17 Ways to Make a Shelter from a Tarp

camo tarp

Tarps are lightweight and provide a myriad of functions. However, in a survival situation, a tarp could literally mean the difference between life and death.

American Survival Guide recently published an article in their Dec. ’14 issue entitled A Roof of Polypropylene – 17 Ways to Make a Shelter from a Tarp (click on the title to read the article) As the title implies, the article provides 17 illustrated tarp set-ups with easy-to-follow instructions plus “Tarp Tricks” and “What Not to Dos”. If you spend any time hiking, backpacking or on any other activity that may put you in a survival situation, click on the story link above.

And don’t forget  to check out Harbor Freight’s complete selection of tarps available at all of Harbor Freight’s 500+ stores!

 

GREAT FOR WORKING IN DIM LIGHTING, CLOSED SPACES AND TOMB EXCAVATION

King Tutankhamun’s tomb laid undiscovered for over 3000 years. In November of 1922, under the sponsorship of Lord Carnarvon, Howard Carter discovered the tomb in the Valley of the Kings. Personally, with the area being called “Valley of the Kings”, that’s the first place I would have looked for “King” Tut… Valley of the Ox Carts? Probably not. Truth be told, it probably took so long to find King Tut’s tomb because archeologists didn’t have the Swivel Lens Headlamp (Item #: 45807) from Harbor Freight Tools!

The lightweight headlamp allows the user to work hands free without neck strain while the swivel lens can be adjusted 90 degrees up or down to light up any project. It also features an easy on/off button and is waterproof for use outdoors. For plumbing, electrical work or a myriad of other projects, the Swivel Lens Headlamp is indispensable! But don’t be fooled by imitations on the market—Harbor Freight’s Swivel Lens Headlamp is the only one that features anti-curse technology. Try excavating a forbidden tomb with another swivel lens and you could wake up one morning with the head of jackal and the body of a scarab beetle. And you think your dating life sucks now…

Swivel Lens Headlamp
item#: 45807

10 Customer Reviews Of Harbor Freight Products That Might Surprise You

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As is always the case, this coming weekend’s Parking Lot Sale– our January Blowout– is garnering a lot of interest, particularly from those who are looking to add to their shop and garage for the coming year. Customers will find a number of products on sale that they’re familiar with (maybe some not so much) and have already formed opinions about. However, since there’s nothing like getting it from the horse’s mouth, here are ten customer reviews for products that will be among those on sale, some of which may persuade you in ways you didn’t expect (Note: prices on the individual product pages will reflect the PLS during its run. To see PLS prices now, click on the above image):

 

tool cart 4 door black

U.S. General 26-in. 4-Drawer 580 lb. Capacity Glossy Black Roller Cart

Bought this box two years ago and work out of it almost daily. I use the heck out of this thing and it rides in the back of our box truck work truck strapped in everywhere we go. It is loaded to the max and the wheels and drawers have never failed, and I cannot believe how much stuff I can fit in this box. With four longer carriage bolts you can bolt a 2×4 wood bumper across the back just under the lid and the height elevation lines up perfectly for the lower E-track strap system inside most commercial trucks and trailers. This is a great tool box, worth five times as much in my opinion. Cant go wrong with this.”  B. Hill – Cameron Park, CA

 

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Pittsburgh Motorcycle 1000 lb. Capacity Motorcycle Lift

I have own this lift for a year and love it! I lift my Harley Davidson Street Glide and Soft Tail with with no problem. Also, a couple of my friend’s Ultra Classics. I’ve used it for maintenance, and repair on my bikes. This lift has saved me a lot of cash and allows me to do all my own bike services. Not to mention all that free beer my buddies bring over to use my lift! Read all the info that comes with it. It will tell you to put hyd. oil in the lift. I’ve left bikes on it for weeks at a time and it holds firmly. Yes it’s heavy, but it works great.”  USMCVet – AZ

 

90 amp flux wire welder

Chicago Electric Welding 90 Amp-AC, 120 Volt, Flux Cored Welder

I have a nice Hobart MIG, but it’s heavy and requires 240V. I bought this welder for welding in areas I don’t have 240V, but since I bought it, the Hobart has barely been touched. This welder is light, works great, and could not be more convenient. I’ve had it for a year or so, and it’s been dragged to races, and probably has ten or so hours of welding on it. It hasn’t missed a beat. If it died tomorrow, I’d happily go buy another one without complaint. I’ve done a fair amount with it… made a coffee table out of wrought iron, made a pit-cart, and swapped the entire body of a Toyota Pickup onto a Mercedes. It’s gotten some use, needless to say. It lays down nice welds for flux-core, and while it probably won’t last forever, the quality is surprisingly good. Gun feels a little flimsy and can get hot, but it’s never really bothered me. It’s one of my favorite HF purchases. Also, they include a full spool of wire, which impressed me.”  Ted – Spartanburg, SC

 

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Chicago Electric Welding Cabinet

I own and run a busy sculptural blacksmith shop and now have 3 of these carts. I have my MIG, Tig and Plasma cutter on each cart and I use them everyday. I love the working height of these carts and that they have well-built heavy drawers for storing tools and consumables. I am very hard on my equipment and tend to overload my carts with no problems. My work are is now cleaner and more organized.This cart is mostly assembled.You have to screw on wheels,casters, handle, tanks brackets and hose hooks. This took me about 15 minutes on the first cart and maybe 10 minutes on the other two.”  Bender Dave – Maine

 

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Chicago Electric 10-in. 2.5 HP Tile/Brick Saw

I am a patio installation professional, but I was working on a multifaceted concrete paver project on my own home. I wanted a low-cost saw that I could use exclusively for this purpose without slowing my crews down by borrowing their tools. One thing that I learned: this saw specifically states in the product manual that it is to be used with a CONTINUOUS RIM diamond blade, not segmented. However, I had already purchased a segmented diamond blade and it worked fine to cut my pavers.

I performed approximately 100 linear ft. of paver cuts on the first project, then another 50 linear ft. on the second project. Initially, the saw started up fine. This saw has a 15 amp draw, so make sure you size your extension cord properly as to not blow a fuse or trip a breaker. I used a 12-gauge 25′ extension cord to be safe. The pump worked great. I took special care to properly clean the pump and saw surface after each use. Plenty of power, smooth swift cuts that look great upon completion. Sliding guide plate was properly adjusted to make straight cuts, and saw arm can be used in a fixed or downward motion. Did many angled cuts. Used it on 2 3/8″ pavers and 4″ block, no problem.

In my experience a pump needs to be properly cleaned and no allowed to freeze or dry up after each use. I stored my pump in a bucket of water at room temperature between used and had no issues. Also, keep your slurry water changed regularly as to avoid it binding up your pump.

Next project planned is a tile project in bathrooms/kitchen. Most reviews say it works great. I am also planning to go ahead and buy the stand, as it will be more convenient.

I have owned and used many different wet saws during my career and one thing is for sure: these saws take a beating with brick dust, vibration, loading/unloading, etc. It’s my opinion that it’s ridiculous to invest $1k in a saw that lasts just as long as this one. I recommend this product to the novice because it’s safe if procedures are followed, and to the beginning professional who has knowledge enough to appreciate a good value on site.”  XMark – Indianapolis, IN

 

12K winch

Badlands 12000 lb. Off-Road Vehicle Electric Winch with Automatic Load-Holding Brake

I just used this with the HF hitch mount receiver. I pulled my 2500HD with 8-ft plow out from being buried in heavy snow to the frame on an incline (I was pulling UP hill!). I used a winch block to gain some extra pull, but the winch and mount had NO problems moving the truck. I attempted to pull the truck with other trucks and a loader with no luck. I couldn’t believe how easy it moved. I have used other name brand winches in the past, and yes they are faster and have a longer duty cycle (which I exceeded with the HF and had no signs of motor overheating) but they do come with a HEFTY price tag that I will no longer justify. If you don’t need it or use it everyday, you can’t afford NOT to buy this. Really, it would have cost me a few hundred for a tow. Overall its great product and well worth the money.”  Sierra – CT

 

 8750-7000 watt generator
Predator 8750 Peak/7000 Running Watts, 13 HP (420cc) Generator EPA III

I bought the generator because my uncle has this one,, and he swears by it..Sure enough this bad boy powers the house …I have the fridge ,, upright freezer,, central air,, big screen tv,,, electric water heater ,, ADT…and it runs it all.(.Dont get crazy ,, but run the essentials)..Just have an electrician wire it up 30amp style to your electric pannel , and your golden..I did load it a little heave once and it threw the breaker on the generator,, but I just pushed the button to reset and we were rolling again..Easy pull start too,, buy a battery , and it just starts with the push of a button..also buy the wheel kit,, , you will need it to move it around.”  Not-in-the-Dark, Crossville, TN

 

6.5 gas engine

 Predator 6.5 HP (212cc) OHV Horizontal Shaft Gas Engine EPA

 I put this motor on my roto-tiller last year and wanted to get a full year of service before writing a review. ‘Awesome’ is the word that comes to mind. WHAT AN EASY INSTALL!!! Fell right into the mounting bolts. The motor is easy to start and control, the most dependable I have ever used. Fuel use is great and it is pretty quiet for a 6 HP motor. I am buying another just to have a spare for any other projects that come up. Thanks, Harbor Freight, for a good price on a great product!”  Garden Man – Swedesboro, NJ

 

IR Temperature Gun

Cen-Tech Non-Contact Infrared Thermometer With Laser Targeting

I bought mine years ago to monitor the oil temperature in my turkey fryer, and it worked great! Then I used it to monitor the temp of my parts while powder coating (350 – 450 degrees), and it works great for that too. On performance engines with individual exhaust runners, I use it to spot a rich or lean cylinder. If you have a Weber kettle BBQ grill, it works good to monitor the cooking temp.”  Curt – IL

 

3-in-1 jump starter

Cen-Tech 3-in-1 Jump Starter and Power Supply

I bought this in the winter of 2005, and it has been a life saver every year. I don’t know how it has lasted as long as it has, but I plug it in for recharge any time I use it and just keep it in my truck the rest of the time. I have helped dozens of other drivers along the way as well as myself at each year among the 4 cars we own. This is going on 7 years, and I just used it again this morning, and it still charges to over 14 volts, and it will still crank a 350 over and over. I plugged a USB DC outlet into the jump starter to see if i could charge my phone with it and it worked.Get one!”  chefrick – CT

Let This Shop Crane Do the Heavy Lifting…

Whether you need a general shop crane or an engine hoist for your garage, the 1 Ton Capacity Foldable Shop Crane (Item #: 69512) gives you the power and convenience you need in a lifting tool. Easily adjustable, smoothly maneuverable, and a breeze to use, this shop crane from Harbor Freight Tools is a must-have for anyone lifting heavy equipment up to 2,000 lbs. Even if you pride yourself on your own personal strength and powerlifting abilities, no one will think less of you for having a reliable lifting tool for some occasional assistance. In fact, people will be impressed at your foresight and humility. Not to mention, your impressive frugality for spending just $179.99 on an item that retails for double that elsewhere!

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When it’s in use, this shop crane is the center of attention in any shop or garage, handling the heavy lifting with ease. Smooth-rolling double bearing casters let you get the tool into the best location for the job, no matter if it’s in the shop, the driveway, or the backyard. And when the job is done, the crane folds away for even easier storage so it’s out of the way until you need it again. But, we won’t judge you for wanting to leave this awesome shop crane out in the open, just so the neighbors can see it.

“I picked this up with an amazing price to pull the engine out of my MGB. I took it home in two boxes and put it together in less than an hour. I added a bit of extra jack oil and bled it as directed in the instructions, not sure if that was needed or not. In any case, the ram worked very well and held the engine up overnight when I needed to interrupt the project. Due to the position of the engine in the car, I needed to set the crane up at the longer, 1/4 ton position. No problems lifting the near 500lb engine and transmission combo out of the car. The legs squeezed between the front wheels and under the front spoiler, even with the rear end jacked up. I’m also very happy with how tightly this crane folds up and out of the way. It’s not a tool I’ll use every day, so it’s nice that it is easy to store without taking up too much space. This is a great product that does what it’s supposed to do at a great price!” – by Brian from Colorado

Amazing price + No problems = Very happy. Well put, Brian.

“I bought this because I had 5 very large bushes to remove from my property that were in a tight spot. I used this and Item#44847 to pop them right out of the ground after seeing a video of it online. Worked like a charm and in about 2 hours I had them all out… I was covered head to toe in dirt but it was well worth it!” – by Troyallen from Chicago, IL

That’s right. This crane isn’t just for lifting engines. There is a wide array of lifting, hoisting, and pulling jobs this crane can handle safely and efficiently. With an included ram, chain, and hook, you’ll have everything you need to get started on your own lifting jobs right away. And with this awesome item from Harbor Freight, you’ll be finished just as fast!

THEY’RE ALSO GOOD FOR COOKING…

4 Piece Stainless Steel Stock Pot Set

Of course these stainless steel pots are exceptionally functional for the home cook! And yes, the set includes 6, 8, 12 and 16 quart pots with a mirror finish and matching stainless steel lids, ideal for making soups, stews, pasta and more. But that’s secondary to the “real” reason why you’ll want these pots—to ring in the New Year! Come midnight, you’re going to need something that makes noise… a lot of it! Pull out cookware with their fancy smancy non-stock Teflon coatings or French enameled layers and you might as well bang a pillow against a bean bag chair. Now, for the kind of clatter that would wake the dead, look no further than the 4 Piece Stainless Steel Stock Pot Set (item #: 94829) from Harbor Freight Tools!

The stainless steel in these pots is made from chromium and nickel recycled from car horns and flash grenades. As the alloy begins to set, a team of veteran mother-in-laws yells at the steel, trapping a latent resonant sound wave that exponentially unleashes stored up volume during the kinetic action of banging a matching lid or pot against it. The effect is an ear-piercing metallic “BANG” that will not only ring in the New Year, but temporarily deafen anyone within a quarter-mile radius! And after January 1st, 2015, 12:01 am, you can use one of your deluxe stainless steel noise makers to heat up a batch of chili and play charades—since no one will be able to hear what you’re saying for a while anyway…

4 Piece Stainless Steel Stock Pot Set
item#: 94829

 

The Right Shop Light Makes All the Difference

Even the setting sun can no longer force you to stop working! With the Portable Halogen Shop Light (Item #: 66433), you can work long into the night with optimal visibility in nearly any environment. Sure, it works just as well inside your shop or garage while you’re finishing a metalworking project or working under the hood of your car, but this lightweight and portable shop light is ideal for the outdoors when there are no light sources available as well. For just $11.99, you can take high-powered illumination with you to the job site, the camp site, or any site within sight of an electrical outlet!

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The Portable Halogen Shop Light from Harbor Freight Tools delivers 500 watts of bright light to your workspace when handling a variety of jobs. Indoors or outdoors, this item is easily adjustable to 180 degrees so you can achieve the ideal lighting positon while painting, plumbing, remodeling, and more. Featuring a steel protector grill around a tempered glass lens, the shop light is shatter-resistant as well as water resistant to ensure a long shelf life. But, if you work frequently, this convenient tool won’t be on the shelf very often. Just take it by the carrying handle (complete with foam comfort grip, of course) and take it along as part of your tool kit. Because you never know when you’ll need to shed some extra light on the situation!

HO! HO! BACK HO!—IT’S THE TOWABLE RIDE-ON TRENCHER FROM HARBOR FREIGHT TOOLS!

Towable Ride-On Trencher

We received a request from Edna Lebronowitz, Harbor Freight customer and resident of Boar Tush, Alabama. She recalled last year’s holiday post about our trencher and requested a reposting. But do you recall, the most famous trencher of them all?

 

Hey gang, looking for the perfect gift for that hard-to-shop-for person? Harbor Freight has it, the Towable Ride-On Trencher (item: 65162)! It comes with a hitch coupler for hooking up the trencher to your pickup truck. Plus, it’s the perfect stocking stuffer, provided the stocking is at least 12 ft. long by 6 ft. in diameter. Now, we all know the story of Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer, but few know the song was originally taken from another song entirely which was based on a true story—Rudolf the Towable Ride-On Trencher. And it goes something like this:

You know hack saws and hammers, wrenches and files, power drills and punches to give leather some style, but do you recall, the greatest trencher of them all…

Rudolf, the Towable Ride-On Trencher

Had a 2.7 GPM hydraulic pump

Also a padded comfort seat

To fit any operator’s rump

 

All of the other farmers

Used to dig their trenches by hand

They didn’t have a boom that travels 60 degrees both directions

To dig trenches across their land

 

Then one soggy growing season

The farmers came to say

Rudolf with your 12” DOT certified wheels

Dig a drainage trench and we’ll make you a deal

 

Then how the farmers loved him

As the 3-tooth bucket dug up to 7 ft. deep

The trench drained off the flooded fields

The crops were saved so they could be reaped!

(As a side note, the “deal” the farmers made with Rudolf was 10% profit sharing for that season, which he used to invest in annuities and lived happily ever after.)

 

Towable Ride-On Trencher
item #: 65162
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A Complete Paint Sprayer Kit – Just Add Paint!

Got a big painting job to tackle? If so, then the tool has to match the task and when you’re faced with a big weekend project, you need a paint sprayer that is prepared to get the job done. If you want to be prepared for just about anything, then it’s imperative that you pick up the 5/8 Horsepower Airless Paint Sprayer Kit (Item #: 60600) from Harbor Freight Tools! This versatile kit includes everything required to get started on big painting projects like decks, ceilings, door frames, walls, and more! All you need to do is just add the paint.

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The best part about this Paint Sprayer Kit is that it’s airless. That means no air compressor is necessary to operate the tool! The piston pumps do the pumping all on their own at 1000 to 3000 PSI when pumping paint directly from a 1 or 5 gallon bucket of paint. That means you’ve got one less thing to worry about when you’re focused on finishing the job. And thanks to this lightweight model, you’ll still be able to easily take the sprayer to wherever you need it for optimal performance and ultimate convenience.

“I paint many rental properties and I bought this when my paint sprayer (that I paid more than twice for) died after 9 months of use. I am much happier with the way this one works and it is easier to clean up after the job is done. I have already done 3 houses with it in less than a month and am very satisfied! It is a little tricky getting the last of the paint out of a 5 gallon bucket but I just added a little pick up hose extension and the problem is fixed!” – by jimmyzip from Youngstown, OH

“I purchased this unit then it sat for a long time until I had a chance to use it. I finally got it out the other day and used it to paint a large shed made of rough cut lumber. I can’t say enough good things about how well this unit worked! In less than two hours I had the entire inside and outside painted and had used the entire 5 gallon bucket of paint. I did take my time cleaning the unit, including adding oil to the pump, so that it would be ready for the next use. Overall a great experience!” – by Mikekan from Aberdeen, NC

Whether you’re a professional or an avid do-it-yourselfer, this awesome 5/8 Horsepower Airless Paint Sprayer Kit is the perfect tool for taking care of big jobs in a short time. And at just $199.99, you’ll still have money left over to stock up on paint too. Of course, as Mikekan from Aberdeen, NC, stated, you’ll want to be sure to clean out the unit after using it to keep it in ideal working condition and ready for the next big task. But as long as you take care of this high quality paint sprayer kit, it’ll take care of your big painting projects for years to come!

AN OLD FAVORITE FOR THE NEW HOLIDAYS

Bigfoot Panel Wagon

The holidays—such a wonderful time of the year! The only thing that rivals the happiness of the holidays are the memories of holidays past. And gifts certainly don’t hurt the rankings either way. Today, kids ask for the latest electronic gadgets: cell phones, tablets, video game consoles… but sometimes the old nostalgic favorites resonate with the new generation. Take the Bigfoot Panel Wagon (Item #: 60570) for example. My six-year-old niece wants one, badly. So, I thought I’d let her write about it. Take it away, Natalie…

Um, yeah, I, um, want the Bigfoot Panel Wagon, yeah. It’s really great and fun and I want it. I WANT IT! And if I don’t get it, I’ll tell Mommy that I heard Daddy on, um, his cell phone betting money on football games! And if Mommy, um, yeah, um doesn’t get it for me, then I’m going to tell Daddy that Mommy bought herself a new blazer from Anthropologie and it wasn’t on sale. I really want the Bigfoot Panel Wagon. It’s really neat and it’s got, um, 10-inch pneumonia tires (she meant to say pneumatic tires) and a red powder-coat finish to get rid of cists and dust (she meant to say resists rust). It’s got cool wood panels and it can go over any kind of terrain and ground and stuff and I want it. I WANT IT!

Bigfoot Panel Wagon
Item: 60570

Scrape Away Your Gift Buying Worries With the Air Needle Scaler!

The versatile and incredibly easy-to-use Air Needle Scaler (Item #: 1108) from Harbor Freight Tools may not seem like the perfect stocking stuffer but you’d be amazed at just how much this handy item can get done. The 19 hardened steel needles featured on the scaler give you the ability to power off scale, rust, paint, cement, sealer and more from hard, durable or even irregular surfaces to handle a variety of projects! With the pneumatic needle scaler attached to your air compressor, it essentially does the work for you. All you have to do is hold the Air Needle Scaler at the desired angle and watch as the needles quickly scour the surface to a clean and smooth finish. No matter what the task may be, this needle scaler is designed to get the work done fast without damaging your work piece.

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Generating up to 4600 BPMs with three different settings, this pneumatic scaler handles tough jobs like cleaning rust off equipment or detailing hobby work. The Air Needle Scaler is easily adjustable to fit each of these different applications. Whether you need extra power or fine precision, this scouring tool is sure to become your go-to for rust and residue removal. And while the Air Needle Scaler is built to last, you can always pick up a 19 Piece Needle Scaler Replacement Set (Item #: 1109) for $9.99, just in case.

“We bought this on ‘super sale’ without knowing what we’d use it for and didn’t realize what a versatile tool it is. We now use it to clean up slag and flux from welding operations, remove paint and rust from areas that are inaccessible with a rotary tool, remove mortar from used bricks and clean lime scale off plumbing fixtures… we find new uses for this tool all the time. It is noisy and uses a lot of compressed air to operate but it’s a real time saver on many jobs.” – by Carla F. from Oregon

“I bought this today to save time and keep dust down. It did that surprisingly well. I am a welder and this current job is cleaning rust buildup on 96 sets of C channel stair stringers. It works well if your compressor is up to par.” – by Alar from Colorado

At just $54.99, the Air Needle Scaler is easy to add into your tool kit or to pick up as a gift, so even if you’ve had to scale back your tool budget, Harbor Freight has you covered! You’ll be hard pressed to find an air needle scaler of this quality for a better price anywhere.