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    July 17, 2007
    The Toolstravaganza Giveaway

    There is a new site on the block, DIY Life, and to celebrate they are running a competition every day for the first thirty days and the prizes are going to be great tools and craft supplies, there will be something there for everyone and for every type job.


    All that is needed is a comment here on the DIY Life site, and that is it you are entered and in with a chance of winning one of thirty fantastic tools or craft item. Some rules apply (full rules available): Contest open to residents of the 50 US states, Must be 18 or older to win, Only one entry per person per day, Entry period extends from 5AM Eastern time to 11:59PM of that day and Enter by leaving a comment (you must verify your comments, so check your email!) on the post for that day.



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    June 26, 2007
    Want to win One Million Dollars?

    Of course you do, who wouldn’t and that is the prize that can be won in the Scripps Networks “Summer to the Max” prize draw, where the wining entry will receive one million dollars in cash.

    The prize draw will be run from 18th June 2007 to 16th July 2007 and you can enter once every day until it is finished then the very lucky winner will be drawn from the entries. They will then receive the one million dollar cash prize.

    The Scripps network, which includes the websites,,,, and food, people entering the draw will be limited to one entry per email address, alternatively entries can be made by post in the following manner:

    Hand printing your name, complete address and phone number either on a postcard or on a separate piece of paper no larger than 8_ x 11 inches, and mailing the postcard or paper to:

    "Summer to the Max Sweepstakes,"
    P.O. Box 51622,
    TN 37950.


    Best of luck to anyone who wishes to enter this grand prize draw, just imagine what that prize could do to your future.

    *PLEASE NOTE* This draw is being organized by the Scripps Network and not Shakhammer, to enter the One million dollar cash prize draw, please visit this link.

    Source  [HGTV]

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    June 22, 2007
    UPDATE: Win A Set of Ridgid Pneumatic Tools At TOOLMONGER


    The bloggers at Toolmonger are having an awesome contest and this is your chance to get your hands on more or less a full set of Ridgids pneumatic tools, which comprise of a range of different nailers all designed for different jobs, and air compressors all of which can make short work of those jobs around the home, whether you are just doing some maintenance or a complete rebuild, these tools are a great addition to the tool box.


    1 Magnesium Housing for lighter weight.
    2 Tool-Free Depth-of-Drive Adjustment accurate depth control to protect work surface from overdriving.
    3 Selectable Trigger Allows Contact Fire or Sequential Fire Mode for high productivity and precise placement of fasteners.
    4 Self-Cleaning Air Filter keeps debris out of tool and extends tool life.
    5 Tool-Free Adjustable Exhaust with Muffler allows you to direct the exhaust where you want it.
    6 Internal Piston Catch for consistent driving power.
    7 Rubber Over-Molded Handle and Trigger for increased comfort and grip.
    8 Swivel Quick Connect for less hose tangle.
    9 Tool Hanger for convenient carrying while not in use.

    All you have to do to win these fantastic tools is to leave a comment on the Toolmonger site; these must be valid comments and not any Spam or just a word or two, but something that is in keeping with the site and the subject.

    All winners will be notified by Toolmonger through email. Hurry this only lasts for the month of June.

    ****This post has been updated to let everyone know that while we love your comments, your comments to enter this contest must be left over at Toolmonger. There were too many that were submitted here for me to e-mail everyone so I have updated this post to let you know that you must leave your comments at Toolmonger in order to be entered to win the Ridgid Tool Set.

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    June 4, 2007
    Rubbermaid Organizing Sweepstakes

    Shakhammer is all about Doing It Yourself and Home Improvement. What improves your home or requires doing it yourself more than mere organization?  I can’t think of anything, really! Organizing has become a way of life with careers built around it, stores that sell it, and coaches that teach it.

    One of the great organizing coaches, John Trosko, of The OrganizingLa Blog, has posted about a really cool contest that is being sponsored by Rubbermaid……

    "In partnership with Better Homes and Gardens, Rubbermaid is sponsoring
    the "Keep the Clutter Out" Sweepstakes.  Grand Prize:  $5,000 towards
    the services of a Professional Organizer, and one (1) Rubbermaid
    20-piece Premier set.  Ten (10) first-prize winners will each receive
    one (1) Rubbermaid 20-piece Premier set, ARV $22.99."

    The contest ends on June 30th with the winner being drawn on July 23rd. If you win the grand prize, I seriously suggest you consider John as your professional organizer. He’s got some great tips on his blog on how to hire an organizer as well as all kinds of articles and suggestions on how to get yourself organized. You can enter to win here and read the rules here. Good Luck!

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    May 29, 2007
    Last minute founders to start My deco

    My deco is a startup that for helping people to decorate their homes, the site is founded by Martha Lane Fox and Brent Hoberman who started the very successful and famous travel Website

    The site is not live yet but the pair have been able to secure some $10 million in funding so far to it going, the site will help people to make the right decisions regarding the choices of the décor and how to avoid some of the more common disasters, similar to what we see on those TV programs.

    There is no doubt that the two founders have a good eye as to what is a winner, for they started last as a startup travel website, this went through all the ups and downs before they finally sold out to Travelocity for just over one billion US dollars, not bad!

    To get things going they are offering the chance to win a £1000 ($2000) makeover for your home, all you need to do is sign up for email alerts on the progress of the site and news about My deco. There are no indications of as and when the site will go live, also it is not yet known if the site will be for the UK or UK and USA, although the domain is .com.

    Source  [Mashable]

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    May 3, 2007
    Win A $350,000 Best Built Home

    Bbz_logoWouldn’t it be fun to win a whole house valued at $350,000? Or how about just a prize of $21,000 for home improvement projects? Well, right now, over at the DIY Network, they are giving away a Best Built Home.  You can enter to win here and the deadline is midnight June 11th.

    Best Built Homes pride themselves on efficiency, comfort, safety, health and durability in the construction of their homes.  1st prize is a hefty $21,000 from Century 21.

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