GIVEAWAY: Dremel Trio {squeal!} + a Twitter Chat!

* This giveaway is now CLOSED. The winner is comment #31 Kimie W. *

Yes, you read that right. I’ve got another freaking awesome giveaway from Dremel!

But first, I want to invite you to join the Dremel brand for a #DremelDIY Twitter chat this Thursday, December 1 from 6:30-7:30pm CST (that’s Texas time to you, yo!) (If you attend the twitter chat and send out at least one tweet during the chat, you’ll get a bonus entry into this giveaway!)

To join the chat, follow Dremel on Twitter, then search this exact hashtag: “#DremelDIY” (minus the quotation marks) in the search bar. That’s it. You are officially following the twitter chat. To jump in and join in the chat, just make sure to include “#DremelDIY” at the end of all your tweets. Betcha’ didn’t realize it was so easy, did you?!

* Dremel will be randomly giving away a variety of free Dremel Tools during the chat, so make sure to participate for your chance to win a free tool! {woop woop!}

And now, for this months “Tackling America’s To-Do List” video with HGTV star and home Improvement Expert Chip Wade:

Chip shows how easy it is to install shoe (quarter-round) moulding, and offers some great pointers as well.

In this video, Wade uses the Dremel 8200 rotary tool to give a living room a quick face lift before the busy holiday season.

For a plethora (yes, I said plethora!) of Dremel information, visit the Dremel Newsroom.

And now, the moment you’ve all been chomping at the bit for…

GIVEAWAY TIME!!!

Today’s giveaway is for the very cool Dremel Trio!

This tool is about as cool as they come. “The Dremel Trio allows users to cut, sand and rout using one multi-purpose tool. Cut multiple materials including wood, plastic, drywall, sheet metal, wall tile and more without switching tools. The tool’s unique, 360-degree cutting technology and plunge-cut ability allows users to make quick and controlled cuts, while its unique, 90-degree pivoting handle facilitates added control, comfort and accuracy.”

Basically, you can do all of this, plus loads more.
  

  

And if those photos alone don’t convince you how awesomespice this tool is, Young House Love just posted about using their Trio in a recent kitchen renovation project (and they aren’t even affiliated with Dremel! They just like their Dremel tools.)

So basically, Dremel rocks. But if you’ve read my blog at all in the past year, you already know I’m a huge fan. I lurve me some Dremel. Yummy.

Here’s how to enter the Giveaway:

  • PRIZE: Dremel Trio from Dremel. ONE winner will be selected randomly.
  • TO ENTER: Leave a comment on this post telling me a cool project you’d like to use a Dremel Trio on.
  • 2nd ENTRY: “Like” Dremel’s Facebook Fan Page. Leave a comment on this post letting me know.
  • 3rd ENTRY: Attend Dremel’s Twitter Chat Thursday December 1st from 6:30-7:30pm CST (you don’t need to stay the whole time. Just drop in and say hi!). Give them a shout out using “#DremelDIY” during the chat. Leave a comment on this post letting me know.
  • GIVEAWAY CLOSES: Monday, December 5th at 10pm CST
  • NUMBER OF WINNERS: ONE
  • PRIZE SHIPS: Limited to *US residents 18 years old and above only. Winner must live in the Continental U.S. or Canada only; no P.O. boxes. Please allow 4-6 weeks for Trio to ship after a winner is selected.
  • USUAL STUFF:Up to three entries per e-mail address permitted. The winner will be selected using random.org and announced on Monday at the top of this post. Make sure you provide me with a legit email address, or I will select a new winner.

Please note: I offer these giveaways as a give-back to my readers because I love you guys! I am not being compensated for this post or giveaway. I simply love Dremel and stand behind their products.


     

Messing with the shower (b/c I obviously have loads of extra time to waste)

This is our shower situation goin’ on…
(not to be confused with THE Situation)


(Shower mat tutorial here)

Looks pretty nice. But there’s something wrong. Can you figure it out?

I’ll give you a hint.

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We are using a random over-the-door basket organizer inside our shower instead of a shower caddy around the shower head.

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I mean, seriously, we have a perfectly good shower head right there just begging for a nice organized shower caddy.

But do you see that little soap dish all up on the shower head’s grill there? It’s so close to the head that a shower caddy wont.fit. I guess I could buy a specialty one, but I like the nice chrome one I brought with me from my previous home. {sniff}

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Instead of dropping $30 on a nice brand-new narrow shower caddy (or other feasible option) I decided it would be a better investment to purchase this Grout Removal Attachment for my Dremel Multi-Max (for $30).

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For what?! Well, to remove the grout around the soap dish so I can remove the entire dish. THAT’S “for what?”. Dur.

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The soap dish seemed like it stuck out far enough from the tile that I assumed it was glued on top of the tile, so why NOT remove it?! Sounded like a great idea to me!

So I cut and cut and cut, and I got all that grout removed from around the dish. And then, the moment of truth…

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Complete and total FAIL. So, ya, of course it’s glued inside the tile and the tile has a huge hole in it. OF COURSE IT IS.

So now I’ve got two options.

a) cut out the entire tile and replace it. AKA: lots of work (ick!)

b) re-attach soap dish and call it a day.

Uh, ya. I totally chose option B. There’s no way I’m dealing with tiling again. I am still recovering from all the tiling work I did in our old home here and here. The eye twitch is just now starting to go away…

I thought for about 2 seconds and decided that E6000 would be the perfect glue to use inside a shower. Why? I have no idea. It was the closest within reach to me. And I had it on hand. And I’m far too lazy to google and figure out the proper glue to use, then actually go buy said glue. No way, Jose. E6000 all the way, baby.

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For two days (just to be extra sure it was dry) Ben and I were banished to the guest shower while this complete and total train wreck dried and cured.

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A little bit of caulk around the dish to make sure no water gets behind it…

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(Don’t worry, I smoothed the caulk out with my finger afterward so it looks nice and clean.)

Good as new.

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And now for the big reveal! This before and after will BLOW.YOUR.MIND.

Before & After (everyone’s favorite!)

Dremel_shower_fail_2before  Dremel_shower_fail_2after

Wasn’t that the best reveal ever?! I knew you’d think so.

Moral of the story: If you screw something up, it’s okay. You can fix it.

It’s better to have tried and lost than never have tried at all. ;)

(But seriously, that was the biggest waste of my time. Live and learn. Live and learn, baby.)


     

GIVEAWAY: Dremel Saw-Max; plus a new Chip Wade video!

** This giveaway is now closed. The winner is: comment #109 – Mary B**

Dremel is at it again! This time they’ve created the brand-new Dremel Saw-Max!!

My heart is pitter-pattering just looking at this new tool. Seriously. My brain is over-loaded with ideas of projects I can do with this saw.

I’ve got a top-secret sneak preview of Chip Wade (swoon. sigh.) showing you how to easily use the new Dremel Saw-Max. The general public won’t get to see this video until next week. ;)

This months “Tackling America’s To-Do List” video is from the Dremel brand. As with last month’s video, Chip Wade will guide DIYers and Home-Improvers through a NEW project that a national survey revealed is high on American’s to-do lists this year.


(If you are reading this post in a reader or via email, you will probably need to click through to see the video)

Dremel would love to give one of you a chance to win the NEW Dremel Saw-Max – Dremel’s revolutionary cutting tool that’s set to release in October.

A few fun facts about the brand-new Dremel Saw-Max:

“The new Dremel® Saw-Max™ is a compact, handheld saw that allows users to easily make precise, clean and straight cuts in a wide variety of materials using compact cutting wheels. Adhering to the Dremel brand characteristics of compactness, precision, ergonomics and versatility, the Dremel Saw-Max is the new go-to cutting tool for DIYers, woodworkers, hobbyists and crafters. Offering added cutting depth and control, the Dremel Saw-Max allows users to Cut with confidence™.”

* A compact design enables easy, one-handed operation and allows users to work on detailed projects and in tight spaces
* Tool is one third of the size and weight of a traditional circular power saw
* Comfortable handling, good maneuverability and non-intimidating appearance make the tool perfect for first-time users and serious DIYers
* Versatile system of cutting wheels are quick and easy to change and offer the ability to make straight, plunge or flush cuts
* Cuts through wood, plastic, laminates and drywall up to 3/4-inch thick as well as sheet metal and wall and floor tiles
* Tool features include a shaft lock button for accessory changes, a dust extraction port and trigger lock-out
* Tool offers flush-cutting capabilities for cutting edges such as door jambs and baseboards
* A wide assortment of accessories, attachments and cutting guides add to the versatility of the Dremel Saw-Max tool system and allows users to accomplish a variety of cuts with just one tool
* For more specs, visit Dremel Saw-Max

The Dremel Saw-Max will be available beginning in October 2011 at most hardware and home improvement centers nationwide for an SRP of $129.99 USD and $139 CAD.

And now, for the GIVEAWAY!!!!!!!!!!!

Dremel wants to give one of YOU your very own Dremel Saw-Max! ::Squeal::

Here’s how to enter the Giveaway:

  • PRIZE: Dremel Saw-Max from Dremel. ONE winner will be selected randomly.
  • TO ENTER: Leave a comment on this post and tell me a project you want to use a Dremel Tool on.
  • ADDITIONAL ENTRY: “Like” Dremel’s Facebook Fan Page. Leave a comment on this post letting me know.
  • GIVEAWAY CLOSES: Monday, October 3rd at 10pm CST
  • NUMBER OF WINNERS: ONE
  • PRIZE SHIPS: Limited to *US residents 18 years old and above only. Winner must live in the Continental U.S. or Canada only; no P.O. boxes.
  • USUAL STUFF:Up to two entries per e-mail address permitted. The winner will be selected using random.org and announced on Monday at the top of this post. Make sure you provide me with a legit email address, or I will select a new winner.

Please note: I offer these giveaways as a give-back to my readers because I love you guys! I am not being compensated for this post or giveaway. I simply love Dremel and stand behind their products.


     
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