BLACK+DECKER Giveaway and How to Install a Window Valance

Posted by John on June 13th, 2016

(This post is sponsored by BLACK+DECKER, but the content and the opinions expressed here are my own)

black and decker giveaway

So it’s been a while since my last blog post, mostly because I’ve been hard at work on CabinetsfromScratch.com.  If I’m not writing blog posts, it usually means I’m not working on the house.  Consequently, my honey-do list for projects is nearing a mile long and I had to knock out something this weekend or I’d feel like a total bum.  Luckily, Lisa had purchased a window valance some time ago and we decided to finally hang those up.

I’m not going to write out a long how-to for this project since it’s incredibly simple.  However, I will point out that my new BLACK+DECKER 20V drill made this project go smoothly.  I’m not being compensated to write a glowing review of it, but I will say this drill is light, well balanced and feels comfortable to hold and use.

We started this weekend’s quick project with a basic, undecorated double window in our oldest daughter’s room.

window without valance

This valance comes with three brackets that get installed into the wall just above and outside the window opening.  I’ll use a pencil to mark the bracket holes and then I’ll pre-drill them using a drill bit with a diameter slightly smaller than the screw diameter.  I was lucky enough to hit the wall studs when I located my brackets.  If you don’t hit studs, then you need to use molly bolts to hold the fasteners in place.

black and decker drill

After the first bracket was installed, I used a long level to locate the next two brackets.  A couple of screws later and we were done.

window valance

Boy that was an exhausting weekend. 🙂

So the good folks at BLACK+DECKER are giving away one (1) 20V Lithium Drill/Driver AND one (1) 20V circular saw to one of my readers.  

Here’s how to enter the giveaway.

  1.  Check out the BLACK+DECKER Drill/Driver here.
  2.  Leave a comment at the end of this blog post telling me what you’d do with the drill if you win the giveaway.

That’s it.  Check out their product, leave a comment and BOOM, you’re entered.  Piece of cake.  The giveaway starts immediately and ends on 11:59 June 27, 2016.

If you’ve never left a comment before, here’s the basics.

  1.  Scroll to the bottom of the post.
  2.  If you have a Disqus account you can log-in to leave a comment.  You can also log-in to your Facebook or Google+ account to leave a comment.
  3.  If you don’t have a Disqus account, click on the small box that says “I’d rather comment as a guest.”

how to comment

    Enter your name (you don’t have to use your real name) and your email address.

how to comment 2

    Leave your comment.

A couple of quick notes.  The actual content of your comment isn’t relevant to the giveaway.  The winner will be drawn at random.  I’m not picking a winner based on what you write.  Got it.  Good.

Good luck everybody!



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RIDGID Drill and Driver Combo Giveaway

Posted by John on December 4th, 2014

Happy Holidays!

This time of the year is gift buying season and boy do I have a gift for you.

RIDGID Drill and Driver Combo Giveaway

Cordless Drill & Driver Giveaway facebook

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
– Charger

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.


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.


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Our Favorite Hardwood Floor Cleaner

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.

dirty hardwood floor
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.

bona hardwood floor cleaner

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 😉

clean hardwood floors


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.


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BLACK+DECKER Cordless Drill Giveaway

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.

black+decker drill

I also finally got around to installing another wall hook for our beach chairs.  One can never have too many garage hooks.

autosense drill

beach chairs on wall

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…

black and decker cordless drill

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.

black and decker autosense

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.


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Koostik Giveaway

Posted by John on September 23rd, 2013

If you caught yesterday’s post, you know that Koostik is giving away one of their $95 Walnut Original models to one of our lucky readers.


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.

walnut original koostik

Here are the basic rules to enter the giveaway.

1. Like our Facebook page. Easy, right?
2. Leave us a comment on this post telling us what’s your favorite Koostik design.

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.

Huge thanks goes out to Jim and all the folks at Koostik! Also check out Koostik’s Facebook Page and Twitter account.

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