Coveting my ride, aren't you? It's been with me since '72, and I still get looks... especially when I do my wicked jumps and wheelies. That's right, kid, the classics never die.
It's National Bike Week! Which means... what? It's time to kick a stand! Get out on the open road, weave around and startle pedestrians, water pistol chasing dogs, you know... good times! So, get your home "bike-friendly" with some cool deals from Harbor Freight Tools:
First, the bike's been sitting there for a long time, the tires are probably low. Forget those ripoff artist gas station bozos who want to charge a buck for some air-- air!--here's a great, little compressor that'll keep you on the road: The Pittsburgh Automotive 12 Volt, 100 PSI High Volume Air Compressor. You'll get all the air you need when you need it with this little, high-volume compressor. It'll fully inflate your bike tires quickly-- as well as ATV, mower rider, motorcycle and car-- and its lightweight, portable design and handy carry bag make it easy to use at home or store in your vehicle. Features include rubber feet for less vibration, a gearless direct drive for reduced noise, and a cast alloy air pump casing with cooling fins. For only $25.99, you can afford to salute the gas station any way you'd like as you coast by.
When in pursuit of distant bike paths (where nobody knows you-- who picked out those bike shorts, anyway?), you'll need a sturdy, reliable bike rack. Harbor Freight's got a worthy one, a Two-Bike Rack That you Mount to Your Hitch. This type is really the ideal way to get your bike around with ease and safety. This rack includes thermoplastic bike holders with four hook-and-loop straps, and a pinch hitch pin to keep your bikes safe and not bouncing and swaying around like Jack Sparrow in a sword fight. Also, the handy swing-down feature gives hassle-free access to any rear hatch or tailgate. The bike rack will fit both 1-1/4" and 2" hitch mount receivers. Just $39.99 at Harbor Freight.
One of the first rules of the road you learn is that the streets are full of boneheads. Which means, it pays to be extra careful and make sure everybody knows you're there. Be smart and pick up a couple of Red LED Bicycle Taillights for you and your riding companion. This taillight's got FOUR attention-getting LEDs for high visibility on those crazy roads. The compact light also has three different flashing modes and can adjust up and down 160 degrees. It's spray resistant and includes two AAA batteries. At $4.99 a pop, I can't believe I'm still here pitching you.
At the end of the day, when it's time to stable your stallion, don't just lean it against the wall-- put it away proper, out of the way of clumsy, stumbling feet. Harbor Freight's got a couple of solutions for that, too:
Probably the best return for $8.99 you'll ever spend on your bike is on the innovative Bicycle Lift at HFT. Using a unique pulley-locking mechanism, the bicycle lift quickly hoists your bike for easy storage, giving you extra space in your garage, apartment or dorm. Mounting hardware and a 46 ft. nylon rope are included, and setting this thing up couldn’t be easier. Perfect for saving your bike from scratches!
Or, if you've got a sizable brood to accommodate, check out the nifty Cycle Tree Compact Bike Storage. You can store up to six bikes in only four feet of space! The cycle tree is made of durable, yet lightweight, steel construction and rides on swivel casters for easy maneuverability around the garage. This is the perfect bike storage for every member of the family without taking up a lot space in your garage! On sale for $39.99 at Harbor Freight.
And don't forget to clip your Harbor Freight Tools 20% Off Coupon, where the ridiculous savings get really absurd!
In the meantime, have a great National Bike Week. Have fun, ride smart, be safe... and don't forget the water pistols!
Moving is tough. And not just because you’ve got to change your address, forward your mail, find new local restaurants and get your cable/internet hooked back up. You’ve also got to get your furniture safely moved without damaging or scratching any of it. When securing furniture (or anything you’re transporting for that matter) mover’s blankets are crucial. And at Harbor Freight Tools, we’ve got a few different types to choose from which can be useful for a variety of jobs and tasks. Here’s a quick look at our selection of mover’s blankets and what sets them apart from each other.
First of all, while these blankets are often called mover’s blankets or furniture pads, the usefulness of these items extends far beyond just moving furniture. Obviously, the main use for mover’s blankets is protecting your furniture or other items when using ratchet straps, tie downs or winch straps. The pads keep your cargo from being broken or scratched and otherwise just give you some peace of mind when you’re driving that U-Haul and trying to make it through traffic with no rear-view mirror. Unlike paper pads, mover’s blankets won’t tear during transport and can be used again and again.
The largest furniture pads you can get at Harbor Freight are 72” x 80”. Great for securing and protecting larger items, these blankets are also ideal for deadening noise while recording audio. If you’re recording a song, for example, hanging some of these blankets on the walls will greatly improve acoustics, making your recording clearer. Also, these pads can adequately silence camera noise when recording on film. These big blankets are made of a cotton/poly blend with reinforced stitching to maintain strength and longevity for repeated use, also making them good for lying on when working under vehicles. If you’re looking for something a little smaller, we’ve got that too. The 60” x 72”, 40” x 72” and 36” x 40” mover’s blankets are equally durable with strong double stitched poly and non-woven fabric.
Aside from these general purpose mover’s blankets, you could also opt for the camouflage blankets. Useful for the same tasks as the other blankets, these are also perfect accessories for hunting or covering tools and other items you don’t want to draw any extra attention to. The camo blankets come in two designs, one the traditional dark green and the other a light green and beige for dustier areas. Either way, these camouflage mover’s blankets offer great protection and concealment for a variety of items.
As you can see, even if you aren’t in the process of moving, these mover’s blankets have a multitude of uses around the home and garage that will make them well worth the money, especially considering they only cost between $6.99 and $9.99 each. Even if you only use these blankets just as blankets for spreading out and having a picnic in the park or laying out in the sun, these blankets hold up to repeated use and wear and tear. Luckily, they come without any wear and tear on your wallet. So whether you’re moving, about to move or have no intentions of moving anytime soon, these blankets are still versatile items to keep handy!
If there's such a thing as a downside to accumulating a lot of friends, it's that sooner or later one of them is going to move. Which means, of course you have to help them. It's in the, you know, "friend" code. And, guess what? Moving season is upon us! Which means, right now one of your buds is either going through wanderlust, retirement or a sudden career opportunity, and that migratory song is a-callin'. This is where you can be a real friend and recommend they head over to Harbor Freight Tools for moving supplies. From hand trucks and dollies, to ramps and moving blankets, HFT's got beaucoup gear for the Big Adios. And if you've been enlisted in your buddy's relocating hellride, you'll want to make sure he's equipped for a speedy, seamless endeavor. Here are just a few examples of equipment to help them (and you) with the move:
For any move or reorganization, this 600 lb. Capacity Haul-Master Hand Truck #95061 is a great dolly to have on hand. It's the perfect work horse for moving heavy items quickly and easily. High-quality construction with a heavy-gauge beveled toe plate, the hand truck features smooth-rolling, 10" pneumatic rubber tires and a P-shaped safety handle, as well as long axle braces, making it easy for climbing stairs. At only $39.99, it's a great deal for hours of reliable service! Available in-store only.
In the event you find yourself treading over rougher terrain like lawns, dirt or landscape rock, Haul-Master's also got a rugged 700 lb. Capacity Bigfoot Hand Truck #97568 that'll make the ride smooth on all terrain. This tough sucker's got extra large tires made especially for travel over all surfaces. The"bigfoot" dolly has long axle braces for easy stair climbing, heavy gauge toe plate with rounded corners and a beveled front. Heavy duty ball bearing hubs make it suitable for lawn and garden applications as well as moving big items in the factory, shop or warehouse. You can spot this Big Foot for a reasonable $54.99. Also available in-store only.
If rough terrain isn't your concern, but flat tires are, Haul-Master's got a 700 lb. Capacity Hand Truck #95909 with solid rubber tires that will keep on rolling regardless of what it rolls over. So, if you're going over areas notorious for screws, nails or glass, you can transport items up to 700 lbs. safely and quickly, 'cause this heavy duty hand truck features solid rubber tires that can't go flat, high impact hubs with sealed ball bearings and a powder coat finish for added durability. This dolly is awesome for the big move or daily use in the shop! Just $34.99 at Harbor Freight (in-store only).
While picking up your heavy-duty hand truck, keep in mind that, besides boxes n' stuff, you'll probably be using it for more fragile stuff like wood furniture,and glass and metal pieces. Just in case, grab yourself one of the Haul-Master Hand Truck Covers #98346, a padded blanket-like cover that easily fits over the top of most round-top hand trucks. It'll prevent scratches and marring when moving the more delicate stuff, and protect the hand truck when hauling rougher cargo. The hand truck cover is filled with genuine recycled cotton and features hook and loop fasteners to ensure a snug fit on a variety of hand truck styles. For just $5.99, this accessory is a bonafide no-brainer!
Enough about hand trucks, let's talk ramps. If you guys are loading a truck that doesn't have one of those slide-out ramps, you sure as heck better get some. For everyone, man.
Harbor Freight's got a few you might want to look at:
Whether you're pushing a stack of boxes, an appliance or a quad, the Haul-Master 1000 Lb. Steel Loading Ramps #44649 will take it all, and then some. These 6-ft. long, 9-inch wide loading ramps let you roll your ATVs, armoires and lawn jockeys up into the vehicle with safety and ease! They can handle up to 1,000 lbs. to be loaded into your truck, van or trailer. No need to put your life on the line with some makeshift plank ramps, my brother. The $59.99 you spend here is a much better investment than anything they'll charge you at Urgent Care.
For a little more, Haul-Master's also got a super-duty 1200 Lb. Capacity Convertible Aluminum Loading Ramp #94057 that takes loading to the next level-- it's TWO ramps in one! Just the right balance of weight and strength, this loading ramp is made of durable yet lightweight aluminum with a ridged platform and 2-3/4" side railings for safety. Detach the center hinge and one 1200 lb. capacity ramp quickly becomes two 6 ft., 600 lb. capacity ramps. It can also fold in half for easier storage or transportation to the next destination, and comes with safety chains to tighten and secure the ramp when hauling something heavy and unwieldy It also serves as a great way to transport your log splitter of snow blower to other locations. A great deal at $137.99, this aluminum foldable loading ramp pays for itself in the first move!
Finally, when moving and loading, make sure you keep plenty of tie-down straps on hand. Harbor Freight's wildly popular Haul-Master 4-Pack of 1-inch x 15-ft Ratcheting Tie Down Straps #90984 are one of the best deals around. Each one of the tie down straps can adjust from 4 ft. to a max of 15 ft. The durable polyester ratchet straps can handle working loads of up to 400 lbs.! Features include automatic ratcheting lock action and a quick-release button to quickly secure and free your loads. A great tie down set for pick-up trucks and semis to clamp down on their hauls, too. At $12.99 per pack of 4, you're going to want to get a few.
Heck, if you want to be a REALLY good friend, go to Harbor Freight yourself, since everything's so affordable, and bring the moving supplies with you! 'Course, that means you get first dibs using it, right?
I was puttering around the house last Saturday, when I heard my wife in the other room suddenly burst out, "That's CUTE!" I assumed she found another pair of shoes or a purse on sale, or maybe one of those Cape Cod beach houses only a Kennedy could afford. But then she hurried in, gripping an old magazine (she keeps them for years-- last week I found a Look magazine with Mamie Eisenhower on the cover).
"Isn't that CUTE??!" she asked (rhetorically, I hoped), holding the mag open in my face. And there it was...
In their June 2012 issue, Better Homes & Gardens featured the U.S. General 350 lb. Locking Drawer Tool Cart #90248 as an addition for a home organization project:
"A tool cart is a good home for bulky items, plus you can use it as a service station or bar."
Not to mention that it's a good-looking and affordable alternative to organizers at those shi-shi "home" stores. Here's another great example where someone used it as a bar cart:
It'd probably make a dandy arts n' crafts cart, too. I also noticed the tool cart's on sale this month for just $74.99. A pretty good deal.
Huh... using a Harbor Freight tool cart for kitchen design, or a design idea for any room in the house. I get it.
And the wife got it.
"Ever need a 10mm socket and opened your toolbox only to find a sea of random sockets rolling around in complete chaos?"
Uh, yeah, like every weekend! And in the May 2013 issue of Truckin' - The World's Leading Truck Publication - they tackle this very subject, pitting Harbor Freight Tools' Pittsburgh 3 Piece SAE (#68100) and 3 Piece Metric Socket Tray/Organizers (#68102) against the other guys.
The 3-piece socket organizer fits nicely in your tool chest, and will fit most socket designs, including both regular and deep wall sockets. Holders for 1/4", 3/8” and 1/2" drives are also included on both the SAE and metric trays. Each 3-piece set sells for an incredibly low $7.99 and will service your needs for a lifetime!
So, what did Truckin' magazine have to say about the Pittsburgh socket tray organizers? Good stuff, of course!
"Purchased locally from Harbor Freight, the Pittsburgh three-piece organizers were easy to read, easy to handle and accommodated a total of 168 sockets, placing it in a tie for third-highest capacity. Large impact sockets fit with no issues, the organizers feature a lifetime warranty, and both SAE and Metric sizes only put us out of pocket for $15.98-- an incredible value. Overall, for weekend warriors or lifetime mechanics, the Pittsburgh socket tray/organizer is certified Truckin Tough."
Harbor Freight customers who have already bought these trays, love them!
"I use these at home along with the metric set in my tool chest to organize my socket. The price of these is incredible when you compare it to any of the alternatives that allow you to stand up your sockets vertically. They're built well, marked well, and do the job perfectly. Great buy!" Big Al - Ottowa, ON
"Accomplishes the same thing as other socket trays at a much lower price. They work great in the top of a tool chest or in a deep drawer... I have several sets that I use for standard/impact, 6pt/12pt, etc. and I highly recommend them." Isaac - Pella, IA
"I am by no means a mechanic, but I love my tools and try to take care of them. My wife got a Habor Freight magazine and she found the above-shown socket organizers. She bought them for me and I have to say I'm very happy with the price and quality. These socket organizers are made with thicker plastic post for your sockets and the trays are more sturdy than the "high end" brands... trust me, for the price you can't go wrong." Scooter - Chowchilla, CA
To read the entire "Socket Organizer Shootout" article, pick up your copy of the May 2013 Truckin' magazine!
In Thailand, students honor their teachers with extravagant flower arrangements and traditional dance performances. In South Korea, teachers get carnations from students and former students, alike. In Estonia-, where my dad's family comes from, the students give their teachers the day off and teach each other (I'm sure, given the chance, American kids would make every day Estonian Teachers Day).
But in the US we have no rituals or ceremonies for National Teacher Appreciation Day, and if you ask me, that stinks. Some of my teachers were my greatest cheerleaders, extended parents and even friends.
So, allow me to make a suggestion. Take a trip to Harbor Freight Tools and pick out something for your kid's teacher, letting them know how much you AND your kid really appreciate them. If the teacher's female, the 12" Revolving Four Tray Bin is the perfect choice. This fun, spinning bin gives plenty of storage without taking up much room, so it's perfect for a teacher with lots of doodads and limited space! Each tray contains divided storage spaces to hold stuff like scissors, paper clips, erasers, white-out bottles, etc. Or, if she's into doing crafts or scrapbooking in her spare time, she'll REALLY love it! The tray stands 18” high and features ball bearing glide and a tough black enamel finish. At just $19.99, you're not going to find a better gift for the money.
If you want to add a personal touch, try the idea posted by Jennifer Ciriano, where she wrapped magnetic tape around the sides and decorated it with buttons!
Or, check out Natasha Hensel's creative ideas, shared on her YouTube video:
Of course, that isn't to say your guy teachers wouldn't like the revolving bin, too. I mean, truth be told, it was originally made for the workshop, for nuts, bolts, washers, and other little parts and pieces. However, if yo'd rather have an alternative idea for "Mr. Whatshisface," then you can't go wrong with the Drillmaster 18V Cordless 3/8" Drill/Driver and Flashlight Kit-- now on sale for $19.99 when you use the coupon on THIS PAGE!
So, if you want to give a big "THANK YOU" to the teacher, say it with a revolving bin or cordless drill-flashlight combo from Harbor Freight. It's better than a hug, and your kid won't get sent home.
May 6, 2013 - Harbor Freight Tools continues to build stores across the US, providing great tools for low prices at new, convenient locations. They're opening with unprecedented frequency-- despite the tough economic times-- and there's no slowing in sight! This Wednesday, May 8, at 8:00 a.m., the doors will swing wide at the newest Harbor Freight Tools location-- this time in Auburndale, FL!
""We're thrilled to open the 28th Harbor Freight Tools store in the state of Florida, and proud to be a member of the Auburndale community,” said Eric Smidt, President of Harbor Freight Tools. “Our customers can always count on finding the largest selection of quality tools at ridiculously low prices, and know they will always get the best value for their money. In today's cost-conscious times, Harbor Freight offers a necessary alternative to the 'big box' retailers that push high-priced brands with little attention paid to customer needs and service."
The Auburndale store, located at 435 Havendale Blvd., in the Imperial Plaza Shopping Center, will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9:30am, hosted by The Auburndale Chamber of Commerce.
“The Auburndale Chamber of Commerce and the City of Auburndale is proud to announce and welcome one of Auburndale's newest members to our community, Harbor Freight Tools," says Joy Pruitt, Executive Director of the Auburndale Chamber of Commerce. “It is through partnerships with companies such as Harbor Freight Tools that pave the way for growth and a dynamic future for our city. We look forward to a long and lasting partnership with Harbor Freight Tools. We are excited to have them in the Auburndale Community and wish them much success."
Harbor Freight Tools is a popular favorite of contractors, government agencies, schools, fundraisers, and industrial and auto shops, as well as tool enthusiasts and DIYers looking for deals on a good selection of tools.
The exciting Indy store grand opening celebration will feature huge discounts at up to 80% off. Come browse the enormous selection of quality tools and hardware, take advantage of the incredible specials, or just come by and say "hello!"
Store hours are MON-SAT 8:00AM-9:00PM and SUN 9:00AM-6:00PM.
See you there!
Oh. Mom, you really do it all-- and we'd do anything for you!
❤ We'd reach into a honey badger's den to fetch your cell phone.
❤ We'd take you to a Nicholas Sparks movie when (not 'if') Dad is suddenly struck with a mysterious bug.
❤ We'd do your shopping and even pick up the stuff you get in the aisle with all those pink boxes.
❤ We'd tell you we love the Tuna Helper, made with spreadable meat 'cause you were out of tuna. Every time.
❤ We'd even re-enact our kindergarten performance of "I'm a Little Teapot" for you and your friends at the church ladies' luncheon.
❤ But, most of all... we'd go to Harbor Freight Tools for you!
What do you have planned for your mom this year? Nuts n' chews??! Actually, that's not bad... but it's not enough! Head out to your local Harbor Freight and take advantage of great deals geared for Mom's special day. Click the image below and see what we're talking about!
Well, it’s almost the end of April and you know what that means. April showers are all around us. And speaking of showers, why not keep yours in top condition with the handy Shower Valve Socket Set from Harbor Freight Tools? With this outstanding wrench set, you can save money by handling repairs on your own without having to pay for a professional plumber. Best of all, this useful item is just $9.99!
Now, it’s not like you’re going to need to use this wrench set very often. Unlike most tools, the Shower Valve Socket Set serves the very specific purpose of removing fittings and nuts from showers and tubs. But, if you discover that you have a leak, isn’t it comforting to know that you can potentially take care of this problem on your own? Yeah, I know, getting behind the faucet can seem a little intimidating but once you understand what’s involved, you’ll be amazed at how simple it can be.
Most faucet plates come right off with the use of an everyday screwdriver. At the most, you may need to pry off a cover to get at the screw but most designs have the screws right in the open so there’s no screwing around. After you have the faucet handle removed, you’ve reached the point where most home owners would be stymied. But, lucky you, you’ve got the Shower Valve Socket Set from Harbor Freight. Using one of the five double-sided sockets and the included turning bar, removing the valve stem is a piece of cake.
From there, the cause of your leak could be a couple of things. Maybe a damaged washer that needs to be replaced or even a worn stem valve. But the hardest part of removing the valve is already taken care of and you can get to the root of the problem often with no further assistance. This shower valve socket wrench set is extra-long to reach deep and get to those hard-to-reach valve stems, fittings and nuts and accommodates most jobs. Plus, with a zinc-plated steel construction, these suckers are built to last. For the do-it-yourselfers out there, this tool is a must-have!
So while you can’t control the precipitation outside, you can be in full control of your bathtub or shower with this great set. Whether it’s a leaky faucet, a damaged part that needs replacing or even if you’re just installing something new, the Shower Valve Wrench Socket Set pays for itself with a single use! And don’t forget, if you include a Harbor Freight 20% Off coupon, you save even more!
Congratulations on purchasing your new One Stop Gardens 10’ x 12’ Greenhouse! Growing vegetables, cultivating flowers or starting your botany experiment is now close at hand but did you know that you can get even more out of your greenhouse with some extra time, materials and patience? I recently came across a great article that highlights a few ways to expand your greenhouse in ways that you might not otherwise think of at http://hfgh10x12.blogspot.com/2007/08/this-is-greenhouse-we-bought-link-it.html. Let’s take a look at how you can take your greenhouse to the next level with just a few adjustments.
The greenhouse kit comes with a steel base that you would generally just place on the ground. The author of this article explains how to add some extra stability to your greenhouse in order to resist any weather conditions you may encounter like strong winds and heavy rain. “The popular solution is to build a wooden foundation, anchor it into the ground somehow, and mount the steel base on top,” she says. “Everyone finds their own way to do this, but most use at least 4 x 4 sized timbers for the base.”
You’ll also want to add a couple of diagonal beams at each corner before mounting the greenhouse base itself. With your greenhouse secured to a foundation, you can keep the base square and tight for years to come. And once you’ve got the steel base mounted to the wooden foundation, just apply some clear silicone caulk between the wood and the base to keep rain water from seeping in. In order to maintain the integrity of you greenhouse, you’ll need to plan for all types of unforeseen weather and environmental conditions. You can choose from a few different caulks on Harbor Freight’s website too, from Painter’s Acrylic Latex Caulk to Acrylic Latex Caulk plus Silicone.
Now you’re ready to start putting up the walls of your greenhouse. The article has a little tip to keep your frame and posts straight during construction as well. “As you put the corner posts up, temporarily attach the [included] diagonal braces for stability.” You’ll have to remove them before moving on to the next step but this way you can work with a bit more peace of mind and keep the aluminum frame straight and accurate until you add the vertical wall studs. It’s a good idea to check that the base is still square before moving on and make any necessary adjustments. It’s much easier to make minor adjustments as you go rather than a big one later.
Once you’ve got the greenhouse frame constructed, there are a few things you can do to upgrade it for stability in windier areas. The article advises to add horizontal braces at the tops of the walls to prevent the side walls from pulling away from each other. You can do the same for the front and back walls. Just attach a solid piece of material all the way across each wall to reinforce the structure and keep the elements from potentially warping the frame. The author explains how you can also keep the steel base from flexing: “This can be done by bolting small plates of some type to the top and bottom lip of the base at regular intervals, or by covering the inside of the base entirely with wood that's also attached to the top and bottom lip of the base.”
It’s also easy at this point to add insulation to your frame, she continues. “We used ¾” thick expanded polystyrene (styrofoam) insulation, cut into strips about 4 ¼” wide. We also stuffed some foam sill insulation in there first to remove as many air pockets as possible.” You can protect that insulation and further reinforce the base by attaching boards with screws to the top and bottom lips of the base. As the author says, “Now the base is insulated and stiffened by the attached board...and it looks a little dressier, too.”
Well, at this point, you’ve got yourself an extra strong frame of a greenhouse and you’re ready to move on to inserting the panels. The author of the article sealed the ends of each panel with aluminum tape to help keep dirt, condensation and bugs out. “I bought one roll of 1 ½” wide aluminum tape (not duct tape) and cut it into thirds, so I only have a small taped rim visible on the panels. On the bottom edge, it’s apparently good to have small holes in the tape to allow moisture to escape. You can buy special breathable tape from greenhouse supply websites for this purpose, but others have mentioned using a large pin to poke holes in the tape in each chamber on the bottom edge of each panel.”
How about weather stripping? Well, the author has a suggestion for that as well. “Instead of caulk, I used 3/16” thick closed cell foam weather stripping in each panel opening. Closed cell foam is waterproof so rain can’t soak in.” The larger gaps on the tops and bottoms of each panel are also mentioned. “I found some packages of ¾” wide weather stripping. I used that, cutting each strip in half with scissors, so it was 3/8” wide. It worked fine and turned out to be a soft gray color that was hardly visible under the panels after installation.”
Okay! So now that you’ve gotten your greenhouse constructed and ready to withstand those heavy winds, you’re ready to add even more awesomeness! That’s right, there’s still more you can do to enhance the greenhouse to make it more attractive and convenient. The author added long benches to each side of her greenhouse along with several peninsula-style benches. “Each long side bench is supported by two pressure-treated 4x4s, buried 24" deep and set in concrete. [Then] two horizontal Douglas Fir 4x4's were clamped to either side of the two pressure treated posts. The horizontal 4x4’s were attached by using a 12" long 3/8" drill bit to drill a hole through all three 4x4's. A length of 3/8" all-threads rod was inserted in the hole and capped on each end with a washer and nut.” This addition will provide plenty of shelving space plus ample free space underneath for tools, equipment and supplies.
If you want to get really fancy, the author even added a sink to her greenhouse and explains how it can be used for added benefit. “The sink drain isn’t connected to our house plumbing. It drains into a gravel pit we dug in the floor, and the soil beneath the gravel is the coarse sand of our yard. Another option for the future would be to route the drain water through the wall of the greenhouse and outdoors to water a planting bed.”
Still want more enhancements to your bodacious greenhouse? The author of this article really decked hers out to include some pretty cool additions to improve functionality. She added electrical outlets with plastic covers to keep out moisture, Aluminet shade cloth screen panels to keep temperatures down and even an exhaust fan as a way to let air out. These are obviously more advanced enhancements but the possibilities are there for those willing to put in some extra work. And for those hoping to use their greenhouse continuously, they can be a real help, as the author states, “Without this fan I wouldn't be able to keep plants in the greenhouse year round...our summers would be far too hot. With this fan in place, as well as some additional small fans for HAF (Horizontal Air Flow) and generous amounts of shade cloth, I'll have a fighting chance.”
As you can see, getting your Harbor Freight greenhouse built is only the beginning of your journey and you’re limited only by your imagination! I don’t know about you but I would love to have benches, a sink, air conditioning and weather stripping in my little home garden. For anyone who wants to get serious about their plants and flowers without spending serious money, this is the way to do it.