The Nuts and Bolts: May 6, 2013

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A little DIY, FYI…

Simpson Housing Services Announced as Winner of The Family Handyman Rescue Remodel Contest

Simpson Housing Services has recently been announced as the winner of The Family Handyman’s Rescue Remodel contest. Receiving 70,000 of 100,000 votes, Simpson Housing Services will receive a custom IKEA kitchen makeover worth $25,000. This remodel will help Simpson Housing better serve their community by addressing the organization’s specific needs.

Simpson Housing Services provides safe accommodations for those in need while preparing warm meals on a daily basis. The Rescue Remodel website ( will chronicle the renovation, allowing visitors to watch as the kitchen is updated step by step. The kitchen will be finished and revealed on July 1st and be featured in the September issue of The Family Handyman.

Ace Hardware Launches “Restore Your Outdoors”

Ace Hardware and The Weather Channel have announced the launch of “Restore Your Outdoors,” a program designed to offer helpful services for customers as well as the chance to win $15,000 in Ace gift cards. Homeowners will be able to receive tips from Ace’s home and design experts Lou Manfredini and Julie Richard to make their homes more inviting.

"Many homeowners have a list of home maintenance projects they've thought about, but never taken on, simply because they don't know where to begin," said Manfredini. "Together with The Weather Channel we're able to not only offer one lucky winner the opportunity to update their outdoor space, but also provide our more personal kind of helpful to homeowners across the country."

The contest will be running throughout May and June, allowing consumers to enter for a chance to win and make their outdoors look amazing. Furthermore, The Weather Channel will be airing four home makeovers with Manfredini and Richard.

Weinland Park Collaborative Raises Funds to Support Community Home Improvement

Weinland Park Collaborative (WPC), a community program in Columbus, Ohio, has nearly reached its goal of raising $450,000 to distribute among residents for home improvement projects. The group to date has raised and distributed $1 million to homeowners from various other fund raisers.

Weinland Park was originally constructed as a working class neighborhood for local factories. Unfortunately the area went through a steady decline once factories closed down. The WPC has been trying to reverse this decline since 2010, and revitalize the area by giving homeowners a sense of pride and accomplishment for their property.

America’s Most Desperate Landscape Giveaway

The DIY Network is launching a new sweepstakes called America’s Most Desperate Landscape. The grand prize is $50,000 to put towards your backyard, whether it’s a new patio, an eco-friendly deck, or maybe just some creative landscaping. The sweepstakes ends May 30th and contestants will be able enter once daily until then.