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Some of my earliest memories involve my dad wearing a tool belt. A carpenter by trade, a contractor by profession, it has always been his life. When we were kids, he had a shop in the basement with a work bench, vise and wall full of hand tools. I remember how he had outlined the spot where each tool went. If anything was missing, it was plain as day what it was.And now that he’s retired, well, he can’t seem to NOT work. He has finally started tackling projects for himself – built a garage for his truck and included a new workshop area, too. He volunteers on committees at the church and when we know he has a few spare minutes, my mom, sister-in-law and I add things to his Honey-Do list.

This past September, we finally started converting part of the basement into a play area for the kids. My dad came over and helped DH with as much as they could. As we neared the end, a PR firm representing Dremel offered for me to test out the new Multi-Max. It is targeted at making small projects easier for DIY’ers so this was perfect timing for us. It arrived when we at the painting stage so there wasn’t much we could do with it right away. All other family projects were on hold until the play room was done!Anyway, after we finished painting, DH explained to my dad that I have this new Dremel I’m trying to review. My dad said that the trim would be a good (yet simple) opportunity to see what it does. They applied the trim everywhere but needed to cut away a few sections near the sump pump.

DH grabbed the Multi-Max while my dad looked on. When DH was done, my dad’s response… “That’s slick.” I was amazed at how quick and easy it was. But honestly, it was just cutting off a piece of trim, how hard could it be the way my dad would normally do it. So I asked him. He rifled through his tool box and pulled out a hand tool. He said “This is what I would have used.” He went on to explain that the Dremel was 3-4 times quicker, but more important, much cleaner. He said for someone not skilled at using the traditional tool, it made it less likely that the wall would be damaged.

While I was excited about the Dremel Multi-Max and how easy it was, I was even more thrilled that my dad thought it was cool!

Think I’ll go draw an outline of it on his new workshop wall.

So what do you think? Do you have a Honey DIY list that’s itching for attention? Maybe if you added a Dremel Multi-Max to the toolkit, the project list might get shorter. (Or… it might get longer as you figure out all the things this baby can do!) You can check out their “30 Minute Miracles” brochure for some great information and ideas. Here’s your chance to win one!

The Prize: Dremel Multi-Max

Participants –
…must provide a US shipping address
…must provide an email in the first comment, email me directly with an email address or have email accessible from their profile.
Sometime on February 15, 2010, a winner will be chosen at random (using from all valid comments left. Winner has 72 hours from posting/notification to respond. If winner cannot be contacted, I will move on to the next random selection.
How to enter:
For the first entry (required) –
(1) Get some project ideas at
(2) Leave a comment on this post at with a project around your house that you think the Dremel Multi-Max would help you with.

If you want to increase your chances of winning, here are some options to earn additional entries –
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— Two Entries: Publish a blog post regarding this contest by February 10th and link back to it.
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— One Entry (Daily): Read any of my non-giveaway reviews here at and leave an appropriate comment on that post. Come back here and leave a comment stating which product/post you left a comment on.

Kudos to Dremel for creating yet another cool tool for DIY’ers. Also, thanks to Dremel for providing the prize for this giveaway.

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250 thoughts on “Expedite the Honey-Do Project

  1. The the Dremel Multi-Max would really help me restoring Painted Metal. When we moved in our new place last August they had painted for us but the problem is they painted over all of the door fixtures so this would be an excellent project to do and it would be a breeze using the Dremel Multi-Max.

  2. We are going to replace the tiles in our bathroom and this would make it easier to get the old stuff out. DH showed me the advert for this tool and he would love to have one.
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    proudyaya04 {at} yahoo {dot} com

  3. Oh this would be wonderful! We are remodeling and putting up a new ceiling with pod lights and this would help so much. This would also help with polishing our door knobs that we are redoing. This would help in more ways than one! Thanks for the chance!

  4. We could really use Dremel Multi-Max to help with our bathroom projects coming up real soon. I have to replace the molding and replace and move some of the plumbing. The pipes in the bathroom have froze 4 times so far this winter. Imagine waking up to no water and you have to leave for work in an hour errr. Not a good start to the day. We decided to fix the problem by removing the old copper pipe

  5. Wow! I just seen this advertise on TV and thought the many things I would like my husband to do with that! I got lots of ideas from the website including installing a baseboard corner (which he has been needing t do) I also love the pumpkin carving since Im horrible at it! The thing I would first use it for around the house is to help my son make his Awana Grand Prix car which is a wooden car for

  6. I think this dremmel would be a great tool in glass etching. But hubbs would probably steal it to work on our new baseboards!

    rennieangie at gmail dot com

  7. This would be great for adding pod lights in the kitchen. Our kitchen is always so dark and the light currently in there has a fan and it's just not pretty. I would love to switch it up w/some pod lights. Jenprincess88 at aol dot com

  8. I too have some baseboard moulding to install, so the Dremmel would be handy for that job. I also have two pieces of furniture I plan on refinishing soon, so the Dremmel would come in handy too.

  9. We need to sand and repaint 15 window ledges and have been putting it off for a long time. This Dremel would help us so much with this project! And my hubby's 30th birthday is coming up, it would make his day!

  10. I love this!!! Oh, and my husband would too, if I were to let him use it. I can think of tons of things I would do with it!! Put in some "between stud cabinets" in the bathroom, replacing window sills, putting in some needed extra outlets in the bedroom! I could go on and on!!! downhomelivin at live dot com

  11. The Dremel Multi-Max would be a big help when we tackle the big project of replacing and refinishing the ceiling in our kitchen. jgs0925 at gmail dot com

  12. under the Lawn and Garden Projects I found plans for making bird house out of gourds and I have about 2 dozen gourds waiting to be turned into bird houses. P;use it would be so useful in myh jewelry making….the show how to use the tool on shells to make a bracelet.

    prpldy (at) comcast dot net

  13. Dremel had som freat ideas at their site (I never would have thought to cut a new slot for a stripped screw!), but I already knew why I need this tool. About half the furniture in my apt. is "unabandoned" stuff I rescued. What I don't keep gets gifted, donated to thrift shops, or in rare cases, sold(!) There are always little repairs necessary, and this tool would make them so much

  14. What's so awesome about this is that you can use it for lawn mower blade sharpening AND pumpkin carving. Guess which one I will be doing. 😉

    weird chick online at gmail dot com

  15. we have tons of projects! we need to add a wall in the basement so we can have a separate "theater/guest" room down there. We are currently working on some minor kitchen fixes (you know how it is.. simply replacing the dishwasher means 20 other issues pop up that need attention..) we need to redo flooring and trim in most of the house, hubby is redoing the garage so he has a bit of a

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