With warm weather comes reclaiming the garage. It’s your Fortress of Solitude. Your “getting-things-done” place. But when you throw your body against the door and, on the third try, finally manage to pry it open, reality comes crashing down– as well as a stack of boxes and a pair of old Pioneer speakers. Somehow,over the course of the winter the garage has morphed into a disaster zone. Lawn tools and bikes and power tools and half-finished projects and other stuff cluttering up the bench tops and floor space, to the point that you can’t go out and fetch your Costco toilet paper without ripping your shirt and tripping over something. And then you swear, and your mother-in-law overhears it and she shoots your wife a look like, “you really screwed up hooking up with this fella”… even 20 years later.
You really need to clear out the garage! So, here are a few tools from Harbor Freight I’d like to suggest that’ll make your feng shui the right way:
I think you’ll agree, there’s nothing in the garage with more “trip potential” than the family bicycles. It’s like the damned things have minds of their own, fighting you every step of the way as you try to get passed them. No longer be that victim! Harbor Freight’s got a cool Bicycle Lift #95803 with a unique pulley locking mechanism that quickly hoists your bike up, off the ground. Mounting hardware and a 46 ft. nylon rope are included and set-up couldn’t be easier. They’re great for kids’ bikes, mountain bikes, adult cruiser bikes, etc. And check out the customer reviews– some even use their bike lifts for other things like kayaks andconvertible tops! Perfect for anyone who needs a little extra space in their garage. The bike lifts sell for $8.99 each, well worth the price for free space, unscratched bikes and unbruised ankles!
When you were clearing the garage, I’m sure you noticed every once in a while kicking little pieces of something or another across the floor; screws, bolts, washers, etc. The next step is to clear the decks with 30″ Magnetic Sweeper #93245 from Central Machinery. Riding on 7″ wheels and sporting an extra-wide 30″ sweeper, this tool will quickly and easily pick up hardware, scrap, nails, wires, metal dust and other metal parts over garage and shop floors, carpet– and even grass! The magnetic sweeper provides 50 lbs. of magnetic pull plus a one-pull release to quickly clean itself of the debris. Plus, the handle extends from 30″ to 44-1/2″. Only $39.99! And, if your areas are smaller, Harbor Freight also carries a 22″ Magnetic Sweeper #98399 for $34.99 and a mini 17″ Magnetic Sweeper #98398 selling for $9.99.
Besides clutter, an unattended garage can become a den of dust and grime. Hardware that uses oil and grease like auto parts, fasteners, hinges, padlocks, etc., quickly accumulate a greasy coat of scuz that can affect their performance. One of Harbor Freight customers’ favorite shop accessories is the legendary Chicago Electric 20-Gallon Parts Washer #7340. It comes with a fully enclosed electric pump that circulates 5-1/4 gallons-per-minute to dissolve grease, dirt and grime– from even the grungiest parts! Made of rugged steel, the parts washer includes a built-in drain and a latching cover to keep spills to a minimum.The 20-gallon tub sits atop a heavy-duty steel stand and includes a small parts basket, work shelf, storage shelf and flexible chrome spigot. This thing’s a virtual work horse and will perform righteously for mechanics and machine shop workers, as well as homegrown DIYers. It’s the perfect companion during engine, trans and carb rebuilds, not to mention any mechanical repair jobs. At $95.99, this parts washer will give you great service for years!
Don’t even think about messing around the grime, oil and chemicals without wearing protective 5-Mil Nitrile Safety Gloves #68498. Seriously, this one’s a no-brainer, guys. At just $5.99 for 100 gloves (50 pair), you get the peace of mind of being protected from harmful agents while maintaining the dexterity and comfort necessary to get the tasks done. These gloves provide better resistance to chemicals and such than lates, and also don’t trigger the allergic reaction that latex can. ‘Nuf said.
Finally, when the job’s done, make sure you’ve got a jug of 5-star hand cleaner, Orange Goop, nearby. This heavy-duty, citrus-scented hand cleaner is gentle on your hands, but tough on the grime. clean and smelling fresh! It removes grease, mud, plaster, paint, dirt, grime and more. With a convenient hand pump, this 1-gallon Goop– at just $9.99— makes it FUN to wash your hands! OK, not really, but it’s better than getting the stinkeye for blackening the bar soap and sink in the powder room.