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Monday, July 29, 2013

Trojan Tools - Product Review And Giveaway

The friendly folk at Trojan Tools sent me some tools to review which we tried out over the weekend with the kitchen renovation.

Trojan are an affordable low-mid range brand aimed towards home renovators, DIY enthusiasts and light trade use. They are an Australian brand stocked at Bunnings where you'll find us most weekends stalking the aisles for everything DIY or at the hot dog stand getting lunch!
I received a Trojan tool tote with a selection of their household tools including wood chisel set, file set, multi tool, 5 in 1 screwdriver, adjustable wrench set, wallboard saw, hammer, utility knife and nail puller which will definitely come in handy for our ever growing list of DIY projects - plus I now have my very own tool tote which I'm pretty excited about!
Trojan tool tote
I also received some plastering tools that we could use to tackle the plastering job in the kitchen and dining room - a notched trowel, small plasters tool, hand sander, sand paper and sanding sponges.

Trojan plastering tools
We tried out some of these tools doing the final stages of the kitchen renovation - prepping, plastering and sanding the walls and window and door frames in the kitchen and dining room to get them ready for painting.

Plastering "white set" the walls

We used the small plasters tool which has a triangle on one end and a square on the other end and because of its size is really good for those hard to reach places when plastering like the walls alongside the door frames and window frame.

Loading up the small plasters tool

Small plasters tool

Once the plaster was dry, the next day we got stuck into the sanding to get the walls ready for painting. That's where the hand sander comes into play - the slotted sanding sheets were easy to fit into the sander and pre-cut so no fiddling around cutting sheets of paper to fit. The handle feels really nice in your hand and has a soft grip. We used this heaps it gave really good coverage and allowed us to sand the large areas pretty quickly. 

Working the hand sander

We had a variety of sanding sponges in different grades from rough and fine. They felt firm but spongy in your hand and were really good to work with. They work substantially better than a block of wood with a sand paper sheet wrapped around it which is what we usually use ... will definitely be stocking up on these bad boys!

Sanding sponge
The other thing that was good about these sponges is you can just rinse them out when the pads get full from sanding and they come up clean just like new and you can go back and sand again. We sanded for a couple of hours and they barely wore out and made the job of sanding the 3 door frames and window frame so much better.

Running water over the sanding sponge

Cleaned and good to go again

Of the sanding sponges, the angled sander was the favourite because it allowed you to get right up close to the edge of the door and window frame or into the corners of the room without knocking your knuckles. A very clever design this one!

Angled sanding sponge

The other tool we used quite a bit was the utility knife which comes with 5 spare blades. Admittedly the safety catch worked a little too well as the blade kept retracting when you pushed too hard but other than that it worked well.

Utility knife

We also used the nail puller to pull out all the hooks and nails in the walls so we could plaster. This was the perfect size to work with and had good leverage as it wasn't too big and clunky. I wish I had this when we were restoring the floorboards and pulling out wayward nails!

Nail puller

These tools certainly did the job - the plastering is all done, the walls are sanded smooth and we are now ready to paint so I would call that a successful renovating weekend! Overall the tools were easy to use and good quality and I would recommend them to anyone who likes to tackle odd jobs and repairs around the house and DIY and renovating enthusiasts.

Thanks to Trojan I have a DIY Survival Kit with Trojan's top 10 tools for the tool shed valued at $140 to giveaway. Ladies, if you don't know your spanners from your wrenches why not try to win this for your husband, boyfriend, dad, brother, or tool enthusiast!

The Trojan Tools DIY Survival Kit up for grabs includes:
Combination Square
Tape Measure
Allen Key Set
6 in 1 Screwdriver
Combination pliers
Claw Hammer
Utility Knife with retractable blade
Wood Chisel set
Adjustable Wrenches set
Tool box with built in compartments and lift out carry tray


For your chance to win:
1) Follow Jarrah Jungle here or on Bloglovin here
2) Like Jarrah Jungle Facebook page here
3) Then leave a comment here or on my Facebook page so I know you've entered
4) Bonus entry if you share this post on Facebook or Twitter - leave another comment here or on my Facebook page for a second entry
5) Giveaway open to Australian Residents only
6) Giveaway ends on Friday 2 August 2013, 5pm WST

Winner will be drawn at random and announced over the weekend ... Good luck everyone!

Disclosure: Trojan Tools partner with bloggers such as me to help promote their product. As part of this promotion I was invited to pick products to review and given a tool tote to keep and a tool box to giveaway. I have not received any payment or compensation for this review. I have not been told what to say about this product, I am free to form my own opinion and share them in my own words. All opinions are my own. Prize will be posted to winner direct from company. This prize cannot be exchanged for money.

[All images my own]

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  1. Thanks for the comp. This is a girl who loves her tools. Lisa xo

  2. I've retweeted your tweet regarding the comp. I'd love to win!

  3. I'm already a Fb liker of your page and already follow via bloglovin. Thanks so much for the opportunity

  4. I follow you on Bloglovin and on Facebook :)
    Thanks for the great giveaway - my fingers are crossed!!

  5. I have tweeted your giveaway:

  6. Following Bloglovin
    Like on Facebook

  7. What a great review! I bet you will be glad once the renovation is finished! What a great prize of tools to win too!

  8. Shared on Twitter for you! @ThePlumbette

  9. Bloglover and FB fan! :D

  10. Retweeted too, here: @JBMarigold

  11. Bloglovin and Facebooking

  12. Have Tweeted the giveaway

  13. Awesome giveaway so close to Father's day! Have liked your page and tweeted your giveaway. @misguidedmuser

  14. I love collecting new tools and using them too, but I love my Dad too, so I would probably give them to him if I won, maybe I could just keep one thing? Cool giveaway, thanks!


  15. Am following, like you on facebook and have shared it too...

  16. I follow you on Bloglovin and liked your facebook page.

    My husband would be in tool heaven with this prize!

  17. I have also retweeted your giveaway

  18. Hello, I found you via The Plumbette. What a great competition!! I'd love it win this, only because I like to think I can do anything and with this pack I can prove it :) Rachel xx

    (Shared & liked on Facebook)

  19. I like you already ;) Very cool give away and perfect for your blog!

  20. Liked and shared on FB.
    First time I'd heard of this blog but I'll be back - a lot of useful tips here for me - Mr Ten Thumbs lol.

  21. Have liked & shared on my FB page, retweeted on twitter & Pinned.

    Great prize, got quite a few DIY jobs around the home lined up that these would make a lot easier, thank you for the chance to win :)

  22. shared on facebook wall, shared on twitter @gherkkerry following bloglovin kerry santillo
    shared here to facebook, We are renovating our kitchen and this would be so handy :)) thanks for a chance :)

  23. Have tweeted :

  24. AnonymousJuly 31, 2013

    Have liked on facebook and followed on bloglovin :)

    Love this prize, thanks for the giveaway!

  25. AnonymousJuly 31, 2013

    Have shared on facebook too :)

  26. Love this Prize and I just got on face book for the first time... I am behind the times. This competition has helped me learn more about face book.


  27. Marilyn
    liked on facebook
    great prize

  28. I am your newest liker on Facebook :)
    Follwing via Bloglovin and Twitter :)

  29. I also retweeted your tweet. Fingers crossed this would be awesome and well used :)

  30. Liked and shared on FB.

  31. Following on Bloglovin and Twitter.

  32. Following on Bloglovin and twitter. Also a liker on Facebook. Fantastic giveaway :)

  33. And shared on Facebook :)

  34. I Follow Jarrah Jungle on Bloglovin.
    2) Like Jarrah Jungle Facebook page .

  35. shared the giveaway on twitter...

  36. 1. Following on Bloglovin
    2. Following on FB

  37. Shared on Twitter here

  38. I would love to win this prize: my fiancé and I bought our first home, a 3 bedroom unit, back in February. The place was built in 1968 and never had any work done to it. We are doing renovation little by little and learning as we go. We don't own many tools and this prize would be fabulous for us!

  39. This giveaway is now closed. Thank you to everyone who entered.
    You can see who the winner is here ...


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