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You Guys are Awesome So I Want to Give You Drill Bits. Seriously.

September 4, 2013 | 345 Comments | Uncategorized
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This post started out with the title “You Guys Are Awesome So I Want To Give You Drill Bits, Seriously” but that looked like far too many consecutive words starting with capital letters so I randomly decapitalized a few. Sort of like decapitating but… less permanent. And with far less conviction. And apparently the part of my brain that’s supposed to be telling you that Makita sponsored this post and is letting me give away some drill bits is now preoccupied with proper capitalization, which, let’s face it, around here is a bit of a Joke. (Capital J.)

So here’s why you guys are awesome:

  1. Never once in the history of this website has anyone corrected my capitalization. (I feel like this is an unspoken agreement between us… I am going to eff it up, and you all choose to cut me some slack because I spent thirty hours last weekend building a not-finished chicken coop, and I’m writing this after midnight.)
  2. You are funny as hell. Have you ever read the comments section of these posts? Any time I’m having a frustrated minute during my day, I pop in to read some recent comments and then pretend like I’m not laughing hysterically at my own website. Awkward.
  3. You build awesome stuff. Seriously. I get so many emails about people deciding they’re going to up and build their own tables, bathroom vanities, wall art, freaking houses, whatever. And then you send me pictures and they are amazing.
  4. You love tools. You might be a little unsure as to the depth of your love… like, maybe you don’t sleep with your drill under your pillow. But you do occasionally whisper sweet nothings when you’re changing the drill bits. I know you do. Either way, I know you don’t come here just for pictures of donkey noses…

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But still. Tools are awesome. And, while I keep sponsored posts and giveaways to a minimum around here, every once in a while someone contacts me and is like, “Hey, we know you’re busy hugging chickens, but do you maybe want to check out our top-of-the-line drill bits?” Guys. GUYS. Do I want free drill bits? Do you know how much time I spend looking for drill bits? I could build a whole other house with those minutes. Hell yes.

So, Makita (you already know how I feel about my drill, and I can tell you those are pure un-sponsored little hearts in my eyes when I talk about it) and Home Depot asked me to test out the new Makita Impact GOLD line of drill bits, and see if I could wear them out.

They also sent me some gear, since the last impact driver I had access to is actually still back at my last house with my last boyfriend. (It was totally his, but that didn’t mean I didn’t steal it and misplace the battery with regularity. One of my many charms.)

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But now I have my own, and it just makes my little heart go pitty pat.

So, let’s talk about bits. First of all, this is the smartest damn thing I’ve ever seen…

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It’s basically saying, “We know you’re going to lose the shit out of these things, so we’ve included a few extra. And by “a few” we mean “ten”. You’re welcome.”

Well played, Makita.

As you well know, over the last two weekends I’ve built a barn door and most of a chicken coop. As far as I can tell, I’ve driven approximately 3 full boxes of deck screws in to treated lumber over the course of these projects.

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So I would like to think I gave it my all–567 individual times–to wear even one of these damn things down. And…

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Nope. Other than a little discoloration on the end? Not even a dent. These things are designed to be used with high-torque impact drivers, and, apparently, by girls who are wedged into a 12″ space underneath a workbench trying to fasten the bottom on some nesting boxes. For eternity.

The bit holder works great (I do all sorts of stupid shit with my tools, and not even one bit popped out while I was working on the coop) although it is supposed to be a two-part deal with an extra strong holder sleeve, and I will say this… two-part bit holders are a little too much for me, since I already lost the sleeve. It’s probably in the pocket of one of my work jeans, but that’s the problem with small, detachable parts.

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However, I have no complaint about the bit holder sans-sleeve. It’s significantly better than the old DeWalt bit holder I’ve been using that drops bits if I happen to gesture a bit to wildly while holding my drill. Which, as you can imagine, I do often.

So, want some?

This is a two part giveaway. Makita and the Home Depot want to give you this 21 piece Impact GOLD™ bit set

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And I personally want to give you a $50 gift card to Home Depot to jump-start your next project. (That part isn’t sponsored, it’s just because I want to spread a little sawdust joy this week.)

So. Here’s what you’ve got to do: Leave a comment.

That’s it. No gimmicks, no random questions, no posting this shit to eight different social networks. I’m not trying to drive a bunch a traffic here, I just want to give you some fun stuff. One comment per person, and the giveaway will stay open until 11:59 EST on Friday September 6th. I’ll announce the winner Monday, and then the two of us can face-off to see who can wear down even one of these bits sooner.

Just in case it wasn’t clear, this is the part where I tell you that Makita and Home Depot sponsored this post. Obviously. They didn’t tell me what to say, because that’s just effing laughable. If they told me what to say, bet your ass it wouldn’t include donkey noses. So, clearly Makita supports our collective ability to form our own opinions about their tools and share them any damn way we please. I heart them for that.  And because–bless their little tool-making hearts– they are literally making me copy and paste this exact legal jargon here instead of making up my own… something I’ve never done in a decade of blogging: Makita partnered with bloggers such as me for their tool review program. As part of this program, I received compensation for my time. They did not tell me what to purchase or what to say about any product mentioned in these posts. Makita believes that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. Makita’s policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations. (Clearly I didn’t write that part because it didn’t even use the word “shit” once. But whatever.) 

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    Comments

  • Jerry


    I love your writing and hearing about your shenanigans at the farm. Always makes me laugh. And, I, too, love my tools. Keep on sharing the farm with us all. Thanks.

  • Feral Turtle


    From one chicken girl to another “Those bits would look freakin sexy in my impact driver!” Do they deliver to Canada? Cheers.

  • yobo


    oooh, impact drivers are so much fun!
    and i think they designed that bit set for you. 10 extras? they knew, man. they KNEW.

    –yobo

  • Janet levis


    I love my Makita drills. Small enough for me to hold for long periods of time. Nice and powerful. My husband however broke all my drill bits. I hate that.

    Janet

  • Cat


    Your blog has helped me try things I never thought I could do. Apparently my grown son didn’t think I could either (rolls eyes). He’s almost impressed with my budding skills, lol.

  • Debbie


    Your blog keeps me motivated to do home projects every weekend! Thank you!

  • Chris


    Gold – nice bling for the farm girl :)

    Those bits sound nice. I’ve destroyed over a few hundred bits the last 11 years I’ve been in my house with projects. In fairness, I’m cheap and use any bits I have on hand, impact ready or not.

  • Blythe


    Makita is Mine!!

  • April


    OOOhhh shiny new things!

  • Sara @ Russet Street Reno


    Um, yes I want these!! I am losing bits constantly, and the ones we do find are all worn out and shitty. Plus your gift card extra is awesome, dang you are pretty, handy, and generous!! My husband would also like to make sure you’re single? (seriously, he always asks about your posts on FB…..ha!)

  • Kim


    Thanks for the fuzzy muzzle pic! It’s always good for a smile.
    Thanks to your initial commentary about the Makita when you got the first one, I gave it a whirl. Great drill. And even better for small hands.

  • David


    I’d like some drill bits. :-)

  • Kathy


    Awesome! thanks for sharing!

  • Sara


    Thanks for the chane to win!! Love reading your adventures!

  • Kent


    “Clearly I didn’t write that part because it didn’t even use the word “shit” once. But whatever.”

    That quote alone told me – yes – I will sign up for this….

    Thoroughly enjoy the blog.

  • Karen A.


    Whenever I need a project energy boost I always come read your blog. Sometimes that backfires and you just wear me out instead… ;-)

  • Wyn


    You got the capitalization right. I’m a Humanities major who hangs out with proofreaders, so I’d know. And you did it for the same reason that the professionals do — Long Phrases All In Title Case Look Funny. Long Phrases with a Few Less Caps on Unimportant Words Look Better.

    Also, I deserve better drill bits! Until recently, my drill was a metal-cased antique with one speed and no reverse, older than me! With a chuck key and a cord. The cord insulation split after about 40 years of service and because there were Father’s Day sales on, we bought a new drill instead of electrical-taping it. I don’t know offhand if the new drill is an impact driver or not…but if it’s not, you will have given me an excuse to buy another power tool!

  • Laura M


    You totally crack me up. I used a Mikita for the first time last week. It wasn’t mine, but I loved it!!! I have a impact driver and I’d love to abuse some awesome bits!

  • Murphy'sSidekic


    I am a diehard Makita drill and driver fan. Really love them. I may even refer to them as “Makita warriors” when they enable me to do something especially badass and awesome.

  • America


    Someday I will learn how to screw properly, but until then, if anyone can wear these bad boys out, it is ME!

  • Julie


    I LOVE Makita tools. My husband got me started with a drill/driver set last year and those bits look great!

  • Katie


    Love your site! I’ve never commented before but I would LOVE new drill bits!!

  • Joe


    Bits like these would have been nice a couple of weeks ago when I was rebuilding my porch and had to screw in roughly 4272 screws. Wish I could get as much done in a weekend as you seem to.

  • Johanna Stevens


    I do in fact whisper sweet nothings to my tools while in use. xoxox

  • Andrew


    You’re going to have to pry my old Makita 18v drill out of my cold dead hands.

    Or just replace it with a li-ion version.

    Either one.

  • Ben Mease


    Drill bit me!

  • Jen


    Nice! I am really falling in love with donkeys but I think my husband would have a heart attack if he came home and saw me and my daughter hugging one in the backyard.

    I’m in the process of trying to find plans for a simple chicken coop for my little suburban backyard. We had chickens when I was a kid but I was so little that all I remember are playing with the chicks and gathering the eggs. And the day my Mom kept us inside while Dad picked up chicken pieces from a nighttime raccoon attack. :-P

    I don’t think I personally own any tools. Well, a toothbrush is technically a tool right? Anyway, I’ve been just using Hub’s tools for the past 20 years. I’m sure the tools cringe when they hear me coming.

  • Tom


    Cool site! Sweet giveaway! Count me in!

  • David


    My favorite bit holder is an Altoids tin that lives in my pocket.

    • Laura @ Clydesdale Ranch


      Have you every had tin go through the washing machine? My drill and driver bits often do. :)

  • Kristen


    We just wore out our last impact driver and splurged on the Makita – SO worth it. This bit set would be perfection! The $50 would go a long ways in covering up my last stroke of brilliance known as the ‘purple people eater bathroom’. Failure comes in so many different colors…

  • Sarah


    So giveaway posts usually drive me bonkers but this one was pretty awesome, nicely done :)

  • Wanda


    I soooo would love some new drill bits! Can’t ever have enough. My daughter and myself are remodeling out kitchen starting the weekend of the 21st. any new tools would very much be appreciated. Thanks.

    wvarg

  • Leslie


    What a great giveaway, thanks!

    And, yes, I had to go back and check the capital differences once you mentioned it. Thanks for feeding my OCD!

  • Margaret


    I have that impact driver in grey. LOVE IT!!!

  • Eileen


    I don’t own any Makita tools yet…would love to buy an impact driver to use with these drill bits!! Love your blog Kit…keep those donkey noses coming…I miss my two mini donkies and love to get my fix on your site!!

  • Magoo


    This is so awesome. And I lost a two part bit holder as well, so you’re not the only one.

  • Allison


    Where has this blog been all my life?! You are totally hilarious, and since I just moved into my first house and its a hot mess, I have a feeling I will be back here a lot.

  • Mike


    I’d love to win the bits, but I’m under a restraining order to not purchase any more “Bits o’ Plenty” packs at any US-based home center. So if I do win, we’ll have to keep this between us.

  • JAMIE MIRANDA


    You would win the wear down the bit contest without a doubt. I am a military wife and fight for time and space to do my projects. I got a tiny little apartment in a fourplex with a mini yard, about the size of a king bed, the yard not the apartment, but seriously, and the apartment they give us isn’t that much larger. Not complaining, my husband is not deployed currently and small is cozy when he is home. Love your Blog…LOVE your Blog :)

  • Everdry Waterproofing Wisconsin


    You blog posts are very energetic! Thank you for continuing to post and making my lunch breaks fun! (That’s when I read your blogs)

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