Off to Harbor Freight

today to buy some magnets for a project. Any good deals people think are worth looking at?
MJM
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wrote:

http://www.harborfreightusa.com/html/wkend0406/usa_cpnsave.html
If you sign up on their website they'll email you a coupon good for 20% off any one item about every two weeks.
Just used mine today got a small furniture dolley for $8.
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Don't know about deals in regards to price, but Lee Valley sells a substantial variety of rare earth magnets.
http://www.leevalley.com/wood/page.aspx?c=1&pB348&cat=1,42363
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wrote in message

i usually buy in bulk here
http://www.kjmagnetics.com/categories.asp
check out their clearance section for particularly good deals.
http://www.kjmagnetics.com/products.asp?cat 
regards, charlie cave creek, az
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On Fri, 3 Apr 2009 09:40:12 -0700 (PDT), " snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com"

Their prices are tempting, but they seem to be able to include a fatal flaw in even the most innocent-looking items. I bought a couple of 18" no-name "quik-lok" style one-hand bar clamps from them a while back. They were cheap, and it was a size I didn't already have.
Both of them broke the first time I tried to use them. In each case the actual jaw snapped in half as I tightened it. I used what felt like a pretty normal amount of pressure, exerted with one hand.
I'd like to be able to claim that the problem was excess manliness and might, but I think it's more likely that the clamps were just crap. I kept the bright orange soft pads though, so it wasn't a total loss.
No more Harbor Freight for me.
Greg Guarino
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Greg Guarino wrote:

One needs to shop at HF with care as some of their stuff is really junky, their el-cheapo speed clamps are quite crappy. But I just bought a bunch of steel spring clamps there on sale and they work just fine. I suppose the only way to screw up something like that is to make the steel so thin it bends, and that isn't the case with the ones I got.
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Greg Guarino wrote:

Funny, I've got plenty of those exact same clamps in various sizes and I've never had a single problem with them. In fact, one of the things that most people go to Harbor Freight for are their clamps, you can never have too many and they all work fine at a great price. I've never had one fail on me yet, although I will admit that their bar clamps bend a bit, but for the price...
You probably just got a bad set, nothing more.
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On Sat, 04 Apr 2009 09:36:04 +0000, Brian Henderson wrote:

They have, or used to have, two "brands" of bar clamps. The "Pittsburg" ones are pretty good - I've got a lot. The others are lower quality.
And I haven't seen one of those half-price clamp sales for quite some time :-).
I have found some bending in the 30" ones, but only when I'm trying to coerce a piece of wood I should have machined straighter in the first place :-).
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Larry Blanchard wrote:

Without going out to look, I can't tell you what I have. I know I have Pittsburgh, no idea if I have any of the others.

I hadn't been out to HF in more than a year, but I needed to get a pole tree pruner and according to their web site, they had one at a good price so I drove out last week. Apparently, the price, although it didn't say so on the web site, was so good because they were entirely discontinuing it and they were all gone.
I don't think I've bought any clamps there in a couple of years, but I've got so many, I haven't run out lately.

Precisely. If you're putting that much pressure on the joint, you're probably doing something wrong to begin with.
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snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

On my recent flyer, a 4-ton hydraulic bottle jack for $10 caught my eye.
Their multi-function faux-Fein tool is still $39.99. They've got some swell general-purpose scissors for 99 - I've got about four pair scattered around the house.
I got some of their magnets recently to facilitate quick-access, relatively hidden, gun stashing. The magnets work swell with my two 1911s, but you have to be creative with the composite guns like my Glocks. They don't stick to magnets worth squat.
I'm thinking Velcro.
If you shoot a lot (but who can these days what with the unavailability of ammunition), or have noisy tools, you can't beat their $2.99 ear muffs. Well, I guess you COULD with ear PLUGS...
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HeyBub wrote:

Most people who shoot a lot reload.
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J. Clarke wrote:

Yeah, I used to reload. When I became a good enough shot, I gave my reloading equipment to my son. I still get 98/100 when I requalify for my concealed handgun license every four years, so I'm content.
'Course it's not hard to hit a man-sized target at 21 feet...
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What state requires that test?
Here in Western Europe a.k.a. Eastern California a.k.a. Southern Mass a.k.a. NJ you have a better chance of winning Powerball and Mega Millions on the same day than you do getting a carry permit.
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Limp Arbor wrote:

Aint that the truth. Think my next move will be Utah....
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Limp Arbor wrote:

Here's the test protocol. http://www.texasbestchl.com/range_qual.html
20 shots at 9 feet 20 shots at 21 feet 10 shots at 45 feet
Here's the skinny on the Concealed Handgun License.
48 States have some sort of permitting system. In Illinois, Wisconsin, and D.C. you can't get a permit for love or money; it just doesn't exist.
Of the 48, 38 are "shall issue" states and ten have some sort of discretionary system. The "shall issue" requirement means that when the applicant meets the statutory requirements, the issuing authority (Department of Public Safety, local sheriff, etc.) MUST issue the permit. There is no ifs, ands, or buts.
California, New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and a few other states are in the "discretionary" realm. Usually this means you have to be politically well-connected to obtain a permit or have to prove some prudent reason (such as carrying large sums of money or having your life threatened). For example, Dianne Feinstein had a license when she was mayor of San Francisco.
A couple of states, Alaska and Vermont, you don't need a license at all inasmuch as it is not illegal to carry a concealed firearm in those states.
Here's a map: http://www.handgunlaw.us /
A state concealed handgun license may or may not be honored in another state. There is a constantly-changing reciprocity table. If I were to visit another state, I'd check the latest reciprocity situtation before I left home.
I'd also check the unique provisions of the state I'm visiting. Places where one can carry a gun vary. For example, here in Texas I can carry my concealed handgun in a church or restaurant that serves alcohol. Guns in both those places are prohibited in Tennessee. I can carry my gun in the Dallas-Ft Worth airport, but not in the Hartsdale airport in Georgia.
Ponder-point: Public places where legal carry is prohibited - either by law or policy - are called "gun-free zones."
In modern times, every instance where three or more people were killed by gunfire took place in a gun-free zone.
At least according to John Lott: http://foxforum.blogs.foxnews.com/2009/04/03/gun-free-zones-are-a-magnet-for-attacks-like-the-tragedy-in-binghampton/
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On Fri, 3 Apr 2009 17:52:39 -0700 (PDT), Limp Arbor

Wondering the same thing, but I'll have to read on...

If Eastern CA is Western Europe, I guess VT is Eastern Europe, before the wall came down. VT doesn't have any gun laws, per se. Carry (concealed, or not) at your hearts content. We moved last year to AL so I got a CCW permit for the first time (haven't pulled a trigger yet). No test at all, just $20/yr to the Sheriff.
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Obviously you're not a cop. Lots of them find it quite difficult.
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CW wrote:

Ain't that the truth. I used to shoot at a range where cops and jail guards had badge-only practice sessions. It was never hard to tell when a big group of them had been in, there were marks from stray shots all over the place, the walls, the floors, the ceiling, the barricades between shooting stations.... The range was owned by the city, the guys with badges eventually got the civilians forced out reportedly because they didn't like attention being drawn to the amount of damage they caused. I read an article once about how many cops get shot by other cops during gun fights, it was a disturbingly high number considering the use of firearms is supposed to be something they're trained for. Jim Cirillo would seem to have been the exception to the rule.
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WHICH reminds me of one of my favourite jokes:
Q: Who put the three fatal bullets into Mussolini after WW2?
A: . . . . . 450 Italian sharpshooters.
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On Fri, 03 Apr 2009 18:42:49 -0700, DGDevin wrote:

I lived in LA during the Watts riots. It was downright comical to watch on TV and see the amount of lead being expended with no result. By both sides. Some of those brick buildings could probably be recycled at a metals dealer!
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