The 870 lb. Capacity Utility Trailer = Hot Dog Farfugnugen!

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When it comes to their utility trailers, Harbor Freight Tools really knocked it out of the park. They’re a customer favorite! In past articles, I’ve talked a bit about mods made from their Haul-Master utility trailers. I’ve posted a couple of times about kayak/canoe builds…

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some awesome BBQ smoke builds…

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…and my favorite, the covetable teardrop trailer builds!

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But up until recently, I’ve never heard of building a business out of your utility trailer– the hot dog business, to be exact. Two very helpful websites– HotDogProfits.com and BuildACart.com– show you how you can build your own hot dog vending cart out of a Haul-Master 870 Lb. Capacity 40″x49″ Utility Trailer #42708.

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And just to get an idea on how many ways you can mod a hot dog cart with a Harbor Freight utility trailer, check out this photo gallery on BuildAHotDogCart.com!

No surprise these guys chose this Haul-Master portable trailer to create their carts. Not only is it extremely affordable, it’s solid and built to perform! Here’s what just a few folks had to say about their 870 lb. capacity utility trailers:

“Just got back from a 3000 miles vacation. No problems whatsoever. No hot bearings, speeds around 70-75 mph. 500-600 lbs of camping and suitcases. A lot of times we forgot it was behind us. Towed very well. No tire problems either. I just greased the bearing very well. We painted the trailer charcoal and put expanded metal as a floor, also made a stake bed. The only improvement I did for the trailer, was to put on all LED lighting. (my personal preference). Very quite surprised the overall of this small, but durable little trailer. Also it was towed behind a Toyota Yaris and traveled through 5 states.”  American Vacationer – Sacramento, CA

“I bought one just to see how decent it would be—went back bought another, now I have three added. 1/2″ outdoor plywood makes a great hauler: one of them has my generator, one chipper-shredder on it, third one has 2 small water tanks on it—I camp out on my place & these trailers are the perfect item to own. Move stuff around behind my mower or tractor, not going on the highway so I can’t rate that possibility. Love this item.I also have the fold up 4′X 8′ fold-up trailer, but don’t fold it—solid sheet plywood on it—Love them all. Thanks HF for great items.”  Keebler – Near Phenix, VA

“I used to own a Ford Escort. This trailer turned the Escort into a fantastic truck that can haul anything. I love this trailer. Small enough to fit in really tight places, stores upright in my garage, and yet… moved a ton of stuff out of my garage in a single load. Takes our 2 kayaks to the river and our bikes all over town. The Escort handles the trailer easily. Don’t know how I lived without it.”  HandymanSteve – Indianapolis, IN

The  Haul-Master 870 lb. Capacity Utility Trailer, just $184.99 at Harbor Freight. What would you build with yours?

Cool Ideas for Shade in the Summer

With the summer months come higher temperatures and, humid or not, it can be hard to enjoy spending time outdoors when the heat turns up and the sun is right overhead.  Also, if you plan on having a BBQ, a family gathering, or anything outdoors, you want to make sure that your guests have some shade to escape to when it gets too hot.  It’s times like these that a canopy from Harbor Freight Tools can be a life saver!

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For instant shade pretty much anywhere, nothing beats the portability and convenience of a Pop-Up Canopy.  Canopies are easy to place and provide cool places to relax or to keep food during an event.  They also make setting up a yard sale or bake sale easier than ever!  And the best part is that they can be taken down just as quickly too. Then just store them away until they’re needed again.  The pop-up canopies are available in white, blue and green covers that resist moisture and fungus to stay durable and sturdy.  But, in the words of Levar Burton from Reading Rainbow, “you don’t have to take my word for it.”

“Bought this in store last year for tailgating, and have used it many, many times since. I’ve left it up in my backyard for a few weeks, and it stayed put with appropriate anchoring through some light wind and inclement weather. It folds down and fits in the storage bag, which has wheels, very easily with two people.” – TheGremlyn from San Diego, Ca

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Or, if you want to get fancy, check out the Quick Clamp Canopy.  If you have a picnic table up to 10 feet long, you can make a simple upgrade just by attaching this innovative canopy to it!  And as the sun moves, you can tilt the canopy to the perfect position so you’ve always got it made in the shade.   Coming in at $99.99, it’s an easy and affordable addition to your picnic table that will provide countless days of pleasant shade on those sunny days.

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While you’re at it, you might want to pick up some canopy related accessories.  There are a few anchor options like the Earth Anchor Canopy Set for $18.99 or the Easy Hook Anchor Canopy Set for $19.99.  Another helpful item to consider is the Canopy Rolling Storage Bag for just $34.99.  This is especially useful for anyone using their canopy at multiple locations but is also just a great place to store your canopy when it’s not in use.  And, with three conveniently-placed wheels, you’ll save a little extra work by not having to lug the canopy all over the place.

The 10’ x 10 ft. canopies run between $69.99 and $219.99 so there’s something to fit any budget.  And for larger get togethers or events, the 10’ x 20 ft’ pop-up canopy is $299.99, and that’s for 200 square feet of coverage!  You’ll want to have lots of memories from the summer but don’t let a sunburn be one of them!  Pick up a Harbor Freight Pop-Up Canopy and keep cool and covered during any time of the year.

Polish and Buff Your Way to a Perfect Finish

Today is the 4th annual Collector Car Appreciation Day!  This event celebrates and raises awareness of how important automobile restoration and collection are to American society.  This relatively new holiday showcases vehicles in pristine condition from past decades to demonstrate American craftsmanship, ingenuity, and creativity over the years and to also commemorate the look and style of a variety of cars.  From antiques and hot rods to muscle cars and trucks, collector cars are a source of recreation and fun for thousands of automobile enthusiasts!  And with help from Harbor Freight Tools, you can get your ride in top condition before showing it off around the neighborhood.

Whether you’re taking part in a Collector Car Appreciation Day event or just cruising down the highway in your favorite vehicle, you’ll want to keep your car looking its best.  For that, you have to have the right tools and the best cleaning solutions.  And if you haven’t found out already, Harbor Freight is your one stop shop for all your vehicle upkeep requirements.

polisher 92623polisher 69924One of the most important parts of vehicle restoration is maintaining the body paint and keeping the finish shiny.  In order to ensure a look that will impress your friends and fellow car buffs, you’ll need a high quality buffer/polisher.  With the 7” Variable Speed Polisher/Sander or the 6” Variable Speed Dual Action Polisher ($40 and $60 respectively), you’ll be able to achieve swirl-free, glass smooth finishes on large surfaces quickly.  But that’s not to say you can’t reach into smaller spots as well.  Just ask some of our customers:

“Used this dual action buffer right out of the box. User friendly. Fast action. Exceeded my expectations all around. Small enough to get into every spot. Large enough to repeat process multiple coats of polish in no time.” – 2002 Jeep Wrangler TJ

“Harbor Freight you did it, this buffer is a winner. I, a retired Bodyman/Painter, am doing many side jobs now at home and this buffer works and works. I couldn’t believe how quiet it is.  Great balance and really light, lighter than my old expensive buffer.  Just a nice overall buffer and it does not slow down when pressure is applied.” – Jojo

Nu Finish Car Polishimage_16046Of course, there is more to car restoration and upkeep than just a good polishing.  You need the proper formulas to get that perfect finish that will blind the competition.  Or… the friendly display of vehicles, that is.  Regardless, if you want your car to stand out, you need an outstanding finish.  With the help of Nu Finish Car Polish and Nu Finish Scratch Doctor, you’ll be a step ahead and your car will be turning heads.  The Nu Finish Car Polish calls itself the Once a Year Car Polish which is a bold statement, especially at only $7 a bottle.  But our customers have a couple statements of their own:

“This polish is easy to apply and remove, and cleans very well. I have been using this polish for years and it’s one of the best for cleaning dirty car finishes. We have a white car and NuFinish removes all of the soot and grime.” – Saturday Mechanic

“Quick and easy to use. Just follow directions. Got rid of my swirls and minor surface scratches. Looks good too!” – Kujo

And how about that Nu Finish Scratch Doctor?  You can’t have a smooth finish if there are any nicks and scratches lurking around, no matter how small they might be.  Well, this handy formula not only removes scratches but also paint scrapes, scuffs, haze and swirl marks!  For just $12 a bottle, you can’t beat this incredibly effective cleaning solution.

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Any car owner or collector will tell you that there’s a difference between washing your vehicle and restoring the finish.  For general washing needs, you won’t need to look any further than Meguiar’s Deep Crystal Car Wash.  Before you even worry about waxing and polishing, you’ll want to get rid of any dirt and grime on your vehicle.  The Deep Crystal Car Wash gets a deep clean on your car and produces extra long-lasting suds to safely remove any contaminates.  In other words, it gets your car just about as fresh and clean as it can get right in the comfort of your own driveway.  And at just $6 a bottle, this stuff pays for itself and will save you heaps of time.

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While you’re at it, it never hurts to have some decent polishing cloths around.  Especially ones that are clear coat safe like the 2 Piece Microfiber Spa Polishing Towels.  These are the perfect way to finish off polishing your car to remove any lingering dust, wax, or polish and to ensure that like-new sheen.  I mean, when you’re showing off at a Collector Car Appreciation Day event, anything less than perfect is unacceptable!  Which is one reason so many Harbor Freight customers seem to be so happy with these towels:

“I’m a snob as well when it comes to my show car/bikes. I look far and wide for soft (I mean non-swirl causing soft) towels to use at every store.  I was blown away by these especially for the price.” – Ducati_Guy

“I am a car nut and do not like swirls in my paint. I am a bit of a microfiber snob and I was blown away when I found these.” – Jason-S

And that price that everyone is “blown away” by?  Just $2.59 for two of these great towels!  With reviews like that and a price that low, you really can’t go wrong with these incredible soft towels.

Individually, each of these products can help take your car restoration or upkeep to the next level.  With all these items together, you’ll have an entire set-up for keeping your vehicle bright, clean, and ready for showing off.  And even including the polisher, you’re still coming out at under $90 total for the whole shebang!  If you’re a real car collector or car restoration buff, you know it’s essential to have the right tools in your repertoire and with one quick trip to your local Harbor Freight Tools, or a couple clicks through harborfreight.com, you can stock up on these items and stay prepared for Collector Car Appreciation events or just cruising down the highway any day of the year!

How To Turn a Harbor Freight Trailer Into a Kayak/Camping Trailer

I’ve showcased customer Harbor Freight Tools kayak trailer mods in the past, but this article cannot be ignored– a step-by-step pictorial of how to turn a Haul-Master 870 Lb. Capacity 40″ X 49″ Utility Trailer into a full-functional 3-kayak-plus-camping-gear trailer!

Recently, an author bearing the moniker “Frkzila” posted an article on Instructables.com, aptly titled, “How To Turn a Harbor Freight Trailer Into a Kayak/Camping Trailer.”  Brilliant! The writer starts out:

“This is my first instructable, but I have posted this on some kayak forums with positive feedback. I wanted a trailer I could haul our three kayaks on and our camping gear, but all the trailers I found for purchase were $1,000 plus. Here is how I built mine for $363. I started with the Harbor Freight Kit and turned in into exactly what I needed.”

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He starts out, of course, with the trailer– as one reviewer observed, “For the money you can’t beat these little rascals!”– and then collects the following material:

10’ 11-ga 2” square tube
14’-1/8” 2” angle iron
2 @ 6’ pieces of 1.25”od round tube
4′x8′ sheet of 1/2” treated plywood
2 @ 12’-5/4” deck boards
2 @ 8’-5/4” beck boards
4 @ 10’ 2×4′s for bunks
7 @ eye bolts for tie-downs
6’ wire for harness extension
3/4” steel bar that was already bent which he got from a scrap pile

He then proceeds to build an awesome trailer.Kayak Trailer How-To 2

Not to steal thunder from the gentleman’s nicely detailed presentation, I won’t recount each step. Read the article yourself. But let me just say, it’s a great read, especially if you’re looking for ideas to build a trailer of your own.

Referring to the picture on the top of the article, Frkzila concludes:

“Here is the finished product all loaded up, I have three kayaks on here (my daughter’s 6’ sits in the bed) a grill, firewood, tent and other camping stuff loaded.

I am very happy with how this project turned out. I pull it with my 4-cyl Escape and have had it to 70 mph+ on the interstate with no problems. Since it is so lightweight I can hardly feel it behind the car, and I have less invested than most put into converting a jet ski trailer, and everything is new. The only thing I might change is making the bunks movable so I can put 3 full size yaks on top.”

Hats off to you, my good man! Nicely done.

You can find all of Haul-Master’s high-rated utility trailers at your local Harbor Freight Tools or at www.harborfreight.com, affordably priced every day!

Paul Bunyan and the 14-Inch Electric Chainsaw

Well, shiver me timbers– it’s Paul Bunyan Day!

Paul Bunyan and his trusty companion, Babe the Blue Ox has regaled us with delightful adventures for over a hundred years. One of the lesser known folk tales, however, is the one about Bunyan and the Electric Chainsaw. As the story goes, Bunyan and Babe were decimating yet another forest, when suddenly the mighty lumberjack slowed to a stop. “Ugh!” he exclaimed, wiping his prominent brow. “How many trees are ON this planet? I should’ve been a podiatrist (ironically, a bump found on the big toe would later be named after him).” The next morning when Bunyan emerged from his home, he found on his porch a curious package, marked, “Chicago Electric 14″ Electric Chainsaw.” “Great Caesar’s Ghost!” exclaimed Bunyan. “Now cutting timber will be a breeze, and I’ll have more time to concentrate on my real passion– Riverdancing! Giddy up, Babe!”

While the Chicago Electric 14″ Electric Chainsaw may not be practical for decimating forests, this sturdy, lightweight tool performs masterfully for easy pruning, yet is tough enough to take on thick limbs and branches! It’s got a quiet-running, powerful motor with an anti-kickback feature and a safety lock-out switch, so it’s mild-mannered enough for the wife and kids to use it. The wrap-around hand guard and bar guard provide additional safety, and the automatic oiler keeps the chain fully lubricated and always ready for action.

As one customer noted:

“This electric saw is better than a gas-powered saw period! No real loud noise, no gas fumes, smoke, and no leaking oil all over the area you store it. I have 5 of 6 acres left. I have many Mesquite trees. And as many people know, they are tough to cut. Not with this saw. I cut through them like butter! The key to using any saw is let it do the cutting. Meaning you do not need to push down on the saw real hard and make it harder on yourself. Also, do not pull back and forth while you are cutting. Just apply slight pressure to hold the saw down on the tree and just let it do the cutting. Yes, it is electric and you need a long electric cord, but Harbor Freight has the 100 ft. cords at a good price. This saw out-performed my gas saws easily! I cut well over 100 pieces of small to large round trees and the chain is still tight and it still is sharp. I have not once had to tighten the chain up on this saw. Also, this saw does not leak chain oil all over the place. You just add the chain oil and it self-lubes the chain. Most saws, when you set them down on something after use, the chain oil goes everywhere. Not this one! If there was a 10-star rating, this saw would get it. Excellent saw for the low cost!”  Loopster – Grays Prairie, TX

Cut down trees and then cut them up for firewood– even oak. Trim trees and cut limbs, clear areas of thick brush. The ease is great and the power is more than sufficient– you’ll love your Chicago Electric 14″ Oregon bar electric chainsaw!

You can pick up this invaluable tool at Harbor Freight Tools– or online at www.harborfreight.com– now for only $54.99 (use your 20% Off Coupon and pick it up for just $44)!

Meanwhile, you can catch Paul’s show in Reno every weeknight and twice on Sunday. I recommend the oxtail.

 

Work Easy with the Rolling Knee Pads

Kneeling for work can wreak havoc on your knees.  Even wearing conventional kneepads, you often still need to do a lot of standing and kneeling over and over when changing position or turning to pick up tools.  Thankfully there’s something from Harbor Freight Tools that will allow you to protect your knees without sacrificing mobility!  Impossible, you say?  Well, just take a look at the Rolling Knee Pads and marvel at the possibilities.  Seriously, this thing is amazing.

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Imagine working in the garden for an entire afternoon.  My garden is right next to my driveway and kneeling on that hard cement was making my knees feel like those of a retired major league catcher.  Even wearing knee pads didn’t seem to help since I would be standing and moving every few minutes or turning to get another tool and my knees were still paying the price.  And if it wasn’t my knees that were killing me, it was my back and that’s when I knew I either had to give up the garden or find a solution.  Luckily,  I came across the Rolling Knee Pads from Harbor Freight Tools.

Now, the important thing is that with this accessory, I was able to protect my knees while ultimately working even longer than I could previously.  In fact, it felt less like work and more like exercise!  In a good way.  Moving around on the Rolling Knee Pads was easy enough but at the same time, my calves got a work out as well as my quads and before long I was looking forward to working in the garden again with the multiple added benefits of the Rolling Knee Pads.

And there are even more reasons to love this accessory.  It comes with a convenient carry handle for convenient carrying and handy built-in tool trays for easy access to parts and tools without a lot of hunting around.  It’s made of high impact ABS plastic so it’s durable enough to sustain up to 250 lbs. and ready to put up with all kinds of abuse around the home or shop.  And it’s not just for gardening.  You can use this handy accessory for automotive work, painting, laying tile or flooring and countless other tasks that you never consider until you have to do them.

Whether or not you have a garden next to your driveway or do a lot of work on the floor, this is a great tool to have around.  There are a lot of versatile tools out there but not many that are designed to make your work more comfortable and way easier.  And at just $17.99, the padding stays in the knee pads and out of the price.  So save your knees, your back and lots of time with the Rolling Knee Pads from Harbor Freight Tools! 

Taming the Tool Cart

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…

Tool Cart for the Home

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:

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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.

Harbor Freight’s Hot for Teacher

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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!

Spinner Rack with Flair

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!

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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.

Dear Mom: For Your Special Day

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!

CLICK HERE!

Shower Valve Socket Wrench Set: DIY Leak Repair

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!

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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.

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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!