so just be yourself. We'll do the drawing on Tuesday, September 7th, the day after Labor Day.

More information on the tool is at Duo-Fast and the press release on the gun is after the jump. If you don't have the patience to wait for the contest to end, but you want one of these nailers oh so bad, you can pick one up at

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August 9, 2010

Scotch 'How Tough is your Tape?" Contest

scotch_duct_tape.jpgWe've always been of the opinion that 98% of our problems can be solved with Duct Tape and/or a length of bailing twine. Scotch, the makers of Tough Duct Tape seem to think that there are a lot of you out there with that same old Yankee mentality. And right now, the further down the duct tape rabbit hole you are, the greater the chance of you winning the grand prize in their "How Tough is your Tape?" contest.

Scotch is looking for pictures of all of the insane ways you use their duct tape, from holding together the tractor engine block to supporting the half-broken tree limb that hangs over your house.

The grand prize winner will get a trip for two to Vegas to hob-nob with some NASCAR folks. There are also some cash prizes for the silver and bronze medalists.

If you're looking for contest inspiration, go here.

More information here.

Scotch Tough Tape at

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August 5, 2010

Sears Ugliest Room Contest

Conference_room.jpgDo you have plaid furniture on a plaid rug (with plaid wallpaper)? Do you think that fuchsia and fever dream green are a great color combo? If so, and if you have no problem announcing to the world that the local Sunoco station has better decor than your house, Sears has just launched their Ugliest Room Contest.

All you have to do to enter is submit a photo and grovel for 100 words. Sears will then choose the top ten which they'll post up for open voting. If your domicile of disgusting is one of the three chosen grand prize winners you'll be the recipient of a room makeover (paint, supplies, labor, color consultation, a $500 gift card, and a $1000 community donation).

...if only they could have seen our freshman year dorm room..

More info at Sears

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