How to Make Firewood Without Really Trying

If a tree falls in the woods and no one is around to chop, shred, or cut it… does it make any firewood?  No, it doesn’t.  Which is why you need to be there with the proper tools, so you can create the perfect fuel for your fireplace this winter season!  At Harbor Freight Tools, we have plenty of options for getting the job done no matter where you’re getting your logs from. From felling dead trees to chopping wood to the ideal size, these reliable wood-cutting tools won’t leave you out in the cold.

image_16170Whether your trimming unwieldy branches or cutting a big tree down for lumber, you can make short work of anything with the powerful yet lightweight 14” Electric Chainsaw! Wet wood and dry wood both are no match for this reliable cutting tool and with the featured wrap-around hand guard and bar guard, you can cut with safety and precision. And unlike a gas powered saw, this tool emits no fumes and is easy on your ears but with the same high quality results. Also, if you’re looking to make some smaller cuts on trees and bushes, take a look at our selection of pruners.  With these handy items at your disposal, you’ll have your yard looking like the perfect winter wonderland in no time.

Once you have the logs, you need to get them to a manageable size. I mean, unless you want to drive to the store, pick up some pre-packaged firewood from who knows where, and then drive all the way back home. But why go through all that hassle when you can just have a top-notch log splitter do all the work for you? The Harbor Freight log splitters come in both 7 ton and 10 ton capacities, giving you plenty of force to split any log in twain. That’s right, twain. It’s an old word for ‘two’ but I’m gonna use it! However, maybe these fan videos will do a better job explaining the awesomeness of these mighty log splitters…

If that doesn’t get you revved up for these log splitters, just take a look at this great review by GarageJournal.com:

“I used this splitter on the first day for 4 hours. I was surprised at how well it performed. I was splitting logs that were upwards of 22″ in diameter. When a log wouldn’t split because it was simply too large, I’d pull the log off and rotate it slightly. Eventually it split somewhere, even if not straight through the middle due to an odd knot. I would have given it a 4 if other electric/hydraulic splitters were around the same price, but there aren’t any that I’ve seen locally and this one is the only one which isn’t a grand or so or more.”   IONH – GarageJournal.com

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So now that you’re all set for the winter, the last thing you need is a way to clean up your branch and leaf covered yard. With the wind blowing and all the leaves building up, it can be a long day of raking and garbage bag-filling to get rid of it all. But with a chipper shredder, the work is cut down to a fraction of the time! And when you send those branches and leaves through the chipper shredder, you’re left with useful mulch for compost. For small jobs, the 1-1/2” Capacity Chipper Shredder is great but for those bigger limbs, pick up the 6-1/2 HP Chipper Shredder powered by a tough Predator engine.

With Autumn in the air and Winter right around the corner, it’s time to stock up on these wood and yard tools. And from cutting down trees to cleaning up after and everything in between, Harbor Freight Tools has everything you need. So while these are excellent tools to have nearby year round, they’re especially useful now so take advantage of these great prices and stock up today!

Keep Tools and Machines Running with the 13 HP, 420cc Gas Engine

With a 13 Horsepower, 420cc Gas Engine, you’re getting a lot of power in one little machine.  And it’s perfect for replacing motors on a variety of tools, like pressure washers, compressors, log splitters, water pumps… the list goes on and on, just like this reliable and powerful Predator engine from Harbor Freight Tools.  If you’re still on the fence about it, check out what some actual users have to say…

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“I use these motors for powering various industrial equipment when the original motor quits. Very dependable! Install a good charged battery and you will have no problems starting.” – Thwack from Beaverton, OR

“Wow! This engine starts great and runs really strong. I mean really strong!” – Rich from St. Paul, MN

This motor is both handy and versatile, letting you replace the engine on several different tools but always getting the same great results.  If you’re replacing the motor on a tool, the 13 HP, 420cc Gas Engine has you covered.  There is also a model specifically designed to pass those tough California emissions laws so if you’re in the Golden State, be sure to pick up the California approved engine.   Either way, at just $349.99, these high powered engines are just what you need to keep your tools and machines running strong.

Simplify Your Life and Save Your Back!

With work, family, traffic, that neighbor that always wants to talk about sports you don’t care about, and trying to figure out your cell phone bill, the last thing you need is more stress!  Instead, why not simplify your life with a gift for yourself from Harbor Freight Tools??

Imagine you’re in your house and you drop the TV remote.  If you’re like me, you don’t have the time or energy to bend over and pick it up.  At the same time, you also really want to change the channel because your favorite show is coming on.  Oh, the aggravation that would ensue! But what’s this? A handy-dandy EZ Reach & Grab Pickup and Reaching Tool to the rescue!  Look, I don’t name these tools, but the fact of the matter is, it works!  If the remote control fell within 3 feet of your couch, you can easily retrieve it by simply employing this ABS-reinforced pick-up tool.  And once you have that precious remote back in your possession, that means more channel-flipping time!

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But what if you’ve dropped something heavier than a television remote control?  Like your favorite paperweight?  I mean, what else will keep your papers and files from being blown asunder when a draft slips in?  Aside from backing up your documents electronically or perhaps going through the rigmarole of setting up filing cabinets and all that nonsense, there’s really only one solution.  With the EZ Reach & Grab Pickup and Reaching Tool nearby, you’ll get that paperweight back in no time.  Whether grabbing, picking up, or reaching, this tool’s got you covered and will lift items that weigh up to 5 pounds!  So that paperweight will quickly go back in its place while you remain squarely in the 20th century by resisting the advances of technology.

But I’m not here to judge, only help.  And the way to help you live a simpler life is to encourage you to get yourself either the 36” Pick-Up and Reach Tool or the EZ Reach & Grab Pickup and Reaching Tool from Harbor Freight Tools!  Sure, it’s not every day that you’ll need one, but when you do, you’ll be ready.  Because accidents happen, and one day you’ll need to bend over and pick something up .  Who needs the hassle?  Certainly not these satisfied customers:

“I have properties where we have to pick up A LOT of trash. I have used other more expensive pick up tools in the past. Frankly I hesitated to buy this one because it was so light weight. Well, it has worked very well, and I have a few of them for tenants to use. Excellent value!” – Locust Point from Hagerstown, MD

“I bought 3 on sale and they are terrific for yard cleanup, no more stooping over for every broken branch or pine cone.” – AceDublB from North Bay, ON

Let Harbor Freight Tools give you the lift you need–for just $8.99!—at your local store or at www.harborfreight.com!

Lumberjack Day

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All right, by a show of hands, who’s ever wished they were a lumberjack? Come on, I know you have. Red shirt, suspenders, big ol’ waffle-stomper boots, Nell at your side… leaping from tree to tree, as they float down the mighty rivers, frolicking with steer. Dare to dream, right? Well, as today is Lumberjack Day, we can ALL realize the dream and be lumberjacks– thanks to the tremendous log-splitting savings at Harbor Freight Tools! Here are just a few examples of their wide selection of wood-decimating devices:

Now that summer is roasting to a close, fall is almost here and winter’s in the not-too-distant future, death is closing in all around us– dead leaves, dead branches, and all other sorts of recently-deceased debris– a virtual land of zombie foliage– will soon be besieging our yards! Make disposing their remains easy on yourself with a powerful chipper/shredder or leaf eater/shredder from Harbor Freight. Such as…

Quickly reduce piles of leaves and small branches into useful mulch. Mulch is a standard form of winter protection for many shallow-rooted plant, acting as insulation for the soil and plant roots. This powerful 14 amp electric chipper-shredder can handle limbs up to 1-1/2″ in diameter and its rugged polypropylene hopper won’t rust or dent. Also, it maneuvers easily through the yard on smooth-rolling 6″ wheels. All for the low price of $149.99!

“Have been using this for the last 6 months to mulch tree branches off my yard. Have fed it branches up to 1-inch diameter thus far, and the chipper handles them easily. Easy to carry, easy to setup. The “paddle” that is included comes quite handy to feed small branches into the chipper.”  SM – Clinton Township, MI

 

This gas-powered dynamo is an invaluable tool for landscapers or anyone cleaning up their yard. The chipper-shredder handles limbs up to 1-1/4″ thick and features a four-chipper-blade design to quickly turn limbs, twigs and small branches into mulch. Perfect for flower beds and vegetable gardens. Easy on gas, tough on branches, this little chipper eats brush like it’s nothing! A great deal at $379.99– and customers are ecstatic over its performance:

“I bought this based on reviews. I have several very large shrubs that need regular pruning. Most branches are 1″ or less. This chipper ate them up. No more dragging them curbside. I had a pile of branches about 4-feet tall by 8-feet long. I turned this pile into about one cubic foot of fine mulch. Couldn’t be happier. Now I’m looking for other stuff to prune just so I can use this thing. The engine is very quiet and started on the 2nd pull. I’m very happy with this one!” Weary Gardener – Charlotte, NC

“This is a sweet chipper– use the hell out of it, put the hurt to it. I haven’t had any problem with it! Don’t complain you payed three bills for it, it’s better than buying one for grand or more for the same job :)!!!!!!!! Harbor Freight, you got my vote, keep up the good work. For the people that have small yards, this is the best thing to buy. It’s quiet, small and will shred anything you can get down in the hopper.  I just love it. Hopeful this is some help to others. I’ve had mine for three years, I use mine a lot in the summertime.”  Big E – Lakewood, CO

 

10 ton hydraulic log splitter

When lumberjacks sleep, they dream about this baby! Manually jacking this hydraulic splitter generates up to 10 tons of ramming force, enough to split logs as long as 18″ and as thick as 6-1/2″ in diameter (depending on wood density). Powerful and easy to operate, this compact splitter takes up very little floor space and can easily fit– and be operated– in a garage. Works great on oak, yellow gum, hickory, maple– even green wood! Give your arms and shoulders a break and let the 10-ton hydraulic log splitter do the work for you. At only $99.99, it’s a Brainerd no-brainer!

 “We just took down eight trees and had almost three cords of green wood to split. I read the reviews and thought my shoulder could use a break. This works perfectly. Even my wife loved using it. Logs can be no longer than 18 inches to fit….but they can be much larger than 6 inches across – most of ours were 16-18 inches. I couldn’t split most of the green wood by hand…but this little splitter split all logs easily. It’s heavy to move at about 90 pounds but has little wheels. Buy it and give your splitting maul and back a break. Worked great for us.”  Paul – Vermont

 

7 ton log splitter

 

When it comes to raw power, this 2 HP electric log splitter delivers up to 7 macho tons of ramming force to split logs as thick as 10 inches in diameter and as long as 20 inches! Features include two pneumatic tires built for easy maneuvering on rough terrain, and it’s as portable as a hand cart with an easy-grip handle. Splits heavy logs quickly and safely! A worthy investment at $399.99!

“Good product, split everything I had. Fast, quiet and no gas fumes… can use in garage. None even close for price!”  baldhead – Oregon

“Cannot beat for the money. Well built and very portable. Electric, so easy to start & low maintenance. Great for those of us who have health issues and can no longer split. Very powerful for its size. As a former farm boy and shade tree mechanic I like how sturdy it is built. Should last a long time for household splitting. Well done, Harbor Freight. One of your best!”  Dr. Zinc – Washington, DC

 

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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. 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! Now only $54.99!

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

So, stand tall, my friend. Today is your day! Head on over to Harbor Freight, get some quality wood-cutting tools for incredibly low prices, and be who you are– a lumberjack! And you’re OK.

(Nells and Mounties not included)

 

Unique Items by Biff: Collapsible Small Animal Trap

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Tired of spending a fortune on mortar rounds, grenades and Claymore mines just to keep your garden or yard free from small pests like rats, squirrels and weasels? Now you can solve the critter calamity without Pentagon probes or FBI surveillance thanks to the 16 in. x 5-1/2 in. x 5-1/2 in. Collapsible Small Animal Trap #94397 from Harbor Freight Tools! This animal trap allows you to catch animal pests humanely. Constructed of tough galvanized steel, this animal trap features a sensitive trigger pan and spring loaded trap door to quickly and safely capture bothersome animals. After the work is done, simply collapse the trap to easily store it—of course, animal control has been called and the pest removed before collapsing. Otherwise, you’ll end up with a gooey mess that is anything but humane. On the other hand, if you’re making small pest jerky…

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Collapsible Small Animal Trap SKU #94397 – $6.99

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.

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! 

It’s Water a Flower Day!

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I was walking our dog, Archibald Cortez, this morning and, of course, the neighborhood ladies were out in force, speed walking and jogging on the paseos. At one point, when AC paused, having found some territory to mark, I spotted a woman, who was speed-pushing a stroller and sipping on a water bottle,  stop and pour some water on a lone flower that was residing away from the others. She saw me looking and smiled.

“Happy Water a Flower Day!” she said brightly. I think I muttered, “Yeah, you too,” and she was off.

I thought she was just joking around, but after I got home I Googled it and, sure enough, today is Water a Flower Day (it’s also National Mint Julep Day. Mint juleps were selling for $1,000 apiece at the Kentucky Derby on May 3, but I opted instead for National Have A Coke Day on May 8 ’cause Circle K sells the 44-oz-ers for 89 cents… yeah, I’m that cheap).

We live in the high desert area, so summers are brutal on our flowers and we have to be extra-vigilant keeping them hydrated. And, unfortunately, summer came early this year, so it’s off to Harbor Freight to pick up a few items to help us out:

 

The seeper hose can be one of your best friends in the garden. It’s the ideal way to irrigate. It kind of reminds me of a battery float charger. The One Stop Gardens 50 Ft. 3/4″ Flat Seeper Soaker Hose lays flat on the the ground and “weeps” water for maximum irrigation by soaking the roots directly, so it won’t damage plants. Designed with a heavy-duty woven nylon sleeve for ultimate durability, this tough “trickler” features a standard 3/4″ thread that attaches to most outdoor faucet connections. It’s especially a great asset if you live in an area with tight water restrictions. Harbor Freight price, just $9.99!

For potted plants and other areas where the seeper soaker doesn’t help, one of those nozzle things is really handy. Harbor Freight’s got a number of them, but for now, let me talk about three of them:

One Stop Gardens has an extremely versatile Six Pattern Trigger Spray Nozzle that will pretty much cover all your lawn & garden watering applications– and more! Clean your car, water your plants or give your pets a bath with this all-purpose water trigger (Archibald Cortez sure digs it… OK, he tolerates it). The spray nozzle features jet, flat spray, shower, angle spray, mist and soaker patterns to handle a wide range of watering, washing and cleaning jobs. The nozzle is constructed of durable zinc and polypropylene and will deliver many-a-summer of service. Now just $4.99.

One Stop Gardens Super Deluxe Hoze NozzleA whole different approach to aquatic distribution is the One Stop Gardens Super Deluxe Hose Nozzle, a testosterone-injected weapon of mass-hydration. It lets you easily adjust the right amount of pressure and spray needed for whatever task you’ve got in front of you, be it the rose garden or the rain gutters. The nozzle fits any garden-variety garden hose and adjusts from a powerful jet stream to blast away dirt and debris, to a soft, cascading spray for watering your plants. Made of solid brass, this hose nozzle won’t break and features a rubberized coating that won’t scratch the car if you’re using it to wash it. A real deal at $7.99!

brass nozzleIt might be a little Old School, but you can’t take away the coolness of the classic Brass Garden Hose Nozzle. This 4″  brass nozzle fits any standard garden hose to make watering the flowers or hosing down rugrats easier than ever! With just a subtle twist, you can change the spray patterns from a powerful stream to a soft mist for watering flowers and plants. A great addition to the garden at just $2.99!

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I know what you’re thinking. All this flower watering, but only one spicket, right? Well, Harbor Freight’s got you covered there as well. Check out the One Stop Gardens 4-in-1 Brass Faucet Expander, a nifty four-way faucet splitter that allows you to connect four hoses to one faucet. Made of tough, durable brass, the faucet expander comes with a nice, big grip to attach to the faucet and features individual stainless steel valves for each hose that can be controlled independently! Only $9.99.

These and other really helpful garden tools and accessories can be found your local Harbor Freight Tools, and at www.harborfreight.com. And don’t forget your 20% Off Coupon for even greater savings!

In the meantime, take some time and stroll the neighborhood; chances are you’ll spot a lone flower looking for a little water and some love.

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Building the Ultimate Greenhouse

Congratulations on purchasing your new One Stop Gardens 10’ x 12’ Greenhouse!  Growing vegetables, cultivating flowers or starting your botany experiment is now close at hand but did you know that you can get even more out of your greenhouse with some extra time, materials and patience?  I recently came across a great article that highlights a few ways to expand your greenhouse in ways that you might not otherwise think of at http://hfgh10x12.blogspot.com/2007/08/this-is-greenhouse-we-bought-link-it.html.  Let’s take a look at how you can take your greenhouse to the next level with just a few adjustments.

The greenhouse kit comes with a steel base that you would generally just place on the ground.  The author of this article explains how to add some extra stability to your greenhouse in order to resist any weather conditions you may encounter like strong winds and heavy rain.  “The popular solution is to build a wooden foundation, anchor it into the ground somehow, and mount the steel base on top,” she says.  “Everyone finds their own way to do this, but most use at least 4 x 4 sized timbers for the base.”

 

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You’ll also want to add a couple of diagonal beams at each corner before mounting the greenhouse base itself.  With your greenhouse secured to a foundation, you can keep the base square and tight for years to come.  And once you’ve got the steel base mounted to the wooden foundation, just apply some clear silicone caulk between the wood and the base to keep rain water from seeping in.  In order to maintain the integrity of you greenhouse, you’ll need to plan for all types of unforeseen weather and environmental conditions.  You can choose from a few different caulks on Harbor Freight’s website too, from Painter’s Acrylic Latex Caulk to Acrylic Latex Caulk plus Silicone.

Now you’re ready to start putting up the walls of your greenhouse.  The article has a little tip to keep your frame and posts straight during construction as well.  “As you put the corner posts up, temporarily attach the [included] diagonal braces for stability.”  You’ll have to remove them before moving on to the next step but this way you can work with a bit more peace of mind and keep the aluminum frame straight and accurate until you add the vertical wall studs.  It’s a good idea to check that the base is still square before moving on and make any necessary adjustments.  It’s much easier to make minor adjustments as you go rather than a big one later.

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Once you’ve got the greenhouse frame constructed, there are a few things you can do to upgrade it for stability in windier areas.  The article advises to add horizontal braces at the tops of the walls to prevent the side walls from pulling away from each other.  You can do the same for the front and back walls.  Just attach a solid piece of material all the way across each wall to reinforce the structure and keep the elements from potentially warping the frame.  The author explains how you can also keep the steel base from flexing:  “This can be done by bolting small plates of some type to the top and bottom lip of the base at regular intervals, or by covering the inside of the base entirely with wood that’s also attached to the top and bottom lip of the base.”

 

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It’s also easy at this point to add insulation to your frame, she continues.  “We used ¾” thick expanded polystyrene (styrofoam) insulation, cut into strips about 4 ¼” wide. We also stuffed some foam sill insulation in there first to remove as many air pockets as possible.”  You can protect that insulation and further reinforce the base by attaching boards with screws to the top and bottom lips of the base.  As the author says, “Now the base is insulated and stiffened by the attached board…and it looks a little dressier, too.”

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Well, at this point, you’ve got yourself an extra strong frame of a greenhouse and you’re ready to move on to inserting the panels.  The author of the article sealed the ends of each panel with aluminum tape to help keep dirt, condensation and bugs out.  “I bought one roll of 1 ½” wide aluminum tape (not duct tape) and cut it into thirds, so I only have a small taped rim visible on the panels.  On the bottom edge, it’s apparently good to have small holes in the tape to allow moisture to escape. You can buy special breathable tape from greenhouse supply websites for this purpose, but others have mentioned using a large pin to poke holes in the tape in each chamber on the bottom edge of each panel.”

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How about weather stripping?  Well, the author has a suggestion for that as well.  “Instead of caulk, I used 3/16” thick closed cell foam weather stripping in each panel opening. Closed cell foam is waterproof so rain can’t soak in.”  The larger gaps on the tops and bottoms of each panel are also mentioned.  “I found some packages of ¾” wide weather stripping.  I used that, cutting each strip in half with scissors, so it was 3/8” wide. It worked fine and turned out to be a soft gray color that was hardly visible under the panels after installation.”

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Okay!  So now that you’ve gotten your greenhouse constructed and ready to withstand those heavy winds, you’re ready to add even more awesomeness!  That’s right, there’s still more you can do to enhance the greenhouse to make it more attractive and convenient.  The author added long benches to each side of her greenhouse along with several peninsula-style benches.  “Each long side bench is supported by two pressure-treated 4x4s, buried 24″ deep and set in concrete.  [Then] two horizontal Douglas Fir 4×4’s were clamped to either side of the two pressure treated posts. The horizontal 4×4’s were attached by using a 12″ long 3/8″ drill bit to drill a hole through all three 4×4’s. A length of 3/8″ all-threads rod was inserted in the hole and capped on each end with a washer and nut.”  This addition will provide plenty of shelving space plus ample free space underneath for tools, equipment and supplies.

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If you want to get really fancy, the author even added a sink to her greenhouse and explains how it can be used for added benefit.  “The sink drain isn’t connected to our house plumbing. It drains into a gravel pit we dug in the floor, and the soil beneath the gravel is the coarse sand of our yard. Another option for the future would be to route the drain water through the wall of the greenhouse and outdoors to water a planting bed.”

Still want more enhancements to your bodacious greenhouse?  The author of this article really decked hers out to include some pretty cool additions to improve functionality.  She added electrical outlets with plastic covers to keep out moisture, Aluminet shade cloth screen panels to keep temperatures down and even an exhaust fan as a way to let air out.  These are obviously more advanced enhancements but the possibilities are there for those willing to put in some extra work.  And for those hoping to use their greenhouse continuously, they can be a real help, as the author states, “Without this fan I wouldn’t be able to keep plants in the greenhouse year round…our summers would be far too hot. With this fan in place, as well as some additional small fans for HAF (Horizontal Air Flow) and generous amounts of shade cloth, I’ll have a fighting chance.”

As you can see, getting your Harbor Freight greenhouse built is only the beginning of your journey and you’re limited only by your imagination!  I don’t know about you but I would love to have benches, a sink, air conditioning and weather stripping in my little home garden.  For anyone who wants to get serious about their plants and flowers without spending serious money, this is the way to do it.

Light Up for Earth Day

Greetings, Earth people. As I’m sure you’ve gathered from reminders ad nauseum, it’s Earth Day. It’s enough to make you miss those posture-oppressing Earth Shoes and splashing on some Coty Wild Musk. Let’s just be thankful there isn’t a steady stream of Earth Day carols (This Land Is Your Land… I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing… Also Sprach Zarathustra…) saturating the airwaves. But, in the spirit of Earth Day, I want to tell you about this nifty gizmo available at Harbor Freight, that will make the Earth, your inner-hippie, and your HOA much happier.

Self-Igniting Propane Torch

For surgical, non-chemical obliteration of noxious weeds, I submit to you the Harbor Freight Propane Torch With Push Button Igniter, SKU #91037. Propane is nature’s own weed killer and this self-igniting torch is perfect for decimating an entire alien race. Outfitted with a long 6-ft, 8-in. hose (350 PSI) and a wand finished with a flow valve and turbo-blast trigger, this is all you need to burn weeds and stumps, soften asphalt and melt ice. The intensity of the flame is such that a couple of passes over weeds leaves little surface debris, and looks almost “swept” clean. It’s also a great tool for spot-edging in the garden, preheating metal for welding, melting aluminum, taking out killer bee nests and fire ant hills, and starting the BBQ, smoker or campfire,  The torch is fitted with a Piezo electric ignition for safe, matchless starts, and comes with two open-end wrenches for easy hook up to a standard-size propane tank. At only $29.99, this multipurpose wonder is a great deal! Check out the customer reviews and you’ll see I’m not just blowing smoke up your terra firma.

Propane Torch

If the turbo-blast component or self-igniting feature (not to mention the additional ten bucks) seem like more than you need, consider Harbor Freight’s other Propane Torch, SKU #91033, selling for $19.99. As with the other torch, this baby burns weeds, melts snow & ice, removes paint from non-flammable surfaces and more! Again, no need to use chemicals or back-breaking shoveling and pulling– and the weeds won’t grow back. Generating temperatures over 3,000 degrees F, this a great propane torch for jobs around the home that require a small, powerful flame. Go from pouring the coals to meat on the grill in less than 5 minutes–no paper or lighter fluid or nursing a fire to life! Remove vinyl flooring, trim the edges of your putting green, shrink wrap your boat, improvise a steel forge with it, use it on a metal spinner,  incinerate brush and more.

Either product will thrill your green thumb and/or inner-kid to no end, and will pay for itself in no time! In fact, you’ll have no problem recruiting friends to come help you save the planet. Don’t forget to clip your Harbor Freight 20% Off coupon before making your purchase!