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 And It's the kind of outdated ugly that you need a little money to fix.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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August 3, 2010

Owens Corning "That's My Roof!" Contest

pink_panther.jpgOwens Corning is running an interesting contest promoting their Duration Series Designer Colors Collection shingles. Not surprisingly, the shingles come in a variety of colors (listed here with more information).

To enter the contest you need to have pictures of your home before and after your Duration shingles went on (yes, you need to re-roof your house in order to enter). Once submitted, your photos are posted on the site where they are voted on and finally a panel of judges determines the winners (the votes play a role but are only one aspect of judging).

A monthly winner will be chosen who will be the recipient of a $500 check and when it's all done, a grand prize winner will be announced who will be reimbursed for the cost of their roof.

To enter, get more information, or just browse some of the entries go to

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July 19, 2010

Last Call on Free Bosch Lasers

roulette_wheel.jpgToday is the final day to get your entry in on the big-mega-uber-larger-than-life Bosch laser giveaway.

Tomorrow, at the crack of dawn, we're going to notify our winners via email and request mailing addresses, so keep an eye on the inbox. Also tomorrow, we're going to pick the random winner out of the names left over.

To check out the rules and to find out how to enter, go here.

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July 12, 2010

We're Still Taking Entries for the Bosch Laser Level Contest

You've got until next Monday, a week from today, to get your entries in. Details on the contest here.

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July 6, 2010

Win a Bosch GLL2-80 Dual Plane Laser Level from Tool Snob

bosch_level_hero.jpgIf you keep up to date on all things Tool Snob, you're aware that we're big fans of the Bosch GLL2-80 Dual Plane Laser Level. We dig the fact that it combines a massive amount of functionality in such a small package. Because of this, it's become our primary on-site level (our review is here).

But Bosch isn't satisfied with just having our feedback, they want yours as well. So they're going to send the GLL2-80 laser to 10 readers to use for one month. In return, all you have to do is send us photos and/or video clips and a brief write-up of your experiences with the tool to share with Bosch (and we'll post it up here on Tool Snob). Here's the cool part; if you're into the tool and want to keep it after the test, it's all yours...and that's a $320 value!

So how it works is this:

1. You convince us that you should be one of the 10 reviewers.
2. Bosch sends you a level.
3. You use and abuse it.
4. You email us your thoughts (with some pics and maybe even a video).
5. Your review gets posted up on Tool Snob.
6. DIY Network gives you a TV show because they're so impressed with your tool reviewing skills.*
7. If you like the GLL2-80, you get to keep it.

To get your name in the hat, email us at newstips(at) and tell us a bit about yourself, your level of experience, the types of projects you do, and why you should be considered. Please title your email, "Bosch Giveaway" so it's easy for us to sort through the entries. Be as concise as possible, 100 words should do you fine.

bosch_gll2_80_contest.jpgBecause of the nature of the tool, we want to hear from contractors and serious DIYers. Basically, the kind of people who are going to be able to fully evaluate this tool, appreciate its high points and put it through its paces. If you're a DIYer, feel free to send us a photo of your gutted living room to show you're legit.

We'll be taking entries for about two weeks and we'll choose our 10 testers on July 20th. The units will be sent out soon after that.

If you're not chosen, don't sweat it because Bosch is giving us an additional laser to just plain old give away. We'll do that at random from the names that are left once the ten testers are chosen.

So good luck and get your entries in.

* step six is purely a hypothetical pipe dream, but you never know....

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