WHEREFORE ART THOU SOLAR HOUSE ADDRESS NUMBER PLAQUE?

It’s a modern-day romantic tragedy… Romeo Finkleburger was at the county fair when he first met eyes with Juliet Sporkatelli. He was a young and successful pharmaceutical salesman. She was a Ph.D. student is ornamental horticulture and part-time bookkeeper. It was love at first ring toss (that’s where the saying comes from). Romeo won a stuffed chinchilla and gave it to Juliet. She named it “Chrysanthemum” after Saint Chrysanthus, the 3rd century martyr who was also credited with inventing the very first WeedWacker before being buried alive in a deep pit. It was a whirlwind romance. They ate funnel cakes, cotton candy and churros—then split a pack of heart-shaped antacids together. Unbeknownst to the young lovers, the Finkleburger and Sporkatelli families were bitter enemies. And then Juliet’s cousin got into a fight with Romeo’s best friend at the fair and stuck Solar House Address Number Plaquehim with the sharp end of a corndog stick. Before leaving the fair, Romeo asked Juliet for her address and vowed to pick her up at midnight so they could run away together. Juliet whole-heartedly agreed and texted Romeo her address. They kissed good-bye, their passion mingling with the sweet yet greasy slick of funnel cake residue.

The Sporkatelli’s lived a rural part of town with no streetlights. As the midnight hour approached Romeo drove down her street in his Prius with the headlights off so as not to draw attention to himself and wake Mr. and Mrs. Sporkatelli. He strained hard to see the street numbers on the houses. Juliet waited in her livingroom peaking out through the curtains waiting for Romeo to arrive. Her heart skipped a beat as she made out the faint silhouette of the approaching hybrid vehicle. From Romeo’s vantage point, he couldn’t see squat. Not being able to see the address, he drove right past Juliet’s home, then through a construction barrier and down a 100-ft. cliff into the wash. Romeo and his Prius were never seen again.

Too bad the Sporkatelli’s didn’t have the Solar House Address Number Plaque from Harbor Freight Tools! The handsome copper-finished solar address sign automatically charges in the sun then lights up super-bright LEDs all night to illuminate your house address. The solar address sign comes with numbers and spaces for a five-digit address and requires no installation or wiring. It also includes a wall bracket mount. While the Solar House Address Number Plaque may not insure that you and the love of your life will live happily ever after, it will guarantee the second greatest joy in life – not having to replace batteries while illuminating your home’s address.

Harbor Freight Celebrates International Girls Day

Recently, Teddy Robertson posted on her blog:

“Surprisingly, the Flint store is very female.   Of course, you see a lot of women in Home Depot and Lowes.  They are selecting paint colors or lighting, or bathroom fixtures.  At Harbor Freight women roam the drill bit aisles.  And what’s more, women—middle-aged women—are on the floor helping them with real tools.  Maybe years back they would have worked in the shop.  Today they work at Harbor Freight.”

Today, November 14, is International Girls Day, and it’s fitting that Harbor Freight Tools takes notice. The girls have been coming to HFT in growing numbers, sharing the checkout lines with the boys, carrying miter saws and cordless drills; on the Web, you now stumble across Girl Power blogs like Pink Toes & Power Tools and Ana White, sounding the alarm that women are taking over the home DIY projects.

That being said, I’d like to submit…
10 Tools Every DIY Girl Should Own
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  1. Pittsburgh 30 Ft. X 1″ QuikFind Tape Measure #69081 – You can never have too many tape measures around the house, and you’ll like this guy because it displays the fractions. Not to say you’re working with a dumbed-down tool, something akin to a Jitterbug cell phone, but rather something that helps determine measurements faster and more efficiently. The tape extends a long way before it falls, and you’ll appreciate the rubber-wrapped case (not that you ever drop your tape measure, right?). Heavy-duty and helpful! $4.99plier set 7 piece
  2. Pittsburgh 7-Pc. Pliers Set #69355 – Pulling, pinching, stripping, bending. You can face all manner of tasks in the home, and these babies can be invaluable. And the quality-to-price ratio is NICE! 8.9932 pc screwdriver set
  3. 32-pc. Screwdriver Set #90764 – You’ll probably put the most mileage on this set around the house as it accommodates most all domestic jobs, including a bendable snake unit that’s awesome in hard-to-get-to areas! $7.99claw hammer
  4. Pittsburgh 16 Oz. Claw Hammer With Fiberglass Handle #47872 - I’m sure you have a hammer somewhere in the house. Hammers are like tape measures; it’s good to have a few around. Whatever you do, though, invest in a nice claw hammer. It’ll do a good job driving in nails, but it’;; also help you remove the bent ones if you make a mistake… which I’m sure never happens. Hammers are the great go-to’s for hanging pictures, putting together modular furniture or small woodworking projects. This fiberglass one provides a comfortable grip and less shock than the wooden ones.  $3.99 socket set 64 pc
  5. Pittsburgh 64 Piece 1/4″, 3/8″ And 1/2″ Socket Set #67995 – For nuts and bolts, and screwing in lag bolts in your beams for heavy wall-hangings and earthquake straps, putting together the tyke’s bike, or working on the car. You might think this set’s a bit overkill, but you never know when you’re going to need the odd-sized piece– and socket sets provide torque strength a mere wrench can’t come close to. $31.99torpedo level
  6. Pittsburgh 9″ Magnetic Torpedo Level #96676 - Take away the guesswork and eyeball calisthenics when trying to hang pictures or put up shelving. You’ll learn fast what a godsend this simple tool really is.  $7.99 staple gun
  7. Fasten Pro Three-Way Tacker Staple Gun Kit #96755 – For everything from craft projects to reupholstering chairs, making wood box valances, putting up plastic sheeting, running cords along the wall, window screening, and other DIY projects. Another tool you’ll love love love!  $6.99 5-drawer tool cart
  8. U.S. General Tool Cart, Five Drawer, 700 Lb. Capacity #69397 - You’ll need a place to store all of these handy tools and, take my word, you’ll outgrow a toolbox almost immediately. A larger one on rollers– like this 5-drawer favorite– is great to move around your home, craft room, studio or garage. It gives you plenty of room to organize and quickly access the tool you need when you need it!  $199.99 3-8 cordless drill 68239 19.99
  9. Drill Master 3/8″ Cordless Drill/Driver With Keyless Chuck, 18 Volt #68239 - A rechargeable drill is essential to have around for your light-to-medium DIY projects around the house. They’re light to carry and great for making holes, or using as a power screwdriver to speed up the fastening process. Got a remodeling project in your future? Get it!  $19.99 orbital palm sander 5-in
  10. Chicago Electric 5″ Random Orbital Palm Sander #69857 – If you’re restoring furniture, an old boat or other object of love, invest in an orbital sander. Great for getting a smooth finish on large surfaces, and the palm sander version gives you great control. $24.99
There are other great, handy tools for your collection that you’ll eventually want: stud finder, brad nailer, jigsaw, compound miter saw, circular saw… and Harbor Freight Tools has them all at tremendously low prices! It’s a great way to get your projects off the ground without smashing too many piggy banks.
Of course, there’s more to life than always working. As Teddy Robertson closed in her post:

“Last year toward the end of summer Dennis came home with battery powered fly swatter he’d gotten on sale for $3.99 (reg. $7.99).  We sat on the porch in a warm twilight sipping margaritas and swinging at mosquitoes.  Can’t beat Harbor Freight.”

You go, girl.

Happy Father-in-Law Day!

Surprise your Father-in-Law today by showing him that you care!  Your spouse’s dad might not be your real dad but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t deserve a little recognition, too.  In fact, let Harbor Freight Tools help you give the guy a hand.  Or even better, two!  With the Tire Rim Gear Clock for just $13.99, you can provide your father-in-law not only with the gift of a snazzy timepiece, but also with the knowledge that Father-in-Law Day actually exists!  Just imagine his confusion as you present him with a present for seemingly no reason whatsoever.  But, for at least a brief amount of time, you’ll know something he doesn’t.  And that can be your secret present to yourself.

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The Headless Horseman from York, PA says – “This clock caught my eye when I was shopping at HF. I immediately picked it up once I saw the price. It works great and keeps time very well. Looks awesome in the garage. I love mine!!”

Racing Steve from Winchester, CA quips – “For this price you can’t find a better deal. I put this clock in my kid’s race car themed room and he loves it. Very detailed and it really looks like a real tire and rim.”

So get a couple bonus points with the in-laws with this highly reliable Tire Rim Gear Clock.  It won’t give him his child back, and it might just serve to remind him of the inevitable passage of time, but hey, at least it’ll show you were thinking about him!

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:

Tool Cart Bar Cart

 

It’d probably make a dandy arts n’ crafts cart, too. I also noticed the tool cart’s on sale this month for just $74.99. A pretty good deal.

Huh… using a Harbor Freight tool cart for kitchen design, or a design idea for any room in the house. I get it.

And the wife got it.