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!
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.
Football! The season couldn't have come fast enough. I was getting sick hearing nothing but politics and hopscotching around TV reruns. But-- hallelujah!-- it's time once again for Pac-12 and pro ball (Go Big Blue!)-- clear the boogie boards and swimming noodles out of the man cave, kick the PS3 crap off the floor and fill the chest freezer with wings, poppers, bacon and shredded cheese. And more importantly, get ready for the blacktop!
The tailgate party is a sacred ritual, much like a holy pilgrimage or pantsing the new kid. And like any ritual that requires serious reflection, one needs to decide how they will prepare for it. For example, go with the beer shorts, don't go with the beer shorts? Obviously, if the beer helmet is out, it leaves you looking for a viable alternative. Also boning up on your cornholing and knowing the ACO regulation cornhole rules.
To throw a successful tailgate party for a bunch of your swellest buds, you'll want to bring awesome gear. Of course a lot of what you bring depends on your power source, if any. A gas-powered generator can bust your options wide open-- and there really are a ton to consider: a crock pot for the Lil' Smokies or nacho cheese sauce, an electric grill for burgers and dogs, a portable oven for pizza, a mini-fridge, a heater or fan--depending on the weather, a string of lights or lanterns, a radio or other sound system, an LCD TV with portable satellite receiver, a PA ("attention, fans of other team..."}, a blender or margarita machine, coffee maker... hey, you could be there as long as 12 hours, man. Gear up for any possibility.
That said, my recommendation is getting the Chicago Electric 3050 Watt 7 HP Gas Generator. It runs quiet, it's great on gas and it's got all the juice you need to make it a helluva party! This is Harbor Freight's most popular generator, and the proof is in the praise:
"I use this to power my refrigerators and freezer during outages, as well as charge and run needed electronics. It is very nice for this application since you can run for 24 hours on 10 gallons. She is very quiet... fires up easily and runs smoothly. Very nice product. "
Another customer had this to say:
" I use it mainly (for) hunting and camping, but have used it for power outage. It run a 5th wheel camper AC during day and furnance at nights with TV, frig, lights, PC, water pump, with no problems, and the 4-gallon tank runs it for approx 6 hrs. with over 50% pull on it. A sweet generator for the$$$ for sure. "
Besides football tailgate parties, this generator's the perfect companion for rave parties, swap meets and fairs, rock concert tailgates, camping, and as I previously pointed out, areas of paranormal activity.
While you're at it, I suggest you pick up an 8" Never-Flat Generator Wheel Kit or a slightly-more-economical Mover's Dolly along with a handy-dandy Swivel Handle. You'll thank me, I promise. And finally, grab a 10' x 10' Popup Canopy while you're there. Unless burn is your team color.
It's summer and boy is it a hot one. Enjoy the outdoors and avoid the sun with our affordable selection of portable shades, covers, and canopies! All on special now!
On July 4th I commemorated the day the best way I knew how-- shooting at the range with a couple of buddies. I recently acquired a beautiful Remington 788 .358 custom rifle and had yet to take it out, so it seemed like the perfect opportunity. Also, I hadn’t tried out the Gordon 20-60 x 60 spotting scope that I got at Harbor Freight, so I took that along, too.
If you enjoy target shooting, you know what a hassle it is to stop after every few rounds and schlepp to the target to see how you did—so, a spotting scope is definitely a good thing to have. But then go online and you see the suckers can run as high as $2,500 (for that, it better make me breakfast)! I knew Harbor Freight had a spotting scope for $50 when I started shopping, but I was firm in the belief that, when it came to optics, “if it’s good, it’s expensive,” so I quickly dismissed it. Then my friend, Paul (a retired marine, far more experienced than me at target shooting), told me to go for the Gordon model. The magnification range, he said, was perfect, and it didn’t make sense to spend more for the kind of practice we were doing. He’d never steered me wrong before, so I went for it.
It turned out to be a great morning. Zeroed at 100 yards, the rifle shot like a dream, grouped slightly under 1-1/2” (so, I won’t be on Top Shot anytime soon), and the recoil was mercifully mild. We ended up shooting for about 5 hours (a LEO buddy brought his MP-5… but that’s another story), got so stoked we planned a pig hunting trip, and the Gordon 20-60 x 60mm spotting scope performed wonderfully; clear and sharp. So, at least for the time being, I've got no need to spend any more; save that for the ammo. It'll also be a good companion on backcountry hunts.
If you don’t like to shoot, but do like to watch, the spotting scope’s also excellent for bird & wildlife watching, sightseeing vista spots or sports & music events.
Next time: Cleaning brass with tumblers, ultrasonic cleaners & cement mixers.