How To Use a Magnesium Fire Starter To Make a Campfire

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Here’s some good info everyone should have at their disposal, whether it be for camping or emergency situations. In fact, it’s so stinking easy, you’ll wonder why you never picked it up before.  That strange, cheap little hunk of magnesium and flint steel will save your bacon and pay for itself several times over in just one dire situation.

What’s magnesium, anyway? Magnesium is the seventh most common element in the earth’s crust. During WWII it was used to make fire bombs employed in European missions. It was also a main ingredient for flash powder in early photography. Today, magnesium is still used in fireworks and pyrotechnics. And, of course, fire starters.

magnesium firestarter

Here’s how to use your magnesium fire starter to make a fire:

  • Find an area where you can have a fire, hopefully a spot protected from any present elements like high wind and rain. Clear the area of dry grass, twigs, etc.
  • Gather up the tinder. If you’re a “Be Prepared” type of person, the best tinder would be a ziplock full of petroleum jelly-saturated cotton balls. But, if you just happend to have left those at home, dry moss, pine cones, dry pine needles, tiny twigs, dry grass and thin shreds of wood all make great tinder. Leaves can work too if they’re really dry. Even newspaper, or a paper napkin. Make sure the fuel is as dry and dead as possible.  If the leaf litter is wet from rain or dew, carefully lift the top layers to see if the lower layers are still dry — or check under thick foliage, which may have protected tinder from rain. You may also be able to find dry moss, pine needles or tiny twigs in these protected areas. Hollow logs are good, too. Or, if you’re not having much luck doing that, put the least damp tinder in your pocket for a while and let the heat dry it out. If you see any larger sticks or wood that looks useable, grab that aw well so it’ll be ready when needed.

tinder

  • Build your structure. The three go-to designs for a campfire are Teepee, Log Cabin and Lean-to (or variations of any of the three). For the sake this tutorial, we’ll be using the teepee build. Construct a teepee of twigs and small branches (like the picture below on the left), evenly distributing so it can bear additional wood after the fire takes.

campfire builds

  • Prepare the tinder. Once your structure is built, make a bundle out of your tinder that will catch the sparks from the fire starter. Place it as close to the structure as possible without going all the way in– in the “doorway” is best. On top of the tinder bundle, place a dry leaf or an old receipt to contain the magnesium shavings. In the best of worlds, you’d have some duct tape handy to keep the shavings from blowing away, but the structure and “container” (leaf or receipt) should do the trick.
  • Keep a bucket or other container of water nearby in case, for any reason, you need to put the fire out.

campfire magnesium shavings

  • Hold the magnesium block down, pointed at the tinder bundle. Then with the other hand, hold the serrated metal blade that came with your HF Magnesium Fire Starter at a slight (45º) angle against the block and shave tiny flakes downward onto the bundle. If the fire starter you have didn’t come with a blade, use the backside of a knife. Smaller shavings and pieces work best. Keep going at it until you have a pile of magnesium shavings on your tinder bundle about the size of a quarter.

campfire ignite magnesium

  • Using your serrated blade or backside of a knife, strike a spark to ignite the magnesium on the tinder bundle. But instead of sliding the blade down the flint toward the tinder, hold the blade stationary, down with the tinder bundle, and slide the flint up toward you. This keeps the spark close to the tinder. Keep scraping until a spark lands on the magnesium shaving and ignites it.
  • When a spark catches the magnesium, the shavings will burn bright, hot and fast. The generated heat will then spread to the tinder, catching it on fire as well. This is a crucial moment. You may have to urge the young flame on by very gently blowing on it and giving it additional oxygen. You may also need to adjust it a little here and there it to allow the young fire to spread.

campfire tinder goes in

  • As the tinder fire grows, you’ll need to carefully slide it– in tact–  into the campfire structure. You might want to use a couple of sticks to push the bundle under if it’s too hot to handle. Then, as you prepare for the next phase, maybe feed it some more leaves and grass to keep it stoked.
  • Another crucial moment. Fire needs a proper blend of oxygen, fuel and heat. As your structure starts catching on fire, blow on it and feed it by gradually adding slightly larger and larger twigs and sticks. Don’t get carried away, give it time. If you drop a log on it too soon, you’ll be back to square one, rummaging for dead grass. Don’t be that guy.

campfire successful

  • And while you want to be patient, you also want to keep feeding. Find larger sticks and logs to keep the fire growing and happy for the endurance you need to stay warm, dry and protected.

Practice Using The Magnesium Fire Starter

I’ve already said it before, but I’ll say it again: be prepared. It’s not enough to have your magnesium fire starter, you should be ready in an instant to know how to use it. Whether you’re stranded in the cold and wt woods or the arid, desert wilderness, knowing how to make a fire in a SHTF situation will give you life, comfort and security. So practice at home– when the need isn’t there– until you’ve got it down cold (or hot).

And, one last thing. You might want to rethink taking that baggie of petroleum jelly cotton balls.

 

4 IN. RATCHETING BAR CLAMP/ SPREADER

4 in. Ratcheting Bar Clamp Spreader

The 4 In. Ratcheting Bar Clamp/Spreader is a light duty tool that’s perfect for delicate woodwork or scale modeling. The clamp features a pistol grip for easy one-hand operation and a quick-release button that works with the touch of a finger. The bar clamp easily converts to a spreader by simply removing the fixed jaw and placing it on the opposite end of the bar. Pick up half a dozen or more for your garage or shop—you can never have enough of these clamps… and be careful who you loan them to because you’ll probably never get them back!

These clamps have been upgraded from their predecessors thanks to feedback from customers like you. Here’s what one customer had to say about the 4 In. Ratcheting Bar Clamp/Spreader:

These have been redesigned, nothing like the earlier ones, I believe these can put as much pressure as the old foot-long ones. HFT listened and corrected ALL the previous problems. Try a pair, you will be happily surprised – I was!!! I have been using these for over a year now with NO problems. – Jim, Estacada, OR

Pick up the 4 In. Ratcheting Bar Clamp/Spreader at any one of Harbor Freight’s 550+ stores nationwide or visit harborfreight.com.

4 in. Ratcheting Bar Clamp/Spreader
item #: 68974

BUILD A TREEHOUSE!

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Building a treehouse is a cool family activity and a source of lifelong memories. But it doesn’t have to cost yout a lot of dough, especially when you go to ‪#‎HarborFreight‬!

We found a simple and solid HOW-TO that we like from Instructables.com

And here’s a bare minimum list of tools you’ll need:

Hammer
Saw
Level
Square
Tape Measure
Adjustable Wrench
Cordless Drill
Jigsaw
Ladder

Some other useful tools that might make your life easier, but aren’t crucial, include:

Miter Saw
Table Saw
Router

If you want to try something different, there are plenty if ideas to find in a Google search. Most importanly, make it a fun, learning experience for the family!

This Ain’t Your Great-Granddaddy’s Ditty Bag

There are two things that you don’t need in the Navy: a wife and a car. If the Navy thought you needed them they would have put them in your Ditty Bag.” – Co. Commander Gunners Mate First Class DeLapp

ditty bag being carried

According to a 1912 issue of Field & Stream, the purpose of the ditty-bag can be summed up as follows:

In camp and when cruising about the woods, there are certain essentials, and many other small articles of constant use which one should always have handy. They aggregate about two pounds weight and if disposed about one’s clothing will not only make these garments heavy and uncomfortable but will fill them with knubly protuberances which make sitting down or lying down a matter of much struggle and remonstrance. Wherefore the ditty-bag…has the inestimable advantage of being the place for everything small and loseable– it’s there, nowhere else, and all you have to do is to go and ferret it out instead of having to do the same thing through eighteen or nineteen pockets.”

boston ship

 The original ditty bags were used by sailors in the early 18th century. They were issued canvas bags in which to store their spare clothes. A smaller pouch was sequestered in the sack which was for holding all the “implements of his housewifery”: a sewing kit (which also included supplies to repair hats and shoes), letters from home, trinkets and sundry relics from their journeys. These seafaring men were expected to make their own clothes, so the sewing kit meant more than just a way to restore a button.  The origin of the term, “ditty” has been obscured by time, though. It might have come from a cotton cloth known as ditti or a fabric called dutty which was used to make sails.

ditty bag

As for us 21st century landlubbers, we’ve got a slightly modified list of necessities for our travels. And Harbor Freight Tools carries a lot of items ideal for the ditty-minded dude in all of us.

sardines

Of course there are other things you’ll want to include in your Ditty Bag that Harbor Freight doesn’t carry, such as food (dry nut mix works), water, water purifying pills, change of clothes, small first aid kit, fishing sinker and repellant. And you might want to deviate a bit from our checklist depending on what journey you have in store, but not much. All these items listed are valuable when out in the nowhere. Also, please let someone know where you’re going when you set out for your trek. Like an uncle with dementia or something.

Finally, a word about the Ditty Bag itself. There are a few types out there, some in cloth, some nylon, some in leather and some in canvas. We prefer canvas, preferably waxed or otherwise weather-treated, the kind that slings over your shoulder like you’re in an Old Spice commercial. Your first stop should be your local Army Navy stores. Their gear is pretty rugged and ready to get dirty. Or, if you strike out and happen to have a chunk of change you can part with, the Best Made Co. in NY has formidable-looking a “Best Made Ditty Bag” available for a mere $124.

THE 12 MOST IMPORTANT TOOLS IN YOUR TOOLBOX

handy andy tool set

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:

 

claw hammer

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.

 

Ghostbustin’ the Harbor Freight Way

simpsons paranormal

It may come as a surprise to you that Harbor Freight Tools is a favorite stop among paranormal investigators. Strange but true, bonafide ghost chasers haunt our shelves to find many of their tools of the trade. What, you ask, could a paranormal investigator possibly want at Harbor Freight? Camo blankets and plumb bobs? Well, here are just a few of the items we found among the arsenals of apparition artisans:

The West Houston Paranormal Society, a dedicated group of otherworldly investigators who hunt and engage the unknown, use the Predator 8750 Watts Max/7000 Watts Rated Portable Generator to power their exploits:

“We are West Houston Paranormal Society and this is our official generator. Running power where we need it in powerless buildings and houses that we investigate. It runs our equipment (cameras, audio, trip sensors, monitors, DVRs, computers, recharging packs, etc) throughout the house, as well as our trailer base command/review center. Fist pull operation, no drain or surges and super quiet…. the last thing we need is a loud generator interfering with our EVPs and video evidence, that is why we chose this one because that was high on our list of NEEDED features.” Caps included.

Why the Predator generator? Could it be it resonates with beings from across the veil? Or, is it the high-quality performance and low prices? Perhaps it’s all of the above… or perhaps it’s something far beyond mere mortal understanding.

 

The Predator generator isn’t the only Harbor Freight product of choice among paranormal investigators. The Southeastern Paranormal Society, located in Salisbury, NC and Myrtle Beach, SC, and the good folks at IHuntGhosts.com, favor the motion-activated Bunker Hill Security 4-Camera Surveillance DVR when looking into poltergeists and sundry presences. A representative at the SPS commented:

 “I bought this package to do surveillance for our paranormal research group. The cameras perform great in near pitch black conditions. Considering buying another system for our group.”

dvr 8 channel

Everyone who’s seen those paranormal movies knows why this is an important contribution to the investigative process. On the other hand, do you really want to know what’s hovering over you while you’re sleeping?

On My Para: The Paranormal Social Network, a forum member recently recommended the Cen-Tech Non-Contact Infrared Thermometer for measuring the ambient air around “cold” and “hot” spots. While so-called “professional” ambient air thermometers cost around $130, Harbor Freight’s is just $39.99. BOOOOoooOOOOO-yaah!!

 Another cool (as in cold spot) tool for the phantom finder, according to Paranormal Adventure Radio , is the Bunker Hill Motion Detector as “good for basic investigations.” As opposed to über-intense investigations, we suppose, like flying cutlery.

 Other paranormal investigators have testified about the value of a wireless inspection camera ” for “tight spaces” and “a very good idea for a room that has noises coming from it with the door closed.” A ghost hunter who recommended the Cen-Tech Digital Inspection Camera was using his to check out a mausoleum he’d been curious about. We’ve been curious if he’s been seen since.

 Research:Paranormal recommends keeping an RF detector on hand to weed out “false” radio frequency hits on the EMF (electro-magnetic field) detector. That way you can know it’s not a spirit from beyond infringing on your comfort zone, probably just your daughter calling, wondering when you’re going to pick her up. One of the Research:Paranormal followers volunteered that they duct-taped their Bunker Hill Wireless RF Detector to their EMF for prime detection.

wireless RF detector

Finally, as Ghost Journeys advises in its Investigation Guidelines:

“Shop smart – save money. Check… Harbor Freight for mini LED flashlights, batteries and hard cases to tote your equipment.”

The Ghost Hunter Outlet took it one step further and provided a link on their site to our Storehouse 18″x6″x13″ Aluminum Case, admitting,

“We don’t sell cases to protect the gear you buy because Harbor Freight has a great case for about $30.”

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So, when it comes to quality tools at incredibly low prices… who you gonna call?

WHAT LIGHT THROUGH YONDER WINDOW BREAKS? IT IS THE SOLAR ROPE LIGHT…

Solar Rope Light

William Shakespeare is arguably the greatest playwright and poet of all time. His works are legendary. Well, most of them. Some were never published and even lost due to the Scribe Strike of 1614 that lasted until the restoration of the House of Stuart in 1660. However, a recent archeological find unveiled rare manuscripts, including a sonnet that is believed to have been written by Shakespeare himself about the Solar Rope Light (item #: 68353) from Harbor Freight Tools. One might ask how could Shakespeare have written about an item that would not exist until 3-1/2 centuries after his death? Great question! But there are many great questions that we’ll never be able to answer, so why start now?

ODE TO THE SOLAR ROPE LIGHT

Oh Solar Rope Light, 22 ft. long
Your 50 long-life white LED lamps
Illuminate places where my heart camps
Like gardens and walkways with light so strong
That comes on at dusk, you just can’t go wrong
A weather proof sleeve, proverbial gamp
One can wrap them around a cul de lampe
A full charge stays lit up like Tommy Chong
Solar panel amorphous silicon
Recharged with 6 to 8 daylight hours
And up to 8 hours the lights stay on
Through darkest night and torrential showers
Ground spike and mounting hardware do hold on
Enhances thine hardscape, lawns and flowers

Solar Rope Light
item #: 68353

 

COUSIN OLIVER SYNDROME…

24 In. x 36 In.Two Shelf Industrial Polypropylene Service CartIt’s the final nail in the coffin for most TV shows. They’ve had a long run, were probably the most watched show at one point but like any frothy entertainment (sans The Simpsons and Law & Order franchise) the audience finally grows bored and ratings drop. The producers gather in a scrum and brainstorm how to inject more life into the show. “Producers” and “brainstorm” prove oxymoronic as they always come up with the same answer—a kid. Such was the case with The Brady Bunch when they brought in the John Denver homunculus Cousin Oliver. And history is laden with similar examples: Scrappy Doo in Scooby Doo, Sam in Different Strokes and John Houseman in The Paper Chase.

What these shows should have brought in was the 24 In. x 36 In. Two Shelf Industrial Polypropylene Service Cart from Harbor Freight Tools! Boasting a 500 lb. capacity, the industrial-strength polypropylene cart features large 3 in. trays, hardware bins, cup holder, comfortable handle and smooth rolling 5 in. casters. It’s ideal for the shop or garage and will quickly become your go-to for transporting heavy work items as well as carting around hand and power tools.

So, how would the 24 In. x 36 In. Two Shelf Industrial Polypropylene Service Cart have saved The Brady Bunch? Well, they could have place Cousin Oliver in the cart and then rolled it over the side of the Grand Canyon. Ratings would have soared through the roof! The cart would have been retrieved on a nearby river bank and the Brady family would have then opened up their own auto shop (much more interesting), using the cart of course. The revitalized marketshare might have also prevented the show Chico and the Man (set in an auto shop) from ever being produced, thus killing two birds with one stone. Now, don’t get all upset about Cousin Oliver. Thanks to the durability of the cart, he survives the fall and follows the Colorado River down to the Gulf of California where he washes ashore in Puerto Peñasco and becomes a billionaire by developing multiple condominium retirement communities for expats earning him the moniker El Jefe con Pelo Rubio.

24 In. x 36 In. Two Shelf Industrial Polypropylene Service Cart
item#: 92862

 

Halloween Ideas from Harbor Fright… um… Freight

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As you prepare for Hallow’s Night
Be sure to haunt your Harbor Fright
For gear and doodads on that day
Ideas that take your breath away
So tarry not, friend, take a bite
Of spooky stuff at Harbor Fright!

Leather Welding Apron

leather welders apron Whether you’re Leatherface (always a classic) or a Keeper of the Fiery Pit, this Split Leather Welding Apron is an effective, inexpensive touch to your nefarious ensemble. At just $10.99, the rugged leather apron is double-stitched, adjustable for comfort, and comes with four pockets to store devices of death or Fun Size Snickers. As my yuppie zombie neighbor would say, “It’s a no-brainer!” Incidentally, the Leather Welding Gloves, at $4.99, coordinate fabulously. welding gloves

Industrial Face Masks

dual filter respirator Nothing is as unsettling as being confronted by someone wearing a respirator. Especially when they say stuff like, “I AM the League of Shadows!” or “Are you going to eat your steak fat?” Needless to say, they are cool apparatus to have as part of your villainous costume. This Gerson Dual-Cartridge Respirator gives off a menacing look that’s sure to enhance your malevolence and will certainly come in handy if the party hostess burns the bacon-wrapped dates. And at only $15.99, it’s a far cry less expensive than that Groot mask you’ve been eyeing. neoprene dust mask Another way to go is the Neoprene Dust Mask. Throw on a pair of black tint wraparound Oakleys and a Motley Crue wig with this bad boy and call yourself an interplanetary blue ninja assasin. Or Bane’s cousin… Blaine. Or throw on a half helmet and be an off-road zombie. Face it, it looks badass enough for a number of costume ideas, and for only $23.99, it’s a great accessory to keep in the costume drawer for future incarnations.

Goggles

welding goggles These awesome steampunk Welders Goggles come with both permanent  and flip-front darkening lenses, and an elastic band to secure comfortably to your melon. They’d also go great with any of the aforementioned items to add that Tim Burton-esque touch to your getup.  You don’t even have to wait for Halloween to wear them., they’re so swank. And for just $5.99?? I can’t believe we’re even having this conversation.

Blasting Hood

blasting hood If the retro Mars mission motif is what you’re going for– or maybe this year you want to be Hazmat Guy– look no further than Harbor Freight’s Abrasive Blasting Hood! This intergalactic chapeau offers full head and shoulder coverage with a hard hat inside. It also provides ample air circulation to stay cool and comes with a wide, impact-resistant viewing window for easy navigation of the party or neighborhood. Comes in snazzy red and is priced at a mere $19.99.

Blasting Gloves

rubber blasting gloves Our long Rubber-Coated Blasting Gloves make a great addition to the Steampunk Mad Doctor,  the Misunderstood Texas Butcher or the Alien Life Form from Another Planet Whose Sole Intention is “To Serve Man” (props to those who got that reference). It’s industrial strength and is made for easy dexterity of hands and fingers. At $6.99, you might as well get two pair– one for taking over the world and the other for pretending you’re taking over the world while you clean out the septic tank.

Headlamp

swivel headlamp Another nice, and extremely affordable, touch for a number of Halloween getups is Harbor Freight’s popular Swivel Headlamp. Buy two and make them robot eyes shining out of a silver head. Strap one on your pooch’s noggin and they can be the Bionic Bowzer. Have your toddler wear a toy hard hat with one of the headlamps and– voilà!-– a Minor Miner! The Swivel Headlamp can be adjusted 90 degrees up or down and is lightweight, so it wears comfortably on the head. Only $2.99!

Spooky Ol’ Owl

owl garden scarecrow Originally created to scare the snot out of birds and other pests from infiltrating the garden, this Great Horned Owl makes a swell prop for Halloween. Hand-painted to resemble a real predatory owl, this fowl creature stands 16″ tall and is durable to withstand all kinds of weather. Observe the malevolent stare, as if it’s saying, “Look kid, I know you’ve knocked on this door before. Do you really want to get on my bad side?” For only $14.99 it’s the best deal you’re going to find for a Halloween decoration of this quality.

Find these and other drop-dead deals Halloween ideas at Harbor Freight Tools— If you miss out on these savings, it’ll haunt you for the rest of your life!

ANOTHER 10 MUST-HAVE COSPLAY TOOLS/ACCESSORIES FROM HARBOR FREIGHT TOOLS

We received a lot of positive feedback about the TOP 10 MUST-HAVE COSPLAY TOOLS/ACCESSORIES FROM HARBOR FREIGHT TOOLS article published recently. And we also heard from cosplayers who said “Yeah, but what about this tool…” and “Yeah, but how come you didn’t mention…” That got us thinking, “Yeah, but why not a follow-up article based on the tools and accessories mentioned by readers?” So we decided “Yeah, but let’s do it!”

Before getting started, we’d like to thank all of our readers whose “Yeah, buts” inspired part 2, or as the French say, “Le part 2”. Shout outs to Alex Lamphere, Ben Gregg and BeardedDalek (I don’t think that’s his birth name) to name a few. Another reader Gordon Smuder suggested we also put out a top 10 list of safety equipment for cosplayers making their own costumes. Great idea, Gordon – we’ll likely do one more follow article mentioning those items! To Gordon’s point, you’ll be working with high-speed power tools and volatile chemicals when making your costumes. Protect your eyes, your skin, your hearing and your lungs… basically, protect your entire body—always use the necessary safety equipment when creating your cosplay costumes. And no running through the house holding scissors… Keep yourself together, man!

Without further ado, let’s dive into Another 10 Must-Have Cosplay Tools/Accessories from Harbor Freight Tools…

10.

“Steam Punk” Goggles

We missed these the first time around but thanks to one reader who astutely pointed out their steampunkness, they definitely made the cut this time. Completely functional for welding, this set of welding goggles are perfect for a variety of cosplay costumes.

Steampunk Goggles

2 Piece Welding Goggles Set, item #: 35711

 

9.

Hot Knife

There’s more than one way to cut foam, ICF, nylon rope, webbing, synthetic fabric, wax and plastic! But the hot knife definitely is high up on the list of tools that makes it quick and easy to do so. The Hot Knife from Harbor Freight features a dual-use cutting blade for line and groove cutting, depth-adjusting sled to provide more control and an auto-off feature for added safety. Once you go Hot Knife, you can never go back!

 

Hot Knife

130 Watt Heavy Duty Hot Knife, item #: 60313

 

8.

EVA Foam

EVA foam is a staple among cosplayers. The last article addressed many items that can be used to form, shape and cut EVA foam… guess what, Harbor Freight sells EVA foam—and according to one reader, the EVA foam at Harbor Freight Tools is half the cost compared to other retailers. We “disguise” it as floor mats. Actually EVA foam works exceptionally well as floor mats for the garage or shop – dual purpose, what’s not to love?

4 Piece Anti Fatigue Mat Set

Anti-Fatigue Foam Mat Set 4 Pc, item #: 94635

Anti Fatigue Roll Mat

Anti-Fatigue Roll Mat, item #: 61241

 

7.

Glue

The last article talked about epoxies, but sometimes there’s nothing better than good old-fashioned glue. But not just any glue… when your costume is on the line, you need Industrial Strength Super Glue from Harbor Freight Tools! The glue sets in just 30 seconds and won’t drip or run—crucial for cosplaying. For heavy duty jobs requiring strong, reliable bonds, this industrial strength super glue gets the job done.

industrial strength super glue

Industrial Strength Super Glue, item #: 68347

 

6.

Scissors

What can’t scissors do? Well, they can’t learn a new language or contemplate supersymmetric flipped SU(5) grand unified field theory, but for the cosplayer they’re indispensable in costume making. Cut out patterns, trim materials, do that curlicue thing with ribbon… the list is endless. As alluded to at the beginning of this article, just don’t go running through the house holding them. Scissor responsibly.

multipurpose scissors

Multipurpose Scissors,  item #: 47877

 

5.

Engraver

There’s a lot of detail work in cosplaying and an engraver tool can mean the difference between making a costume and creating a work of art. Harbor Freight offers two types of engravers, both ideal for working on metal, wood, plastic, ceramic and glass.

Electric Engraver

Electric Engraver, item #: 46099

Micro Engraver

Micro Engraver, item #: 98227

 

4.

Screw Extractor Set

Admittedly, we didn’t see this one at first until cosplayer BeardedDalek pointed out what he uses it for: “dismantling small devices for parts”. With those parts, you can really put some nice finishing touches on your cosplay costume. In short, the screw extractor set removes broken screws hassle-free! Also, if you’ve ever used screws directly on your costumes or accessories, you’ve no doubt had to deal with stripped screws. Hey, we all screw up from time to time. Now we can all unscrew up…

screw extractor set

12 Piece Screw Extractor Set, item #: 40349

 

3.

Utility Knife

Cosplayers use utility knives so much they should probably make holsters for them. A utility knife is definitely a must-have tool. Perfect for cutting balsa wood, paper, foam… ad infinitum. As the name implies, a utility knife delivers “utility”. If it didn’t, it would probably have some fluffy advertising name like the Wonder Knife or the I’m-more-attractive-to-the-opposite-sex-because-I-own-this Knife. “Utility” is what you need and “utility” is what you get with the Utility Knife from Harbor Freight Tools.

utility knife

Utility Knife, item #: 3359

folding locking blade utility knife

Folding Locking Back Utility Knife, item #: 90802

 

utility knife blades 50 pack

50 Piece Utility Blades, item #: 92872

 

2.

Earplugs

We had to sneak in a little safety but trust me, you’ll be glad we did. Cosplayers use power tools and it’s important to protect your hearing among other things. It’s also great if you’re working with a buddy all night to finish a costume, then you fall asleep and your buddy’s snoring rivals the mating call of an adult howler monkey…

disposable earplugs

50 Pair Disposable Earplugs, item #: 96365

Reusable Corded Earplugs

Reusable Corded Earplugs, item #: 94328\

 

1

Tape

It ain’t sexy, but whoomp, there it is. Actually, we saw some cosplay costumes just made out of tape… okay, they were a bit sexy. In cosplay, tape is a hem, costume trim, an accessory… O’ mighty tape, hear our praises!

color coded electrical tape

5 Rolls 12 Ft. x 3/4 In. Color Coded Electrical Tape, item #: 66462

black tape

10 Rolls 60 Ft. x 3/4 In. Industrial Grade Electrical Tape, item #: 69587

 

Let us know what tools and accessories you use to make your cosplay costumes. And send us pictures! We love them pictures! Peace out.