Toolsday Giveaway: Win a DIY Network Tool Kit

Last Toolsday, we posted a photo of a triangular thing with a roller-looking dohicky attached to it. To win our prize we asked you to tell us what it was used for.  We stumped most everyone even though we had a huge variety of answers — everything from a sock dryer to something you attach to the back of your lawnmower. Those answers and a lot more were wrong. The mystery tool was a ghat tracer (a what?). Surveyors use it to locate the number of points on a given gradient.

We randomly picked one winner out of all last week’s comments and that lucky person is Vance P. who was pretty much on the mark, he thought the mystery tool was used to measure the list on a shipboard. Congrats Vance, you have exactly one week to reply to our email before we pick another winner.

Next Tuesday we will be giving away a DIY Network tool kit. It is jammed packed with essential hand tools like pliers, a level, tape measure, utility knife, a variety of screwdrivers and of course, a hammer.

Is your home short on square footage? We have design ideas to make your kitchen look bigger, tips for organizing your home office and great storage solutions for combating clutter all around the home. Plus, tiny homes and unique homes like cargo containers and tree houses.

To win the DIY Network tool kit, post a comment (click “comment” above) and tell us what the contraption pictured on the right is used for.  You don’t have to answer correctly to win; we will randomly pick one winner.

On Tuesday, April 23, we will select the winner of the giveaway, and we’ll have a big surprise for all our readers.

You have until April 23, 2013, 2:00pm (ET) to enter to win the DIY Network tool kit.
Official Rules.

1,609 Responses

  1. John Murray says:

    Paint Can Press

  2. Sherri Poulisse says:

    The hooks on the bottom would go around the block of ice, and then they would secure the top by screwing the wooden block down onto the top of the large block of ice. They could then carry the blocks of ice into the home of the person who wanted the ice for their ice chest (early refrigerators).

  3. Sherri Poulisse says:

    Holds or picks up a block of ice.

  4. Heather Bell says:

    It looks like a vise.

  5. Michael says:

    It's a screw-type barrel press. :)

  6. Kathy says:

    Surely you put it around a paint can and screw the thing-a-ma-jiggy on top to put the paint can lid down tightly. Don't you think?

  7. Johnny30165 says:

    This Item is called A Screw Barrel Press

  8. mike c says:

    makes apple juice or cider. what you dond see are the other wooden discs you would place in barrell between rows of apples.

  9. Tom Hicks says:

    press for securing lids on old fashioned wooden stave barrels.

  10. Susan K says:

    Cowlick controller. ( similar to Johnny Depp's braces on Charlie And the Chocolate Factory)

  11. Ken says:

    Tool used to pull seals on a pipe valve

  12. Lori Crawford says:

    It is how they put the lids on barrels and pressed them on tight! It is a barrel press!

  13. Bill says:

    can closer

  14. Kami says:

    An olive press is my best guess. It's got an old world European look to it.

  15. Tim Sweetz says:

    Looks like some sort of press, but not sure for what. Whatever it is, it is OLD!

  16. David says:

    I believe it is called a barrel header. A device used to put the lid on a barrel.

  17. Ken Eaves says:

    It's a firkin lid sealer!! (firkin is a wooden keg for beer nails etc…. not a naughty word.)

  18. Dee Luzader says:

    It looks like something to pick up blocks of ice

  19. John says:

    A wine bottle corker

  20. Cindy Barber says:

    To stir paint in a paint can!

  21. Chris says:

    It's a hub puller or gear puller

  22. RHytonen says:

    Lid press or puller of some kind

  23. Faith says:

    mop head holder

  24. Christopher Jones says:

    Torture device

  25. A funny looking ice block carrier !


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