Posted by John on December 4th, 2014
This time of the year is gift buying season and boy do I have a gift for you.
RIDGID Drill and Driver Combo Giveaway
The folks from RIDGID have hooked us up with their newest drill and driver combo and I’m giving away one set to one of our newsletter subscribers.
Here are the contest details.
Giving away one R9000K ($99 at Home Depot) which consists of:
- 12 Volt Drill/Driver
– High-Torque Impact Driver
– 4 ah Lithium-Ion Battery
– 2 ah Lithium-Ion battery
– LEDs on both drivers
– Carry bag
What impresses me most about this RIDGID product is the free lifetime service. Once you register your product online, any future repairs or part replacement is 100% free. Can’t beat that!
RIDGID provided me with my own set to review. Here are my un-biased thoughts. My main drill/driver is a 12 year old DeWalt and as much as I love it, it’s nearing the end of its useful life. The RIDGID drill is lightweight, supremely comfortable to hold and well balanced. It’s going to make a great addition to my tool set. The impact driver has a crazy amount of torque. When you squeeze the trigger, it practically turns your hand over. Loads of power.
While I don’t want to get ahead of myself regarding our upcoming project schedule, there is a good chance I’m going to start framing out our basement sometime during the next calendar year and both the impact driver and the drill/driver are going to get a ton of use. Really excited about these tools.
Here’s how to enter the giveaway.
1. You need to be a subscriber to our free newsletter.
2. Newsletter subscribers must leave a comment in this post telling me what project you’ll be working with these drills. I’d love to hear what you are planning or currently building.
The contest winner will be chosen at random. I’m not picking a winner based on the content of your comments. I will check to see if your email address is on my newsletter list. The contest will close on 11:59pm 15 December 2014, which gives me enough time to ship the drill set to the winner before Christmas. Only US postal addresses are eligible.
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Even if you already have a perfectly fine set of cordless drills, these RIDGID models will make a perfect holiday gift for the DIYer in your life.
Posted by John on November 25th, 2014
In this post you’ll learn about
- Our favorite hardwood floor cleaner
- How you can save $3 on your next Bona product purchase
This is a sponsored post by Bona. You can read about our sponsored post policy here.
With the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday fast approaching, Lisa and I will be in a near constant state of house cleaning. If you have hardwood floors, then you know what a challenge it is to keep them looking shiny and clean. We have two little kids that walk around all day spilling milk and snacks on our floors. Add to that a dog with frequently wet paws and you can pretty much guarantee our floors are usually pretty dirty.
Over the past few years, Lisa and I have tried a few floor cleaning products and while there are a couple we like, our favorite by far is Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner. We like Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner because it’s lightweight, environmentally friendly, dries without a residue and leaves our floor clean and shiny.
When we were asked to participate in a sponsored post opportunity with Bona, we jumped at the chance.
Here’s how we use it.
We start by giving the hardwood a quick vacuum. You can see our floor is usually covered with dried milk and subtle smudges. Even when we clean up large spills with paper towels and baby wipes, it almost always leaves a film.
Here’s the Bona hardwood floor products we own. There’s the Hardwood Floor Cleaner, which comes in a spray bottle. The mop comes with a washable pad that attaches to the mop with velcro. There’s also an upgraded mop with a built-in spray container available.
To use it, we just spray the floor with a light mist and then wipe it clean with the mop. We usually spray it in small sections and then work our way through the house. It’s become our go-to product before AND after we have company.
We love this product so much we actually started using Bona as a verb. “When you get home from work, would you Bona the floor?”
The After Photo. Additional Light Not Included
Now for the best part. This holiday season, Bona is giving away a $3 coupon good for your next Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner purchase.
Here’s how to get your coupon.
Goto this link and sign up for their email list. That’s it. Pretty easy. The offer is available until December 9th, 2014.
Posted in Flooring,Giveaways. Tagged in ,giveaway, hardwood floor
Posted by John on June 8th, 2014
I’ve got to be honest with you guys… the office improvement project has been slow lately. I’ve been doing a bit of travel for work and that’s been cramping my DIY style, but thankfully, that’s done and I’ll be able to get back into high gear. Later this week, I’ll have a nice update post for you.
In the meantime, I’ve got some big news. Today, the folks at BLACK+DECKER are sponsoring a giveaway to one of our lucky readers. One reader will receive a free 20V MAX* Lithium Cordless Drill/Driver with AutoSense Technology.
**This is a sponsored post and giveaway, which means I am being compensated for hosting them. You can read more about my sponsorship policy on my sponsorship page. My bottom line is if the sponsored post or giveaway brings value to our readers and the content is relevant to the DIY and home improvement niche, then it’s a win-win for both me as an author and blog owner and you, my fantastic readers.**
This weekend I was able to use one of these sweet drills around the house for some smaller projects. One of the downsides of working a major home improvement project like our home office is the smaller jobs get neglected. Nothing like a new power tool to help me hunt down some of those minor tasks.
I used the drill to tighten up some hinge fasteners that had come loose on our kitchen cabinets.
I also finally got around to installing another wall hook for our beach chairs. One can never have too many garage hooks.
While I wasn’t asked to write a positive review of this drill, so far I’m really enjoying it. My primary cordless drill, because one is never enough, is a DeWalt. While I love my DeWalt, this BLACK+DECKER drill is profoundly simpler to use. Let me show you some features…
It’s small, lightweight and comfortable to hold. The 20 volts means it’s actually got more juice than my older 18 volt drill.
That’s nice and all, but what makes this drill really unique is its clutch mechanism.
It’s designed to never over-drive a screw into wood since it has Autosense technology, which actually senses the amount of torque the drill is providing and backs off enough on the power to just set the screw at the perfect depth. As a mechanical engineer, that’s some cool stuff.
You can switch between the drill and drive mode by using a simple push button on the top of the drill and it has a battery level indicator light. Guys, it has a battery level light. C’mon. I can’t tell you how many projects I started and then had to stop because I didn’t know my drill battery was dead. Ridiculous.
THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.
Posted in Giveaways,Tools. Tagged in ,BLACK+DECKER, Drill, giveaway
Posted by John on September 23rd, 2013
*****THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED*****
Koostik’s designs amplify the music from an iPhone, iPad or iPad Mini 10 to 20 decibels without electronics. Their models come in a variety of sizes and wood species and they even ship internationally. It’s pretty sweet looking if you ask me. Definitely going on my Christmas list. Don’t have an iPhone? It’s okay. We all know iPhone owners and one of these would make a handsome gift.
Here are the basic rules to enter the giveaway.
Boom, that’s it. One winner will be chosen in seven days using Random.org. The winner will be contacted by us via email and we’ll get the Koostik shipped out to them. No international shipments for this giveaway. Only one chance per commenter.