Inventions and other News by Dane Scarborough

launch your Invention IDEA for under $100

launch your Invention IDEA for under $100

So many people have a EUREKA moment and think “Holy Sh**! I have the next million dollar idea!” Then they quickly research the process of inventing and become overwhelmed at all the ways they *might* need to spend money to make it to market. Unfortunately, this fear stops many people dead in their tracks. 

Don’t you be one of them! If you truly believe you have a great idea, you owe it to yourself to take the first (low cost) steps to find out.  I’m going to walk you through the basics so you have a clear understanding of what to do, and when to do it, and the beauty is, your out of pocket costs will likely be under $100 dollars. 

5 Easy Ways to Prototype your IDEA

5 Easy Ways to Prototype your IDEA

One of the first steps to making money from your product/idea is to make sure it works, and you prove your idea works by creating a prototype. In the business world, it's called "proof of concept".  A "proof of concept" prototype is different than a production model prototype. Proof of concept prototypes are usually simple and somewhat crude. It's important not to skip this step. Why? Because it will show you where you need to tweak your design and reveal aspects of your idea you might have not considered. 

5 Best Tape Measure Tips and Tricks

5 Best Tape Measure Tips and Tricks

Speed square, I don’t need no stinking speed square! Lock the QuickDraw tape measure at the desired measurement and roll your line, moving the hook in unison with your tape as shown.

Win the $1,000.00 QuickDraw Challenge

Win the $1,000.00 QuickDraw Challenge

tape measure competition
Win the $1,000.00 QuickDraw Challenge - $1000 dollars and bragging rights go to the first professional builder/carpenter to measure and mark faster than me (I'm Dane, the inventor of the QuickDraw).  You must use an un-modified Stanley tape measure (i.e. Stanley FatMax, PowerLock, etc. We all know Stanley makes really great tapes with lots of standout, so this should be fun  - More details at: www.quickdrawtapes.com 

Who first said "Time is Money"?

Who first said "Time is Money"?

What I find interesting about this quote is that it was directed to Young Tradesmen back in 1737, and yet is still just as important, if not more so, in our modern world. I also like that Franklin get's into the math of it.

Stop the Madness!

Stop the Madness!

There are approximately 950,000 carpenters in the US… imagine how much collective time is wasted looking for pencils, sharpening pencils, or looking for something to sharpen a pencil with.

It’s TIME to end this madness - The top-rated QuickDraw self-marking tape measure is on sale today- www.quickdrawtapes.com

A Brief History of Tape Measures

A Brief History of Tape Measures

The next big change to measuring tapes was blade standout, or what I call the blade standout wars, which Stanley won hands down with the FatMax, by patenting the 1.25" wide blade combined with the brilliant  geometry of the curve of the blade as shown here in John C. Murray's 2001 patent.Stanley tapes is king of blade standout

LIMITED LIFETIME WARRANTY - FYI: A woman that worked at the return counter of a major lumber yard chain, once told me that you could leave a contractor alone in the desert

LIMITED LIFETIME WARRANTY - FYI: A woman that worked at the return counter of a major lumber yard chain, once told me that you could leave a contractor alone in the desert

LIMITED LIFETIME WARRANTY - FYI: A woman that worked at the return counter of a major lumber yard chain, once told me that you could leave a contractor alone in the desert, naked, with an anvil and when you came back the next day, the anvil would be broken and he wouldn’t know how it happened… The point being that contractors are capable of breaking anything, so if you break your QuickDraw tape, please know that we have you covered. QuickDraw Pro models that are bought through our website are covered by our *limited lifetime warranty (see details on our website.

Building with the QuickDraw Pro - Weekend project

Building with the QuickDraw Pro - Weekend project

Building with the QuickDraw tape measure- Weekend project 

The problem:  an exterior utility door, that's got a fair amount of dry rot, and the brass hinges and latch are caked in 50 years of paint.  

For tools, besides my Quickdraw tape, I've got a chop saw, a skill-saw, a screw-gun, and a plainer, but no table saw, so, I'll measure, and mark with the quickdraw, then cut the boards to 38" using the chop saw. 

 

FOCUS and DISCIPLINE - A chapter from "The Inventors Guide to World Domination".

FOCUS and DISCIPLINE - A chapter from "The Inventors Guide to World Domination".

If you really are tired of struggling financially… If you really want to turn your life around, you have to make a conscious decision.

You have to change your perception of focus and discipline. 

For the gates of success to open, focus and discipline have to become your friend.  Once you start implementing focus and discipline, it’s liberating, because it breeds success and success gives you freedom! You can do this, and Chapter 4 shows you how.

Best Father's Day gift ever!

Best Father's Day gift ever!

Best seller for Father’s Day… this tape measure has a built-in marking device. It never needs sharpening, can’t break, and makes 2000+ marks per load - comes with 10 reloads and a marking keychain that holds the refills

For the dad that has everything, except a pencil when he really needs it, the QuickDraw Pro self-marking tape get's the job done in spades.  

The magic is in the way it works on all kinds of surfaces, no mater how rough, because the mark is made by a small hardened steel wheel, that rolls out the graphite, but the wheel itself can't break. Think of it like a ballpoint pencil, except it's a wheel. 

Top rated tape measure

Top rated tape measure

Top rated tape measure review - We’ve all been there, in that moment when we’re ready to make our mark, and realize we don’t have a pencil behind our ear... so we put the tape measure down, and we’re off on mission to find a damm pencil... 5 minutes later, we’re ready to get it done, and the pencil lead breaks !@%#^! OK, calm down, we just need to find something to sharpen it with... 

Point being, if you work with a tape measure everyday, or just once in a while on a home project, you will love the new innovation of the QuickDraw self-marking tape measure, but it’s much more than that. It also: 

1. makes a perfect circle 

2. gives you an extra hand to hold the blade in place for a more accurate mark

3. duplicates measurements easily

4. makes difficult measurements easy

5. saves time and frustration by never having to look for a pencil (or a sharpener) again