Three-eighths In. x 100 ft. Diamond Braid Rope

This past weekend, I borrowed a friend’s pickup truck to move some furniture, including a mattress. Before loading up the truck, I had a sudden flashback to the past thirty years of driving, recalling countless delays on the freeway because some coocoolabanza didn’t know how to tie down a load properly and the spilled cargo was left on the road to become a traffic hazard. Then I thought how many times had I lost an item or twelve because I was the coocoolabanza who didn’t know how to tie down the cargo properly! Now was the time to end coocoolabanzaitis once and for all. I did a bit of research and came across this great video showing how to tie down cargo using a simple knot. It comes from Jeff Roberts at dirtyshirt.info. Click on the video to check it out!

FireShot Screen Capture #218 - '▶ www_dirtyshirt_info_ Cargo Tie Down Procedure Using A Simple Knot - YouTube' - www_youtube_com_watch_v=-z01gbtBxeE

Of course, the best knot in the world has a fat chance of working without rope—and that’s where Harbor Freight comes in—check out their large selection of rope! And be sure to select rope that has an adequate working load depending on your cargo.

Harbor Freight also carries ratcheting tie downs for securing loads to truck beds, roof racks and trailers. For all your moving and hauling needs, be sure to visit one of Harbor Freight’s 550 stores nationwide!

Five Must-Have Cosplay Emergency Repair Kit Items from Harbor Freight Tools

Intricate Cosplay Costume

You’ve put countless hours into your cosplay costume and it looks great! You arrive at the event only to find that a tentacle has come loose or your armor is becoming unhinged… It’s a cosplayer’s nightmare but all is not lost if you’re prepared. Here are five must-have items for your cosplay emergency repair kit from Harbor Freight Tools.


Industrial Strength Super Glue

  1. Super Glue

Super glue is the go-to for bonding foam, plastic, metal and more. Harbor Freight’s Industrial Strength Super Glue (item #: 68347) bonds materials in just 30 seconds and won’t drip or run. When your costume is literally falling apart, fix it quick with super glue!


Multipurpose Scissors

  1. Scissors

Getting rid of loose threads or taking care of some last-minute wig trims? A good pair of scissors will do the trick! Harbor Freight’s Multipurpose Scissors (item #: 47877) feature durable PVC handles, heat-treated stainless steel blades and serrated edges to help accurately cut through a variety of materials.


160 Piece Sewing Kit

  1. Sewing Kit

A good sewing kit is mandatory when putting together an emergency cosplay repair kit! It’s so easy for your costume to get snagged on a car door… or another cosplayer for that matter! Harbor Freight’s 160 Piece Sewing Repair Kit (item #: 95777) has everything you need to make short work of fabric repairs. The kit comes with standard sewing supplies, including needles, pins, buttons, snaps and a plethora of different colored threads. Though it comes in a beautiful solid wood box, the kit also includes a high impact storage box so you can just consolidate the specific items that you may need to fix your particular costume.


Quick Stitch Sewing Awl

  1. Sewing Awl

Here’s an item that you won’t see on other recommended cosplay repair kit lists but one you should definitely consider—the Quick Stitch Sewing Awl (item #: 91812). This sewing awl is ideal for repairing leather and canvas items. It comes with four durable needles and 180 yards of heavy duty polyester thread. Please do not attempt to repair items while wearing them! Repairing leather or canvas is one thing. Repairing human flesh? Quite another…


8 in. Black Cable Ties 100 Pk

  1. Zip Ties

Fix a costume or prop in mere seconds with zip ties. Harbor Freight offers a variety of zip/cable ties but you can always start with the tried and true 8 in. Black Cable Ties 100 Pk. Each tie has a 58 lb. working load with a maximum loop diameter of 2 inches. They’re made from durable UL66 DuPont nylon material and for you regulation sticklers, they meet UL flammability 94 v.2 standards—thank goodness for that!

Now that you have your five items, you’re going to want something to put them in. Try the compact and lightweight 12″ Polypropylene Toolbox (item #: 96602) from Harbor Freight. It has easy-access top compartments with transparent lids and a durable lift-out tote tray. The toolbox is made from rugged polypropylene that won’t dent or rust and also features a heavy-duty lockable latch.

12 In Polypropylene Toolbox


That’s just five items (technically six with the toolbox) to get your started. Check out a Harbor Freight store near you or the website and let us know what items you’d include in your cosplay emergency repair kit!

Remember that Harbor Freight Tools carries a wide variety of materials not only for cosplay repair but for putting together your costumes in the first place! In case you missed them, check out TOP 10 MUST-HAVE COSPLAY TOOLS/ACCESSORIES FROM HARBOR FREIGHT TOOLS and ANOTHER 10 MUST-HAVE COSPLAY TOOLS/ACCESSORIES FROM HARBOR FREIGHT TOOLS.

Happy cosplaying!


2500 lb. ATV Utility Electric Winch with Wireless Remote Control

Before Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania became an official city in 1816, it was actually a roving township residing on a four-wheel quad ATV. It had three residents who lived on the vehicle itself. They were a proud people and had endured much hardship, including the War of 1812 and severe chaffing.

At the time, the Pittsburgh township ATV was in Harrisburg visiting friends. That’s when a telegram arrived from President James Madison. “Dear Pittsburgh. Please form your own permanent city. I’ve picked out some land for you at the intersection of the Ohio and Allegheny Rivers in Pennsylvania. Park your ATV, build homes, shops, steel factories, etc. Multiply once you get settled. Thanks. Sincerely, PJM.”

The citizens of Pittsburgh were thrilled and exchanged hugs, which didn’t take long. They headed straight away toward their new destination. But the journey was not an easy one as it meant crossing the Allegheny Mountains. Known for its densely wooded areas, mountain lions and violent extraterrestrials, Pittsburgh survived many near-death experiences on the way to their new promise land.

Battered and frayed after the arduous journey, Pittsburgh was almost home free until a quarter-mile away from their destination, they drove headfirst into a deep mud bank and got stuck. The citizenry went into an uproar, which didn’t last long. “After all that we’ve been through!” proclaimed one of the citizens, which later became the inspiration for the song of the same name by the band Chicago. Fortunately, there was a Harbor Freight Tools store close by. One of the citizens disembarked, drudged through the mud and hiked to the tool store known for its ridiculously low prices.

On special was the 2500 lb. ATV/Utility Electric Winch with Wireless Remote Control (item #: 61840). The Pittsburgh citizen was impressed by the many features, including a single-stage planetary gear system for fast line speed, permanent magnet motor which draws less current, freespooling for fast line-out, automatic load-holding brake for maximum safety, aircraft grade wire rope and a wireless remote control which works up to 20 ft. away. Double-checking the township treasury (his wallet), he had more than enough to buy the winch with plenty left over to launch the Vocelli Pizza franchise. He returned to the ATV, installed the winch, secured the cable to a tree and pulled Pittsburgh out of the mud bank—and the rest is complete conjecture.

With plenty of power to assist in ATV recovery, traversing rough terrain or loading a boat, this electric ATV winch is a reliable and safe addition to any off-roading adventure. Founding your own city in the process could be difficult but finding a Harbor Freight store isn’t thanks to over 550+ locations nationwide, including several around Pittsburgh…

2500 lb. ATV/Utility Electric Winch with Wireless Remote Control
Item #: 61840


In a recent MIT engineering study, an experiment was conducted moving large loads of materials using devices and methods employed by average Joes. The control group used the weather-resistant 400 lb. Capacity 1 in. x 15 ft. Ratcheting Tie Downs 4 Pc (item #: 61524) set from Harbor Freight Tools to secure various loads to truck beds, roof racks and trailers. The vinyl covered S-hooks prevented marring on painted surfaces and held firm. The ratchet handles made it easy to adjust the strap length and the handle levers allowed the test subjects to pull the straps tight. The result? Out of 30 loads tested, nothing happened. All 30 loads traveled from point A to point B without incident.

400 lb. Capacity 1 in. x 15 ft. Ratcheting Tie Downs 4 Pc

The next group used the most often employed method of transport—duct tape and a prayer. Out of the 30 loads tested, 29 loads ended up strewn across the highway from point A to point B causing several fender benders and numerous traffic delays. The one load that did make it was a 1500 lb. concrete block—hard to say to that the duct tape or the prayer really helped in that scenario.

So, if you want to secure large loads, get the  400 lb. Capacity 1 in. x 15 ft. Ratcheting Tie Downs 4 Pc set during Harbor Freight’s 50% OFF Sale running through April 27th at all Harbor Freight stores! On the other hand, if you’re paranoid about transporting large loads and not being able to find your way back without leaving a trail, then by all means, stick with duct tape and a prayer.

400 lb. Capacity 1 in. x 15 ft. Ratcheting Tie Downs 4 Pc
item #: 61524


How to Build a Dog House


The housing market is tough—but it doesn’t have to be for man’s best friend. Here is a great article on How to Build a Dog House complete with the tools and materials you’ll need. The great news is that all of the tools required are available through Harbor Freight at ridiculously low prices!

Tape Measure

Speed Square

Carpenter’s Pencil

Circular Saw

Chop Saw




 Framing Hammer

Staple Gun

Socket Wrench

Adjustable Wrench


Happy building and have fun putting a “ruff” over your pooch’s head!


1.5 HP Electric Pole Saw

Once upon a time, there was a 1.5 HP Electric Pole Saw (item #: 68862) from Harbor Freight Tools. The other pole saws used to make fun of him: “Well lookie here at Little Lord Fauntleroy Pole Saw with your fancy schmancy safety features like a reduced kickback design and hand guard! Did mommy make that automatic chain oiler for you? Bet you think you’re all grown up when you extend from 6 ft. to 8 ft. 10 in. in height!”  Even though he was easy to work with, none of the other pole saws would ever prune with him.

The End.


Not every story has a Cinderella ending but that’s not the case with Harbor Freight’s More For Your Money/Rolling Back Prices in-store event running through April 13thwhere you can pick up the proverbial prince of outdoor power tools—the 1.5 HP Electric Pole Saw (item #: 68862)—for a ridiculously low price! This long reach electric pole saw provides a quick and safe option for trimming high tree branches. The telescoping fiberglass pole delivers almost three feet of extra reach. And with the easy chain adjustment for convenience, you’ll prune trees like you were cutting butter with a really sharp hot knife and the butter is already softened from sitting out on the counter for days during the middle of summer with the air-conditioning out and your home is west-facing so the scorching sun shines directly into your kitchen all afternoon especially on that spot on the counter where the butter is sitting and… you get the idea.

1.5 HP Electric Pole Saw
Item #: 68862


1.5 Ton Compact Aluminum Racing Floor Jack

Ridiculously low prices are going even lower during the More For Your Money/Rolling Back Prices in-store event happening now through April 13th  at all Harbor Freight retail locations. Take advantage of huge savings on items like the 1.5 Ton Compact Aluminum Racing Floor Jack with Rapid Pump® (item #: 60569). This industrial quality racing jack is constructed of durable, aircraft aluminum billet. A knurled aluminum handle ensures a steady grip while you quickly lift your load in just 3-1/2 pumps! The racing jack also features a universal joint release mechanism for smooth, precision lowering and a compact design for easy storage and transport. It’s features like these that has Four Wheeler Magazine declaring this jack the “undisputed king of the garage”.

1.5 Ton Compact Aluminum Racing Floor Jack with Rapid Pump®
item #: 60569

Newly Discovered Cave Drawing Reveals Early Man Used Reciprocating Saws

Additional evidence suggests plumbers were overcharging customers as far back as 25,000 years ago

cave drawing

Last week’s discovery at Serra da Capivara National Park in northeast Brazil reveals that early man not only hunted and gathered but also used reciprocating saws similar to the 9 Amp Professional Variable Speed Reciprocating Saw (item #: 69066) available at Harbor Freight Tools. “I was as surprised as anyone,” offered Professor Adriano Souza, head of tool archeology at Universidade Paulista. “We were familiar with early man using primitive versions of hammers and knives but fully functional reciprocating saws? We had no idea.” A hidden cavern covered by three feet of solid rock recently became accessible due to seismic activity and that’s where the cave drawing dating back 25,000 years was found.

“The drawing clearly shows an indigenous tribesman with a reciprocating saw in his hand. He appears to be cutting some sort of reed. Reeds were commonly used in early plumbing structures such as primitive faucets,” explained Souza. “We may very well be looking at the first plumber on Earth!” Within the cavern, Souza’s team also discovered an invoice overcharging for simple services. “This one refers to an installation of a new reed leading out of a hut, likely an early sewer drain. The invoice shows payment due of 12 chickens and the skins of seven Tropidurus lizards. That’s exorbitant! A job like that shouldn’t have run more than 8 chickens and two Tropidurus lizard skins.” In an adjoining cavern, another drawing shows a tribesman waiting all day for the plumber to arrive, indicated by several depictions of the sun in varying positions in the sky.

What still puzzles Souza’s team is the power source for the reciprocating saws. “Harnessing of conventional electricity didn’t happen for millennia. My theory is that they plugged the reciprocating saws into electric eels.” Considering that Serra da Capivara National Park is situated between the river valley systems of Riacho Toca da Onca, Riacho Baixo da Lima, Riacho Bom Jesus and the Gruta do Pinga, the theory is quite plausible. “That would explain the primitive extension cords we found in the cavern as well.”




Nitrile Glove

Whether you’re an arts & crafts hobbyist or a professional contractor, you’ll want to keep several boxes of the 5 mil Nitrile Powder-Free Gloves 100 Pc on hand. And there’s never been a better time to get your hands on them (and in them) then at the Spring Super Savings event running through March 30th at all Harbor Freight stores!

Nitrile gloves provide better chemical resistance compared to latex gloves and won’t trigger latex allergies. The gloves come in multiple sizes and provide a protective barrier against dirt, grime and oil as well as many chemicals and solvents. The gloves universally fit right or left hands with a comfortable fit and feel. They’re ideal for food processing, janitorial, painting, maintenance and light shop work.

Pick up the 5 mil Nitrile Powder-Free Gloves 100 Pc today and remember that just because you work hard doesn’t mean your hands have to show it!

5 mil Nitrile Powder-Free Gloves 100 Pc (Medium, Large and X-Large)
item #: 68496, 68497, 68498


10 in. Sliding Compound Miter Saw

If you could own only one power tool, naturally it would be a margarita blender. But if you could own two power tools, the second one should be the 10 in. Sliding Compound Miter Saw (item #: 61307) from Harbor Freight Tools. And there’s never been a better time to get one than during the Spring Super Savings event running March 17th through March 30th at all Harbor Freight Tools stores.

Utilizing a powerful 15 amp motor, dual linear ball bearing rails for smooth slide action and a 45-dgree tilting blade, this saw makes precision cross, bevel and miter cuts up to 12″ wide. This amazing miter saw has a generous cutting capacity for its size. From cutting picture frames to major renovations, the  user-friendly 10 in. Sliding Compound Miter Saw will surely become the go-to tool for your garage or workshop.

10 in. Sliding Compound Miter Saw
item #: 61307