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meatpimp
May 15, 2004

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RealKyleH posted:

Agreed. Used, cheap, whatever. I really like the cheap HF hanging kit. I bought two and have a bit left over.

I went with slatwall. I really should add some pictures to show. It's MDF with slats routed in it, the same thing you see in retail stores. It allows a lot more flexibility than pegboard and gives a much more finished look.

Tip: If you still have a Linens-n-Things near you, they are going out of business and will sell their fixtures. I bought their towel aisle... yes, the whole loving aisle... for $200. I fully shelved- and slatwalled the garage and had 20' of extra 9' high shelving to cut down for use in my crawl spaces.

While I'm thinking of it, I'll take some pictures now and add to this thread.

Edit:

Yes, I know I need to finish the rest of the walls/ceilings and I need to finish the stereo wiring and clean my poo poo up, but oh well.







The amount of material I got for $200 is amazing. It weighed a ton (literally) and allowed me to maximize the limited space I have in the garage.

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meatpimp
May 15, 2004

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Rhyno posted:

Slatwall is fantastic and wouldn't you know it there's an L&T going under in the mall I work at. I think I'll pay them a visit tomorrow.

You can't see from the pictures, but I had slatwall originally over my workbench only. I got that from a local retail supply place last year. It is "standard" slatwall which just has the grooves routed into the MDF. The Linens-n-Things slatwall has nice extruded aluminum channel inserted into each of the slots... that adds a ton of strength and finishes the wall nicely. Plus, if you price those aluminum channels themselves, you're looking at way over what I paid for the entire aisle.

In fact, the local store about made me sick. All of the stores are in the hands of liquidators and the liquidator here decided to abandon the lease, leaving 2/3 of the store intact... the owners of the property will probably pay someone to dispose of the rest... such a waste.

I was there the day before it was abandoned, so everything was free. I walked away with hundreds of slatwall hangers, fixtures, shelves, all kinds of stuff. Probably the best $200 I'll ever spend.

Oh yeah -- it's all negotiation. Ask at the front who is from the liquidators and talk to them about what you want to purchase. Cash talks and it's all cash-and-carry. It took me several hours to disassemble the aisle in the store and several more to load into the truck and haul away.

meatpimp
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Kynetx posted:

Says who? This is AI, not The Automotive Practicality and Wainscoting Appreciatorium.

Then I'm in the wrong place.

sharkytm -- lighting is next on the list. I've got some room to work now, but two bare bulbs and two door opener bulbs do NOT give sufficient light... I'll probably end up with two 2-bulb or two 4-bulb fixtures where the bulbs are now.

I don't mean to derail this thread... isn't there a garage thread? I can't seem to find it.

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I bought this thing a long time ago from one of the early online car shops (that's long-dead now, I can't even remember its name)... it's basically a cylinder with a plunger inside and a long tube attached to it. So, you suck the fluid into the cylinder and push it back out into whatever you're putting it into.

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Korwen posted:

Tool

Seconding the big loving hammer... actually a couple of them. It's surprising how 3lb slegde, 5 lb sledge and a 3lb dead-blow are used in entirely different situations, but get them in addition to a regular claw hammer. And a 20lb sledge for the times when you really need a hammer.

I'd say 1/2" sockets, but it'd be better to just get a 1/2" deep socket air set of standard and metric and be done with it.

Cheap screwdrivers -- Harbor freight has several types of sets, get a couple of each. It never hurts to have random screwdrivers laying around. And I've had just as good luck with cheap screwdrivers as I have with my Craftsman (most of the craftsman are trashed, just waiting for me to take them back to the store fore replacements).

One thing to splurge on is a good set of box-end ratcheting wrenches. These things are from god.

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I haven't had a problem with my HF orange heat gun, either... puts out a lot of heat and has served me well. Sounds like it's going to fall apart at any minute, but it keeps soldiering on.

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InitialDave posted:

Loctite do little "lipsticks" of their popular compounds.

These are some of the best things ever. They can be tough to find, though. I first found these lipsticks a few years ago at Summit Racing's HQ... I got one for everyone I know that works on cars. I lost mine in my move a while back and last week I went out locally to find another.

After Autozone, Advance and a couple local stores didn't have it, I ended up getting one of the yucky jugs of Neversieze to use on lug nuts. It's not nearly as nice as the sticks.

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Here, leeches:

http://www.harborfreightusa.com/usa...56&keycode=0000

(customer number changed in the url so you can't steal meatpimp's hot deals)

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May 15, 2004

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oxbrain posted:

What do you do when autozone has already rented out their spring compressors and you're too cheap for harbor freight?

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That scares the gently caress out of me.

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mod sassinator posted:

FYI Loctite variety pack of sticks for $20 at Amazon's Friday sale. Not sure if this is the normal price but it was mentioned earlier that these are super useful.

Thank you. Good price, especially with free shipping. Sticks are normally about $7 each.

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sharkytm posted:

I got the 1/2" Earthquake from HF, on sale for $80, and a 20% off coupon. It is heavy as gently caress, but throws some serious torque. Once I get my big compressor fired up correctly, I'm going to love using it.

Agreed. I have the same one. Interestingly, I just set up one for my dad today and he had a larger diameter hose going from his compressor to the gun. Made a BIG difference in the way the gun felt -- it felt much stronger, which makes sense, since it's got a larger hose feeding higher volume to it.

I'll be getting a larger diameter air hose for my set up soon.

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ASSTASTIC posted:

Any new harbor frieght 20% off coupons?

I need a bearing puller

VVVV Except for that one expired on the 11th.

Edit2: I am a retard and reposting this bitch:

http://www.harborfreightusa.com/usa...99&keycode=0457

Maybe if you looked at this very page... in the future...

http://www.harborfreightusa.com/usa...66&keycode=0000

meatpimp
May 15, 2004

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Oh, there's a new toy on the horizon -- Harbor Freight Borescope!
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=66550

This is in the current circular or $99 until August 10. As soon as I see a 15% or 20% coupon pop up, it's coming home. I've been wanting a borescope for many years.

It looks like a nice piece, too. A little digging gives: http://forum.matronics.com/viewtopic.php?t=59266&sid=eeeff96d42fac3e7154aad913856525e , which shows it to be extremely similar to the Rigid borescope costing almost twice as much.

I've been watching the Snap On BK5500, http://shop.ebay.com/items/?_nkw=sn...ction&_osacat=0 , and while it looks to be a bit more flexible at the ends, the price difference (and amount I'll actually use it) makes the HF one the first one I'll play with.

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grover posted:

I need to fix one of my son's toys, but it's got these asinine triange-socket screws. Where can I find a screwdriver for removing them? I've got a full set of odd screwdriver bits, but no triangles. I'm thinking dollar tree and a grinder would be easiest.

$8 at Harbor Freight gets you all the oddball fastener bits you'll probably ever bump into: http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=91310

meatpimp
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Cheap borescope! http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=66550

Regular HF price -- $149, on sale for $99 through January 4. Plus, today's 25% off coupon brought my price to $80.05 after tax.

They had stacks of the 25% off 1-item coupons sitting on the registers, so go get some new toys today!

Edit: I just charged the screen up and tried it. Holy poo poo that's cool.

meatpimp fucked around with this message at 14:55 on Jan 1, 2010

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If I'm under the car, I want nice, solid, welded metal jacks that in no way fold, just out of principle.

Edit: VV yeah, I meant jack stands. I don't get under a car on jacks at all.

meatpimp fucked around with this message at 14:52 on Mar 6, 2010

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Anyone seen these in-store? http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=94421 I just saw them in the lastest sale circular (though they're not on sale ).

Looks like a nice alternative to my electrical-tape-wrapped sockets, or is there something better to use for lug nuts that won't mar wheels?

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mod sassinator posted:

I have this set http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=40035 which isn't high torque but similar (who uses an impact gun on their lug nuts though??). It's a great set--use one of the 20% off coupons to knock the price down a bit. The sockets are surprisingly heavy and decent quality for Harbor Freight.

Who uses an impact wrench on their lug nuts? Me. Every single time. With these http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=92890

They're surprisingly reliable and consistent (verified / compared with higher and lower torque sticks and a torque wrench when I first got them). Makes wheel swaps super quick.

That set you linked is just what I was looking for. Thanks.

meatpimp
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scapulataf posted:



Why, for gently caress's sake, would you use that smilie?

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Commodore 64 posted:

Raided Harbor Freight today and got my free tape measure, flashlight and screwdriver set.

Also I picked up this for $40 (raincheck and 20% coupon).


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meatpimp
May 15, 2004

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I'm looking for new rails now. My tools hang on a slatwall, so the shelf organizers don't work for me.

Does anyone have experience with Ernst's rails? http://www.tiretoolsonline.com/18-A...01_p_28395.html

meatpimp
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ASSTASTIC posted:

http://www.harborfreight.com

What the gently caress is this poo poo? Its a website that doesn't look horrible!

The first step in HF's inevitable decline.

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May 15, 2004

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Lyesh posted:

Impact driver.



Harbor Freight for like $8 or something. The PERFECT tool for those damned phillips head screws that hold rotors to hubs.

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grover posted:

Wow, that's perfect! I'll pick one up tomorrow Thin enough that'll it'll save me the trouble of grinding, too.

Black88GTA: My 1/4" craftsman ratchet is about 1/8" thinner than my 3/4, but I don't have a 1/4" 13mm socket, so I haven't been able to try it yet (was my fall-back plan). Frankly, though, given the force I've had to use on some of the other bolts, I'm worried about breaking it.

Another option is http://www.harborfreight.com/3-8-eighth-inch-quick-release-swivel-head-ratchet-96782.html

The swiveling head is compact and comes in very useful.

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Not specifically car-related, but this tool is awesome: http://www.harborfreight.com/multifunction-power-tool-67256.html

All I tested was the drywall cutting tool, but that made me sing its praises instantly. You basically draw a line in the drywall and the tool cuts through it like butter. I put in a 1 gang old work box and it fit so tight I would not have needed to screw the tabs down. The thing is surgical on drywall.

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MomJeans420 posted:

Home Depot has a sale on a Husky 45 piece stubby set. It's hard to get a good look at it on the web site, but for $8 I'm just going to buy it. I'm hoping it will be helpful for all those bolts that are tight on space, and if nothing else it's some more spare sockets for $8.

http://www.homedepot.com/Tools-Hard...catalogId=10053

Damnit, I was just there this morning, saw the display, but didn't look at the price. Guess I'll be going back.

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Suniikaa posted:

I used a digital camera scope today (OTC 3880 Digital Scope) for the first time today and god drat what a usefull tool. Anyone have any experiance with the cheap chinese made ones like this?

http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.32414

I can't justify dropping 200-400 on a tool I will hardly use but hot drat I sure want one.

From this very thread:
http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=2788369&userid=54767#post363720179

http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=2788369&userid=54767#post370430309

It's been very useful and already been loaned out a couple times. I can't speak for long-term reliability, but everything seems solid.

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Sorry for the late notice, but this is a crazy good deal for those of you with Bosch Brick-and-Mortar stores nearby.

http://www.coptool.com/email/jun10/bosch100.pdf

Bosch 18V Lithium Ion tools with a $100 rebate. I bought the 18V drill/driver a couple weeks ago for $189 and get $100 back. :iamafag:

I've been waiting for my local store to get the 18V Impact Driver in, but they strung me along for a couple weeks and eventually said they wouldn't have any until at least next week, which is outside the rebate time. So, I did some cage-rattling up the Bosch chain and I was able to get 2 impact drivers ordered... but it's not something I'd advise banking on, unless you have a local store, the rebate is IN STORE PURCHASES only, no online orders.

Overall, the drill/driver seems to be a good drill/driver. Nothing spectacular, but it is compact compared to my older 19.2V chunk. I'm really anxious to see what the impact does, though.

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Rhyno posted:

At the HF in Lima OH, they don't let me use the 20% off coupons on stuff that's on sale. But at my local one they have no problem letting me use them. Anyone else have stingy clerks to deal with?

I've never had a problem with even more "liberal interpretations" of HF's discounts. If the cashier doesn't want to do it, just ask for a manager, who pretty much rubber-stamps anything that's not unreasonable.

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Nerobro posted:

This may have been a bad tool for me to receive. Everything is looking like a nail suddenly.

Or a stud. Or a rafter. Or an arm.

meatpimp
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SlapActionJackson posted:

Found this on craigslist last week and took 'er home:




The compressor pulley is begging to be painted like a daisy.

meatpimp
May 15, 2004

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Say what you want about Jesse James... this would still be one hell of a toolbox to have:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=110600863626&

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May 15, 2004

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AnomalousBoners posted:

Absolutely do not use harborfreight electrical connectors or wire. See previous posts in this thread by me as for why. UL spec connectors are not much more and miles better.

I was going to post the same thing. I barely trust HF wire ties (I've seen about 10% of them are mis-shot and don't hold). HF electrical connectors would scare the hell out of me.

As an aside -- the new push-type electrical connectors feel like cheating. I'll never use wire nuts again.

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Harbor Freight coupon for 20% off ENTIRE ORDER (over$100):

http://widgets.harborfreight.com/ws...=0000&hftref=cj

Only good until Monday, might be a good thing if you're looking for a lot of cheap stuff cheap.

meatpimp fucked around with this message at 01:06 on Feb 11, 2011

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bolind posted:

I have a stubborn lug nut. Should I get this?

Sounds like you're out of options. That may be your only choice. Good luck.

meatpimp
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I'm going to be building a deck in June, and I want a laser level I can use outside. Green lasers are supposed to be better for outdoor use, but they're pretty pricey in comparison to red... but there's this at Sears: http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_00948297000P?sid=IDx20070921x00003a&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=00948297000P

Could this be a viable product?

meatpimp
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No way, Harbor Freight has a cheap knockoff? (look at the side rails, the HF one is MUCH thinner... and it weighs 25% less.)

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PitViper posted:

Any recommendations for a low-profile floor jack? The one I have now works great for my truck and regular vehicles, but my car is about an inch too low to clear it. I'm thinking about the HF 2-ton aluminum jack, but I'm waiting for a same or big coupon before I pick it up.

When I have low vehicles, I always just keep a piece of 2x4 or two handy. Roll up on it, jack away.

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Splizwarf posted:

Is there anything better than this blower as a canned-air substitute, around the same price? I don't have an air compressor, and I'm tired of buying canned air to get poo poo out of our many home electronics.

For not very much more you could get a cheap pancake air compressor and have a much more useful tool.

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Splizwarf posted:

Please go into more detail? I thought this thread hated compressors under a hundred bucks with a passion.

Different types of compressors. A pancake isn't going to run an impact wrench or a sander, but there are a number of small air tools that it can run, so they're good utility tools to have around if you don't have a larger compressor.

Air chuck to inflate tires? Sure.
Blow wand for the cleaning you're talking about? Sure, it won't have 100% duty cycle, but plenty enough to blow out your dirty-rear end laptop fans or the Cheeto crumbs from your overclocked tower.
One of the nice things it'll do is run a brad nailer, so you can do some small carpentry jobs much easier.

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