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
…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 random.org) 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 Dremel.com.
(2) Leave a comment on this post at SahmReviews.com 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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— One Entry (Daily): Read any of my non-giveaway reviews here at SahmReviews.com 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.