Hercules 4-1/2 in. 7 Amp Small Angle Grinder

Legendary Performance!

For heavy-duty jobs like slag removal, grinding, cutting, paint stripping and more, this Hercules Grinder delivers pro-grade results. Though compact in size, the 7 amp grinder delivers incredible power, delivering 11,000 RPM.

The slim body design improves comfort and control while the rugged aluminum gear case provides maximum durability. Additional features include a spindle lock for fast, easy wheel changes and slide switch with lock-on for improved productivity.

The outside looks solid but what about the inner workings? Check out this independent video by Tool Teardowns where the Hercules grinder is dissected and you can see for yourself how quality goes to its core.

With over 85 customer reviews, the Hercules grinder has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars …

I bought this angle grinder to take down a metal basketball post (5″ x 1/4″). The Hercules grinder didn’t miss a beat, took about 5 minutes total and that was with the center of the pipe filled with concrete. Got warm, but not hot and did not bog down eating into the pipe with a 40 grit cutter. Great buy and value! – Cdub, Central Valley, CA

I had been trying to cut through brass with a hack saw and became frustrated at the lack of progress I was making. The angle grinder with a cut off wheel made short work of the task. – 2badnez, Lubbock, TX

I use my tools almost every day, so I find out real quick if it’s junk or a gem …. This angle grinder is an absolute gem!! I am very, very pleased with the degree of durability and quality this tool offers, and the price is friggin’ awesome. It runs and operates as well or better than my Bosch and DeWalt grinders, but cost me only a fraction of the price. I am a believer, and can’t wait to buy the other Hercules products you now offer for I hear they are just as good. Harbor Freight has definitely raised the bar. – A real trademan, Cincinnati, OH

Check out the Hercules 4-1/2 in. 7 Amp Small Angle Grinder at your local Harbor Freight Tools store as well as the entire Hercules line of power tools and accessories, guaranteed to deliver legendary performance!

The Heat Gun Is On!

And there are a ton of things you can do with it!

One of the greatest discoveries of all time is fire. So, it’s not hard to imagine that one of the greatest power tools of all time is the heat gun! As any hobbyist, weekend warrior, contractor, painter and plumber can tell you, a heat gun is indispensable. Here are just some of things you can do with this versatile tool:

Shrink Tubing – Tidy up electronic wiring and other connections with shrink tubing and a heat gun.

Drying Paint – If you’ve just painted a wall or surface and there’s more work to be done, you may risk ruining the paint. A heat gun can make quick work of drying paint, saving time and hassle!

Stripping paint – Use a heat gun to strip paint from walls, furniture and other woodwork. It’s more environmentally friendly and a lot less messy compared to chemical solvents.

Softening adhesives – Want to remove a bumper sticker from your car? Use a heat gun and then just peel it off. Still some residue? Just apply a little WD-40 to get it off. This process also works great for other stickers and labels. Just make sure the base item can take the heat!

Desoldering – With the right attachment, the heat can be streamlined to the particular component that needs desoldering.

Upholstering furniture – When using vinyl, applying heat allows the vinyl to be stretched around the respective piece of furniture.

Weld plastics – Using a specific nozzle and plastic welding rods, you can weld a variety of plastics, including PVC pipe and floor tiles.

Restore automotive trim – quickly and easily get your automotive trim back in black by applying heat.

Join tarps – Need to line a pond, create an awning or provide ground cover for a large tent? Overlay two tarps, heat the edges using a slit nozzle and then immediately press together the sides using a roller.

Thaw frozen pipes – Once you pinpoint where the frozen pipe is, apply gradual heat using the heat gun to restore waterflow. Note: do not heat the pipe too rapidly as this may compromise the integrity of the pipe and cause it to burst.

Re-stick molding and floor tiles/remove floor tiles – simply heat the molding and adhesive to rejuvenate their bonding properties. You can also heat up tiles and the adhesives for easy removal.

Tint windows – Use a smoothing tool and heat gun to heat-shrink the tinting film to windows.

Bend PVC pipe – Using a special wire coil and heat gun, plumbers can bend PVC into almost any angle without having to use adhesives or elbow joints. This also saves time because they don’t have to wait for any glue to try before checking the seals since there are none!

Harbor Freight carries the 1500 Watt Dual Temperature Heat Gun 572°/1112°. This versatile dual temperature heat gun is ideal for numerous tasks, including the ones mentioned above, and features superior coil design that heats materials more quickly than other heat guns on the market. Other features include a durable ABS body, three-way switch and six-foot power cord.

The 9 Pc Heat Gun Accessory Kit is also available. The kit provides four nozzles to control the flow of heat and expand the applications, scraper handle with three interchangeable spring steel heads and a putty knife.

 

Be aware that heating certain compounds and materials may give off strong orders or noxious fumes. Always use a heat gun in a well-ventilated area and wear appropriate protective gear, including heat-resistant gloves, protective eyewear and a respiratory mask. Keep a fire extinguisher close by in case anything flammable (e.g. saw dust) catches fire while using the heat gun.

For all heat gun options, be sure to visit your local Harbor Freight Tools store. And leave a comment for what you use a heat gun for!

 

 

 

 

Source material:
HomeJelly
http://www.homejelly.com/smart-effective-everyday-uses-heat-gun/
Chicago Tribune
http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1985-07-05/entertainment/8502130541_1_heat-gun-removing-paint
All-Spec
http://blog.all-spec.com/20-heatgun-uses-who-knew/
wikiHow
http://www.wikihow.com/Shrink-Wrap
MrJustDIY YouTube video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8wjv6lj5KU
compu85 YouTube Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-dtbBzky-s
Adam K. K. Figueira YouTube video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QqVm7wsqXA
Paper Mart YouTube video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ELHDYjpLoc
best heat guns review
http://bestheatguns.com/heat-gun-safety-tips/

 

 

Paint Like a Pro!

Exterior Painting Tips and Tricks

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

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

Plan Ahead When Painting

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

Determine Method

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

Use a High Quality Paint

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

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

Prep Work

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

Don’t Paint Rotted Materials

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

Combine Cans of Paint

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

Work from Top to Bottom

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

Seal Paint Properly

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

Protect Your Landscaping

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

Source material:
The Spruce
Grant’s Painting

 

Top 10 Interior Painting Tips

With the weather warming up, it’s a great time to tackle those painting jobs you’ve been putting off! In other words—no more excuses! With these Top 10 tips courtesy of The Family Handyman Magazine and ridiculously low-priced painting supplies available from Harbor Freight Tools, you’ll be able to paint interiors quickly and easily while cutting your clean-up time in half!

Tip 1: To avoid lap marks, roll the full height of the wall and keep a wet edge.
Featured item:
9″ Paint Roller

Tip 2: Mix several cans of paint in a large bucket for a consistent color throughout the room.
Featured item:
5 Gallon Bucket, White

Tip 3: Let the paint dry, then cut the tape loose for a perfect edge.
Featured items:
60 yds. x 1.88 in. Painter’s Tape
60 yd. x 0.94 in. Painter’s Tape
13 Pc Precision Knife Set

Tip 4: Paint the trim first, then the ceiling and walls.
Featured items:
Paint Trimmer
24″ Multipurpose Trim Guard
2 In. Sash Brush

Tip 5: Prime and texture wall patches to avoid a blotchy finish.
Featured item:
11 Piece Professional Paint Roller Set

Tip 6: Clean dirty surfaces so the paint can form a strong bond.
Featured item:
Microfiber Cleaning Cloths 4 Pk

Tip 7: Roll paint along the edges for consistent texture.
Featured item:
Pack of Six 4″ Mini Paint Roller Covers

Tip 8: Use cotton drop cloths rather than plastic.
Featured item:
9 Ft. x 12 Ft. Canvas Drop Cloth

Tip 9: Feather out paint where you can’t keep a wet edge
Featured item:
9 in. Paint Roller Cover with 3/8 in. Nap

Tip 10: Sand trim between coats for an ultra-smooth finish
Featured item:
3-7/8 in. x 2-3/4 in. x 1 in. 150/250 Grit Aluminum Oxide Sanding Sponges 10 Pk

For the full selection of painting supplies, visit your local Harbor Freight Tools store or visit the Harbor Freight website.

 

 

Source Material:
The Family Handyman Magazine

Airless Paint Sprayer Kit

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Tackle all sorts of painting projects with the Kraus & Becker Airless Paint Sprayer Kit—decks, exterior walls, ceilings, doors and frames—this paint sprayer kit does it all.

The paint sprayer kit features a 3000 psi piston pump for high pressure and better coverage, easy twist knob pressure control, stainless steel paint pick-up (simple to clean and won’t rust or corrode), lightweight design for less fatigue, built-in filter for quick flushing and cleaning, No. 517 nozzle for 12–16 inch fan width and the ability to pump straight from 1-gallon cans or 5-gallon buckets making clean up a breeze!

Customers give this paint sprayer kit high marks with an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars after 600+ reviews:

I have 2 expensive Titan sprayers that don’t work so I bought this cheap one and it works great. Never again will I spend thousands on “high end” sprayers when I can get this one … Dan, Dewey, AZ

I am in the process of painting my house. I was able to paint the main color on 3 sides of the house in about 3 hours. I just painted all of the soffits in about the same amount of time. It works great and was worth the money. – Bryon115, Gainesville, FL

For the price, you can’t beat this item. Got in a jam when my sprayer failed during a job. Bought this item, finished the job and it worked just as well as my regular sprayer. Would highly recommend this sprayer. – Frank, Redlands, CA

This paint sprayer works pretty darn good. Took me about 2 min to get used to this one, once I did it sprayed great. Definitely worth the price, works just as good as $1,000 sprayers. – Mark, Butte, MT

We needed an airless paint sprayer on short notice, no time to shop around, not much money. The painter worked right out of the box, did a great job and was a snap to clean up. Super value! – Granite Guy, Monroe, WA

I bought this airless sprayer to enable my grandson to finish a commercial job he was doing. After seeing the great finish and coverage it did I decided that I would use it to repaint my 1993 Dutchmen motorhome. I put in nearly 60 hours of prep sanding and removing the old decals from the fiberglass. We painted the motorhome in January in a homemade 40′ long paint booth in my back yard. Everyone that sees it says it looks great. I had priced a commercial paint job—they were all $5000 or more. – Jeff, Farmington, NM

Being a retired painting contractor, who has literally sprayed thousands of gallons of paint, I found the Airless Sprayer (from Harbor Freight) to perform exactly as advertised. Buy it, you’ll like it … and the price can’t be beat. – Rich, Tennessee

You can pick up the Airless Paint Sprayer Kit at your local Harbor Freight Tools store!

Airless Paint Sprayer Kit
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