Five Must-Have Cosplay Emergency Repair Kit Items from Harbor Freight Tools

Intricate Cosplay Costume

You’ve put countless hours into your cosplay costume and it looks great! You arrive at the event only to find that a tentacle has come loose or your armor is becoming unhinged… It’s a cosplayer’s nightmare but all is not lost if you’re prepared. Here are five must-have items for your cosplay emergency repair kit from Harbor Freight Tools.

 

Industrial Strength Super Glue

  1. Super Glue

Super glue is the go-to for bonding foam, plastic, metal and more. Harbor Freight’s Industrial Strength Super Glue (item #: 68347) bonds materials in just 30 seconds and won’t drip or run. When your costume is literally falling apart, fix it quick with super glue!

 

Multipurpose Scissors

  1. Scissors

Getting rid of loose threads or taking care of some last-minute wig trims? A good pair of scissors will do the trick! Harbor Freight’s Multipurpose Scissors (item #: 47877) feature durable PVC handles, heat-treated stainless steel blades and serrated edges to help accurately cut through a variety of materials.

 

160 Piece Sewing Kit

  1. Sewing Kit

A good sewing kit is mandatory when putting together an emergency cosplay repair kit! It’s so easy for your costume to get snagged on a car door… or another cosplayer for that matter! Harbor Freight’s 160 Piece Sewing Repair Kit (item #: 95777) has everything you need to make short work of fabric repairs. The kit comes with standard sewing supplies, including needles, pins, buttons, snaps and a plethora of different colored threads. Though it comes in a beautiful solid wood box, the kit also includes a high impact storage box so you can just consolidate the specific items that you may need to fix your particular costume.

 

Quick Stitch Sewing Awl

  1. Sewing Awl

Here’s an item that you won’t see on other recommended cosplay repair kit lists but one you should definitely consider—the Quick Stitch Sewing Awl (item #: 91812). This sewing awl is ideal for repairing leather and canvas items. It comes with four durable needles and 180 yards of heavy duty polyester thread. Please do not attempt to repair items while wearing them! Repairing leather or canvas is one thing. Repairing human flesh? Quite another…

 

8 in. Black Cable Ties 100 Pk

  1. Zip Ties

Fix a costume or prop in mere seconds with zip ties. Harbor Freight offers a variety of zip/cable ties but you can always start with the tried and true 8 in. Black Cable Ties 100 Pk. Each tie has a 58 lb. working load with a maximum loop diameter of 2 inches. They’re made from durable UL66 DuPont nylon material and for you regulation sticklers, they meet UL flammability 94 v.2 standards—thank goodness for that!

Now that you have your five items, you’re going to want something to put them in. Try the compact and lightweight 12″ Polypropylene Toolbox (item #: 96602) from Harbor Freight. It has easy-access top compartments with transparent lids and a durable lift-out tote tray. The toolbox is made from rugged polypropylene that won’t dent or rust and also features a heavy-duty lockable latch.

12 In Polypropylene Toolbox

 

That’s just five items (technically six with the toolbox) to get your started. Check out a Harbor Freight store near you or the website and let us know what items you’d include in your cosplay emergency repair kit!

Remember that Harbor Freight Tools carries a wide variety of materials not only for cosplay repair but for putting together your costumes in the first place! In case you missed them, check out TOP 10 MUST-HAVE COSPLAY TOOLS/ACCESSORIES FROM HARBOR FREIGHT TOOLS and ANOTHER 10 MUST-HAVE COSPLAY TOOLS/ACCESSORIES FROM HARBOR FREIGHT TOOLS.

Happy cosplaying!

Upgrade Your Lawn Mower with the 5.5 HP Predator Engine!

If your mower is on its last legs, you don’t have to throw the whole thing away! You can take your lawn mower to the next level with a 5.5 HP (173cc) OHV Vertical Shaft Gas Engine (Item #: 69731) and even save some money in the process. With this high-powered replacement engine installed, your mower will cut like new so you can handle your yard work with ease.

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This Predator engine model is designed specifically for lawn mowers with upgraded engineering and gas-saving overhead valves that provide cool, clean performance in even the dirtiest of lawns. No more endless non-starting, or smoky emissions while mowing! And best of all, it’s easy to mount to your mower in a snap so you can get to work right away. Durable, easy to use, and reliable, the 5.5 HP Predator engine is the cost-effective solution to your lawn mower woes. Just ask a few satisfied customers:

“I cut grass and mixed a few leaves with no problem. This motor has the power to get the job done. Only take a couple of pulls to start and it kicked butt. Not heavy either; therefore, you can pick it up easily if necessary. The throttle system actually works too unlike some motors I’ve purchased in the past. Ability to use ethanol 10% is a plus as well.” – by Mason from Baton Rouge, LA

“My original mower had multiple issues after several years of use. A choice between a new mower or an engine was easy to make, especially with a 20% off discount. Filled with oil and gas and the engine started on the third pull. Runs smoothly and I did not notice any motor stutter as I plowed through some deep grass that would have been a struggle with the old motor.” – by LRoy the Tool Collector from Torrance

“This well-designed, well-built engine was a direct replacement to the Tecumseh on my Yard Machine mower. (5 minute INSTALL)! The cables took less than a minute to connect, Snap! This upgrade saved me $200.00 towards a new mower that I instead applied to hobby money…” – by Bladerunner from Washington

The 5.5 HP Predator Engine is just one of many that Harbor Freight carries in a variety of displacements for a wide range of uses. Take a look to see which one serves your needs best and get down to your local HFT store to pick it up today!

THE WINCH THAT SAVED PITTSBURGH

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

BUILD A TREEHOUSE!

treehouse

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.”

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 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.

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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.

Harbor Freight Moving 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 internet hooked back up.  You’ve also got to get your furniture safely moved without damaging or scratching any of it. Some may consider this a nearly impossible task, but at Harbor Freight, we’ve got you covered.

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.  But if you’re looking to cover a large area (or large item), then you’ll want to grab the economy sized 72” x 80” Moving Blanket (Item #: 66537).

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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 during transport and they also 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.  Plus, unlike paper pads, mover’s blankets won’t tear during transport and can be used again and again.

“This product went on sale just when I needed to insulate “Fidos” house, keeping him warm. He has to be called to come out of there now! These blankets also work wonders for tent camping flooring, or extra protection in case you vehicle is stalled along the road in winter. Can also be used to get a grip on icy spots from spinning, in place of sand, to get going again. Very durable, with multiple uses. Folds up and packs away nicely in trunk. I have at least 6 or more ready always. No complaints.” – by Daddycat from Memphis, TN

“I spent my college summers working for a local mover and learned about all the tools of the trade. My wife and I recently bought a new dining room table including two leafs. The table leafs didn’t come with any protective covering when not in use. I recalled my moving days and the nice thick pads we used to protect customer’s furniture. Harbor Freight had exactly what I needed. Upon arrival I was not disappointed. Worked perfectly.” – by TotallySatisfied from Pittsburgh, PA

Even if you aren’t in the process of moving, these mover’s blankets still have a multitude of uses around the home and garage that will make them well worth the money.  These big blankets are made of a cotton/poly blend with reinforced stitching to maintain strength and longevity for repeated use, which make them ideal for lying comfortably on the garage floor or driveway when working under your vehicle.  Even if you only use these blankets just as regular old blankets for spreading out and having a picnic in the park or laying out in the sun, they still hold up to repeated use and wear and tear!  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!

BETTER THAN DUCT TAPE AND A PRAYER

In a recent MIT engineering study, an experiment was conducted moving large loads of materials using devices and methods employed by average Joes. The control group used the weather-resistant 400 lb. Capacity 1 in. x 15 ft. Ratcheting Tie Downs 4 Pc (item #: 61524) set from Harbor Freight Tools to secure various loads to truck beds, roof racks and trailers. The vinyl covered S-hooks prevented marring on painted surfaces and held firm. The ratchet handles made it easy to adjust the strap length and the handle levers allowed the test subjects to pull the straps tight. The result? Out of 30 loads tested, nothing happened. All 30 loads traveled from point A to point B without incident.

400 lb. Capacity 1 in. x 15 ft. Ratcheting Tie Downs 4 Pc

The next group used the most often employed method of transport—duct tape and a prayer. Out of the 30 loads tested, 29 loads ended up strewn across the highway from point A to point B causing several fender benders and numerous traffic delays. The one load that did make it was a 1500 lb. concrete block—hard to say to that the duct tape or the prayer really helped in that scenario.

So, if you want to secure large loads, get the  400 lb. Capacity 1 in. x 15 ft. Ratcheting Tie Downs 4 Pc set during Harbor Freight’s 50% OFF Sale running through April 27th at all Harbor Freight stores! On the other hand, if you’re paranoid about transporting large loads and not being able to find your way back without leaving a trail, then by all means, stick with duct tape and a prayer.

400 lb. Capacity 1 in. x 15 ft. Ratcheting Tie Downs 4 Pc
item #: 61524

 

Lift Your Mower or ATV for Easy, Hassle-Free Maintenance!

Whether you need to get underneath your riding lawn mower or your ATV, the biggest challenge is usually how to do it safely! That’s why the High Lift Riding Lawn Mower / ATV Lift (Item #: 61523) is such an essential tool. This high quality item gives you the ability to work under your mower or ATV safely and quickly with minimal effort!  And with Harbor Freight’s low prices, making the purchase won’t require much effort either compared to dishing out hundreds more at other retailers.

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This handy and easy-to-use lift supports up to 300 lbs. and rises to a maximum height of 25 inches, giving you plenty of room to get underneath for repairs or maintenance. Plus, the high-powered pump is foot operated for easy lifting that keeps your hands free and saves your back from strain. And with those smooth-rolling 5 inch wheels, you can maneuver the lift to wherever it’s needed for optimal convenience and portability!

“After watching me service the blades on 2 riding mowers for years, my wife finally stood her ground and insisted we get one of these things. I’m sure happy she finally talked me into one. They are great. Well-made and dependable. Great deal, nice equipment.” – by Tim D from Texas

“I bought this for my ride on mower and it works like a charm. It gives you plenty of room to get under the deck even with your creeper. You can easily change belts or blades. The wheels are very secure in the lift arms, but I would recommend strapping the wheels or chassis anyway. It is built very similar to lifts costing double the price.” – by zeus2k from Georgia

That’s right, this Mower/ATV Lift is a tool fit for the gods! It even gets Zeus’ stamp of approval (lightning bolt of approval?) for being reliable, secure and affordable. Cut out the frustration and heavy manual lifting when working on your mower or ATV! Pick up a High Lift Riding Lawn Mower / ATV Lift from Harbor Freight today and outfit your shop or garage with a lift you’ll love!

How to Build a Dog House

doghouse

The housing market is tough—but it doesn’t have to be for man’s best friend. Here is a great article on How to Build a Dog House complete with the tools and materials you’ll need. The great news is that all of the tools required are available through Harbor Freight at ridiculously low prices!

Tape Measure

Speed Square

Carpenter’s Pencil

Circular Saw

Chop Saw

Jigsaw

Hacksaw

Handsaw

 Framing Hammer

Staple Gun

Socket Wrench

Adjustable Wrench

 

Happy building and have fun putting a “ruff” over your pooch’s head!

THE PRINCE OF OUTDOOR POWER TOOLS

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