Safe and Secure with Union

Security is a major concern for most people. However, it may seem that a determined thief will be able to walk away with whatever he or she wants. What’s important to remember is that most burglaries are crimes of opportunity and speed.

Chris E. McGoey, a security consultant in Los Angeles, says that burglars generally go for what they can grab in one run through a house. “Once they get their arms full,” he adds, “they’re out of there.”

From Consumer Reports: A 1.2 or 1.3 cubic-foot safe probably weighs about 100 pounds empty, making it a less attractive target than jewelry, cameras, small electronics, and other more portable items a burglar might spot. Many safes also come with bolt-down kits, a further deterrent to thieves in a hurry. Other safes can be concealed in a wall or anchored in a concrete floor.

In addition to protecting valuables, another consideration is storing important documents which should be protected but still readily accessible such as birth certificates, passports, estate-planning documents, life-insurance policies, savings bonds, stock certificates and tax returns.

While you can’t put a price on peace of mind, you don’t have to spend a fortune to secure important items. Check out the Union Safe Company brand of safes. There are several different types of safes in the Union line from which to choose depending on your security needs.


0.19 Cubic Ft. Electronic Digital Safe
Keep valuables and important documents safe without taking up a lot of space. Featuring heavy-gauge steel construction and digital as well as keyed access, this electronic digital safe can be mounted to the wall or floor with included hardware. The 8-digit programmable keypad has wrong-code lockout and uses four AA batteries sold separately.

 

0.37 cu. ft. Electronic Safe
Compact but tough, this solid steel safe has 2 x ¾ in. dia. locking bolts and includes hardware to mount it to the wall or floor. The programmable access code features wrong-code lockout and has back up keyed entry. The electronic keypad with 8-digit code capacity uses four AA batteries sold separately.

 

0.53 cu. ft. Electronic Wall Safe
This large-capacity wall-mounted safe features solid steel construction, pry-resistant concealed hinges and a recessed handle for easier concealment as well. The dual security system allows keyless access with a programmable 9-digit security code and hidden key override. The keypad uses four AA batteries sold separately.

 

1.51 cu. ft. Solid Steel Digital Floor Safe
This electronic floor safe is built with heavy-gauge steel plate and features tamper-proof hinges. The dual-entry lock enables you to enter the safe using the programmable digital key pad or keyed entry so you never have to worry about lock-out. The digital floor safe has removable casters and can be mounted to the floor or wall with included hardware. Though compact, it weighs in at 76 pounds. The keypad uses four AA batteries sold separately.

 

0.17 cu. ft. Electronic Handgun Safe
There are several reasons why having a gun safe is a good idea, ranging from keeping your firearms out of reach of children to accessibility. This dual-entry electronic gun safe features a no-look keypad with a programmable 5-digit code for quick access, even in the dark. Plus, the computer will block access after repeated invalid keypad entries. Other features include sturdy steel construction, high strength locking mechanism and precise fittings that make prying into it with hand tools virtually impossible. This gun safe meets California DOJ requirements. The keypad uses four AA batteries sold separately.

 

Digital Drawer Safe
Add security to your desk or dresser drawer with this digital drawer safe. The safe is constructed with heavy-gauge steel and features pry-resistant concealed hinges and dual entry system—keyed and digital keypad with programmable 8-digit security code. The keypad uses 4 AA batteries sold separately.

 

10 cu. ft. 59 in. Electronic Executive Safe
Weighing in at over 250 lbs., this heavy-gauge steel safe provides solid security! Features include pry-resistant concealed hinges, 5 x ¾ in. dia. steel bolts, keyed and keyless entry with an 8-digit programmable code and three adjustable shelves to secure a variety of items and documents. The electronic keypad uses four C batteries sold separately.

 

The Union Safe Company brand of safes is available at your local Harbor Freight Tools store. Harbor Freight also carries the Large Steel Book Safe which is a safe disguised as a book, and the Fire Safe with Combination and Key Lock which is guaranteed to protect valuables in a fire up to 1700° F for one hour.

 

 

 

 

Source Material:
Consumer Reports
Home Defense Gun

Paint Like a Pro!

Exterior Painting Tips and Tricks

Your house has endured the elements for several years and it’s time to repaint the exterior. You call painting contractors to get estimates and discover that you may need to take out a second mortgage to get the job done! Painting your home’s exterior by yourself can help you save a bundle of money, but you don’t want the end result to look schlocky!

With these tips and tricks, and a little help from Harbor Freight Tools, you can do the painting yourself and get professional results!

Plan Ahead When Painting

Sounds obvious but weather definitely needs to be taken into consideration. The last thing you want to face is a downpour in the middle of the job. Choose a dry time of the year with little to no rain and lower humidity. The quicker the paint dries, the better off you’ll be. Avoid high winds as well. Not only will it make it difficult to work and could pose a hazard (e.g. working from a ladder), but the wind can blow dirt and debris on your freshly painted surface.

Determine Method

Should you use a sprayer, rollers or brushes to apply paint to your house? Here are a few considerations to determine which method is best. Use a sprayer if you’re painting gutters with the trim, areas with all siding and no brick, or when staining fences and decks. You should go with a roller or brush when the wind is above ten miles per hour, painting above a roof (overspray is an eyesore), when there is simply too much to mask, or when there is only one coat to apply (prep time to spray would be less efficient). Painting trim will most often require brush work exclusively.

Use a High Quality Paint

High quality paint provides better coverage compared to cheaper paint and will also last longer thanks to advances in painting technology. You don’t want to go through all the effort of painting your house only to watch the color quickly fade. High quality paint will retain the color longer.

Another consideration is whether or not to use a primer … Prep, prime, sand and apply your color coats was the tried-and-true method for years. But with new paint technology, manufacturers are combining primer and paint into one product, which means less coats to apply. While there’s no standardized method to evaluate or rate how well a combination primer/paint will work, you can get a good idea by reading product reviews about certain brands of paint online, paying particular attention to people who have used a given product in your area.

Prep Work

The lion’s share of painting work is really in the prep—and the better you prep the surfaces being painted, the better the results will be. Taking a pressure washer to the exterior is a great first step to get rid of surface dirt. Once dried, scrape and sand surfaces as needed—and then scrape and sand a little more. Be sure to prep every square inch, including the trim. New paint will not adhere well to peeling paint or dirty surfaces.

Don’t Paint Rotted Materials

The old saying “put lipstick on a pig” probably came from a painting contractor. It’s futile to paint rotten wood or siding material because it will continue to deteriorate—and take your new paint with it! For small areas, you can use a wood hardener with a filler product. For large areas, consider replacing the components. Once replaced, prep as recommended above and you shouldn’t have a problem.

Combine Cans of Paint

Take individual gallons of the same color paint and mix them together in a larger container, like a five-gallon bucket, until the paint is uniform in color. Pros call this method “boxing the paint” and it helps to produce color consistency when applied.

Work from Top to Bottom

Working with gravity will help control streaks. When drips happen, and they will happen, working from top to bottom enables you to feather out in the direction you’re going, resulting in a more uniform look.

Seal Paint Properly

When you’re done for the day, seal your paint well to keep it from drying out. Lightly hammer lids shut with a rubber mallet. You can also apply plastic wrap over the opening to secure a tight seal.

Protect Your Landscaping

New paint will look great on your house—not on your hedges, lawn or flowers … Use drop cloths and either weigh them down, wrap or tie down the corners securely around the planted area, shrubs, etc.

 

Harbor Freight Tools is your “one-stop shop” for painting supplies and accessories, including these items:

 

Airless Paint Sprayer Kit
The airless paint sprayer does it all and will greatly reduce the time spent painting exteriors, decks, ceilings, doors and frames, etc. No need for a compressor, just plug it in and start painting! You can paint straight from 1 or 5 gallon buckets which makes cleanup easier. Features include a 1000–3000 PSI piston pump for high pressure and better coverage, easy pressure control twist knob, built-in filter for simple flushing and cleaning, and a No. 517 nozzle for a 12–16 inch fan width.

 

Heavy Duty Portable Scaffold
This scaffold is an essential tool for outdoor painting as well as interior painting, drywall work, etc. With a weight capacity up to 900 lbs., this portable scaffolding goes where you need it on smooth-rolling 5 in. dia. casters that won’t mar floors. Once positioned, the casters lock in place for stability. Additional features include heavy-duty welded steel construction, adjustable platform from 28 in. to 71-1/8 in., 30 height adjustment positions, built-in fittings for optional toe-boards and safety rails, and a 28-1/2 in. x 67 in. wooden plank.

 

2 Amp 5 in. Random Orbital Heavy Duty Palm Sander
Greatly reduce prep time with this orbital palm sander. The industrial fan-cooled motor delivers up to 12,500 OPM to smooth wood and get surfaces ready for painting. The sander features a comfortable rubber palm grip to reduce fatigue. The 3/32 in. orbit delivers swirl-free results. The hook-and-loop pad attachment makes sandpaper changes quick and easy.

 

And that’s just the beginning. Harbor Freight carries painter’s tape, scrapers, roller sets, mixers, brushes—and much more! Before you start painting, be sure to visit your local Harbor Freight Tools store.

 

 

 

Source material:
The Spruce
Grant’s Painting

 

How To Use a Magnesium Fire Starter to Make a Campfire

When camping or backpacking, fire is crucial for providing warmth, cooking food, sterilizing water, etc. You need a reliable source for making fire that’s also compact and lightweight. The magnesium fire starter is a tried-and-true tool—and the favorite choice among many outdoor enthusiasts and survivalists.

 

Harbor Freight offers a Magnesium Fire Starter at a fraction of the price compared to the competition. The starter features an integrated full-length flint and striker knife along with an ample block of magnesium. The shavings burn at 5400° so they can ignite combustible materials even when they’re damp.

While the magnesium fire starter is easy to use, it’s definitely a good idea to practice with it so it will be that much easier to get a fire going when you need it.

Here’s a quick tutorial on how to use your magnesium fire starter …

Find an area where you can have a fire, hopefully a spot protected from elements like high wind or rain. Clear the area of dry grass, twigs, etc.

 


Gather up tinder. The best “domestic” tinder would be petroleum jelly-saturated cotton balls stored in a Ziploc bag, newspaper or even a paper napkin. If collecting natural materials, dry moss, pine cones, dry pine needles, tiny twigs, dry grass and thin shreds of wood all make great tinder. Make sure your tinder is as dry as possible. Leaves can work too if they’re really dry.

 


Build your structure. The three go-to designs for a campfire are teepee (far left), log cabin (middle) and lean-to (far right). For this article, we’re using the teepee. Construct a teepee from twigs and small branches, evenly distributing so it can bear additional wood after the fire takes.

 


Once your structure is built, make a bundle out of your tinder that will catch the sparks from the fire starter—positioning the bundle in the “doorway” is best. On top of the tinder bundle, place a dry leaf, an old receipt or something else to contain the magnesium shavings. Keep water nearby in case you need to put the fire out.

Hold the magnesium block down, pointed at the tinder bundle. With the other hand, hold the serrated metal blade that comes with the magnesium fire starter at a 45-degree angle against the block and shave tiny flakes downward onto the bundle. Small shavings work best. Keep going until you have a pile of magnesium shavings on your tinder bundle about the size of a quarter.

 


Using your serrated blade or the backside of a knife, strike a spark to ignite the magnesium on the tinder bundle. Note: instead of sliding the blade down the flint toward the tinder, hold the blade stationary and slide the flint up toward you. This keeps the spark close to the tinder. Keep scraping until a spark lands on the magnesium shavings and ignites them.

When a spark catches the magnesium, the shavings will burn bright, hot and fast. The generated heat will then spread to the tinder, catching it on fire as well. This is a crucial moment. You may have to urge the young flame on by very gently blowing on it to give it additional oxygen. You may also need to adjust the bundle a little here and there it to allow the young fire to spread.

 


As the tinder fire grows, you’ll need to carefully slide the intact bundle into the teepee structure. Use a couple of sticks to push the bundle further in if it’s too hot to handle. You may also need to feed it some more tinder material to keep it stoked.

 


Another crucial moment. Fire needs a proper blend of oxygen, fuel and heat. As the fire grows, blow on it and feed it by gradually adding slightly larger and larger twigs and sticks. Don’t get carried away—give it time. If you drop a big piece of wood onto it too soon, you’ll be back at square one, rummaging for tinder materials. Don’t be that guy or gal …

When you need fire, you really NEED it, so as recommended, practice using your Magnesium Fire Starter prior to your outdoor adventure. For other camping and survival items, be sure to visit your local Harbor Freight Tools store.

20V Hypermax™ Lithium 1/2 in. Hammer Drill Kit

Superior Performance and Durability for Drilling Into Concrete and Masonry

Portability or power? That used to be the choice you had to make with power tools.  “Cordless” enabled greater portability but demanding jobs like drilling into concrete or masonry often required more power. With Bauer, you don’t have to choose between portability or power—you get both!

Featuring a high-performance motor, the Bauer Hypermax Lithium Hammer Drill delivers 0-7200/0-27,200 BPM for drilling into concrete or masonry. All-metal gear construction provides durability while the lightweight design and textured overmold grip reduces user fatigue.

Use the two-speed selector to match speed and power to your particular application. Easily switch from drilling to hammer drilling to fastening mode! A bright LED light illuminates your work areas for increased visibility. The hammer drill also features a ½ in. keyless chuck for quick bit changes.

The kit comes with a rugged tool bag, two impact bits, charger and 1.5AH battery that’s interchangeable with all Bauer 20V cordless power tools.

Check out the Bauer 20V Hypermax Lithium 1/2 in. Hammer Drill Kit as well as the whole line of Bauer tools and accessories at your local Harbor Freight Tools store!

Drill/Driver Vs. Impact Driver

Hercules answers the cordless conundrum

The cordless compact drill/driver is one of the most popular portable power tools of all time. The versatility of drilling and driving screws is indispensable for tackling countless projects. So what’s the difference between a drill/driver and impact driver—and why would you need one over the other?

A drill driver has a keyless chuck that accommodates a wide range of round and hex-shank drill and screw-driving bits—in addition to hole saws, rotary sanders, wire-wheel brushes and other accessories. Cordless drill/drivers also feature a slip clutch which enables the user to adjust the torque level for precise and consistent driving.

An impact driver looks similar to a drill/driver but instead of a keyless chuck, it features a collet that accepts hex-shanked driver bits. By utilizing bit rotation and concussive force, the impact driver is designed for one job—driving screws, which it does more efficiently than any other tool. An impact driver can generate two to three times the torque of a drill/driver. For example: an impact driver can drive long, large fasteners like fat lag screws that would stall the very best drill/driver.

If your focus is on tasks or projects that involve driving numerous screws or a lot of long or large screws—like building decks, installing tile backer board or laying down plywood subfloors—you should consider an impact driver. Otherwise, you’ll probably do great with a reliable drill/driver.

Professional-grade Hercules offers a drill/driver and impact driver:

20V Lithium Cordless 1/2 In. Compact Drill/Driver Kit
The Hercules drill/driver’s pro-grade design features all-metal gear construction for extreme durability and a 4-pole motor for optimal performance—550 in. lbs. of torque and 0–2000 RPM for effortless drilling and fastening. The drill/driver also features the Jacobs® ½-inch ratcheting chuck providing ultimate bit retention and a built-in LED light with a trigger-release delay to illuminate your work area. The Hercules Lithium battery system—charger and battery—delivers fast charging and long run times.

 

20V Lithium Cordless 1/4 in. Hex Compact Impact Driver Kit
The Hercules impact driver provides up to 1500 in. lbs. of torque and 0-3200 IPM for demanding applications like decking, fencing and drywall. Like its drill/driver counterpart, this impact driver features durable all-metal construction and 4-pole motor delivering maximum performance in a compact size. Change out bits quickly with the ¼-inch hex chuck and illuminate your work area with the integrated LED light. The impact driver also features the Hercules battery system for fast charging and long run times.

 

Hercules professional-grade cordless power tools are guaranteed to deliver legendary performance! Check out the complete line of Hercules tools and accessories at your local Harbor Freight Tools store.

 

 

 

 

Source material:
Popular Mechanics

EarthQuake XT Cordless Impact Wrench Delivers the Power of Air …

EarthQuake XT air impact wrenches have been shaking up the industry for a while now. Videos like this one from Real Tools Reviews shows how EarthQuake XT stacks up against Snap-On on power, functionality and price. EarthQuake is clearly the better value!

Sometimes, more portability is needed and that’s when you’ll want to turn to a cordless impact wrench. The main concern when you go portable is power. But no need to worry about that because the EarthQuake 20V Max Lithium 3/8 In. Cordless Xtreme Torque Impact Wrench delivers big— 370 ft. lbs. of bolt breakaway torque for lightning-fast removal and 0–2000 RPM. It’s powerful enough to use in the field with no need for an air supply!

This cordless impact wrench has a super rugged design featuring a metal nose piece and all-metal drivetrain for extreme durability.

Additional features included an ergonomic overmold grip to reduce fatigue, variable speed trigger, electronic brake for precise control (helps avoid overtightening) and a built-in LED light to illuminate your work area, like dark wheel wells.


The EarthquakeXT Lithium battery system provides extended run times. The long-life, high-capacity 4.0 Ah lithium-ion battery has a “fuel gauge” that lets you know when it’s time to swap out batteries. Also, the battery has no memory so it can be used with a partial charge.

 

When you want to go cordless, visit your local Harbor Freight Tools store and check out the EarthQuake 20V Max Lithium Three-eighths In. Cordless Xtreme Torque Impact Wrench Kit complete with impact wrench, charger, battery and sturdy carrying case. If you need even more power, you can move up to the 20V Max Lithium 1/2 in. Cordless Xtreme Torque Impact Wrench Kit which delivers up to 1200 ft. lbs. of breakaway torque and 0-1700 RPM.

 

Get Your Firewood Ready!

Log splitters make winter prep quick and easy

In the middle of a hot summer, it may seem strange to discuss prepping for cold weather, but when it comes to firewood—it’s the perfect time! The reason is that wood needs time to season which means drying it out so the moisture content drops to a low level which enables the wood to burn better. Cut wood can have up to 50% moisture by weight. Well-seasoned wood should have between 15-20% moisture by weight to burn optimally.

To get your wood fuel supply ready, here are four tips:

Cut wood to the right length for your stove, fireplace or furnace. A good rule of thumb is three inches shorter than the firebox width or length depending on how you load your wood. Pieces longer than 16 inches are generally more awkward to handle.

Split it to the right size depending on where you’re burning it. When splitting, keep smaller pieces for kindling. Splitting can be a real chore—but with a log splitter, it can be real fun! Consider these models:

10 Ton Hydraulic Log Splitter
You can split logs up to 18 inches long and 6-1/2 inches in diameter (depending on wood density) with this Central Machinery log splitter. Manually work the jack handles to generate up to 10 tons of splitting force. The extra-long handles provide good leverage. The compact size is ideal for convenient storage.

 

5 ton Log Splitter
Split logs up to 10 inches in diameter with this Central Machinery electric log splitter featuring a powerful 1.8 horsepower motor. The unit also features 6-inch wheels for transport, easy grip handle and compact size for convenient storage.

 

20 ton Log Splitter
Put the power of a 212cc gas-powered 6.5 HP Predator engine behind your firewood prep! This heavy-duty unit tackles logs 23-1/2 inches long and 16 inches in diameter. It has 16-inch wheels for easy transport and is towable. Note: this unit is not for sale in California.

 

Pile in a single row exposed to the sun and wind to get the moisture content under 20%. The pile should be placed in an area where the sun can warm it and wind blow through it to faciliate drying. The wood should be raised off the ground to prevent rotting and mold. Also, do not stack the wood too high for safety and be sure to stabilize the stack with cross pieces and solid ends (e.g. a post driven into the ground – see pic).

 

Let the wood dry at least six months for proper seasoning. If you live in more humid areas or use dense wood like oak, you may have to give it more time. Come fall, move the wood to a dry sheltered area that’s fully protected from rain and snow. It’s ill-advised to store a large amount of wood in your house due to the potential of mold growth which can contaminate your indoor air. To determine moisture content, you can use a wood moisture gauge or go by as many of these indicators as possible:

  • Check for cracks in the end grain
  • Look for wood that darkens from white or cream color to grey or yellow as it dries
  • Bang two pieces together—dry pieces sound hollow while wet pieces sound solid and dull
  • Split a piece—if the exposed surface feels damp, it’s not seasoned enough
  • Burn some—dry wood ignites and burns easily while wet wood is hard to light and hisses in the fire

Don’t get caught in the cold! Preparing for winter can be a fun warm-weather project with a little help from log splitters available at your local Harbor Freight Tools store!

 

 

 

Source material:
woodheat.org
Log splitter review

The Hercules Power Drill and Drill Bit Set: Exceptional Performance for the Professional

Hercules Power Drill

Power Drills

Power drills are a great tool to have at your disposal. They can help save time and money, making your projects seem effortless and by providing the ease and convenience you need to tackle a variety of tasks. With all of the options on the market today, the decision can seem a bit overwhelming. But, when it comes to power drills, the Hercules Power Drill and Drill Bit Set can help you tackle nearly any job with efficiency.

The Hercules 20V Lithium Cordless 1/2 in. Compact Drill/Driver Kit (63381)

The Hercules Power Drill offers 550 in. lbs. of torque for top-level power and performance to help you speed through a variety of projects. A powerful 2-speed 4 pole motor delivers up to 2000 RPM for effortless drilling and fastening. The drill/driver also features a built-in LED light that illuminates dark work spaces and allows you to work longer into the evening. Combined with the Hercules® Lithium battery system for fast charging and longer run times, this tool provides exceptional performance.

Features:

  • 4-pole motor delivers maximum performance and durability in a compact size
  • 2-speed transmission covers a wide range of drilling and fastening applications
  • All metal gear construction for added durability
  • Bright LED light for illuminating dim work areas
  • Jacobs® 1/2 in. ratcheting chuck provides ultimate bit retention
  • Textured overmold for a secure and comfortable grip
  • For best performance, use Hercules® accessories

Hercules Titanium Drill Bit Set 21 PcHercules Titanium Drill Bit Set 21 Piece (63384)

For those of you who may already have a power drill and need drill bits, or simply need both, there is the Hercules Titanium Drill Bit Set.

This titanium drill bit set can last up to 4x longer than other drill bits and provides clean, straight holes every time with the StarterPoint™ 135° angle tips. Additionally, the variable helix flute design clears material faster for improved performance and the entire set comes packed in a rugged heavy duty case for quick and easy bit selection.

Features:

  • BlueBraid™ titanium coating improves performance, durability and stays sharper longer
  • StarterPoint™ 135° design limits walking for clean, fast holes
  • Variable helix flute geometry removes material faster
  • Tri-Flat™ shank prevents bit from slipping in chuck

The right power drill can help you accomplish a number of projects, at home or on the job. When you’re looking to buy a new power drill remember, the greater the torque the easier you can drill through dense material like hardwood and metal. You also want a drill to feel comfortable when using it for long periods, so consider how it may feel after you have been working with it for a few hours. Find the power tools you need available at great prices that will cut down your project time only at Harbor Freight.

 

Performance Under Pressure

Tackle the toughest cleaning jobs with a pressure washer!

A pressure washer is far more than a glorified hose. In fact, a pressure washer is a versatile tool that enables you to tackle numerous cleaning tasks quickly and easily. There are three key factors to consider when purchasing a pressure washer: pressure (PSI – pounds per square inch), waterflow (GPM – gallons per minute) and work (HP –  horsepower).

Pressure/PSI is especially important when considering applications. Light duty (1000-1900 PSI) is good for cleaning vehicles, boats, bricks, fences and decks. Medium duty (2000-2900 PSI) is ideal for cleaning your house, larger vehicles including airplanes and fleet trucks, pools, sidewalks, driveways, roofs, exhaust vents and garages. Heavy duty (3000-5000 PSI) is best for stripping paint, heavy grease stains, concrete restoration and clogged pipes.

Waterflow helps determine time of cleaning—the higher the GPM, the less time it will take for the dirt to be removed from the surface. The lower the GPM, the longer it will take for the same job.

Work facilitates the pressure and waterflow respectively. In general, the more horsepower an engine has, the better it can facilitate higher pressure and waterflow. More power translates into finishing the job quicker as well as a longer life expectancy of the unit.

Now that you’ve determined the types of jobs you’ll be performing, it’s time to go pressure washer shopping! Next stop—Harbor Freight Tools!

 

2500 PSI, 2.4 GPM, 4 HP (160cc) Pressure Washer EPA/CARB
This gas-powered pressure washer is designed for tough jobs with up to 2500 PSI, 2.4 GPM and 4 HP of cleaning power. Two heavy-duty pneumatic tires make transport and positioning easy while a long-reach (25 ft.) high pressure hose allows you to clean wide areas. Additional features include an EPA/CARB certified 160cc Predator engine with low oil sensor and recoil start for optimal performance, commercial grade axial pump, five quick-connect tips and chemical/detergent injector on the pump.

3100 PSI, 2.8 GPM, 6.5 HP (212cc) Pressure Washer CARB
When you want even more power, this pressure washer is the ticket! It generates up to 3100 PSI, 2.8 GPM and 6.5 HP. The pressure washer also features two heavy-duty pneumatic tires, 25-ft. pressure hose, commercial grade axial pump, five quick-connect tips, chemical/detergent injector on the pump—and CARB-certified 212cc Predator engine with low oil sensor and recoil start.

1750 PSI 1.3 Electric Pressure Washer
For lighter duty jobs like power-cleaning walls, yard equipment and vehicles, this electric pressure washer delivers up to 1750 PSI.  Lightweight and portable, this pressure washer features 4-in. diameter wheels and a 20 ft. pressure hose. When the trigger is released, the flow stops automatically to prolong motor life.

Here a few tips when using a pressure washer:

Wear appropriate safety attire. That means safety googles and protective footwear like rubber boots—might as well make them waterproof. Long pants and a long-sleeved shirt are also advised for protecting your limbs from flying dirt and debris.

Protect plants and breakable objects. It’s easy for items to get damaged if accidentally hit with a high-pressure stream of water. Simply move or cover items to protect them.

Prep the pressure washer for use. Sounds basic but it will save you a lot of hassle! If it’s a gas-powered pressure washer, fill it with the appropriate engine oil and gasoline—do not fill it while it’s on! If it’s a plug-in washer, plug it in to a properly grounded outlet.

Connect the water supply hose (e.g. garden hose) to the inlet. Turn on the water supply before turning on the pressure washer to avoid damaging the pump.

Fill the reservoir with a detergent solution if you want extra cleaning power. Make sure the solution is compatible for use with a pressure washer.

Attach the proper spray tip to the nozzle. Certain tips may be required when using detergent. Be sure to read the user manual carefully.

Position the spray tip at least 2 feet from the surface. When starting to pressure wash, it’s better to start further back and gradually move closer. You may risk damaging the surface if you hold the tip closer than 12 inches.

Move the spray in a side-to-side motion. Don’t spray too long in any one spot.

Apply detergent starting low and moving upwards. Allow the detergent to soak for at least three minutes before rinsing. Don’t let it dry—rinse the surface by spraying water from the top down.

Flush the system if using detergent. When the job is completed, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for flushing the system.

 

Once you start using a pressure, you’ll truly wonder how you ever got along without one. To view the pressure washers featured above, visit your local Harbor Freight Tools store.

 

Source material:
ultimate washer
wikiHow

 

 

Creekstone Submersible Fountain Pumps

Pure pumping power—nothing watered down here!

Whether it’s a small garden fountain, large pond or anything in between—you want a pump that’s efficient, reliable and powerful. Look no further than the Creekstone line of submersible pumps!

158 GPH Submersible Fountain Pump
Bring your fountain or water feature to life with this submersible pump generating up to 158 gallons per hour. Features include an inline flow control valve, easy-to-remove inlet screen for quick cleaning and a removable stand with suction cup feet for positioning.

Straight out of the box this pump is easy to use and works effortlessly. I use it with a 3ft fountain on my porch. – Scott, Wayland, LA

 

200 GPH Submersible Fountain Pump with Auto Shutoff
When you need a bit more muscle, this submersible pump generates up to 200 gallons per hour. In addition to an automatic low-water shutoff sensor to prevent motor burn-out, this pump also features an easy-access filter, inline flow control valve and two adapters—sprinkler and waterfall heads. This pump is not available in California.

Used this pump for a decorative fountain that pumps about 4 feet in vertical height. Perfect flow rate …  Swamped, SW Florida

 

264 GPH Submersible Pond Pump
This high-quality pump generates up to 264 gallons per hour and will add life and beauty to your pond. With the two included adapters, you can shoot a fountain of water skyward or create the look of a natural spring. Other features of this submersible pump include an inline flow control valve, removable filter for easy cleaning and removable stand with suction cup feet for placement.

The pumps perform as well if not better than originals, and it beats paying the ridiculous pricing that the big box stores want for essentially the same pump. – Tennessee, Cleveland, TN

 

620 GPH Submersible Pond Pump
For larger ponds or water features, this submersible pump generates up to 620 gallons per hour. The pump features an inline control valve, removable filter for cleaning, removable stand with suction cup feet and two adapters so you can shoot a fountain of water upward or create the look of a natural spring.

Bought to replace pump in small pond with fountain and waterfall. Old pump was 500 GPH and the filter on it was never right. Paid $99 for it. The new one from Harbor Freight is 620 GPH and works perfectly at almost one third the cost. – BEACH, Spotsylvania, VA

 

2500 GPH Submersible Waterfall Pump
Designed for continuous use, this high capacity pump generating up to 2500 gallons of water per hour supports a waterfall weir up 1-1/2 feet wide and five feet high. The energy efficient motor uses less power compared to standard water garden pumps. It provides 19 feet of total head lift and has an easy-to-remove filter for cleaning. There is no oil inside so it’s safe to use in ponds with fish.

I bought this as a replacement pump for my outdoor koi pond … This pump puts out the volume I need and is adaptable to various hose sizes. It appears easy to open to clean, no screws to remove. Good price, no complaints. – Jay, Springfield, MO

 

4500 GPH Submersible Waterfall Pump
This high-flow pump generates up to 4500 gallons per hour and supports a waterfall weir up to three feet wide and five feet high. The pump is designed for continuous use and features 23 feet total head lift. Additional features include an easy-to-remove filter for cleaning and no oil inside so it’s safe to use in ponds with fish.

Used this to replace a pump for a 2500 gallon Koi Pond. Didn’t want to spend the $350 to replace the original. This pump actually increased the waterfall pressure … CK, Ohio

 

In addition to the Creekstone line of submersible fountain pumps, Harbor Freight also carries sump pumps, sewage pumps, fuel transfer pumps, well pumps, compressor pumps and more! Check out all pumps and accessories at your local Harbor Freight Tools store.

 

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