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    Handyman Club of America

    Got this 'invitation' to join the Handyman Club of America.
    Supposedly, if one joins, they send free tools for the member to evaluate and write up a review on. All for a $1.00 a month membership.
    It is obviously a subscription solicitation but if the tools they send are worthwhile it could be a good deal.
    Enneybody here belong to this?

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    LMAO..Take a look at Bart Leech's avatar. Normaly when they invit you to join they include a free drill gage. I been invited but the scheptic in me has always kept me from sending them a dollar. Like Bart I did get a free drill gage.
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    [QUOTE=Don Baer;174960]LMAO..Take a look at Bart Leech's avatar.
    Like Bart I did get a free drill gage.
    Or three!
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    LOML has been a member of HCA (l LIFE member) for about 12 years. In all that time, he has NEVER gotten a free tool to evaluate. He also never got a free drill gauge. But he DID get an extremely nice leather jacket that he is still wearing. It all depends on your interests. The magazine does have some interesting stuff in it---once in a while.
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    I hate to admit it but i joined 3 or 4 years ago in hopes of getting a real cool tool to test and keep.

    Instead I was sent a package of sticky plastic bags that I was supposed to drill through then into a drywall ceiling. The bag would catch the dust (supposedly) keeping your floor clean.

    Although a bit skeptical, I gave it a shot..About halfway through the ceiling the bag wrapped itself around the spinning drill bit and spewed drywall dust all over the bedroom.

    I sent them my less than glowing review of the product and have never heard from them again.

    I could use a spaghetti sizer, but all they sent me was a plastic key chain
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    I got a drill gauge. It is exactly like another I have but don't remember where I got it. This must be my second 'invitation'. Think I'll pass.

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    Frank keep ignoring them, they'll probubly send you a couple more before they give up.
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    I was a member for a while back in the late '90s. In addition to 4 or 5 spaghetti sizers, I also got a plastic utility knife to evaluate. That was the extent of the tools, but I did get nearly weekly solicitations to upgrade my membership to something like Bronze, Gold, or Platinum, as I recall.
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    Handyman Club of America

    Well, I joined too a few years ago. They kept sending me offers to become a "Life Member" for X number of dollars and I would get so many things.

    Well I resisted and finally when my membership was supposed to be renewed, I contacted them to take me off their mailing list. They still send me the online edition of the magazine.

    I did get to "test" something. It was an HTC3000 mobile base. I thought that was nice of them, with one little exception, it wasn't complete. Parts were missing from a new unopened box. I reported this to them and never heard a thing back. I also wrote to HTC and never got any replacement parts like they told me they would either. I guess you could say I was disappointed. (But I still have the mobile base under my bandsaw.)

    I never did get any spaghetti sizer.

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    well guys, all the replies here just go to reassure me that TANSTAAFL!
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