DIY Day with Underwriters Laboratories

by Kimba on April 26, 2010

in DIY Day

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Welcome to DIY Day! Are you ready to share your latest project and maybe win a fabulous prize? Well then, stay tuned, because we’re giving away a handful of $50 Home Depot gift cards this week!

I am so excited (and nervous) about DIY Day this week because I have something TOTALLY different for you. A couple of months ago, the folks at Underwriters Laboratories (UL) contacted me and asked if they could visit our home with their safety expert, John Drengenberg, and a video crew to talk about DIY safety. WHAT? A video crew in my house? My heart still pounds just thinking about it.

Who is Underwriters Laboratories (UL), you ask? Go take a look at a few of the appliances in your home…your fridge, toaster, coffee grinder, hair dryer…chances are, you’re going to see the UL mark somewhere on the appliance. That’s because the people of UL have been testing products and writing safety standards for over 100 years.

And now that spring DIY season is upon us, UL has something to say to all of us DIY’ers. More than 40 percent of Americans are planning on tackling DIY home improvement projects this year. But beware! Home improvement accidents send hundreds of thousands of people to the emergency room each year. So whether you’re a first-time DIY’er or a veteran DIY guru, Underwriters Laboratories (UL) is urging homeowners to make safety a part of your home improvement plan.

Let’s take a look at my interview with John Drengenberg, Safety Expert from Underwriters Laboratories.

For even more important DIY safety tips, check out this article on UL’s website.

But WAIT! There’s more! The awesome folks from UL have graciously given me five $50 Home Depot gift cards to give away to the participants in DIY Day this week! The requirements are simple. All you have to do is:

  1. Link up a post to DIY Day this week
  2. Make sure that your post is linked back to A Soft Place to Land. You gotta link back to win.

Now let’s see those projects! I’m trying out a new image linky system. I hope it works!

Note: Put the name of your PROJECT in the field called “Name”.

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1 Della @ Della Grace's Life April 26, 2010 at 10:03 pm

Thank you for hosting! I’m back with projects after a month long dry spell…way to long to go without paint something!
.-= Della @ Della Grace’s Life´s last blog ..Daily Wear- 44 =-.

2 Richella April 26, 2010 at 10:04 pm

Kimba!! This is SO exciting! You look beautiful on. . . what is it? film? video? I don’t what it’s called. . . but I’m sure it’s very safe. And you DO look beautiful!
.-= Richella´s last blog ..A transformation =-.

3 Tisha April 26, 2010 at 10:05 pm

I tried to select my thumbnail for the burlap table cover (#4), but it didn’t pick it up. Could I email you the image for you to add it?
.-= Tisha´s last blog ..{burlap table cover} =-.

4 Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage April 26, 2010 at 10:06 pm

Thanks for the great reminder to keep it safe!

Ohhh what I could do with that gift card…. Thanks for hosting!


5 Stephanie Lynn April 26, 2010 at 10:16 pm

Kimba – Super cool video! You look wonderful! Like the new link system! Thanks so much for hosting! Congratulations on your video!! 😉
.-= Stephanie Lynn´s last blog ..Chick-fil-A Inspired Chicken Nuggets {with Sweet & Sour Sauce} =-.

6 jenjen April 26, 2010 at 10:20 pm

Kimba!!! You did a great job! Really really great. Good for you!!!

Thanks so much for letting me link up each week. I love coming over and seeing all of the wonderful projects and ideas!

{tatertots & jello}

7 Amanda @ Serenity Now April 26, 2010 at 10:23 pm

Yay, Kimba! 🙂 Thanks for hosting. I linked up my “Rad” 80s bday party this week. Your video was great!!!

8 Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish April 26, 2010 at 10:29 pm

Love the video! Safety first right! And as always – thanks for hosting! 🙂
.-= Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish´s last blog ..Mood Board Monday: Hip Nursery! =-.

9 Amanda@ImperfectlyBeautiful April 26, 2010 at 10:30 pm

Thanks for the fun linky and never ending inspiration, as always!

.-= Amanda@ImperfectlyBeautiful´s last blog ..Shabby Chic Rosettes – No Sew =-.

10 Heidi@TheCraftMonkey April 26, 2010 at 10:30 pm

Wow, I bet that was a really cool experience for you & your family! I hope we’ll get to see more “behind the scenes” type stuff too.

11 gail April 26, 2010 at 10:30 pm

way to go Kimba! you did a great job! I’m very impressed. I don’t have any projects up this week (due to weather) so I went back in my archives and found a favorite to link up.
thanks for hosting! and boy ohhh boy, would I love, love, love to win one of those gift cards! Home Depot is my favorite place to shop!

12 Lindsay~ A Design Story April 26, 2010 at 10:31 pm

Great Video!! Loved it!

Thanks for the link party! I appreciate it and look forward to it every week. I have really enjoyed seeing everyone’s projects! Oh and I linked you on my post as well!

.-= Lindsay~ A Design Story´s last blog ..Design is redesign. =-.

13 Ann Marie April 26, 2010 at 10:36 pm

Ohhhhh, so THAT’S what UL stands for! To think I’ve seen it umpteen times and never known. Thanks for enlightening me and for hosting such a great party!

Great video, sometimes we’re so wrapped up in getting projects DONE that we don’t think about doing them safely. And you look gorgeous! 🙂
.-= Ann Marie´s last blog ..Freecycle Goodies =-.

14 Denise@ DensDailyLife April 26, 2010 at 10:41 pm

Great Giveaway, you look wonderful on the video 🙂
.-= Denise@ DensDailyLife´s last blog ..Little Project. . . . =-.

15 Amy @ Positively Splendid April 26, 2010 at 11:13 pm

Love those pink safety goggles! What a terrific job you did!

Thanks so much for hosting all of us each week!
.-= Amy @ Positively Splendid´s last blog ..Beguiling blossoms (a metal flower tutorial) =-.

16 Jen@balancing Beauty and Bedlam April 26, 2010 at 11:17 pm

You look gorgeous, my friend…especially with your fancy, smancy pink. 🙂
.-= Jen@balancing Beauty and Bedlam´s last blog ..Preparing for Vacation – Thrifting Style =-.

17 Traci April 26, 2010 at 11:40 pm

Girl you look great in that video! You’re a star! 🙂

18 Jeanne @ Inspiring Ideas April 26, 2010 at 11:42 pm

Kimba! Your video is wonderful!
Forget about your skilled tool handling, that close-up showed your amazing FLAWLESS skin!!!!!!!!! 🙂
.-= Jeanne @ Inspiring Ideas´s last blog ..Mother’s Day Giveaway! =-.

19 Chelsea April 26, 2010 at 11:44 pm

Great giveaway and what a fun experience!


20 La-dee-da creator April 27, 2010 at 12:19 am

Thank you for hosting this party. I just get so inspired looking at other projects. I am the blessed one…..hummmm follower, I mean.
I am a new craft blogger!

21 becca April 27, 2010 at 1:03 am

how do i link back to this post? does that mean just posting your button on my post? sorry, i’m new to all of this.

22 Marianne@Songbird April 27, 2010 at 1:55 am

Good morning Kimba, You are looking great! I loved to see you in real life in that video. Thanks for all the tips to keep us safe.

23 Morgan April 27, 2010 at 2:13 am

Thanks so much for hosting again Kimba!!


Meet Virginia!
Meet Virginia!
Meet Virginia!
.-= Morgan´s last blog ..Plate Mural =-.

24 MarytheKay April 27, 2010 at 2:36 am

Wow! What amazing projects and ideas already posted! I just love the little thumbnail pics!

Thank you for letting me link up again–I am really LOVING this “motivation” to finish my projects by Tuesday…even if it means Tuesday by midnight! Aahhhhh!!! 🙂

25 Amanda @ Looking Glass Jewels April 27, 2010 at 2:39 am

Thank you for hosting a great link party! I hope you enjoy my Candlestick Makeover! 🙂
.-= Amanda @ Looking Glass Jewels´s last blog ..Mantle Makover – Part One =-.

26 Amanda April 27, 2010 at 7:33 am

UL was my second full time job out of high school! I worked at the main office in Northbrook, IL 🙂 Ahh memories!

27 Julie April 27, 2010 at 7:52 am

Awesome giveaway! Thanks for hosting!
.-= Julie´s last blog ..Scenes of Paris Paper Art =-.

28 Tammy @ Not Just Paper and Glue April 27, 2010 at 9:12 am

How much fun that must have been to have UL come and shoot a video! Congratulations! Thanks for hosting this weeks party 🙂

29 Mary Beth @ Live.Laugh.MakeSomething April 27, 2010 at 9:13 am

Thanks so very much for hosting another terrific party!
.-= Mary Beth @ Live.Laugh.MakeSomething´s last blog ..Great Mother’s Day Gift to Make =-.

30 robyn April 27, 2010 at 10:07 am

YOU totally look like a STAR! I love the video! GREAT safety reminders! THANKS!

31 Marie April 27, 2010 at 10:49 am

Hello sweet Kimba – thank you for hosting another fun party. I’m excited to be able to link up this week!

Great video! And such a SWEET giveaway! Thank you for the chance to win.

.-= Marie´s last blog ..chair {re}covery =-.

32 Jennifer Juniper April 27, 2010 at 12:35 pm

A great video and you seem totally relaxed in front of the camera. Look out Martha! 🙂
.-= Jennifer Juniper´s last blog ..Tutorial Tuesday with VM Jess =-.

33 Richella April 27, 2010 at 12:55 pm

It’s me again–I forgot to say that I love your hair! It’s gotten so long since I saw you! It looks really pretty. 🙂
.-= Richella´s last blog ..A transformation =-.

34 New Every Morning April 27, 2010 at 1:16 pm

AWESOME giveaway day! I just made sure my post is linked up with you.
Thanks for hosting such a fun party each week!

35 Joy@thriftyparsonageliving April 27, 2010 at 3:07 pm

Thanks for hosting and the great giveaway ! Thank you for the reminder about being safe.
.-= Joy@thriftyparsonageliving´s last blog ..Our Master Bedroom Transformation Has Begun =-.

36 Chrissy April 27, 2010 at 3:46 pm

Love the video! Great safety reminders. Thanks for hosting and for hte giveaway. I wasn’t going to post today, but you enticed me with the chance at giftcards. So many great projects up today!
.-= Chrissy´s last blog ..DIY Science @ Home – Pill Bugs =-.

37 Kimberly April 27, 2010 at 5:47 pm

This link system is SO MUCH BETTER- I don’t lose my spot when I need to take a break!! THANK YOU!!!!!!

38 Tracey April 27, 2010 at 6:28 pm

I love the photo linky!!

39 Ka April 27, 2010 at 6:31 pm

Thanks for hosting! I love DIY Day!
.-= Ka´s last blog ..Vanity: Reveal =-.

40 Funky Junk Interiors April 27, 2010 at 8:34 pm

Oh awesome! I’m so happy you switched to the thumbnail link feature!

You were great on that video! You should do more. 🙂

Thanks for hosting!
.-= Funky Junk Interiors´s last blog ..PAINT-ed wooden crate stairs for So You Think =-.

41 Vanessa Lewis April 28, 2010 at 8:41 am

love, love, love the picture links! Fabulous!

42 cristin @ simplified bee April 28, 2010 at 6:27 pm

Thank you so much for hosting… just figured out this new linky thingy. Looks great.

Also, you were adorable in your interview w the UL guy. Thanks for the great safety tips… all important.

.-= cristin @ simplified bee´s last blog ..California Dreaming… Beach House =-.

43 Jen April 29, 2010 at 8:24 pm

I’m a big fan of the thumbnail pics! I think it works great!
.-= Jen´s last blog ..Little girl’s purse =-.

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