Paranormal Activity Gear at Harbor Freight

simpsons paranormal

You may be surprised to hear that Harbor Freight Tools is a favorite “haunt” among paranormal investigators. Strange but true, bonafide ghost chasers stalk our shelves to find many of their tools of the trade. What, you say, could a paranormal investigator possibly want at Harbor Freight? Camo blankets? Variable speed jig saw? Glad you asked. As Armando Nunez, co-founder of the Paranormal Research Organization Of Fayetteville (PROOF) said more than once. “HARBOR FREIGHT TOOLS IS YOUR BEST FREIND.” Here are just a few of the items we found among the arsenals of active apparition artisans:

The West Houston Paranormal Society, a dedicated group of otherworldly investigators who hunt and engage the eerily 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 entities 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, 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?

creepy dummy

Among the most popular Harbor Freight products in spook-seeking circles is the Cen-Tech Non-Contact Infrared Thermometer, which is used in the measuring of ambient air around “cold” and “hot” spots. While so-called “professional” ambient air thermometers cost around $130, Harbor Freight’s is under $40. BOOOOoooOOOOO-yaah!!

ir thermometer 61894 blog

Self-proclaimed “paranormal enthusiast,” Jocelyn S. Mackie, also takes a Pittsburgh Non-Contact Pocket Thermometer with her, for “ambient” temperature gauging.

non contact temp gauge customer

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.”

aluminum case 69138

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

HFT’s Your Halloween Costume Gear Headquarters

halloween harbor freight oct-2014

If you’ve haunted the aisles at Harbor Freight, you know they’ve got all kinds of great stuff for the garage. But, just for a minute, imagine how a lot of that can translate to Halloween costume gear, props and decor. Here are a few ideas for you to take with you the next time you swing by one of the stores.

Leather Welding Apron

leather welders apronWhether you’re Leatherface (the original) or a Keeper of the Pit of Despair, this Split Leather Welding Apron is a nice, low-cost touch to your infernal ensemble. At just $9.99, the rugged leather apron is double-stitched, adjustable for comfort, and comes with four pockets to store your 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 respiratorNothing 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 nefarious costume. This Gerson Dual-Cartridge Respirator gives off a menacing look that’s sure to push the envelope on 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 maskAnother 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. What I’m trying to say is, this looks badass enough for a number of costume ideas, and for only $24.99, it’s a great accessory to keep in the costume drawer for future incarnations.


welding gogglesVictor Frankenstein would be thunderstruck jealous. These 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 $6.29?? I can’t believe we’re even having this conversation.

Blasting Hood

blasting hoodIf the 50’s SciFi Mars Mission motif is what you’re going for– or maybe this year you want to be HazMan– look no further than Harbor Freight’s Abrasive Blasting Hood! This space-odd chapeau offers full head and shoulder coverage with a hard hat inside. It also provides ample air circulation to stay cool, and it has 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 glovesOur long Rubber-Coated Blasting Gloves make a great addition to the Steampunk Mad Doctor,  the Misunderstood Texas Butcher, that guy they ditched on Mars (in which case they’d be Blast-OFF Gloves) or maybe 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.


swivel headlampAnother nice– and totally monetarily doable– 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 tin foil head. Strap one on your pooch’s noggin and he 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 scarecrowOriginally 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 built to endure 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 feel lucky? Well, do ya… punk?” For only $13.99 it’s the best deal you’re going to find for a Halloween decoration of this quality.

Trick or Treating Lights

flashlights - two LED blogIf trick-or-treating is part of the plan this Oct. 31, then it behooves you to keep a couple of these on hand (or claw…depending on the getup). These Mini LED Flashlights are small, they’re bright, and they’ve got easy on-off buttons– perfect for the little monsters. And did I mention cheap? A pair of these lifesavers (and believe me, they will be) can be yours for a paltry $2.99. You’re welcome.

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!


pioneer speakers

Remember when your speakers were the nicest pieces of furniture you owned (even beating out the cable spool coffee table and matching orange crate record holders)? Even now, I”ll go so far as to say they’d still be the most gorgeous pieces in my house if I still had my Marantz quadrophonic ruling the roost.

marantz white

Ah, but the world has moved on to iPod docks and Bose Wave systems, and other soulless devices of aural sterility. Perhaps, though, your Pioneers (or JBLs or Advents) are still in the garage, under boxes of Christmas lights or the old carburetor you swore you were going to rebuild. Maybe the cones are shot, but you just haven’t been able to bring yourself to part with that beloved part of your history. Well, now you don’t have to! Not only can you keep your lattice beauties, but you can emancipate them from storage and return them to their rightful place– the entertainment room!

speaker liquor cabinet completeTurn that deceased speaker into a liquor cabinet… or any kind of cabinet you like, as explained by Hippiesarah on Here we proceed with the idea of keeping the cabinet looking like a real speaker. Of course, you can fashion it however you want.

Tools Needed:

  1. Screwdriver
  2. Wire Cutter
  3. Cordless Drill
  4. Miter or Circular Saw
  5. Staple Gun
  6. Hot Glue Gun

Materials Needed:

  1. Unused speaker(s)
  2. Sandpaper
  3. Wood (for shelves; amount depends on the size of speaker)
  4. Paint
  5. Hinges
  6. Corner Brackets
  7. Light
  8. Pencil
  9. Paint marker
  10. Nitrile Gloves


Step #1 – Gut the Sucker!

gutted speaker

Wear some nitrile gloves– or other type of gloves that keep you dexterous– when you’re doing this. The cabinet’s insulation might be fiberglass, which can irritate the skin.

Remove the speaker cover. Most just pop off with velcro or pop-ins, but be careful not to break the cover frame from too much effort, especially if it’s an older cabinet. There’s also the chance it’s screwed in. Carefully remove the speaker, insulation, wiring and components.

Step #2 – Trace Your Outline

tracing the speaker

Once the speaker is completely gutted, put the cover back on. Then with a pencil,  mark exactly where it lays on the face of the speaker. It’s important you don’t cut the opening bigger than the speaker cover, so as to maintain the illusion that it’s still just a speaker. Remove the speaker cover again and use a paint marker to clearly outline where you want to cut.

Step #3 – Time to Cut

cutting speaker

Cut as straight as possible along your drawn lines. Once you’re finished, measure the width and depth of the speaker cabinet so you can cut your shelves. For this, you could salvage wood from old furniture or resort to buying a piece.

Step #4 – Sand and Paint

sand and paint

Sand where needed and paint the interior and your shelves any color you like. If there is a hole on the back of the cabinet, you could simply staple black fabric over the opening– or you could keep it to string in a light cord if you want to add electric illumination.

Step #5 – Brackets


When the paint has dried, it’s time to add the hardware. At this point, you should have an idea where you want your shelves to go. If you want to make your liquor cabinet like this, give the top shelf a good height to store your shot glasses, then give the next shelf room enough for rocks or highball glasses. Screw the corner brackets on the bottom of your shelves, then to the speaker walls.

Step #6 – Hinges

hingesYou might find that when you start to add the hinges, you run into a small issue. If you want the cabinet to look like an ordinary stereo speaker, then exposed hinges betray you (et tu, hinge-ay?)  In the top photo, see how the hinge lines up perfectly with a small space in the speaker cover? The fix: get a strip of scrap wood and sand it down till it fits tightly into the space. Then hot glue it into the cover and attached hinges as normal. With a quick dash of black paint marker, you can’t even tell anything was done.

Step 7: Light ‘Em Up

For convenience, and to add that touch of class, you may want to have a light in your liquor cabinet. This could be done by simply sticking in an LED click light with adhesive back, bringing electric lights through the cabinet’s back hole and stringing them around top, or getting one of those magnetic drawer lights that come on when you open the door.

Step 8: Bar’s Open!speaker liquor cabinet completeTime to stock your shelves and lie in wait for your first unsuspecting guests!

Or,  let’s say you’ve got towers. Maybe you’d like to try something like this, not quite as clandestine.
tower speaker cabinet

Or, maybe you don’t drink. In that case, perhaps you’d be interested in repurposing your speakers into a media library cabinet:

speaker media cabinet

Whatever your inclination, you can refer to these basic steps and your once-retired stereo speakers can give you hours more of pleasure! And remember, Harbor Freight‘s got the tools that can make it happen! “Sound” advice, no?

How To Use a Magnesium Fire Starter To Make a Campfire


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.


  • 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.



2500 lb. ATV Utility Electric Winch with Wireless Remote Control

Before Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania became an official city in 1816, it was actually a roving township residing on a four-wheel quad ATV. It had three residents who lived on the vehicle itself. They were a proud people and had endured much hardship, including the War of 1812 and severe chaffing.

At the time, the Pittsburgh township ATV was in Harrisburg visiting friends. That’s when a telegram arrived from President James Madison. “Dear Pittsburgh. Please form your own permanent city. I’ve picked out some land for you at the intersection of the Ohio and Allegheny Rivers in Pennsylvania. Park your ATV, build homes, shops, steel factories, etc. Multiply once you get settled. Thanks. Sincerely, PJM.”

The citizens of Pittsburgh were thrilled and exchanged hugs, which didn’t take long. They headed straight away toward their new destination. But the journey was not an easy one as it meant crossing the Allegheny Mountains. Known for its densely wooded areas, mountain lions and violent extraterrestrials, Pittsburgh survived many near-death experiences on the way to their new promise land.

Battered and frayed after the arduous journey, Pittsburgh was almost home free until a quarter-mile away from their destination, they drove headfirst into a deep mud bank and got stuck. The citizenry went into an uproar, which didn’t last long. “After all that we’ve been through!” proclaimed one of the citizens, which later became the inspiration for the song of the same name by the band Chicago. Fortunately, there was a Harbor Freight Tools store close by. One of the citizens disembarked, drudged through the mud and hiked to the tool store known for its ridiculously low prices.

On special was the 2500 lb. ATV/Utility Electric Winch with Wireless Remote Control (item #: 61840). The Pittsburgh citizen was impressed by the many features, including a single-stage planetary gear system for fast line speed, permanent magnet motor which draws less current, freespooling for fast line-out, automatic load-holding brake for maximum safety, aircraft grade wire rope and a wireless remote control which works up to 20 ft. away. Double-checking the township treasury (his wallet), he had more than enough to buy the winch with plenty left over to launch the Vocelli Pizza franchise. He returned to the ATV, installed the winch, secured the cable to a tree and pulled Pittsburgh out of the mud bank—and the rest is complete conjecture.

With plenty of power to assist in ATV recovery, traversing rough terrain or loading a boat, this electric ATV winch is a reliable and safe addition to any off-roading adventure. Founding your own city in the process could be difficult but finding a Harbor Freight store isn’t thanks to over 550+ locations nationwide, including several around Pittsburgh…

2500 lb. ATV/Utility Electric Winch with Wireless Remote Control
Item #: 61840

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.


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.


1.5 HP Electric Pole Saw

Once upon a time, there was a 1.5 HP Electric Pole Saw (item #: 68862) from Harbor Freight Tools. The other pole saws used to make fun of him: “Well lookie here at Little Lord Fauntleroy Pole Saw with your fancy schmancy safety features like a reduced kickback design and hand guard! Did mommy make that automatic chain oiler for you? Bet you think you’re all grown up when you extend from 6 ft. to 8 ft. 10 in. in height!”  Even though he was easy to work with, none of the other pole saws would ever prune with him.

The End.


Not every story has a Cinderella ending but that’s not the case with Harbor Freight’s More For Your Money/Rolling Back Prices in-store event running through April 13thwhere you can pick up the proverbial prince of outdoor power tools—the 1.5 HP Electric Pole Saw (item #: 68862)—for a ridiculously low price! This long reach electric pole saw provides a quick and safe option for trimming high tree branches. The telescoping fiberglass pole delivers almost three feet of extra reach. And with the easy chain adjustment for convenience, you’ll prune trees like you were cutting butter with a really sharp hot knife and the butter is already softened from sitting out on the counter for days during the middle of summer with the air-conditioning out and your home is west-facing so the scorching sun shines directly into your kitchen all afternoon especially on that spot on the counter where the butter is sitting and… you get the idea.

1.5 HP Electric Pole Saw
Item #: 68862

Newly Discovered Cave Drawing Reveals Early Man Used Reciprocating Saws

Additional evidence suggests plumbers were overcharging customers as far back as 25,000 years ago

cave drawing

Last week’s discovery at Serra da Capivara National Park in northeast Brazil reveals that early man not only hunted and gathered but also used reciprocating saws similar to the 9 Amp Professional Variable Speed Reciprocating Saw (item #: 69066) available at Harbor Freight Tools. “I was as surprised as anyone,” offered Professor Adriano Souza, head of tool archeology at Universidade Paulista. “We were familiar with early man using primitive versions of hammers and knives but fully functional reciprocating saws? We had no idea.” A hidden cavern covered by three feet of solid rock recently became accessible due to seismic activity and that’s where the cave drawing dating back 25,000 years was found.

“The drawing clearly shows an indigenous tribesman with a reciprocating saw in his hand. He appears to be cutting some sort of reed. Reeds were commonly used in early plumbing structures such as primitive faucets,” explained Souza. “We may very well be looking at the first plumber on Earth!” Within the cavern, Souza’s team also discovered an invoice overcharging for simple services. “This one refers to an installation of a new reed leading out of a hut, likely an early sewer drain. The invoice shows payment due of 12 chickens and the skins of seven Tropidurus lizards. That’s exorbitant! A job like that shouldn’t have run more than 8 chickens and two Tropidurus lizard skins.” In an adjoining cavern, another drawing shows a tribesman waiting all day for the plumber to arrive, indicated by several depictions of the sun in varying positions in the sky.

What still puzzles Souza’s team is the power source for the reciprocating saws. “Harnessing of conventional electricity didn’t happen for millennia. My theory is that they plugged the reciprocating saws into electric eels.” Considering that Serra da Capivara National Park is situated between the river valley systems of Riacho Toca da Onca, Riacho Baixo da Lima, Riacho Bom Jesus and the Gruta do Pinga, the theory is quite plausible. “That would explain the primitive extension cords we found in the cavern as well.”




Nitrile Glove

Whether you’re an arts & crafts hobbyist or a professional contractor, you’ll want to keep several boxes of the 5 mil Nitrile Powder-Free Gloves 100 Pc on hand. And there’s never been a better time to get your hands on them (and in them) then at the Spring Super Savings event running through March 30th at all Harbor Freight stores!

Nitrile gloves provide better chemical resistance compared to latex gloves and won’t trigger latex allergies. The gloves come in multiple sizes and provide a protective barrier against dirt, grime and oil as well as many chemicals and solvents. The gloves universally fit right or left hands with a comfortable fit and feel. They’re ideal for food processing, janitorial, painting, maintenance and light shop work.

Pick up the 5 mil Nitrile Powder-Free Gloves 100 Pc today and remember that just because you work hard doesn’t mean your hands have to show it!

5 mil Nitrile Powder-Free Gloves 100 Pc (Medium, Large and X-Large)
item #: 68496, 68497, 68498


1 In Roller Ball Bearing

We all know the legend of Hercules—half god, half human, and the strongest man on Earth. Hercules embarked on many adventures, including the “12 Labors” which were near impossible tasks meant to test his strength, endurance and courage. But lesser known is the singular adventure of Hercules’ kid brother, Doofus…

Doofus worked for the Ancient Greece Post Office delivering scrolls and parcels to his fellow countrymen. His life was pretty ordinary. While his brother was busy slaying the Nemean Lion, Doofus was busy slaying a gyro with steak fries. Such was the life of Doofus. All that changed one day while making a delivery to the Parthenon. He was suddenly confronted by the god Carpenterus in the form of a 2 x 4. “Doofus!” said the deified wooden post, “You must travel to Seriphos Island—there you will find a piece of furniture, a golden buffet, that needs to be returned to Athens. I must warn you that your journey will be fraught with peril. On the island lives four Cyclopes—foul, one-eyed giants who like to eat human flesh. Also, the buffet itself is quite heavy. Not even your brother Hercules could lift it! No pressure but if you fail in this task, Greece’s populous will be turned into Erymanthian rock slugs. Good luck and Zeus-speed.”

Doofus set sail right away and traveled through tumultuous seas for the better part of a month before arriving at Seriphos. The oldest of the Cyclopes saw Doofus’ ship coming from a mile away, hence the phrase “good eye” was coined for someone with sharp vision. When Doofus landed on the island, he was immediately greeted by the uniocular beasts. “Foolish mortal!” they bellowed in unison, “we are going to eat you!” Doofus had only a pocket knife as well as a handful of peanuts—the latter of which he offered to the creatures. Not wishing to be impolite before devouring this measly human, the one-eyed giants ate the peanuts. It is well documented in Greek mythology that Cyclopes have terrible nut allergies. Having not read their own mythology and thus lacking epinephrine pens, they dropped dead on the spot. Phew! Doofus searched the island and discovered the golden buffet, which was made of some sort of immortal substance colored gold but not actually gold itself—“laminate” they called it and it was heavy beyond belief! If only the buffet had wheels or something. An idea hit Doofus like a flash and he pulled out his pocket knife.

He used the eyes of the Cyclopes like roller ball bearings and placed one each under the corners of the buffet. Moving it then became a breeze! Doofus returned to the mainland with the buffet, prevented Greek citizens from being turned into slugs and was promoted to Ancient Greece Post Office Master General. At least that’s how mythology tells the tale. But nothing is mythological about the benefits of the 1″ Roller Ball Bearing (item #: 67060) from Harbor Freight Tools! The roller ball bearing is an essential component to building your own mobile base and rolling work table. The bearing is multidirectional for optimal maneuverability once in use. This handy roller ball bearing is just what you need for constructing moveable surfaces in the home, garage or professional workshop!

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1″ Roller Ball Bearing
item #: 67060