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Craftsman on the Homepage Answered

We're pleased to have Craftsman sponsoring Instructables in a big way. You can see part of this sponsorship on the homepage, where we're running exclusive ads from Craftsman and some background images for the next couple of days. In the very near future, we're going to start a contest with Craftsman, which will be our biggest to date. More on that later, but you're going to love it, and I'm really excited about it.

Finally, their Nextec Auto Hammer looks really cool, and I can't wait to try one out.

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Kiteman (author)2008-11-13

An electric hammer???

What's wrong with just hitting things?

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hyperactiveguy (author)Kiteman2008-11-18

Yeah not only is it fun, But this thing's just gonna enable people to get lazier than they already are.

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T3h_Muffinator (author)Kiteman2008-11-15

I know! It's going to take all the fun out of using a hammer! (The purpose of which is not to drive nails into wood, but instead drive your pent-up-rage into things!)

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Hehe I missed you guys too!

hmm... deja vu...

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:D I missed that somehow...

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Plasmana (author)Kiteman2008-11-13

I guess some people are really lazy and can't hit anything, so Craftsman made an electric hammer... lol

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Or they have to hammer a LOT of nails. I know what it's like to have to hammer house wrap onto a house, putting a nail in every six inches

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So do I, which is why you don't use a hammer for that, you use a staple gun (or staple hammer, which is like a manual staple gun) ;) I think this will be useful for those tight, hard-to-reach spots, but otherwise I don't know if I'd ever use it.

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I'm pretty sure regulations said we had to use nails. They were the kind with the big colored rubber rings around them. What's their purpose, by the way? Is it to make them more visible, or to keep the materials from coming over the nail, maybe?

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Oh, lame... The latter - you don't see them used very much, but they're good for holding stuff like house wrap or any sheet-like material on something else.

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I thought that was more likely...I've seen them on tar paper, too.

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n8man (author)Weissensteinburg2008-11-15

Or they hate it when they hammer a nail in sideways and have to redo it, over, and over again.

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galadriel (author)Kiteman2008-11-15

I've cracked my left finger a few times smacking it with a hammer. When fencing particularly, I work until I get fatigued...then I keep working...and then I injure myself. It takes a few really hard smacks with the hammer to get a fence staple into a wooden fence post, and when you hit your finger instead of the nail, it's unpleasant. I've also sometimes had a to put nail in a really tight spot where I couldn't swing the hammer at all. I have wished and wished and wished for this tool.

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whatsisface (author)Kiteman2008-11-13

Wasn't that on the simpsons once?

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Kiteman (author)whatsisface2008-11-13

Oh! The "Edison" episode!

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scafool (author)2008-11-15

I like craftsman, and I hope they keep selling high quality tools. I normally buy brand names (ie. my crescent wrenches are by Crescent, my channel lock pliers are by Channelock) but I have found that Craftsman has a better warranty than most of them do. (and they actually honour it)

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Sandisk1duo (author)2008-11-13

Awesome! More money for instructables!

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Lithium Rain (author)Sandisk1duo2008-11-15

That's the attitude I try to take. Hey, if it pays the light bill, I'm game.

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scafool (author)2008-11-15

hammers are for driving screws (old time carpenter)

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Goodhart (author)2008-11-12

I hadn't noticed, but then I set my Homepage to go to the forums first.... :-) I am really not overly familiar with Craftsman "power" tools, but I have a long standing and good relationship with their hand tools, especially socket wrenches, etc. I have only had to return a socket one time (a spark plug socket that split), and they were good for the guarantee.

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Goodhart (author)Goodhart2008-11-12

Do you all mean on the HOME page? I don't see that kind of ad there (I don't have an ad blocker running either). Maybe because I am using FireFox?

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kelseymh (author)Goodhart2008-11-12

I'm also using FF. Yes, on the HOME page. There's the regular banner ad across the top, which is a d**ned Flash animation, and then there's the box ad to the right. That one is the atrociously evil Flash auto-expander that fills half your window if your mouse touches it (no click, just mouse-over). And if you're naïve enough to click the "(X) Close" notation, you actually get a separate window opened up to Craftsman. But wait -- they're *also* generating pop-up ads on top of it!

I love the tools, but this marketing is really outrageous :-(

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Goodhart (author)kelseymh2008-11-12

Hmm, I see the ads, but I get neither the popup nor can I expand the ad to the right...maybe my machine is too slow :-)

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Goodhart (author)Goodhart2008-11-12

I have gone back a few times to test whether things have changed. This past time, a mouse-over the top ad to the right spewed a bit of "sawdust" into the middle of the screen but nothing really that got in the way (it vanished when I moved my mouse back away from the ad).

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Goodhart (author)Goodhart2008-11-12

I wish I knew what was different. This wasn't a problem, even when I am signed off.....and I clicked on the "Close with the red x" and it minimized it to the right side.

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n8man (author)Goodhart2008-11-12

Here's an example of the mayhem, at one point I could have sworn that a large sander popped out of the square on the right.

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Goodhart (author)DJ Radio2008-11-15

No, not a saw, a sander LOL

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Goodhart (author)n8man2008-11-12

I only get the bar to the top, and one on the right. A mouse over the one on the sander, spews graphical sawdust out a bit, but nothing else. Maybe I do have a pop-up blocker on.....let me see if I can find out...

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n8man (author)Goodhart2008-11-12

As I said, I thought I saw a big sander fly out of the box the first time I loaded it.

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Goodhart (author)n8man2008-11-12

Um, yes when you go in, before signing on.....but I always see a close button and it seems to work for me *shrug*

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n8man (author)Goodhart2008-11-12

I was logged in when I saw the sander fly off. *shrugs*

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Goodhart (author)n8man2008-11-12

Oh, ok, I haven't had that experience yet (maybe I am not on enough during the day? :-)

In any case, I still have no problem closing it by clicking on the supplied X in a circle (clicking on the WORD close doesn't work since that is part of the ad and not part of the JavaScript statement that closes the ad -- - - - I have too much time on my hands sometimes :-)

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n8man (author)Goodhart2008-11-12

Also you cannot get rid of the side banner with add blocker because if it is blocked the orange part at the top is blocked.

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Goodhart (author)n8man2008-11-13

I don't know then, sorry. It seems to like my computer and doesn't cause much disruption :-)

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Plasmana (author)n8man2008-11-13

No worries... I got the proof of the monster sander.
The AD also sprayed sawdust all over instructables to...

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n8man (author)Plasmana2008-11-13

I knew I wasn't going crazy.
now, about the tiny people who keep stealing my stuff...

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Goodhart (author)Plasmana2008-11-13

I mean, I wish I knew why it was not so intrusive on my Older, slower MS machine (OS: XP :-)

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NachoMahma (author)kelseymh2008-11-12

. My main beef is that it slows the page load considerably. I'm running a 2.8GHz PentiumD, with 2GB RAM and an 8Mbps connection (and I'm less than 300 miles from Ibles server at DFW). I'd hate to see what it's like for someone with a slower machine and a dialup connection.
. Still much better than no Ibles at all. ;)

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kelseymh (author)NachoMahma2008-11-12

You wrote, "Still much better than no Ibles at all." I completely agree, and I should probably make a clarifcation post at the top of this discussion.

I have no objection to I'bles sponsorship, nor to having those sponsors get preferential or even exclusive advertising rights as part of that agreement.

Since Eric et al choose sponsors that are appropriate to this community, there's a nontrivial chance I might actually pay attention to the ads!

My objection, in this particular case, is to the invasive implementation of the ads. It may be that neither Eric+ nor Craftsman itself has control over that (i.e., they paid an ad agency to do the work, and this is what they got).

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NachoMahma (author)kelseymh2008-11-12

. There's a big difference between constructive criticism and bitchin' & moanin'. So far, all I've seen from you is CC. Judging by your recent surprise t-shirt, I'll go out on a limb and say Ibles (or at least Rachel) agrees.

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kelseymh (author)NachoMahma2008-11-12
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NachoMahma (author)kelseymh2008-11-12
. I'm chalking it up to new relationship adjustment syndrome*. They should be able to find a reasonable balance between getting Craftsman good exposure and not upsetting the users. I'm optimistic.
. I'm rather excited to see what Ibles and a big name like Craftsman can do together.
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  • Patent pending. Registered trademark. Not valid in Alaska or Hawaii.

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