True Value Blog Squad, a new toy, and a $100 gift card giveaway! {CLOSED}

*****This giveaway is now closed. The winner is comment #76: Shelley D.*****

Last month I wrote a post about our complete lack of A/C Unit maintenance knowledge. Hopefully our stupidity will be your gain.

I kinda snuck in a little announcement at the end of the post. Did you catch it?

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Yes-sir-eeee, Bob. True Value requested that little ol’ House of Hepworths join their famous (infamous?) Blog Squad. I’m thrilled to bits to be sharing the Blog Squad title with these heavy hitting bloggers:

Kate Riley of Centsational Girl
Layla & Kevin Palmer of The Lettered Cottage
Marian Parsons of Miss Mustard Seed
Sarah Saucedo of Thrifty Decor Chick
Chris Gardner & Bruno Bornsztein of Man Made DIY
Roeshel Summerville of The DIY Showoff
Taylor Ballweg of Maryjanes and Galoshes
Cassity Kmetzsch of Remodelaholic
“The Nester” of Nesting Place

It is such a privilege to be in a partnership with so many top-notch bloggers. I’m really not near cool enough to be a member of this team. 😉 Check out my profile on their Facebook Page and their website!

Well, to kick off the big ol’ True Value Blog Squad Premiere here at the ol’ H-oh-H, I thought it would be fun to share in the True Value FUN by offering up a…

True Value Gift Card valued at ONE HUNDRED Dollars!

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You know the saying, “What’s mine is yours and what’s yours is mine?” That is how I feel about being a part of the True Value Blog Squad. I am just so excited that I want to share it with all of you (in the form of a giveaway).

The details for the giveaway are at the bottom of this post. But before I get to that, I want to show you the coolest tool that True Value sent to me. You know how I feel about tools! {Love Em!}

Check out this Master Mechanic Swift Driver Dual-Drive Ratcheting Screwdriver (29-Pc. Set):

So True Value sent me this cool screwdriver set and basically told me to go to town with it.

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I was like, “Okay, this is cool, it’s a screwdriver with 29 pieces.
No Biggie…

“Wait. Wait right there. What on earth is that round silver section in the middle?”


And that’s pretty much when I jumped up and simultaneously RAN while screaming “BEEEENNNNNNNN! Ben! Holy cow, you have to see this screwdriver True Value sent me!!”

Yes, I really do get that excited about cool tools.

Without sounding like an infomercial, I have to tell you how this thing works. And I probably won’t even do it justice, because I literally had to have it in my hands playing with it to grasp how cool it is.

In a nutshell, you hold the middle section while twisting back and forth.

When you hold the silver textured collar in the middle, you can turn the screwdriver handle in both directions, but the bit only turns one desired direction. So, to screw in something, you hold the collar, turn left-right-left-right and so on, but the bit moves only clockwise. You save a boat-load of time with this ratcheting function. Because of this you can screw or unscrew in almost half the time.

Does that make sense? You can see it in action in this little video they made demonstrating it:

So ya, pretty darn cool. If you want to buy one or read more about it, visit True Value.

Besides being probably the coolest screwdriver gadget I’ve ever played with (yes, I sat around and actually played with it for longer than I’d like to admit) it comes with tons of extra bits.

All the little bits that it came with (29 pieces!) had me at “Hello”. I’m a sucker for the little pieces.

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But then, something caught my eye. Could it be? This screwdriver comes with Hex Bits. You guys, I’ve mentioned my love for Hex Bits before.

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I know, I am such a nerd. But we established that years ago. Okay, so the reason I love Hex Bits is because of ikea furniture. Without fail, if you purchase a pice of furniture from them you will have to assemble it. And every piece comes with these super annoying hex bit bolts and a hex bit tool. That little tool the furniture comes with is a big fat joke.

Well, I just so happened to have an expedit shelf for my boy’s room that needed to be put together. Perfect way to try out my cool new toy, er, I mean screwdriver. 🙂

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The shelf went together in a snap. The screwdriver was awesome and really did drill in those bolts twice as fast. And it was really nice that the screwdriver is so compact. Usually I have to get out the big honkin’ drill, and then hunt down an extension cord, and then lug the whole thing upstairs. So ya, it was a lot easier to just use the nifty little screwdriver.

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And I seriously owe you guys so many boy room updates, but for now I’ll show you the new shelf all put together and haphazardly filled with books and legos.

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His room is getting there. Some day, maybe when he leaves for college it will actually be finished. That gives me a solid 9 years to get ‘er done. ha! And in case you are thinking what I’m thinking, the shelf is not really working for me there and I’ve actually already rearranged his room. But here’s a wider angle anyway:

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Here’s even more info about the Master Mechanic Swift Driver Dual-Drive Ratcheting Screwdriver. It retails for $26.99 and you can order it directly through True Value’s website or at your local True Value.

Now about that giveaway!

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True Value is so great that they want to give one of you $100 credit to use at your local participating True Value or online at Pretty sweet, right?!

To try your hand at winning this great prize, simply follow the directions below, which are very easy (leave a comment. Done.). I hate jumping through hoops for giveaways as I’m sure you do too, so I try to keep ’em light and easy. You’re welcome. xoxo

  • PRIZE: One $100 gift card redeemable at True Value Hardware. One winner.
  • TO ENTER: Leave a comment on this post.
  • GIVEAWAY CLOSES: Thursday July 17th at 10pm CST
  • PLEASE NOTE: The gift card is redeemable at participating True Value Hardware stores AND online. If you don’t have a local participating True Value you may still redeem the card on their website.
  • USUAL STUFF:One entry per e-mail address permitted. The winners will be selected using and announced on Tuesday at the top of this post. Make sure you provide me with a legit email address, or I will select a new winner.

I was one of the bloggers selected by True Value to work on the DIY Squad. I have been given the Master Mechanic Swift Driver Dual-Drive Ratcheting Screwdriver for review for this post. I was also given the $100 gift card for use in a giveaway, to be shipped out to the winner by my self. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.

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  1. I love my local True Value! Thanks for a chance to win.

  2. Not often do I jump up before finishing reading to go yelling to my hubs because the post was so “AWESOMESPICE” . Yea!!!! Fingers crossed for my number to win cause I want me some of THAT tool!!!

  3. Carol Birch says:

    Wow! SIgn me up!

  4. I just recently began learning how to build and use tools and am totally addicted now! I asked my hubby for a nail gun for my birthday-I could definitely put that TrueValue credit to good use! That screwdriver is awesome too-another thing to add to my wish list!

  5. Sounds like an awesome tool! Thanks for the chance to win!

  6. I love True Value and thanks for the chance to win! I can ALWAYS use something from them! A new tool would be GREAT!

  7. Karen Seeber says:

    Cool tool! I’d love to win it, and I love True Value!

  8. Mandy Blank says:

    This would be an awesome gift card to win! So useful!!

  9. Great review about this cool tool! Thanks!

  10. I found your blog a few weeks ago and read all the way back to the very beginning! I just used a ratcheting screwdriver this past weekend to put my new desk together, so much nicer than using a regular old screwdriver!

  11. I think I just may be drooling over the ratcheting driver.
    Enter me, Please!

  12. Love the screwdriver demo! Thanks for the giftcard opportunity.


  13. I love True Value and could easily spend $100. I too love those kind of screwdrivers. Hubby has his in the garage and I would love one for the house and my projects.

  14. Erin Buchanan says:

    Thanks so much for this chance. 🙂

  15. Cynthia Barker says:

    WhooHoo! Sign me up. I would like to have one to keep in the house.

  16. Tamara Ahrens says:

    I love your enthusiasm for things that make life easier! My husband has a racheting screwdriver set, but I would love to have one with MY “stuff”. I could so use the giftcard since I like shopping at a hardware store like most women like to shop for clothes/shoes:-) Thanks for the giveaway!!

  17. I just moved and in my new house I have a craft room!! This would be a wonderful and much needed addition!
    Thank you for a chance to win one!

  18. Love HOH! This gift card would come in handy as we are remodeling our bathroom currently! I love ACE!

    Thanks for all the great tips!


  19. I am a new reader, I love your blog. Thanks for a wonderful giveaway.

  20. Sandra Sather says:

    Thanks for the great tips and information, I love your blog. And a True Value gift card would be awesome.

  21. How cool to be selected to be part of the True Value Blog Squad. That would be awesome! Congrats. :0)
    I’ve seen those ratcheting screwdrivers before but don’t own one.
    Thanks for the contest.

  22. Congrats to you – you deserve this honor and thanks for the chance to win!!

  23. I’m a total “cool tool” nerd as well! I love getting new toys that make every day chores easier. Especially this Ikea furniture attatchment.

  24. Mary Varian says:

    What a great tool, love the bookcase too. I am thinking a trip to Ike’s may have to happen soon

  25. I love my local True Value! …just in store yesterday.

  26. Lori Barbeau says:

    I really love your blog and seeing what your up to. Thanks for sharing all your projects.

  27. TOTALLY love the bedding! And the bed, and I NEED that screwdriver!! Thanks for sharing.

  28. Girl, it’s about time True Value got you on their team. Why were they draggin their feet? Congrats! Thanks for sharing the love.

  29. I can totally see me and my husband fighting over this. (Not literally fighting, just fyi) I have tons of ideas of things I want to build so I need to start my own tool collection :fingers crossed:

  30. Congrats on the True Value Blog Squad – would love to win that awesome screwdriver!

  31. Thanks for the giveaway. I could do a lot with $100.

  32. Looks like a pretty cool screwdriver. Love that it can do hex screws too. Can’t wait to see more of your boys room. Thanks for sharing!

  33. How exciting to be on the True Value Blog squad! Congrats:)
    Thanks for the giveaway…if I win I will be visiting the True Value in Austin! 🙂

  34. Awesome giveaway. We are buying a house and finally have room for real tools! This would be awesome.

  35. I’ve never actually been to true value – but I just googled it and there’s one just a mile from my house. Maybe I should finally see what everyone is bragging about!

  36. Jenniffer Dorsett says:

    I love your blog and I would love that gift card!

  37. How conveniant that card would be… I am in the planning stages of a chicken coop and raised garden beds!

  38. What a great giveaway. I can definitely use this.

  39. That looks like an awesome tool kit!! We would definitely put it to use on our “vintage” 1981 home!

  40. Now that we own our own home it would be awesome to have some “real tools” to use! Thanks for the chance to win!

  41. Kelli Harrison says:

    Love the giveaway!
    I’m going to be updating my sons room from infant”ish” to toddler / little boy soon and I love that shelf!

  42. Elise Kacal says:

    Love your new screwdriver!

  43. I love tools! thanks for the great review!!

  44. This would be so awesome to win this tool.

  45. Congrats! i’d love to be entered for this prize 🙂

  46. I love the True Value DIY Blog Squad. I have learned so many great things from the bloggers they have chosen. Thanks True Value for offering such a generous giveaway.

  47. We’ve got a new house to work on, so this would be great! THANKS!

  48. Thanks for the chance to win!

  49. April Cowling says:

    I love True Value!!!

  50. I could really do a lot with this as we are preparing for our new house projects!

  51. cynthia riley says:

    My daughter is fixing up her cottage and this gift certificate would certainly come in handy!

  52. Great giveaway! We can always use odds and ends for all our house projects!

  53. That screwdriver looks like the best idea ever! Maybe if I win the gift card…

  54. I have to have one of those screwdrivers! I love true value they are always so helpful and nice when you go in there for something!

  55. Cindy Williams says:

    I love True Value!! Pick me!

  56. You are so handy with the tools! There is a TrueValue Hardware store a mile from our house….how convenient if I win!

  57. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! Can’t wait to see the boy’s room!

  58. Oooo, I promised my four kiddos we would redo their rooms this summer for their birthdays….hmmm this would come in handy as I better stop playing in the sun and get on that already 🙂

  59. Julie Corrigan says:

    That screwdriver looks cool and I love me some True Value! Congrats on the new team!

  60. This looks like the perfect tool for me! I’ll have to browse their site to see some other goodies to put on my wish list!

  61. I had a ratcheting screw driver until yesterday, I blew it out using it so much. I would LOVE to win a replacement.

  62. When you said “BEEENNNNNN” I was laughing. I am always saying “GREEEEGGGG”. This gift card would be awesome. We will have a fixer upper in our future soon. Love your blog.

  63. Hot diggity! That does like a pretty handy tool! Anything that makes my life a little easier is a good thing! 🙂

  64. Hot diggity! That does look like a pretty handy tool! Anything that makes my life a little easier is a good thing! 🙂

  65. I know I have my fingers crossed… I need to start MY very own collection of tools! And I think I am going to start with that awesome screw driver!

  66. I would love a True Value gift card. I could get all sorts of things crossed off my to do list with that!

  67. What a cool screwdriver! I’m a big fan of cool toys, er, tools too, so the gift card would be sweet! Thanks for the fun giveaway!

  68. Hubby would love to have a gift card to help get some of the things that he needs for his latest projects. Great giveaway!

  69. we could use a MILLION things – this gift card would be AMAZING! thanks for a great giveaway

  70. I LURVE your blog and am so happy that True Value does too! ooooooooo I am silly excited to think of the cool stuff I could get with that giftcard!!! Pick me pick me!!!!

  71. Ooh! Love that awesomespice tool! Great giveaway!

  72. I love tools too and just learned how to use one similar to this a few weeks ago. Between youtube videos and talking to my dad on Skype, I figured out a very basic fix on my car– changing the brake lights. Great giveaway, thanks!

  73. Michelle Gall says:

    Hi, Allison. I would love to be the lucky winner of the True Value gift card, but I have a lopsided relationship with luck. In other words, count me in, but I am not holding my breath. I once won FIVE cakes at a school-sponsored cake walk, but I cannot get a single good parking space to save my life. The only time I make a green light is when one of my three children is in the car — it’s all stop-and-go red lights when I am driving solo with a temperamental air-conditioner. I always snag an enviable spot in the fastest moving line at the grocery store, which promptly comes to a screeching halt when I am one person away from the cash register. But a girl can dream …
    All best, -Michelle

  74. What a neat-o gadget! I’d love to tackle a fewapartmebt-improvement projects with that little beauty!

  75. Brenda Flanagan Jones says:

    Love reading your blog!!!! Would love to win!! Thanks for the chance and good luck to everyone 🙂

  76. I love our local True Value store, it is like an old time hardware store and it is great! Thanks for a chance to win.

  77. That is an amazing screwdriver, my husband would love it!

  78. I’m moving this weekend and this gift card would be great!!!

  79. We love True Value! Much better than the big stores!

  80. That is an awesome screwdriver!! I can think of several projects to use that on!

  81. Wow, love that screw driver! Thanks for the opportunity to win a gift card. I can certainly put it to good use!

  82. true value hardware has a place in my heart! thanks for the chance to throw my name in the pot!

  83. Regena Fickes says:

    I love True Value. I am a relatively new widow and empty nester. I want that tool. I have learned a lot in the last 3 years and one is that I can go to my local true value and always come away with the answer and helpful tips.

  84. I would love to win! I have a huge list of things I could buy!

  85. Thanks so much for the chance to win this! Sign me up!

  86. I love the ratchet feature of that screwdriver!

  87. Awesome, I’ll take it!

  88. My husband loves shopping at our True Value store. Thanks!

  89. Holla! Id love a gift card!

  90. Oh my lands. I need that tool! Thanks for the fabulous review!

  91. I love giveaways and I love True Value Hardware….can always find some”must have’s” in that store.

  92. tori Chauvin says:

    So cooooooool. I would love to get one of these.

  93. I love a great tool and versatility is the best part of this tool.

  94. Kathleen Bell says:

    Thanks for the chance to participate in the contest. True Value has a lot to chose from in home improvement.

  95. Elizabeth G. says:

    I love True Value! Thank you for this great giveaway!

  96. Jessica Norris says:

    I’ve been reading for a while, and this giveaway got me so excited! I’m building up my supply of power tools, so count me in! 🙂

  97. Love TrueValue and I love seeing all your ‘boy room’ updates so please keep them coming!

  98. So cool!!! I see a new powertool in my future….

  99. Congrats, lady! So exciting!

  100. I have a ratcheting screwdriver and I LOVE it. It also has the universal bits which make it the perfect screwdriver to keep in the house since it fits pretty much anything! phillips, flat, star tips, hex tips.. you name it.

  101. I just bought a house, and I would LOVE to win this! There’s a billion things to buy from the hardware store lately.

  102. Love your blog! Thanks for a chance at this awesome prize!

  103. Love your blog!! Thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  104. April was in CT now CA says:

    We could definitely use this and since moving have enjoyed finding all the local True Value stores to explore around. They’re all different and interesting!

  105. april jones says:

    What a great little tool!

  106. Thanks for the giveaway! We just bought a house last year and are always running to the hardware store for things!

  107. Congrats on the BlogSquad! I want to win that gift card!!

  108. I love your blog!

  109. I’d love to get my very own tools! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  110. Such a fun giveaway!

  111. pick me, pick me!!!! I need some tools that are pink that my hubby won’t steal!!!!!

  112. Whenever we can’t find something at the big orange box store we go to our True Value store and there it is! Why we don’t start there I dunno! I’d love to win! I’ve been wanting some tools of my own!

  113. Awesome tool, wonder if I can hide it from the hubby when I get one?

  114. ooooooh….sign me up! I have a True Value about 5 mins from my house! 🙂 Would love to have some cash to spend. I’ve got projects galore on the to-do list!

  115. Sallie Fitzpatrick says:

    Looks like an amazing tool! Thanks for the giveaway!

  116. True value is my go to place. Best story ever…I was sick as a dog wanted to give my husband a new weber BBQ for his birthday. I called the True Value a few miles from my home and asked if they had them, the owner said “yes, and since you’re so sick why don’t we deliver it for you on his birthday tomorrow!” Knock me over with a feather! They showed up the next morning with the BBQ, wished my husband a happy birthday and carried it around to the deck! I am a loyal customer, no big boxes for me. 😉

  117. That is the sweetest screwdriver EVER!!!

  118. Oh, how I would love to win a gift card to True Value! I have so many unfinished projects that this would really come in handy!

  119. How exciting! Thanks for the chance to win!

  120. Thanks for the chance at winning!

  121. This is one giveaway I would truly love to win! I love True Value hardware and would put this card to good use PRONTO! Thanks for the chance to win and for making it easy (God bless ya!).

  122. Thanks for an opportunity to win and thanks for the great blogspot!

  123. I too get excited about new tools! This one sounds AA-mazing! True Value is great, it was the only hardware store in my college town and I fell in love.

  124. I am getting ready to start painting the interior of our home and could really put this to good use!!! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  125. Oooo! I love tools too. I could use the ratcheting screw driver. I’d be thrilled to win the True Value gift card. I really enjoy your blog!

  126. Rebekah Stockton says:

    My husband and I have been wanting to try our hand at furniture making, and this would help get us started!

  127. Congrats on being selected as part of the squad – what an honor! And thanks for the giveaway chance!

  128. Golly, I need a new sander and True Value has some great ones.

  129. Thank you for the contest. So kind

  130. What an awesome tool–and awesome giveaway too!

  131. Courtney R. says:

    I love tools! As a matter of fact – I took theatre shop in college each semester because I loved building sets. (Of course, I also acted in most of the shows too – but that’s beside the point). Great giveaway!

  132. My mom has a ratcheting screwdriver and I have been coveting it. But yours with all the different bits (and hex bits) is soooo much better!

  133. Oh my goodness, anything that can help you put Ikea furniture together is awesome in my book! Cool Tool!

  134. Oh I hope I win! And you aren’t the only one who gets excited over nifty tools like that – I inherited that trait from my Mom!

  135. Rujana Hetman says:

    Awww… I’ve been looking for something like this for a while now.

    I just discovered your blog the other day. What a blessing! Allison, you are like a breath of fresh air! Thank you for this great giveaway!

    Keep on blogging!

  136. we’re hoping to get a new house soon so i’d love this!

  137. I can think of so many awesome ways to use this!

  138. Awesomespice is right! Oh, how I want one of these!

  139. Must. Get. One.

  140. I love True Value! I love ratcheting tools, and I have a mild obsession with hex screws & square head screws.

    Hope I win!!

  141. After reading your post about your AC not working, a light bulb went off in my head- my son’s side of the house has the same problem! Need to check our filters now : )

  142. Congrats on the True Value Blog Squad!! What an awesome opportunity! That screwdriver looks so awesome!

  143. Thanks for hosting the giveaway. If I were to win I might panic because I’ll never be able to decide what I want… paint? tools? Other random cool stuff you always find when you go in a True Value? I think I could be okay with trying to figure it out though 🙂

  144. True Value has lots of great stuff! Thanks for the giveaway!

  145. I love our local True Value. Thanks for a chance to win!

  146. this is awesome! My husband would LOVE one of these. Thanks for the chance to enter!

  147. Crystal Williams says:

    Tools…..COOOOOL!! Love, love, love ’em! Thanks, Allison.

  148. Mary Frances says:

    I get giddy over new tools too.

  149. I have learned so much already from following your blog! Thanks for the giveaway fun.

  150. Michelle H. says:

    We’re just getting ready to remodel our back hallway entrance and could use some paint from True Value Hardware…I’d probably have enough left over to buy hubby a tool too.

  151. Michelle Peto Troutman says:

    Congrats on making the True Value Blog Squad! I love your blog!

  152. True Value has the best deals! I would love to be able to go in and splurge

  153. Thanks for the giveaway!

  154. My son moves into his first place in 3 weeks and this would really come in handy. Keep up the good work.

  155. Rhonda Grisham says:

    Tools and cash needed! Thanks for the opp!

  156. Me. Me. I want to be entered in the drawing. I have a dinning room table, gossip bench and coffee table in need of a redo. This gift card will help!

  157. What a great looking little tool! I’d love one!

  158. I would love to win!!

  159. Julie Gonsalves says:

    Bring on the home projects!

  160. Just started reading your site and I am liking the ideas here. Keep it up.

  161. We’re thinking about getting those shelves from Ikea and I’ve heard that putting their furniture together is a pain. Glad to know this tool works wonders!