HOW TO BUILD YOUR OWN 55-GAL. BARREL BBQ*

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There’s nothing better than the high octane performance of a flaming charcoal barbecue– and there’s nothing cooler than manning your own 55-gallon barrel grill, made with your own hands. Here’s a cool tutorial we found on the Super Chevy website. Hey, summer’s coming, dude. Let’s talk about how you can make this a reality.

Things You Will Need:

barrel - found

  • Find a 55 gallon drum. Sometimes you can avoid buying a new one by checking out Craigslist or other local classifieds, pet shops or weed n’ feeds. The best kind of 55-gallon drum barrel to get is food related. Try to avoid one that housed toxic chemicals, but if you’re not sure what it contained, you’re going to want to burn it clean when you cut it open. 

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  • Rather than cutting the barrel in half, we’re going to show a clam shell it with a quarter cut. With the masking tape and a level, set all your lines ready to cut.

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  • The next step is to use the trusty cut-off tool and cut down the side of the barrel along the blue tape. The cut off quarter is going to be the BBQ grill’s lid. When you’ve cut out the quarter section, build a large fire inside of the barrel to thoroughly burn out any lingering harmful substances. Then, once cool,  dump the ashes and give it one last thorough hosing.
  • Next, take some angle iron and weld a rectangular shape out of it. Then weld it into place in the middle of the drum. This will provide as a rest for the grill.

barrel - mesh

  • Find a good mesh that can be used as the grill surface, preferably a heavier gauge metal, and one where the edges are flattened so there are no sharp points sticking up. If you need to flatten the sharp edges yourself, that’s what the grinder is for. Here they welded 1/8″ metal rod all along the edges and eventually added some cross bars as well. Besides not getting gouged every time you BBQ, it also makes it easier to scrub after grilling. 

barrel - stands - relief cuts

  • Take two lengths of 1/2″ box tube and make relief cuts every two inches so you can bend them to the shape of the barrel. Then bend it around the barrel.

barrel - stand - relief welded

  • Once you’ve got the shape you desire, weld the cuts smooth with your 70 amp stick welder. This creates a sturdy cradle on which you’ll be attaching the legs.

barrel - stands welded on

  • Then weld the half moon shapes to the ends of the barrel. They should make a nice snug fit.

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  • Attach hinges to the barrel and lid, and reinforce it with steel plates on the inside to ensure a long-lasting, sturdy hinge.

barrel - on legs

  • Determine how high you want your grill to be (3-ft. is good) and accordingly cut the 2×1 square tubing into legs. Cut relief marks about 6″ down the legs so you can bend them outward for greater stability. Now weld on the legs, and you have your very own, cheap and efficient 55-gal. drum grill!

barrel - complete

Of course, you’ll probably want to add handles, a couple of vents, a hole on the bottom for dripping. If you came this far, though, I trust you can take it from here.

A REAL WORKHORSE—THE 10 IN. SLIDING COMPOUND MITER SAW

10 in. Sliding Compound Miter Saw

Whether you’re a DIYer or professional contractor, a sliding compound miter saw is a must-have for making cross, bevel and miter cuts. Take the 10 In. Sliding Compound Miter Saw from Harbor Freight—it features a powerful 15 amp motor, easy access brushes and dual linear slide rails which provide stability for making smooth, precise cuts. Plus, the saw makes miter cuts up to 12 inches wide and has a 45 degree tilting blade. Thanks to Harbor Freight’s Quality Assurance Team and feedback from customers like you, Harbor Freight has made this workhorse even better. Here’s what actual users are saying about it:

[Harbor Freight] has apparently been listening.  Fence and arm were perfectly aligned. Laser was easily adjusted and aligned to the blade. Laser now has a separate on/off switch. Came with a lumber hold down clamp, batteries for the laser and a hex wrench for the blade. Cuts great.  — Smoke, NC

Well worth the money. Comes with replacement brushes. Cool! — David, Sacramento, CA

I used this saw for a home improvement project and it worked so well. The measurements were right on and I love the laser light. Helped make the job more professional. — randyc, Charles Town, WV

I bought this saw because I was not able to cut anything over 6 inches with my other miter saw. After using this saw, I don’t even use the other miter saw anymore. — elvoiles, KY

For the garage, shop or worksite, the 10 In. Sliding Compound Miter Saw will be your go-to time and time again! And with Harbor Freight’s ridiculously low prices and 600+ stores nationwide, it’s time get one!

10 In. Sliding Compound Miter Saw
item #: 61971

THE SECOND BEST POWER TOOL TO OWN

10 in. Sliding Compound Miter Saw

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

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

10 in. Sliding Compound Miter Saw
item #: 61307

Cut Your Projects Down to Size

With the 10”, 13 Amp Industrial Table Saw (Item #: 68827) in your garage, you can kick any work station up a notch! This bench table saw allows you to cut with accuracy and precision. Yes, I know those words both mean the same thing but both are required to describe the greatness of this table saw. It’s practically like having a professional woodworking shop right in your own home! Because with this versatile saw, you’ll have all the features you need to get your project done right.

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Whatever you’re working on, it’s kept stable and steady by a heavy duty, extra-wide aluminum table top so your cuts are smooth and precise. With the included adjustable rip fence, inch/metric scale, and adjustable miter gauge, you’ll be able to achieve the exact cut and look you want for nearly any woodworking project. Plus, the Industrial Table Saw is designed with safety in mind as well. The transparent blade guard, a rocker safety switch with safety pull, and overload protection all provide a little extra peace of mind so you can work without distractions.

“So far so good! Bought it Monday 12-01-14. So far, I have cut 6″ off of 680 hard wood floorboards and 3″ off each end to make the 100 year old floorboards useable again. I have no problems with this saw at all. I think I am going to like it. Next I have to rip 400 hard wood floorboards to go with the ones I have already cut to length. I have over three thousand boards to put into this 118 year-old house to try and restore her. For a 70 year old man, I have my work cut out for me and this table saw.” – by Animal Jim from Denison, TX

“I love this saw. I replaced this saw because my old table saw was on it’s lest leg and fell apart. For the money it got me out of a jam. The more I use it the more I like it. I love the safety guards as well. If you buy this saw don’t be a fool and not use the safety guards. It is a very safe tool. I recommend this tool all day long. Great value.” – by Wolfie from Portmouth, RI

“I started a small woodworking business out of my garage. I used to only use a circular saw to rip boards in half and my cuts were never straight. Then I picked up this table saw and it works AMAZING! Very easy to put together and mount on a table. It was on sale for only $99, you just can’t beat that! I couldn’t be happier with this saw and how easy it was to get a replacement when it had a faulty switch. I have purchased a whole garage full of tools now from HF and I am very happy with how they all work.” – by Crocker Twin Creations from Lewisville, TX

Whether your project is big or small, this handy 10”, 13 Amp Industrial Table Saw makes it easier. Powerful, safe and reliable, the table saw is also designed with a 3” rear dust chute to cut down on mess too. No matter what your cutting needs are, this saw is a must-have addition to your shop or garage! Get to your local Harbor Freight store and pick one up today for just $129.99.

THE 12 MOST IMPORTANT TOOLS IN YOUR TOOLBOX

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So, up until now you haven’t had much call to for bunch of tools (and you’re sticking to that story). But then things start happening. The bathroom faucet is dripping. The Mrs. decides it’s time to install new light fixtures. It’s the night before a birthday and you need to put a bike together. The cute divorcée next door needs a pair of big, strong hands. It’s time to be self-reliant. With just a handful of tools– and some elemental know-how that you can pick up from your dad or YouTube– believe it or not, you can personally handle most of the basic household projects that speed bump into your personal time. So, as you embark on this new journey of self-reliance, we’re here to share with you you the 12 simple-yet-powerful tools you need to have in your arsenal. No doubt, others will chime in with suggestions of their own because, well, that’s what tool guys do. The great thing about these tools is, they’re all affordable, so you can be all locked and loaded after one quick trip to Harbor freight. Here they are:

 

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Claw Hammer

Claw Hammer

The hammer could be your favorite go-to tool. From driving in nails (or yanking them out), to starting screws and aligning holes, to full-scale demolition detail, the 16-ounce claw hammer packs just the right punch you need for the job. In fact, you’ll probably find yourself pulling it out for projects you don’t even need it for. You know, just in case. Instead of the “old school” wooden handle, we recommend you go with a fiberglass one: they absorb impact a heckuva lot better and they don’t crack or splinter. Also, when you go buy one, try a few different hammers out and feel the heft and balance in your hand. Like a bat or a bowling ball, if it feels good, it makes all the difference. Just watch out for passing patrons when you start swinging it in the store.

 

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Flathead & Phillips Screwdriver Set

Screwdriver Set

Contrary to popular belief, the slotted flathead screwdriver is not dead, not yet. Therefore, it’s inevitable that you’ll need both flathead and Phillips screwdrivers in your journeys. Start out with a basic set of both. Besides slotted screws, the flathead screwdriver is also excellent for lifting the lids off paint cans, scraping off old paint and epoxy, nudging things and emancipating personal items locked in briefcases with lost keys. The Phillips screwdriver has gained more popularity, though, because it’s designed to give a user more torque than is possible with a flathead screwdriver, so when possible, go with Phillips screws.

stripped screwAlso, the last thing you want to have in the middle of a project, is a screwdriver or a screw that starts stripping before you can loosen or tighten, so make sure the following things are true:

  • Make sure the pilot hole is approximately the same size as the inside diameter of the screw threads.
  • Make sure the screwdriver head fits the screw nicely.
  • Put some weight into it when you’re turning the screw, so that it holds its place and isn’t tempted to slip its grip.
  • Make sure the screwdriver is in line with the screw as you turn. Coming at it from an angle is a sure method of stripping.

This Pittsburgh Pro screwdriver set is an excellent starting point for your tool arsenal. As jobs come your way, you may need to acquire either a larger or smaller one, but these will tackle most household projects.

 

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Tape Measure

Tape Measure

Whether you’re building a workbench, seeing if a big screen TV will fit on a wall, verifying the diameter of a pipe, or measuring a room, a trusty 25′ retractable tape measure is a must. In fact, since they’re so inexpensive, we’d go as far as to say buy four: one for the toolbox, one for upstairs, one for downstairs, and one for the car. I mean, who likes fetching a tape measure on the other side of the house? It also goes without saying, throw a pencil in the box as well. If you’re grabbing the tape measure, you’ll probably be grabbing one of those, too.

 

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Adjustable Wrench Set

Adjustable Wrench

Of all the tools in your arsenal, besides your hammer, this baby will probably see the most action. Because one adjustable wrench can handle different sized nuts and bolts, it’s like having 50 wrenches in one. So you could literally be walking around the place, tightening your kid’s trike wheels, the BBQ’s frame, the microwave cart and the Gatling gun tripod without ever going back to the toolbox. When using an adjustable wrench, adjust the jaws to fit precisely over the nut, rocking the wrench slightly as you tighten, to help secure a firm fit. Also, for added strength, make sure the nut is positioned as deep as it will go into the throat of the adjustable wrench. As with the aforementioned screwdriver set, the crescent wrench set shown could take on most of whatever your honey-do list can throw at it. There may an occasion to get a bigger one along the way, but those kind of jobs are rare and far between.

 

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Socket Set

 Socket Set

If you’re dealing with a lot of nut-n-bolt action– usually on an engine or other machinery– then it’s time to put aside the crescent wrench and pull out the “big guns”– the socket set. Socket sets can exponentially speed up a project like an ordinary crescent wrench never could. They’re so convenient and effective, in fact, you’ll actually get giddy over the chance to pull it out. This is because of the ratchet that comes with it, a mechanism that eliminates the need to remove and refit the socket on every stroke. Also, because the tool will turn the bolt when swinging in one direction, but won’t pull it back when returning.  A good basic household socket set with about a dozen or so sockets, a ratchet and an extension will prove almost always sufficient for household jobs, such as driving in lag bolts, tightening bolts or other occasional repairs, builds or tasks. Like all guys, you will love your ratchet, and will probably look for excuses to buy several. Which brings us to the Husband’s Litmus Test: If she says, “But, you already have a ratchet,” then you know, she doesn’t understand you.

 

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Locking Pliers

Locking Pliers

Locking pliers are designed to provide maximum locking force and come in handy when you need an extra hand to work with. Then, when the job is done, a quick release disengages the tool for the next step. Extremely versatile, you can employ this multitasking tool as pliers, a pipe wrench, an adjustable wrench, wire cutters, a ratchet, or a clamp. The three shown here can take care of most stuff around the house and garage.

 

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Needle Nose Pliers

Needle Nose Pliers

An valuable tool for electrical work, this little guy can be a lifesaver for projects that require you to cut, bend, re-position, grip or strip wire. They’re also used for crafts, jewelry making, computer repairs, bomb defusing and other functions . Because of their long and skinny shape, they’re particularly useful for getting into tight spots. You can also use them to pinch your bratty nephew.

 

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Cordless Drill

Cordless Drill

Power tools are awesome, but most are unnecessary for the garden-variety shtuff around the house. That said, a cordless drill is a must-have component in your toolbox arsenal. It can be used for drilling holes into sheet rock and driving screws into a 2×4. So, if you’re “earthquake-proofing” furniture, installing towel bars or sawing holes in the back of your entertainment center, this is the go-to tool . When choosing a cordless drill, you want one with lots of power, which is measured by the amount of voltage in its battery. An 18v is a good size for home use, and make sure it’s got variable speeds for different jobs, and is reversible. The reversible feature will come in handy if you need to take some screws out when you realize the outhouse door needs to swing out, not in.

 

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Hand Saw

Hand Saw

Now, let’s turn to Old School. A great misconception is the idea that you need an electric saw to make cuts. All you really need is a simple hand saw in your toolkit. You don’t have to run an extension cord, you don’t have to recharge a battery, and you can catch yourself alot faster if the cut’s going awry.The image of a wooden-grip hand saw has long been the iconic symbol of the DIY craftsman. A good general-purpose hand saw is the go-to tool for trimming branches or cutting lumber for a DIY project. It’s also the one tool you want to make sure you’ve got a good pair of work gloves to wear while using.

 

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Magnetic Torpedo level

Level

Whether you’re hanging pictures, putting up a curtain rod,  or affixing shelves to a wall, a straight line is absolutely crucial. You don’t want to put a bunch of nails in the wall, only to step back and see your family portraits are all askew. To get the job done right the first time, you need a level. There are some hoity-toity laser levels out there, but you can’t beat the sweet satisfaction of getting that bubble in the middle. Of course, if you enjoy getting the stinkeye from certain cohabitants,  go ahead and just keep doing it by eye. ‘Cause you’re so good at it. Seriously, get this tool, you’ll be happy you did. On the level.

 

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Utility Knife

Utility Knife

This tool might not put out the sexy like other tools, but we bet it’ll never gather dust at the bottom of your toolbox. You’ll find the utility knife to be a stupendous sidekick with every project: Stripping wire, cutting rope, rubber hose or plastic strapping, snipping the sealed tips off epoxy tubes, scraping paint… you get the point. When nothing else in the arsenal can help, the utility knife steps up to the plate.

 

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Toolbox

Toolbox

Well, duh. As time goes on, you’ll probably graduate to a tool cart, then a tool cabinet, and maybe even a wall of tool chests. In the meantime, the humble shlep-around toolbox is the perfect receptacle for carrying your basic tools to any household project. Keep it simple and solid, and it’ll never leave you, even when you need more storage.

 

No doubt, some of you think we overlooked some items you think are crucial to the ensemble. Duct tape. WD-40. The InSinkErator tool. Everyone’s needs could slightly deviate based on their home situations, but we’re standing by this list. So? Go thou, get thee tools and be useless no more.

 

HARBOR FREIGHT GIFT GUIDE: GIFT IDEAS FOR REMODELERS WITHIN ANY BUDGET

Remodeling isn’t just a hobby, it’s a way of life! Considering the high costs of goods and services, do-it-yourself remodeling is the best way to save money while turning a home into a castle. For the remodelers on your holiday gift list this year (including yourself) we’ve put together a list of must-have remodeling items from Harbor Freight Tools!

Stocking Stuffers Under $10

Titanium Nitride Coated High Speed Steel Drill Bit Set 13 Pc

Titanium Nitride Coated High Speed Steel Drill Bit Set 13 Pc
item#: 1800

A good set of drill bits is a must for all remodelers. From building shelves to installing a magnifying mirror in the bathroom, drill bits are the go-to item. This particular set of titanium nitride coated drill bits lasts up to six times longer than standard bits. Plus, the 1/4 in. hex shank is specially designed for cordless screwdrivers, enabling you to quickly change drill bits. The set includes 13 fractional sizes ranging from 1/16” to ¼” by 64ths.

Folding Lock-Back Utility Knife

Folding Lock-Back Utility Knife
item#: 62358

A utility knife is a staple in the remodeler’s tool belt. Crafted of lightweight aluminum, this utility knife features simple one-hand operation that allows you to cut swiftly with ease. Other great features include a quick-change mechanism for easy blade changes and removable clip so it can be carried on a belt or in a pocket when safely folded.

25 ft. x 1 in QuikFind Tape Measure

25 ft. x 1″ QuikFind Tape Measure
item#: 69030

Before remodeling, you’ll probably spend more time with a tape measure than your family! During remodeling, you’ll be double-checking your progress with a tape measure. Basically, you’ll become BFFs with your tape measure, so make it a good one! This QuikFind Tape Measure is just the ticket! It features a durable ABS rubber-wrapped case, easy-to-read fractional markings, thumb lock, belt clip and wrist strap, plus an extra thick blade for taking longer measurements without the frustrating “kink factor”.

3 Pc SAE Metric Torx Folding Hex Key Set

3 Pc SAE/Metric/Torx Folding Hex Key Set
item#: 94905

I have this reoccurring dream—I’ve won the lottery only instead of being paid out in cash, I’m given an IKEA gift certificate and I decide to furnish my entire home with their furniture. The packages arrive and I open each one and take out the parts to assemble. The hardware is included but there are no hex key wrenches. NOOOOOOOOO! I wake up in a cold sweat, then run out to my tool box and locate my 3 Pc SAE/Metric/Torx Folding Hex Key Set from Harbor Freight Tools. I gently pet it in relief… but I digress. This set of compact hex key wrench can handle SAE, metric and star fasteners. They’re constructed from durable chrome vanadium steel with a black oxide finish to resist rust. Each set features color-coded handles for easy identification and rubberized comfort grips. They’re a dream to use—the good kind of dream.

16 oz. Fiberglass Rip Hammer

16 oz. Fiberglass Rip Hammer
item#: 47873

A good hammer is crucial for remodeling—and the world’s best nutcracker, though a bit messy. The professional quality 16 oz. Fiberglass Rip Hammer features a drop-forged polished steel head and comfortable, shock absorbing fiberglass handle for continuous use. The claw can be used to remove nails but is ideal for ripping lumber when framing or performing other large-scale remodeling jobs.

Still under $10 (but tough to fit into a stocking)

Bi-metal Reciprocating Saw Blade Assortment 12 Pc

Bi-metal Reciprocating Saw Blade Assortment 12 Pc
item#: 68045

When using a reciprocating saw, you’ll need replacement blades at the ready. Look no further than the Bi-metal Reciprocating Saw Blade Assortment 12 Pc from Harbor Freight! Designed with a 1/2” universal shank, these reciprocating saw blades provide fast, aggressive cutting on a variety of materials and are made from heat-treated, shatter-resistant bi-metal that keeps an edge longer compared to conventional blades.

Split Leather Work Gloves with Cotton Back 5 Pr

Split Leather Work Gloves with Cotton Back 5 Pr
item#: 66287

If you like splinters, callouses, lacerations and punctures, avoid these gloves at all costs! On the other hand, actually both hands, they do a pretty darn good job of keeping you protected. These split leather work gloves feature leather finger tips with a full leather index finger for added protection. Canvas backing provides breathability and comfort. An extended 1-1/2” cuff protects the wrists. They come in a pack of five—keep one pair in the tool box, one in the garage, one in the back pocket and keep two pair handy for your friends and family members who are helping you remodel but forgot their gloves… One size fits most remodelers!

12 in. Tool Bag

12 in. Tool Bag
item#: 61467

Tools rule! But they can get a bit unruly when they’re all over the place… Keep your remodeling tools under control with this 12 in. Tool Bag. The heavy-duty polyester bag features a zippered closure with a gatemouth design that stays open when you want it to so you can find tools easily. The bag also boasts 15 inside pockets and 6 outside pockets to hold tools, hardware, you name it. But under $10? It’s too good to be true. Must be a holiday miracle!

5 Pc Pliers Set

5 Pc Pliers Set
item#: 69351

During remodeling, pliers get a lot of use! This 5 Pc Pliers Set is a great general purpose set to have on hand. The pliers are constructed of heavy-duty drop forged and hardened steel with a polished finish to withstand frequent use. Comfort grips mean less user fatigue during long projects.

Cushion Grip Screwdriver Set 12 Pc

Cushion Grip Screwdriver Set 12 Pc
item#: 61344

Try remodeling without screwdrivers and you’ll be screwed! I worked for hours on that pun so please enjoy it… This complete screwdriver set includes slotted, Phillips, square and star drive tips to accommodate most screwdriving tasks. Each screwdriver in the set features a chrome vanadium steel shaft and magnetic tip. A ribbed cushioned grip provides total control and comfort during operation.

Under $25

18 Volt 3 8 in. Cordless Drill Driver With Keyless Chuck, 21 Clutch Settings

18 Volt 3/8 in. Cordless Drill/Driver With Keyless Chuck, 21 Clutch Settings
item#: 68239

When it comes to power tools, a good cordless drill is mandatory. This high performance Drill Master cordless drill driver has the versatility of 21 torque clutch settings to handle a variety of drilling tasks. A built-in lamp with LED bulb provides visibility even in dark corners. Additional features include a keyless chuck and electric brake, plus the battery is interchangeable with other 18 volt Drill Master tools.

Oscillating Multifunction Power Tool

Oscillating Multifunction Power Tool
item#: 68861

This multifunction power tool is the Swiss Army knife of power tools! With a comprehensive selection of attachments, you can use this tool to cut through cable, air ducts, downspouts, plasterboard and pipes, sand down cement, concrete, stone, plaster, tile adhesive, paint and wood—and even saw through wood up to 2 in. thick! It can even tutor your kids on their SATs so they can get into a good college—try that with competing brands… (Claim based on lab rats who did really well on their SATs after being tutored by the Oscillating Multifunction Power Tool; actual human results may vary.)

Titanium Nitride Coated Drill Bit Set Pc

Titanium Nitride Coated Drill Bit Set Pc
item#: 61637

High speed steel titanium nitride drill bits run cooler, drill smoother and last up to three times longer than standard drill bit sets. This drill bit set features regular 118° tips for drilling in wood, metal, plastic and most other materials. Bit sizes range from 1/16 in. to ½ in. by 64ths.

18 Gauge 2-in-1 Nailer Stapler

18 Gauge 2-in-1 Nailer/Stapler
item#: 68019

Get two great tools for the price of one! Load the 18 Gauge 2-in-1 Nailer/Stapler with brad nails to work on household trim, paneling, bookcases, drawers and cabinets. Insert staples and it becomes an effective air stapler for furniture upholstery! Features include a quick-release nosepiece to clear jams quickly and a lightweight design for less user fatigue on long jobs. The combination air nailer/stapler also features a 360° rotatable exhaust.

350 lb. Capacity Folding Sawhorse

350 lb. Capacity Folding Sawhorse
item#: 69446

When working with 2 x 4s, plyboard, drywall or any otherwise unwieldy material, sawhorses corral the issue. This saw horse weighs in under 4 lbs. yet holds up to 350 lbs. Storage is also a breeze—the sawhorse folds flat to 1-3/4 in.

Under $50

6 Amp Heavy Duty Variable Speed Rotating Handle Reciprocating Saw

6 Amp Heavy Duty Variable Speed Rotating Handle Reciprocating Saw
item#: 62370

Once you start using a reciprocating saw for remodeling, you’ll wonder how you ever got by without it! For cutting PVC pipe, embedded wood, plywood and even sheet metal, a reciprocating saw makes the job quick and easy. Features include a pivoting shoe plate for increased stability and a rubber grip for comfortable operation. The handle rotates completely through 180° with five positive stops at 0, 45° and 90° left, and 45° and 90° right for cutting from any angle.

18 Volt 3 8 in. Cordless Drill Driver And Flashlight Kit

18 Volt 3/8 in. Cordless Drill/Driver And Flashlight Kit
item#: 68287

Here’s another great cordless drill but with an added bonus, a swivel-head LED flashlight with 3-position tilt to illuminate your work in dim areas. The drill itself features 21 torque settings, electric break, keyless chuck and an interchangeable 18 volt battery compatible with other select Drill Master tools.

Variable Speed Oscillating Multifunction Power Tool

Variable Speed Oscillating Multifunction Power Tool
item#: 67537

Compared to the Oscillating Multifunction Power Tool, the variable speed feature provides added precision control over tough jobs and detail work. Delivering between 10,000 to 20,000 OPM (oscillations per minute), the Variable Speed Oscillating Multifunction Power Tool is designed with a die cast aluminum gear housing and sealed bearings for durability. An overmolded grip provides comfort for long jobs.

1 2 in. Heavy Duty Variable Speed Reversible Hammer Drill

1/2 in. Heavy Duty Variable Speed Reversible Hammer Drill
item#: 68169

When remodeling, you may need more than a drill—you need a super drill! The ½ in. Heavy Duty Variable Speed Reversible Hammer Drill features a 7.5 amp motor that delivers the power to drill through concrete, wood and steel. With the comfort grip handle, hand fatigue is greatly reduced during tough jobs.

7-1 4 in. 10 Amp Heavy Duty Circular Saw With Laser Guide System

7-1/4 in. 10 Amp Heavy Duty Circular Saw With Laser Guide System
item#: 69078

The built-in guide laser on this powerful circular saw ensures straight, accurate cuts. And don’t let the lightweight aluminum construction fool you—this circular saw is designed for tough jobs while also providing the versatility for bevel cuts in wood. Other features included a dust chute and protected trigger with safety lock.

Under $100

10 in. Compound Miter Saw with Laser Guide System

10 in. Compound Miter Saw with Laser Guide System
item#: 61973

A good compound miter saw is indispensable for remodeling! Harbor Freight’s 10 in. Compound Miter Saw with Laser Guide System features a 45 degree tilting blade for precise bevel, miter and compound cuts. Make quick work of wood moldings, PVC pipe and other materials thanks to the powerful 15 amp motor. Additionally, the integrated laser lines up the cut when accuracy is a must!

1-1 8 in. 10 Amp Heavy Duty SDS Variable Speed Rotary Hammer

1-1/8 in. 10 Amp Heavy Duty SDS Variable Speed Rotary Hammer
item#: 69274

This heavy duty power tool is really three remodeling power tools in one: use it to drill precision holes, for heavy-duty drilling and as a demolition hammer for cutting and breaking! The 10 amp motor delivers powerful performance while the anti-vibration handle reduces fatigue. This rotary hammer also features a quick-change SDS system, adjustable 360° side handle and these words from Mr. T: “I pity da fool who don’t use the 1-1/8 in. 10 Amp Heavy Duty SDS Variable Speed Rotary Hammer from Harbor Freight Tools!”

11 Gauge Coil Roofing Nailer

11 Gauge Coil Roofing Nailer
item#: 67450

Roofing, vinyl siding, upholstery panels, fiber cement siding… big jobs demand a nailer that’s up for them. That nailer would be the 11 Gauge Coil Roofing Nailer from Harbor Freight Tools! This air nailer drives nails fast and hard while its lightweight design prevents user fatigue. It also features an adjustable roofing gauge for accurate tile spotting and steel contact safety with dual carbide inserts for less wear and tear. A 360 degree exhaust prevents that wind-blown look, so it’s a great nailer for everyone except Fabio.

18 Volt 1 4 in. Cordless Variable Speed Hex Impact Driver

18 Volt 1/4 in. Cordless Variable Speed Hex Impact Driver
item#: 68853

The powerful motor of this hex impact driver delivers 1050 in. lb. of torque to handle heavy duty driving in a variety of tasks. This cordless driving tool features a 1/4 in. quick-change shaft for quick and easy bit changes, onboard bit storage, all-metal housing for strength and durability, and an ergonomic overmolded cushion grip for comfort and less user fatigue. An included one-hour quick charger means less downtime during remodeling jobs.

14 in. 3-1 2 HP Heavy Duty Cut-Off Saw

14 in. 3-1/2 HP Heavy Duty Cut-Off Saw
item#: 61481

With its high performance 15 amp motor, this cut-off saw will have you cutting through metal and other hard substances with ease! The wide D-handle grip has a full-width trigger for comfort and control while the quick-release vise lets you position your workpiece quickly. This cut-off saw also features fully shielded bearings to ensure smooth operation over a long service life.

Over $100

If the person on your gift list has been extra good this year, we’ve got some things that’re sure to ring their sleigh bells (not legal in all 50 states). Starting with…

12 in. Double-Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw With Laser Guide System

12 in. Double-Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw With Laser Guide System
item#: 61969

This compound miter saw has all the great features of the 10 in. version but can provide smooth, accurate cuts in larger work pieces – up to 12 in. wide.

17 Ft. Type 1A Multi-Task Ladder

17 Ft. Type 1A Multi-Task Ladder
item#: 67646

You may think all ladders are the same. The 17 Ft. Type 1A Multi-Task Ladder is sure to change your mind. Supporting up to 300 pounds and constructed from strong aircraft grade aluminum, this ladder can be used in 23 possible configurations—step ladder, wall ladder, scaffold, workbench and many more! For remodeling, this ladder is a step up compared to standard ladders. Pun completely intended. Don’t forget to tip your waiters and waitresses on the way out.

8750 Peak 7000 Running Watts, 13 HP (420cc) Generator EPA III

8750 Peak/7000 Running Watts, 13 HP (420cc) Generator EPA III
item#: 68530

Powered by a reliable Predator engine, this generator is ideal for countless remodeling projects. It features an electric start with recoil backup, 12-hour run time at 50% capacity, low oil indicator/shut down and a heavy duty 1-1/4″ steel roll cage. It’s also great to have on hand for emergencies between remodeling projects.

5 8 Horsepower Airless Paint Sprayer Kit

5/8 Horsepower Airless Paint Sprayer Kit
item#” 60600

Paint decks, exterior walls, ceilings, doors, frames—and save countless hours and hassle compared to brush/roller painting with this powerful airless paint sprayer. The 5/8 Horsepower Airless Paint Sprayer Kit features a stainless steel paint pick up that won’t rust or corrode. The spray gun can also pump straight from 1 or 5 gallon buckets for easier cleanup! Comes with a No. 517 nozzle for 12” to 16” fan width and an integrated filter and trigger-lock for easy flushing and cleaning.

10 in. 2.5 HP Tile Brick Saw

10 in. 2.5 HP Tile/Brick Saw
item#: 69275

The two-position cutting head on this professional tile saw enables the user to adjust the blade for a variety of tiles or bricks. The saw also features a powerful dual capacitor motor with sealed bearings and thermal overload protection plus a heavy-duty cast alloy column and cutting head for reduced vibration.

 

There you have it, a wide variety of incredible gifts in all prices ranges for the remodeler on your holiday list! If you’re still undecided, you simply can’t go wrong with a Harbor Freight Tools gift certificate! And don’t forget to check out harborfreight.com or any one of Harbor Freight’s 500+ stores nationwide for the latest deals and even more tools and accessories for remodeling.

 

 

HARBOR FREIGHT GIFT GUIDE: GIFT IDEAS FOR HOBBY & CRAFT ENTHUSIASTS WITHIN ANY BUDGET

For the hobby and craft enthusiast, Harbor Freight is a veritable treasure trove! Whether it’s a weekend craft project with the kids or a serious life-long interest, Harbor Freight offers numerous items for all hobbyists! And with Harbor Freight’s incredible values, you can give great gifts this holiday season within your particular budget while having plenty left over to gift the giver! Below are a some suggested gift ideas broken down by price range.

Under $10

30 Watt 5-In-1 Hobby Woodburner

30 Watt 5-In-1 Hobby Woodburner
item#: 38593

Every hobbyist should have this versatile tool in their arsenal. The 30 Watt 5-In-1 Hobby Woodburner is ideal for soldering jobs, working with Styrofoam, cutting stencils or burning designs into wood or leather. Harbor Freight’s woodburner tool contains tips for both soldering and wood burning, all in a convenient carrying case.

 

12 Drawer Storage Organizer

12 Drawer Storage Organizer
item#: 99896

Storage, sorting and organization are constant considerations for hobbyists. Harbor Freight has numerous items in all three categories but one item takes the cake decorations, beads, fasteners, buttons and more when it comes to combing all three! The 12 Drawer Storage Organizer has eight small and four large transparent drawers for easy identification. It can also be mounted to a wall or stand alone on a worktable.

 

Under $25

33 Piece Deluxe Hobby Knife Set

33 Piece Deluxe Hobby Knife Set
item#: 96551

This item easily made the cut—and keeps making cuts! The 33 Piece Deluxe Hobby Knife Set features 26 assorted blades, three standard blade holders and a deluxe blade handle with an ergonomic grip. Plus, the entire ensemble comes neatly organized in a convenient storage carrying case. For the majority of hobbies and crafts, this knife set is an absolute must!

 

Variable Speed Rotary Tool Kit

Variable Speed Rotary Tool Kit
item#: 68696

With this one tool alone, you can sand, debur, grind and polish metal, plastic, wood and more! Adjust the variable speed control from 8000 RPM to 35000 RPM using a convenient thumbwheel speed adjuster. 1/16” and 1/8” collets are included. To tackle numerous projects, the kit also includes 31 accessory bits—all neatly packed in a storage case.

 

Under $50

4 in. Mighty-Mite Table Saw

4 in. Mighty-Mite Table Saw
item#: 61608

Cut picture frames, molding and plastics without having to fire up your big table saw! The 2 miter slots featured allow you to cut precise angles with no hassle. The mini table saw also includes a blade guard and eye shield for safety.

 

3 Lb. Rotary Rock Tumbler

3 Lb. Rotary Rock Tumbler
item#: 67631

Utilizing a rubber tumbler barrel for quieter operation, this rock tumbler gives a smooth, polished finish to rocks, semi-precious stones, glass and even metal! It’s ideal for jewelry making as well as other hobbies where smoothing and polishing are needed to achieve the desired effect! Harbor Freight also sells a variety of abrasives to work with the 3 Lb. Rotary Rock Tumbler.

 

Under $100

1-6 HP 58 PSI Oilless Airbrush Compressor Kit

1/6 HP 58 PSI Oilless Airbrush Compressor Kit
item#: 69434

Get creative when painting with this air brush compressor kit. It’s easy to change colors and simple to clean. This air brush compressor and airbrush kit works with lacquers, oil-based paints and latex-based paints. It’s ideal for a wide variety of hobbies and crafts!

 

16 in. Variable Speed Scroll Saw

16 in. Variable Speed Scroll Saw
item#: 93012

The 16 In. Variable Speed Scroll Saw does a great job cutting highly intricate curves and designs quickly and precisely. It also features a tilting table for making precise bevel cuts. A built-in air pump keeps the line-of-sight clear of sawdust when cutting. Additional features include a cast iron base for less vibration and variable speed control for working with a wide range of materials.

 

Under $200

8 x 12 Bench Top Wood Lathe

8″ x 12″ Bench Top Wood Lathe
item#: 95607

When the budget allows a bit extra for that someone special (including yourself), consider the 8” x 12” Bench Top Wood Lathe. The lathe features a ½ HP motor and has a variable speed range from 750-3200 RPM for precise control. The lathe includes a #1 Morse taper and tail stock, 2” and 6” face plates as well as 4” and 7” tool rests. Not to mention it’s so cute!—in a functional, power tool sort of way…

 

60 in. 4 Drawer Hardwood Workbench

60 in. 4 Drawer Hardwood Workbench
item#: 93454

Often times, hobby and craft people commandeer the dining room table, kitchen counter or other surface not intended to indefinitely house their endless projects. The 60 In. 4 Drawer Hardwood Workbench provides the solution. The workbench features a generous 60” top, convenient shelf and four storage drawers, each felt lined to protect tools and other accessories. A wood block vice is included to enhance usability. Now the family won’t have to eat off the back of the couch…

 

We’re really just touching the tip of the hobby and craft iceberg here. There is a vast multitude of supplies, tools, adhesives and safety equipment—all great stuff for hobbies and crafts available through Harbor Freight! It also goes without saying (but we’ll say it anyway) that if you’re not sure exactly what to get the hobby and craft enthusiast on your list, a Harbor Freight Gift Card is always a viable choice! Check out any one of Harbor Freight’s 500+ stores nationwide or visit the website to discover Harbor Freight’s complete inventory of items to turn this season into Happy Hobby Days!

 

10 Legendary Favorites from Harbor Freight Tools!

Everyone’s got their favorite tool or accessory that they got from Harbor Freight Tools. Even if nothing else in the store tickles their fancy, there’s that one thing they either love to own, or dream of getting someday.  Actually, it’s more like 20 or 30 things, but for the sake of this post, here are 10 of the Customers’ Favorite Tools from Harbor Freight:

 1. 3-Ton Low Profile Steel Heavy-Duty Floor Jack #61282

3 ton steel jack low profile

You won’t find another deal like this classic workhorse– for the price, this baby can’t be beat! Tired of paying someone else to do your tires, brakes and rotors? The Pittsburgh 3-ton Low Profile Steel Floor Jack almost immediately pays for itself. It rolls smoothly on the garage floor, fits under the low, low show cars, lifts to almost two feet and lowers with ease. Plus, the floor jack’s dual-piston Rapid Pump technology lifts most work loads in just 3-1/2 pumps. Sells for $92.99, but you can usually find a coupon or sale on the 3-ton steel jack for even less. Read the customer reviews and you’ll be a believer, too!

2. 13-Drawer 44″ Roller Cabinet #68784

13 drawer tool cabinet

Ask anyone and they’ll tell you, this is a real nice box. For all the sizes and types of tool chests Harbor Freight has, the U.S. General 44″ Industrial Roller Cabinet is the darling of the bunch. Sizable and sturdy enough to handle a slew of tools, yet easy to roll around the shop floor– not to mention smoothly opens and closes the drawers on ball bearing sliders– the 13-drawer tool cabinet hits the sweet spot like no other. Priced at a doable $389.99 (and that’s when it’s NOT on sale!), it’s built with the same industrial quality as other brands that go for 4-5 times as much. Comes in a glossy powder-coated red finish, guaranteed to snazz up the garage and turn the neighbors green.

3. 12-inch Double-Bevel Miter Saw with Laser #69684

12 -in double bevel miter saw with laser

“Pleasantly surprised,” “Nice handling,” and “Holy crap, that’s sweet!” come to mind when operating the Chicago Electric 12″ Sliding Compound Miter Saw with Laser Guide. At $199.99, it handily surpasses all expectations with its smooth, clean cuts and precision accuracy– at a fraction of the cost you’d pay elsewhere. It cuts through lumber like butter, and will even go through old oak without chipping. And powered with an ample 15 amp motor, the 12″ miter saw will tackle any house job you’ve got to throw at it.

4. 90-Amp Flux Welder #61849

90 amp flux wire welder

Welding continues to be a growing hobby in this country, and the “5-star”-rated Chicago Electric 90 Amp Flux Wire Welder has been a wildly popular choice for beginners to get their feet wet. Extremely easy to start and practice with, the 90 amp welder doesn’t require gas to operate and needs only 120 volts. Great for 18 ga.- 5/16″ steel and stainless steel, it’s a great go-to tool for vehicle repairs, creating shelving brackets, making a welding cart and other structural components, trailer hitches, small welding repairs and cleaning jobs… If you’re a newbie, or just looking to do small jobs around the property, or if you’ve ever considered trying your hand at welding, this wire-feed welder is the ticket! Goes for $111.99, but like the other Harbor Freight favorites, a coupon or sale is always around to seal the deal.

5. 8750/7000W 13 HP Generator #68530

8750-7000 watt generator

Predator generators have built a rock-solid reputation for quality, price and staying-power, and the EPA-certified Predator 8750 Peak/7000 Running Watt, 13 HP (420cc) Generator has literally been a light in the storm for so many power-deprived families and preppers. This generator, hands-down, is the best buy for your buck. While the rest of the neighborhood struggles in darkness, this bad boy will keep the lights on, as well as the fridge, central air, big screen TV, electric water heater, etc. When you consider the motel and fast food costs you’ll be saving– or the comfort of sleeping in your own bed, cooking your own food and getting the hot showers you so love, without a hitch… the $599.99 investment is a sweet price point. But don’t believe me. Check out the reviews by the actual owners!

6. 4-pc. Ratcheting Tie Down Set #61524

ratcheting tie downs

Whether you’re moving furniture, securing a kayak to your trailer, strapping gear on the roof rails, hauling timber, holding a garden tractor or ATV on the truck bed, or keeping your tool box from rattling around the back of your Jeep, these Haul-Master Ratcheting Tie-Downs are the greatest invention since sliced rope. Easily adjustable to secure loads to truck beds, roof racks and trailers, their ratchet handles make it a snap to adjust strap length and pull tight. The tie downs’ vinyl-coated S-hooks also prevent scratching on painted surfaces. At $13.99, these weather-resistant straps are an extremely popular “no-brainer add-on” for customers who come to Harbor Freight with other purchases in mind.

7. Mini Moving Dolly #61899

mini mover dolly

Move 1,000 pounds for $11.99? That’s what we’re sayin’… cheaper than buying your buddies pizza and beer to help you move the stuff. Is it any wonder why the Haul-Master Mini Mover’s Dolly is on Harbor Freight’s Top 10 Favorite list? Save your back as you move stacks of loaded boxes, heavy machinery, engine blocks and transmissions, or furniture when the wife’s got a hankering to redecorate. The carpeted surfaces protect furniture finishes and the hard-rubber swivel casters won’t mar your floors. Did I already mention, they’re $11.99?

8. 8-Channel Surveillance DVR with 4 Cameras #61229

8-channel DVR with Cameras

A great addition for home protection, the Bunker Hill Security 8-channel DVR with 4 Cameras and Motion Detection installs easily and can be set up to monitor on your computer or smartphone, so you can keep an eye on things while you’re away! Each camera offers a wide view span with a high resolution, so you can spread them over the areas you want observed and glimpse the four shots simultaneously. It even comes with night vision to keep you apprised of any nefarious nocturnal characters that venture onto your property (imagine your neighbors’ surprise when they see their kid up to no good on Facebook). The 8-Channel Surveillance DVR set sells for $299.99, and you can often find it on sale or a coupon. You can also use the Harbor Freight 20% Off coupon. Hey, where else can you get a room with a view at such a low price?

9. 3-Gallon 100 PSI Oilless Air Compressor #61615

3 gallon 100 psi oilless air compressor

If you’re looking for a small air compressor to keep in the garage for filling tires and balls, or maybe using with a blow gun, airbrush, brad nailer or other small jobs, the Central Pneumatic 3-Gallon PSI Pancake Air Compressor is just the ticket. For an airy $59.99, this little gem is there to save your family bike trip, keep the bounce in your game and help put up the trim and Christmas lights. The fact that it’s “oilless” means less maintenance for you, and the “pancake” low-profile shape means you’ll save garage space and easy portability to wherever the air compressor is needed. How’s that for a breath of fresh air?

10. 12,000 lb. Off-Road Vehicle Electric Winch #61256

12000 lb off road winch

Finally, the top ten list rounds out with the uber-popular Badland 12K Off-Road Vehicle Electric Winch with Automatic Load-Holding Brake. Smell the mud, don’t get stuck in it! This off-road winch is a veritable lifesaver in the swamp, snow, ice and that black, slimy, stinky stuff that they don’t have a name for. Awesome for trucks, ATVs, Jeeps and other 4-wheelers… even great for uprooting trees. It also comes with an incredibly handy remote for easy operation. Don’t be the bud who needs his bacon saved– save your buds’ bacon with the Badland 12K winch!

So, there you have it– the legendary favorites of the Harbor Freight Tools catalog. Chances are you already have one of them. Chances are even better that you’ve got a mind to go buy one (or four) real soon!

ALEXANDER THE GREAT AND THE 1.5 HP ELECTRIC POLE SAW

pole sawWithout the 1.5 HP Electric Pole Saw, Alexander the Great may not have been so great! According to a dusty scroll found three days ago in the backroom of an Albanian spice merchant’s warehouse along the Adriatic, Alexander III of Macedon (A3 as he was called) inherited the kingdom from his father Phillip II who had been assassinated. Upon being named successor to the throne, A3 walked out to his backyard and there stood an olive tree that reached toward the sky. He declared “I will climb this tree and as far as I can see, I will conquer!” A bold statement. Unfortunately, the tree was so dense with branches, he could only climb up a few feet. From that vantage point, he was able to see as far as two of his neighbors’ yards, which he summarily conquered. He was then called Alexander the Terrible Neighbor.

In order to climb higher, Alexander the Terrible Neighbor needed to get rid of those darn branches. He went to Harbor Freight Tools, which had a store in Amphipolis, and purchased the 1.5 HP Electric Pole Saw. Well, it wasn’t actually electric back then, but the motor did come with a horse and a pony, hence, 1.5 horsepower. Anyway, he went back to the olive tree and started to cut more branches. Alexander was impressed with the features of the Pole Saw, which included a telescoping fiber glass pole that extended from 6 ft. to 8ft. 10 inches in length,  9-1/2 inch bar with 3/8 inch pitch Oregon® chain, automatic chain oiler, reduced kickback design, hand guard and easy chain adjustment. Midway through a branch, the saw broke but Alexander the Terrible Neighbor had kept his receipt so he returned the broken saw to the store and received a replacement without any hassle.

Back to the tree. He finished up cutting and then climbed. This time he was able to see as far as the subcontinent of India. He then sent messengers to all credit card companies and wireless carriers throughout his current empire and vowed that when he conquered India, he would establish customer service centers for all of them. The outsourcing saved these companies millions of drachma. As a reward, the Macedonian Better Business Bureau awarded Alexander a Lucite plaque and dubbed him Alexander the Great.

Today, you only need to conquer street traffic or a slow Internet connection to behold the 1.5 HP Electric Pole Saw from Harbor Freight Tools. Not only will you enjoy the fabulous features and ease of use, but you’ll become the envy of your neighbors, provided you leave their yards alone.

1.5 HP Electric Pole Saw
Sku#: 68862
$74.99

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
tape measure 30 ft
  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.