The Nuts and Bolts: October 23, 2013

A Little DIY, FYI…

Mr. Handyman Shares Tips for Pumpkin Carving with Power Tools

Want to use items you may already have to save time and effort on your Halloween pumpkins? Mr. Handyman, a national home repair and maintenance franchise, has perfected pumpkin carving using power tools. Power tools are sturdier than pre-packaged carving kits, and help you achieve better results. Mr. Handyman shares five tips to make your pumpkins front porch worthy this year:

  • Cut off the Top: To remove the top of your pumpkin, use a jigsaw blade at a 45 degree angle around the top to remove the lid. Watch how quick and easy it is to open the pumpkin.
  • Gut the Pumpkin: Purchase a pumpkin gutter tool for around $10 and save 20 minutes compared to scraping the insides with a spoon. Simply insert the pumpkin gutter into your drill, tighten, and quickly clean the insides without damaging the seeds.
  • Drill Perfectly Circular Eyes: Use a ruler and mark two evenly spaced places for the eyes. Then, insert coring bits into the drill and to easily cut perfect holes for the eyes.
  • Chip Away Pumpkin "Skin": One of the biggest trends in pumpkin carving is chipping away the "skin" or outermost layer of the pumpkin. To get this look, download one of our pumpkin carving templates, and outline your design on the pumpkin using a pen or thumb tacks. Next, place the tip of a woodworking chisel underneath the skin and push away from the outside edge of your design.
  • Create Mini Pumpkin Bats: Spray cardboard and mini pumpkins with black spray paint. Cut the cardboard into wing shapes, take a chisel to cut slips on the sides of the mini pumpkins, and insert the wings. Drill holes in the pumpkins and insert small bolts for eyes. You can insert an eye screw on the top so you can hang a dozen of these around your front door using fishing line.

two jack-o-lanterns.
We did not utilize power tools for these…our wrists hate us

Bring Your Kitchen Back to Life!

Does your kitchen lack spark? Would you rather go out than go in there to cook? If your kitchen is in need of an update, Inhabitat and are here to help. We have teamed up with Moen to help you get started on bringing your kitchen back to life.

Enter the Project Kitchen Upgrade Contest for a chance to win a $1,750 kitchen upgrade!

Contest for DIY and Inhabitat

We are looking to help you build your dream kitchen by adding modern design and efficient fixtures. The grand prize winner will receive $1,250 to use towards any of Moen’s product lines, which include their new water-saving MotionSense™ faucets, AND a $500 check towards installation.

How do you enter to win? Just upload a picture of your kitchen, and let your photos show us why you deserve this kitchen upgrade. The Inhabitat and DoItYourself teams will select our top ten photo entries, and then our readers will vote for their favorite to win. Remember, we are looking for a kitchen in dire need of a makeover, so show us why yours deserves the upgrade.

Deadline to enter is Monday, November 18th.

Read more: Inhabitat Moen Motion Contest

Utility Equipment: Cordless Power Tool Line Expanded

Panasonic will introduce two new Li-Ion cordless power tools to its Tough IP professional-grade product offering at the ASSEMBLY Show 2013. Featuring dust and water resistant technology, the power tools have received an IP56 certification under international standards administered by the International Electro Technical Commission (IEC), and will be available this fall via Panasonic Tough IP Dealers nationwide.

Awesome looking power tool
Power tool… or alien death ray?

“At Panasonic, we understand that job sites often face extreme conditions,” said John Olson, Group Manager Panasonic Power Tool Division. “The newest additions to our cordless power tool line are engineered to perform in tough conditions and prove that you don’t have to sacrifice power or precision to reap the benefits of having a lighter, more ergonomically-friendly tool.”

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