It’s Water a Flower Day!

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

faucet expander

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

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

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

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Get On Your Bikes and Ride!

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Coveting my ride, aren’t you? It’s been with me since ’72, and I still get looks… especially when I do my wicked jumps and wheelies. That’s right, kid, the classics never die.

It’s National Bike Week! Which means… what? It’s time to kick a stand! Get out on the open road, weave around and startle pedestrians, water pistol chasing dogs, you know… good times! So, get your home “bike-friendly” with some  cool deals from Harbor Freight Tools:

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First, the bike’s been sitting there for a long time, the tires are probably low. Forget those ripoff artist gas station bozos who want to charge a buck for some air– air!–here’s a great, little compressor that’ll keep you on the road: The Pittsburgh Automotive 12 Volt, 100 PSI High Volume Air Compressor. You’ll get all the air you need when you need it with this little, high-volume compressor. It’ll fully inflate your bike tires quickly– as well as ATV, mower rider, motorcycle and car– and its lightweight, portable design and handy carry bag make it easy to use at home or store in your vehicle. Features include rubber feet for less vibration, a gearless direct drive for reduced noise, and a cast alloy air pump casing with cooling fins. For only $25.99, you can afford to salute the gas station any way you’d like as you coast by.


bike rack

When in pursuit of distant bike paths (where nobody knows you– who picked out those bike shorts, anyway?), you’ll need a sturdy, reliable bike rack. Harbor Freight’s got a worthy one, a Two-Bike Rack That you Mount to Your Hitch. This type is really the ideal way to get your bike around with ease and safety. This rack includes thermoplastic bike holders with four hook-and-loop straps, and a pinch hitch pin to keep your bikes safe and not bouncing and swaying around like Jack Sparrow in a sword fight. Also, the handy swing-down feature gives hassle-free access to any rear hatch or tailgate. The bike rack will fit both 1-1/4″ and 2″ hitch mount receivers. Just $39.99 at Harbor Freight.

bike taillight

One of the first rules of the road you learn is that the streets are full of boneheads. Which means, it pays to be extra careful and make sure everybody knows you’re there. Be smart and pick up a couple of Red LED Bicycle Taillights for you and your riding companion. This taillight’s got FOUR attention-getting LEDs for high visibility on those crazy roads. The compact light also has three different flashing modes and can adjust up and down 160 degrees. It’s spray resistant and includes two AAA batteries. At $4.99 a pop, I can’t believe I’m still here pitching you.

At the end of the day, when it’s time to stable your stallion, don’t just lean it against the wall– put it away proper, out of the way of clumsy, stumbling feet. Harbor Freight’s got a couple of solutions for that, too:

bicycle lift

 Probably the best return for $8.99 you’ll ever spend on your bike is on the innovative Bicycle Lift at HFT. Using a unique pulley-locking mechanism, the bicycle lift quickly hoists your bike for easy storage, giving you extra space in your garage, apartment or dorm. Mounting hardware and a 46 ft. nylon rope are included, and setting this thing up couldn’t be easier. Perfect for saving your bike from scratches!

bike tree

 Or, if you’ve got a sizable brood to accommodate, check out the nifty Cycle Tree Compact Bike Storage. You can store up to six bikes in only four feet of space! The cycle tree is made of durable, yet lightweight, steel construction and rides on swivel casters for easy maneuverability around the garage. This is the perfect bike storage for every member of the family without taking up a lot space in your garage!  On sale for $39.99 at Harbor Freight.

And don’t forget  to clip your Harbor Freight Tools 20% Off Coupon, where the ridiculous savings get really absurd!

In the meantime, have a great National Bike Week. Have fun, ride smart, be safe… and don’t forget the water pistols!

Harbor Freight Movers Blankets Have You Covered

Moving is tough.  And not just because you’ve got to change your address, forward your mail, find new local restaurants and get your cable/internet hooked back up.  You’ve also got to get your furniture safely moved without damaging or scratching any of it.  When securing furniture (or anything you’re transporting for that matter) mover’s blankets are crucial.  And at Harbor Freight Tools, we’ve got a few different types to choose from which can be useful for a variety of jobs and tasks.  Here’s a quick look at our selection of mover’s blankets and what sets them apart from each other.

First of all, while these blankets are often called mover’s blankets or furniture pads, the usefulness of these items extends far beyond just moving furniture.  Obviously, the main use for mover’s blankets is protecting your furniture or other items when using ratchet straps, tie downs or winch straps.  The pads keep your cargo from being broken or scratched and otherwise just give you some peace of mind when you’re driving that U-Haul and trying to make it through traffic with no rear-view mirror.  Unlike paper pads, mover’s blankets won’t tear during transport and can be used again and again.

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The largest furniture pads you can get at Harbor Freight are 72” x 80”.  Great for securing and protecting larger items, these blankets are also ideal for deadening noise while recording audio.  If you’re recording a song, for example, hanging some of these blankets on the walls will greatly improve acoustics, making your recording clearer.  Also, these pads can adequately silence camera noise when recording on film.  These big blankets are made of a cotton/poly blend with reinforced stitching to maintain strength and longevity for repeated use, also making them good for lying on when working under vehicles.  If you’re looking for something a little smaller, we’ve got that too.  The 60” x 72”, 40” x 72” and 36” x 40” mover’s blankets are equally durable with strong double stitched poly and non-woven fabric.

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Aside from these general purpose mover’s blankets, you could also opt for the camouflage blankets.  Useful for the same tasks as the other blankets, these are also perfect accessories for hunting or covering tools and other items you don’t want to draw any extra attention to.  The camo blankets come in two designs, one the traditional dark green and the other a light green and beige for dustier areas.  Either way, these camouflage mover’s blankets offer great protection and concealment for a variety of items.

As you can see, even if you aren’t in the process of moving, these mover’s blankets have a multitude of uses around the home and garage that will make them well worth the money, especially considering they only cost between $6.99 and $9.99 each.  Even if you only use these blankets just as blankets for spreading out and having a picnic in the park or laying out in the sun, these blankets hold up to repeated use and wear and tear.  Luckily, they come without any wear and tear on your wallet.  So whether you’re moving, about to move or have no intentions of moving anytime soon, these blankets are still versatile items to keep handy!

We Like to Move It, Move It

If there’s such a thing as a downside to accumulating a lot of friends, it’s that sooner or later one of them is going to move. Which means, of course you have to help them. It’s in the, you know, “friend” code. And, guess what? Moving season is upon us! Which means, right now one of your buds is either going through wanderlust, retirement or a sudden career opportunity, and that migratory song is a-callin’. This is where you can be a real friend and recommend they head over to Harbor Freight Tools for moving supplies. From hand trucks and dollies, to ramps and moving blankets, HFT’s got beaucoup gear for the Big Adios. And if you’ve been enlisted in your buddy’s relocating hellride, you’ll want to make sure he’s equipped for a speedy, seamless endeavor. Here are just a few examples of equipment to help them (and you) with the move:

600 lb Dolly 95061For any move or reorganization, this 600 lb. Capacity Haul-Master Hand Truck #95061 is a great dolly to have on hand. It’s the perfect work horse for moving heavy items quickly and easily. High-quality construction with a heavy-gauge beveled toe plate, the hand truck  features smooth-rolling, 10″ pneumatic rubber tires and a P-shaped safety handle, as well as long axle braces, making it easy for climbing stairs. At only $39.99, it’s a great deal for hours of reliable service! Available in-store only.

700 lb Bigfoot Dolly 97568

In the event you find yourself treading over rougher terrain like lawns, dirt or landscape rock, Haul-Master’s also got a rugged 700 lb. Capacity Bigfoot Hand Truck #97568 that’ll make the ride smooth on all terrain. This tough sucker’s got extra large tires made especially for travel over all surfaces. The”bigfoot” dolly has long axle braces for easy stair climbing, heavy gauge toe plate with rounded corners and a beveled front. Heavy duty ball bearing hubs make it suitable for lawn and garden applications as well as moving big items in the factory, shop or warehouse. You can spot this Big Foot for a reasonable $54.99. Also available in-store only.

700 lb Dolly 95909

If rough terrain isn’t your concern, but flat tires are, Haul-Master’s got a 700 lb. Capacity Hand Truck #95909 with solid rubber tires that will keep on rolling regardless of what it rolls over. So, if you’re going over areas notorious for screws, nails or glass, you can transport items up to 700 lbs. safely and quickly, ’cause this heavy duty hand truck features solid rubber tires that can’t go flat, high impact hubs with sealed ball bearings and a powder coat finish for added durability. This dolly is awesome for the big move or daily use in the shop! Just $34.99 at Harbor Freight (in-store only).

 hand truck cover

While picking up your heavy-duty hand truck, keep in mind that, besides boxes n’ stuff, you’ll probably be using it for more fragile stuff like wood furniture,and glass and metal pieces. Just in case, grab yourself one of the Haul-Master Hand Truck Covers #98346, a padded blanket-like cover that easily fits over the top of most round-top hand trucks. It’ll prevent scratches and marring when moving the more delicate stuff, and protect the hand truck when hauling rougher cargo. The hand truck cover is filled with genuine recycled cotton and features hook and loop fasteners to ensure a snug fit on a variety of hand truck styles. For just $5.99, this accessory is a bonafide no-brainer!

Enough about hand trucks, let’s talk ramps. If you guys are loading a truck that doesn’t have one of those slide-out ramps, you sure as heck better get some. For everyone, man.

Harbor Freight’s got a few you might want to look at:

1000 lb steel loading ramps

Whether you’re pushing a stack of boxes, an appliance or a quad, the Haul-Master 1000 Lb. Steel Loading Ramps #44649 will take it all, and then some. These 6-ft. long, 9-inch wide loading ramps let you roll your ATVs, armoires and lawn jockeys up into the vehicle with safety and ease! They can handle up to 1,000 lbs. to be loaded into your truck, van or trailer. No need to put your life on the line with some makeshift plank ramps, my brother. The $59.99 you spend here is a much better investment than anything they’ll charge you at Urgent Care.

1200 lb aluminum ramps

For a little more, Haul-Master’s also got a super-duty 1200 Lb. Capacity Convertible Aluminum Loading Ramp #94057 that takes loading to the next level– it’s TWO ramps in one! Just the right balance of weight and strength, this loading ramp is made of durable yet lightweight aluminum with a ridged platform and 2-3/4″ side railings for safety. Detach the center hinge and one 1200 lb. capacity ramp quickly becomes two 6 ft., 600 lb. capacity ramps. It can also fold in half for easier storage or transportation to the next destination, and comes with safety chains to tighten and secure the ramp when hauling something heavy and unwieldy It also serves as a great way to transport your log splitter of snow blower to other locations. A great deal at $137.99, this aluminum foldable loading ramp pays for itself in the first move!

tie downs ratchet

Finally, when moving and loading, make sure you keep plenty of tie-down straps on hand. Harbor Freight’s wildly popular Haul-Master 4-Pack of 1-inch x 15-ft Ratcheting Tie Down Straps #90984 are one of the best deals around. Each one of the tie down straps can adjust from 4 ft. to a max of 15 ft. The durable polyester ratchet straps can handle working loads of up to 400 lbs.! Features include automatic ratcheting lock action and a quick-release button to quickly secure and free your loads. A great tie down set for pick-up trucks and semis to clamp down on their hauls, too. At $12.99 per pack of 4, you’re going to want to get a few.

Heck, if you want to be a REALLY good friend, go to Harbor Freight yourself, since everything’s so affordable, and bring the moving supplies with you!  ‘Course, that means you get first dibs using it, right?

 

Taming the Tool Cart

I was puttering around the house last Saturday, when I heard my wife in the other room suddenly burst out, “That’s CUTE!” I assumed she found another pair of shoes or a purse on sale, or maybe one of those Cape Cod beach houses only a Kennedy could afford. But then she hurried in, gripping an old magazine (she keeps them for years– last week I found a Look magazine with Mamie Eisenhower on the cover).

“Isn’t that CUTE??!” she asked (rhetorically, I hoped), holding the mag open in my face. And there it was…

Tool Cart for the Home

In their June 2012 issue, Better Homes & Gardens featured the U.S. General 350 lb. Locking Drawer Tool Cart #90248 as an addition for a home organization project:

“A tool cart is a good home for bulky items, plus you can use it as a service station or bar.”

Not to mention that it’s a good-looking and affordable alternative to organizers at those shi-shi “home” stores. Here’s another great example where someone used it as a bar cart:

Tool Cart Bar Cart

 

It’d probably make a dandy arts n’ crafts cart, too. I also noticed the tool cart’s on sale this month for just $74.99. A pretty good deal.

Huh… using a Harbor Freight tool cart for kitchen design, or a design idea for any room in the house. I get it.

And the wife got it.

Truckin’ Magazine Review: Socket Tray Organizers

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“Ever need a 10mm socket and opened your toolbox only to find a sea of  random sockets rolling around in complete chaos?”

Uh, yeah, like every weekend! And in the May 2013 issue of Truckin’The World’s Leading Truck Publication – they tackle this very subject, pitting Harbor Freight Tools’ Pittsburgh 3 Piece SAE (#68100)  and 3 Piece Metric Socket Tray/Organizers (#68102) against the other guys.

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Pittsburgh SAE Socket Organizer

socket organizer METRIC

Pittsburgh Metric Socket Organizer

The 3-piece socket organizer fits nicely in your tool chest, and will fit most socket designs, including both regular and deep wall sockets. Holders for 1/4″, 3/8” and 1/2″ drives are also included on both the SAE and metric trays. Each 3-piece set sells for an incredibly low $7.99 and will service your needs for a lifetime!

So, what did Truckin’ magazine have to say about the Pittsburgh socket tray organizers? Good stuff, of course!

“Purchased locally from Harbor Freight, the Pittsburgh three-piece organizers were easy to read, easy to handle and accommodated a total of 168 sockets, placing it in a tie for third-highest capacity. Large impact sockets fit with no issues, the organizers feature a lifetime warranty, and both SAE and Metric sizes only put us out of pocket for $15.98– an incredible value. Overall, for weekend warriors or lifetime mechanics, the Pittsburgh socket tray/organizer is certified Truckin Tough.”

Harbor Freight customers who have already bought these trays, love them!

“I use these at home along with the metric set in my tool chest to organize my socket. The price of these is incredible when you compare it to any of the alternatives that allow you to stand up your sockets vertically. They’re built well, marked well, and do the job perfectly. Great buy!”  Big Al – Ottowa, ON

“Accomplishes the same thing as other socket trays at a much lower price. They work great in the top of a tool chest or in a deep drawer… I have several sets that I use for standard/impact, 6pt/12pt, etc. and I highly recommend them.”  Isaac – Pella, IA

“I am by no means a mechanic, but I love my tools and try to take care of them. My wife got a Habor Freight magazine and she found the above-shown socket organizers. She bought them for me and I have to say I’m very happy with the price and quality. These socket organizers are made with thicker plastic post for your sockets and the trays are more sturdy than the “high end” brands… trust me, for the price you can’t go wrong.”  Scooter – Chowchilla, CA

To read the entire “Socket Organizer Shootout” article, pick up your copy of the May 2013 Truckin’ magazine!

 

Harbor Freight’s Hot for Teacher

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In Thailand,  students honor their teachers with extravagant flower arrangements and traditional dance performances.  In South Korea, teachers get carnations from students and former students, alike. In Estonia-, where my dad’s family comes from, the students give their teachers the day off and teach each other (I’m sure, given the chance, American kids would make every day Estonian Teachers Day).

But in the US we have no rituals or ceremonies for National Teacher Appreciation Day, and if you ask me, that stinks. Some of my teachers were my greatest cheerleaders, extended parents and even friends.

So, allow me to make a suggestion. Take a trip to Harbor Freight Tools and pick out something for your kid’s teacher, letting them know how much you AND your kid really appreciate them. If the teacher’s female, the 12″ Revolving Four Tray Bin is the perfect choice. This fun, spinning bin gives plenty of storage without taking up much room, so it’s perfect for a teacher with lots of doodads and limited space! Each tray contains divided storage spaces to hold stuff like scissors, paper clips, erasers, white-out bottles, etc. Or, if she’s into doing crafts or scrapbooking in her spare time, she’ll REALLY love it! The tray stands 18” high and features ball bearing glide and a tough black enamel finish. At just $19.99, you’re not going to find a better gift for the money.

If you want to add a personal touch, try the idea posted by Jennifer Ciriano, where she wrapped magnetic tape around the sides and decorated it with buttons!

Spinner Rack with Flair

Or, check out Natasha Hensel’s creative ideas, shared on her YouTube video:

Of course, that isn’t to say your guy teachers wouldn’t like the revolving bin, too. I mean, truth be told, it was originally made for the workshop, for nuts, bolts, washers, and other little parts and pieces. However, if yo’d rather have an alternative idea for “Mr. Whatshisface,” then you can’t go wrong with the Drillmaster 18V Cordless 3/8″ Drill/Driver and Flashlight Kit– now on sale for $19.99 when you use the coupon on THIS PAGE!

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So, if you want to give a big “THANK YOU” to the teacher, say it with a revolving bin or cordless drill-flashlight combo from Harbor Freight. It’s better than a hug, and your kid won’t get sent home.

Grand Opening in Auburndale, FL!

May 6, 2013 – Harbor Freight Tools continues to build stores across the US, providing great tools for low prices at new, convenient locations. They’re opening with unprecedented frequency– despite the tough economic times– and there’s no slowing in sight!  This Wednesday, May 8, at 8:00 a.m., the doors will swing wide at the newest Harbor Freight Tools location– this time in Auburndale, FL!

“”We’re thrilled to open the 28th Harbor Freight Tools store in the state of Florida, and proud to be a member of the Auburndale community,” said Eric Smidt, President of Harbor Freight Tools. “Our customers can always count on finding the largest selection of quality tools at ridiculously low prices, and know they will always get the best value for their money. In today’s cost-conscious times, Harbor Freight offers a necessary alternative to the ‘big box’ retailers that push high-priced brands with little attention paid to customer needs and service.”

The Auburndale store, located at 435 Havendale Blvd., in the Imperial Plaza Shopping Center, will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9:30am, hosted by The Auburndale Chamber of Commerce.

“The Auburndale Chamber of Commerce and the City of Auburndale is proud to announce and welcome one of Auburndale’s newest members to our community, Harbor Freight Tools,” says Joy Pruitt, Executive Director of the Auburndale Chamber of Commerce. “It is through partnerships with companies such as Harbor Freight Tools that pave the way for growth and a dynamic future for our city. We look forward to a long and lasting partnership with Harbor Freight Tools. We are excited to have them in the Auburndale Community and wish them much success.”

Harbor Freight Tools is a popular favorite of contractors, government agencies, schools, fundraisers, and industrial and auto shops, as well as tool enthusiasts and DIYers looking for deals on a good selection of tools.

The exciting Indy store grand opening celebration will feature huge discounts at up to 80% off. Come browse the enormous selection of quality tools and hardware, take advantage of the incredible specials, or just come by and say “hello!”

Store hours are MON-SAT 8:00AM-9:00PM and SUN 9:00AM-6:00PM.

See you there!

Dear Mom: For Your Special Day

Oh. Mom, you really do it all– and we’d do anything for you!

❤  We’d reach into a honey badger’s den to fetch your cell phone.

❤  We’d take you to a Nicholas Sparks movie when (not ‘if’) Dad is suddenly struck with a mysterious bug.

❤  We’d do your shopping and even pick up the stuff you get in the aisle with all those pink boxes.

❤  We’d tell you we love the Tuna Helper, made with spreadable meat ’cause you were out of tuna. Every time.

❤  We’d even re-enact our kindergarten performance of “I’m a Little Teapot” for you and your friends at the church ladies’ luncheon.

❤  But, most of all… we’d go to Harbor Freight Tools for you!

What do you have planned for your mom this year? Nuts n’ chews??!  Actually, that’s not bad… but it’s not enough! Head out to your local Harbor Freight and take advantage of great deals geared for Mom’s special day. Click the image below and see what we’re talking about!

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