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Today’s Holiday Give-Away from Dyson

Dyson Digital Slim Vacuum Bob Vila

Today, December 9, is day nine of Bob Vila’s 24 Days of Holiday Give-Aways and your chance to win this Dyson Digital Slim vacuum cleaner, valued at $299 (MSRP).  But you must ENTER TODAY to be eligible to win.

The Digital Slim is powered by the Dyson digital motor, the fastest and highest power density motor ever developed for domestic appliances. Its anti-static carbon fiber brushes remove the fine dust particles from hard floors, while the brush bar’s stiff nylon bristles eliminate ground-in dirt from carpets. The Slim uses Dyson’s patented Root Cyclone technology to spin dust and dirt out of the air using centrifugal force, and a dual power mode allows up to 15 minutes of constant suction. The Slim uses a 22.2V lithium-ion battery pack and can be fully charged in its docking station or remotely by removing the battery from the machine in 3.5 hours. Once fully charged it no longer draws electricity, hence its Energy Star Rating.

For official rules and entry, click here. To see what other fabulous prizes will be offered throughout the contest period, check out the Bob Vila 24 Days of Holiday Give-Aways slideshow.

To learn more about Dyson innovation and the full range of vacuums, fans and appliances, visit the manufacturer’s website.

 


Today’s Holiday Give-Away from IKEA

IKEA Gift Card

Today, December 8, is day eight of Bob Vila’s 24 Days of Holiday Give-Aways and your chance to win this $250 IKEA Gift Card. But you must ENTER TODAY to be eligible to win.

IKEA, “The Life Improvement Store,” offers an extensive range of modestly priced home products—everything from plants and sleeper sofas to kids’ toys and whole kitchens. Furniture, appliances, textiles, décor, linens, and many other products are available at more than 38 IKEA stores nationwide, as well through the company’s catalog and online shopping site.  Since the opening of the first store in Sweden in 1958, the company has taken the retail industry by storm with its modern, budget-friendly products and innovative merchandising and marketing strategies.

For official rules and entry, click here. To see what other fabulous prizes will be offered throughout the contest period, check out the Bob Vila 24 Days of Holiday Give-Aways slideshow.

To browse the Swedish merchandiser’s vast inventory of home products, visit IKEA.


Today’s Holiday Give-Away from DeWALT

Today, December 7, is day seven of Bob Vila’s 24 Days of Holiday Give-Aways and your chance to win this 20 Volt Max Compact Drill/Driver & Impact Driver Combo Kit from DeWALT, valued at $279 (MRSP).  But you must ENTER TODAY to be eligible to win.

This 20 Volt Max Combo Kit from DeWALT—a recognized leader in contractor power tools, including cordless drills, woodworking tools, and professional power tools—is part of the company’s new line of Lithium Ion tools.  With advanced engineering and enhanced design features, the tools are made with the professional contractor (and serious DIYer) in mind, offering greater performance, improved ergonomics, and sustained power.  The DeWALT Combo Kit includes a 20 Volt MAX Compact Drill Driver, a 20 Volt MAX Impact Driver, two 20 Volt MAX Lithium Ion 1.5 Ah batteries, a 12V MAX – 20V MAX Lithium Ion battery charger, two belt hoods, a tip holder and a kit box.

For official rules and entry, click here. To see what other fabulous prizes will be offered throughout the contest period, check out the Bob Vila 24 Days of Holiday Give-Aways slideshow.

To see more of the company’s line of professional tools, including the new 20 Volt MAX series, visit DeWALT.


Today’s Holiday Give-Away from KitchenAid

Today, December 6, is day six of Bob Vila’s 24 Days of Holiday Give-Aways and your chance to enter to win this 13-Cup Food Processor from KitchenAid, valued at $249.99 (MSRP).  But you must ENTER TODAY to be eligible to win.

The 13-Cup KitchenAid Food Processor is the first and only model of its kind to feature an externally adjustable slicing disc, eliminating the need to stop the machine, remove the lid and swap blades between tasks.  Simply slide the external lever to adjust for slicing any ingredient thin to thick.

In addition to its external design enhancement, specially engineered speeds and a new cutting system allows for precise slicing of even the most delicate ingredients, including tomatoes, mushrooms, bananas and kiwis. With its ultra wide mouth design, stainless steel body, multiple bowls, dough blade and other accessories, this “re-invented” appliance from KitchenAid is certain to be on everyone’s holiday wish list.

For official rules and entry, click here. To see what other fabulous prizes will be offered throughout the contest period, check out the Bob Vila 24 Days of Holiday Give-Aways slideshow.

And, shop for other kitchen essentials at KitchenAid.


Today’s Holiday Give-Away from LOWE’S

Today, December 5, is day five of Bob Vila’s 24 Days of Holiday Give-Aways and your chance to enter to win the first of our four $1,000 Gift Cards from LOWE’S.  But, you must ENTER TODAY to be eligible to win.

LOWE’S, the leading home improvement retailer with more than 1,735 stores nationwide and a mega-online shopping site, has always been committed to providing consumers with the products, materials, advice, how-to, ideas and inspiration to improve their homes from top to bottom, inside and out.

Whether you are shopping for tools, paints, kitchen appliances, bathroom fixtures, lighting, flooring, plumbing, lawn and garden, or holiday decorations and gifts, LOWE’S is your one-stop destination. And, now with MyLowe’s—the newly launched online home management tool—customers can have their purchases, plans, and relevant-home information at-the-ready each and every time they shop.

For official rules and entry, click here.  And remember, we have three more $1,000 Gift Cards from LOWE’S to give-away in the days ahead, so be sure to check back.  To see what other fabulous prizes will be offered throughout the contest period, check out the Bob Vila 24 Days of Holiday Give-Aways slideshow.

To start shopping, visit Lowe’s.


Today’s Holiday Give-Away from Gladiator

Today, December 4, is day four of Bob Vila’s 24 Days of Holiday Give-Aways and your chance to win this Bamboo Modular Workbench from Gladiator GarageWorks, valued at $305.24 (MSRP). But you must ENTER TODAY to be eligible to win.

True to its brand, the Gladiator Bamboo Modular Workbench is built for durability.  The 38-3/4″ tall bench features a generously proportioned bamboo work surface with UV-cured protective coating that measures 66-1/2″ L x 20″ W x 1.5″ thick. The heavy-duty tubular steel legs with angle brackets ensure stability and can support up to 300 lbs, while adjustable leg levelers compensate for uneven floors. Create a complete work station by docking up to two Ready-To-Assemble Series modules, with optional casters, underneath the bench.

For official rules and entry, click here.  To see what other fabulous prizes will be offered throughout the contest period, check out the Bob Vila 24 Days of Holiday Give-Aways slideshow.

To learn more about the full line of Gladiator® GarageWorks’ products, including The Design Studio—a free web-based interactive tool allowing consumers to experiment with creative storage solutions for their garage with professional results—visit Gladiator GarageWorks.


Today’s Holiday Give-Aways from Rowenta

Good things come in three today, December 3rd; the third day of Bob Vila’s 24 Days of Holiday Give-Aways and your chance to enter to win one of three Focus Steam Irons from ROWENTA, each valued at $115 (MSRP).  But, you must ENTER TODAY to be eligible to win.

The Rowenta Focus Steam Iron not only carries one of the most respected brand names in the category, but offers a variety of top-of-the line features, including a highly polished stainless steel Microsteam 400 soleplate and unique precision ironing tip for hard-to-reach areas.  A vertical steam function allows the iron to be used in an upright position to remove wrinkles from drapes and hanging garments.

Among the iron’s other features are a transparent water tank, European design styling, and a self-clean system that flushes out loose mineral deposits to ensure optimal performance. For safety, there’s also a three-way auto shut-off feature to prevent overheating.

For official rules and entry, click here. To see what other fabulous prizes will be offered throughout the contest period, check out the Bob Vila 24 Days of Holiday Give-Aways slideshow.

To see more products from Rowenta, visit the manufacturer’s site.

 


Blog Stars: In the Workshop

Meet four do-it-yourselfers who are creating their dream surroundings and blogging about the experience.

They are the heroes of their own dramatic real-life home makeovers. They save buildings from demise, rescue materials from the trash, increase the value of their homes, and post their adventures regularly on their blogs. They are a wired breed of make-it/fix-it enthusiasts who mix the business of home improvement with the pleasure of doing it themselves, then chronicling their experience.Emily Winters

There are thousands of DIYers who write about the process of creating their dream surroundings. For some, it’s a full-time job; for others it’s an after-hours and weekend passion. As readers, we’re impressed by many bloggers’ skill and knowledge, as well as by their practical thrift, modern ingenuity, and refreshing fearlessness. We are entertained by their stories and videos. We “like” them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, and save their pretty pictures to Pinterest.

Kit Stansley, John Clarke Mills, Emily Winters (pictured at right), and Pete Fazio are four DIY documentarians out of hundreds who have captured our attention. They use laptops, cellphones, and cameras in conjunction with their cherished power and hand tools, and are as committed to finishing their to-do lists as they are to educating and inspiring the readers of their blogs and tweets. We are smitten with Kit’s authentic humor-laced gruel, intrigued by John’s thoughtful and updated period restoration, and curious about the way Emily and Pete balance DIY passion with romantic love. We hope you feel the same.


Today’s Holiday Give-Away from Wayfair

 

Today, December 2, is day two of the Bob Vila 24 Days of Holiday Give-Aways and your chance to enter to win the Humanscale ZON Air Purifier, valued at $399 (MSRP), from Wayfair—the online store with “a zillion things home”.  But, you must ENTER TODAY to be eligible to win.

The Humanscale ZON Air Purifier is not only compact and stylish, but Energy Star-rated for efficiency. Measuring 14″H x 13″W x 9″D and weighing just 3.5 lbs., the appliance is designed to create a “clean air” zone up to 175 square feet, eliminating 99 percent of airborne particles. The activated carbon add-on filter also reduces VOCs and odors. Best of all, it operates in virtual silence and features an LED indicator that provides notification when filter needs to be replaced or cleaned. The Humanscale ZON comes with a 3-year manufacturer warranty.

For official rules and entry, click here. To see what other fabulous prizes will be offered throughout the contest period, check out the Bob Vila 24 Days of Holiday Give-Aways slideshow.

To shop for a “zillion other things home,” from decorative accents and tools to cookware and baby gear, visit Wayfair.  The online retailer offers something for every style and budget with over 5,000 brands of merchandise offered.

 


The “Merrypad-Dadand” DIY Duo: In the Workshop

Merrypad's Emily Winters and Dadand's Pete Fazio share a behind-the-scenes look at their DIY lives.

Emily Winters (a.k.a. Merrypad) and Pete Fazio (a.k.a. Dadand)

Emily Winters of Merrypad and Pete Fazio of Dadand in their workshop.. Photo: All photos courtesy of merrypad

She had a load of lumber to get home from the Home Depot. He had a car big enough to take it. Emily Winters and Pete Fazio, both of Rochester, NY, were weekday work colleagues who shared a passion for weekend DIY projects. Over the course of building a deck one summer, their friendship turned romantic, and the following spring, Pete moved into Emily’s 1350-square-foot, 3 bedroom, 1 bath, work-in-progress house, and he brought his tools with him.

Most of Pete’s stuff landed in the basement alongside Emily’s growing arsenal of DIY essentials. The 25′ x 25′ space accommodates machinery, hand tools, laundry, extra kitchen appliances, holiday decorations, and architectural salvage which Emily collects with abandon. Whatever does not fit here goes out to the garage, up in the attic, or under the guest room bed. Pete says, “Our space fluctuates greatly between being super-anally organized to complete disarray.” Emily assumes most of the responsibility for the mess.

Emily Winters Merrypad Workshop Bob VilaTwo workbenches anchor the area. Pete built the larger one; Emily, the smaller.  Pete’s was made from a sketch that Marty, his crazy and inspiring blogging partner, provided. It has plenty of underneath shelf space for power tools and kits. For her bench, Emily turned to lumber left over from “demolishing the lame basement bathroom.” Originally intended as a potting bench, it has become home to the sliding compound miter saw. Cody, Emily’s Bernese Mountain dog, is also a basement fixture and is known to nap during heavy construction.

“We don’t even swear until someone gets whaled on the finger with a hammer,” says Emily.

Both Emily and Pete credit their families with cultivating their respective construction, design, and repair urges. Emily watched her parents take down walls, change roof lines and modify the floor plan of a century-old farmhouse. Since infancy, she’s found the whir of the drill has been unusually comforting. Pete inherited his love of taking things apart and putting them back together from his parents, avid tinkerers who liked to improve upon, or extend the life of, a product with simple tweaks and repairs. Pete fondly recalls the family replacing a broken grill handle with a sawed-off broom handle.

Pete Fazio Dadand Workshop Tools Bob VilaEquipped with an early education, Pete and Emily now flourish in the DIY world. In addition to the hands-on projects they plan and complete, they deftly navigate social media and the blogosphere. Emily hosts Merrypad, a site she started so friends and family could peek in on house renovations. She also contributes regularly to DIY Network’s “The Pegboard.” Pete is a web designer by day. When not writing code, he co-authors dadand, a site that blends an affinity for gadgetry with a love of parenting. Pete also maintains his own namesake site and builds forts lit by glow bracelets for his daughter. 

“I love that, in some tiny way, we’re putting info out there that might help someone… and maybe entertain them,” Pete says. The pair is always at-the-ready to lend experience, skills, and help to friends tackling their own DIY projects. Emily says, “We love helping them save money and realize that things aren’t as bad as they seem.” This busy couple makes sure to reserve some alone time. Tuesday is date night and it often begins with a walk down the aisles of Home Depot. “Romantic!” Emily chimes.

Emily Winters Merrypad Pete Fazio Dadand Workshop Tools Bob Vila

For more “In the Workshop” blogger profiles, check out:
SanFranVic blogger, John Clarke Mills
DIYdiva blogger, Kit Stansley