Toolsday Giveaway: Win a Framing Nailer

Hardly anyone correctly guessed the identity of last week’s Toolsday mystery gadget — it was a bracelet form used by a jewelry maker.  A lot of people thought it was part of a car brake, and quite a few thought it had something to do with plumbing, and many others guessed that it was a piece of a router.  

We randomly picked the winner from all the comments, and that lucky person is Jane, who thought it was a seal for a toilet.  Not even close, Jane, but you still win. You have one week to reply to our email before we pick another winner.

Next Tuesday, we will be giving away a Grip-Rite Framing Nailer.  This powerhouse tool can handle the toughest framing applications, but its lightweight housing and ergonomic design make it easy to use for hours at a time.  The Grip-Rite shoots 2-inch to 3-1/2-inch paper tape collated, clipped head nails.  It has an aggressive toe nailing claw for easy toe nailing and it comes equipped with a rotating rafter hook. 

October 31 is not that far off, it’s time to start decorating and planning your Halloween bash.  We’ve got cute decorating projects that cost no more than $5 and they’re easy-peasy to put together.  If you’re throwing a kid’s party we’ve got fun ways to decorate and yummy treats for the little ones. For the adults, find cocktail recipes and ideas for creating a spooky beverage bar.

To enter the Grip-Rite Framing Nailer giveaway, post a comment (click “comment” above) and tell us what these strange-looking things (pictured below) are used for? You don’t have to answer correctly to win; we will randomly pick one winner from this post.

On Tuesday, October 2, we will select the winner then start up a new giveaway for another tool, which will be given away the Tuesday after that.

You have until October 2, 2012, 2:00pm (ET) to enter to win the Grip-Rite Framing Nailer.  

Official Rules.

1,791 Responses

  1. KaLeigh says:

    to pour something, hot metal?

  2. Corinne Delaney says:

    It's a measuring cup used to measure and pour amounts of hot liquid.

  3. usha sree says:

    i think it is an old tool used to pour melted metal like iron into a mold.

  4. jay says:

    it is a hinge to a telescoping lamp or something like that

  5. Rick Leavitt says:

    This is for measuring and pouring moltant lead into other forms such as bullet molds or fishing sinker molds.

  6. Peter says:

    used to pour lead into a bullet mold

  7. Robert Pellegrini says:

    Silversmith crucible

  8. atomdavis says:

    its a 19th century bullet mold

  9. Eryn says:

    Those were used by metal workers to melt and pour metal into molds for making tools and weapons.

  10. jckkllr says:

    Brass smelting tool for smelting gold, lead, etc….

  11. Heather says:

    I believe it makes bullets and the "hammer" at the bottom is to tap out the cooled metal once it's shaped into the proper bullet

  12. Neel says:

    electric leveler?

  13. Alex McDonald says:

    Crucible for melting and pouring lead.

  14. Sylv1anne says:

    Lead melting ladle for casting metal ball ammo for Black Powder muzzleloaders and handguns.

  15. David Riddick says:

    Pouring sotter of gold after its melted

  16. Georgeann Goodleaf says:

    I'm gonna go out on a limb with this… These are the very first expresso shot measuring cups, they hook on to the machine as you make the drink. They have the "lock in" grooves to hook on for an expresso shot before you start todays DIY project!

  17. J-D says:

    Antique measuring tool. I don't think it is for heating/ melting metal, but maybe something else people didn't want to touch with their hand (like lye, tobacco, or a medicine.) I really have no idea, but it is fun guessing :) !

  18. Bob says:

    Used to melt metals!

  19. Larry says:

    For measuring gun powder.

  20. Michael says:

    it's for pouring gun powder to load ammo

  21. ed sindelar says:

    a blacksmith

  22. Jason says:

    Used to melt and pour molten lead into molds

  23. Barry says:

    The tool is used to melt lead and then pour the lead into a mold to make balls for musket loaders and to make fishing weights.

  24. thepittsmn says:

    Used to melt metal

  25. Jerry B says:

    a melting cup of some sort


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