Tag Archives: made in China

Harbor Freight Revolving Parts Bin

16 Feb


I was in Harbor Freight last weekend and I picked up this revolving parts bin to place on my work bench. I always have an assortment of small parts such as screws, nails and bolts lying around loose and this would be a good place to keep them. Little did I know this item would take me over 2 hours to put together!


There were 76 bolts, 76 washers, and 76 nuts required to put this together. And of course being Made In China Harbor Freight quality, the holes didn’t all line up properly and about 1/4 of the bolts had bad threads so you couldn’t hand tighten them, you had to use a wrench and torque them down all the way. Whew! I have put together major projects that took less time and aggravation that this. keep prepping everyone!


Prize Winner and New Tools

19 Oct

I was watching the news on TV and the doorbell rang, which is a rare occurrence here at the homestead. I answered the door and it was the UPS truck. Humm, what could this be I am not expecting anything this heavy.


I had gone to a website from a major chemical company a few weeks ago and watched an educational video and answered a few questions on a quiz to enter for a chance to win a prize. And I won! A new Skil brand portable drill. Yeah, that will go along with some of my other new tools.


I stopped at an intersection on a gravel road and something shiny caught my eye. It was this good as new pair of NAPA brand slip joint pliers. Free stuff!


Sweet Thing wanted to go to a flea market last weekend and I found a good deal on these old tools. I bought a bracing bit drill for $5, an old style hacksaw for $3, and an old coping saw for $1. I like having old tools not Made In China! How has your luck been?

Hoarding VS Stocking

13 Sep

I will admit to being a pack-rat but not one of those sad, pathetic hoarders you see on TV. Although, sometimes my workshop does start to look like those houses you have to follow a trail to walk through.Just kidding Anyway, I keep my paper records for my business in one drawer of my desk and my personal records in another drawer. At the end of the year after I have completed my taxes, I put those records in a cardboard file box and set them in a corner, then I put the new records in my desk. I usually keep the past two years in the corner then as they get older I put them in the attic. When we moved I realized I had nearly 30 years of old tax records in the attic. I called my CPA and he said to keep the past 5 years and discard the rest. Well, being the Pack Rat I am I went through the files and kept the manila folders to reuse.


The folders I am buying now are so thin they are really nothing more than folded brown paper. The folders I had from 10 years ago were twice as thick as the new ones. But the ones that were 20 years old were twice as thick again. They were more like cardboard than paper. It is like everything you buy today, just made cheaper and cheaper and designed to be disposable. We just had our Washing Machine repaired and the repairman said after 7 years the machines are designed to be replaced. The technical term for that is planned obsolescence. The manufacturer doesn’t want the machines to last forever, they want to sell you a new one every few years. Cheap Chinese made crap! Buy Made In The USA when possible.


And speaking of cheaply made, how many of you remember “penny candy”? Well one of my favorites was the Adkisson Peanut Butter Bars and our local Cracker Barrel Restaurant had these for sale. I bought a few and as I unwrapped the first one I realized there were no stripes on the candy, they printed stripes on the cellophane wrapper but not on the candy. How cheap can you get? Another one of my precious childhood memories destroyed. Keep prepping everyone.

Bridgeport Gun And Implement Company

10 Aug



I collected this old rifle cleaning kit at a flea market for $3. It has a nice wooden handle and a 5 piece brass rod, and it just had that nice aged patina that caught my eye. It came in a canvas pouch which was marked “Compliments of the Bridgeport Gun & Implement Company, Bridgeport Connecticut”. The BGI Company sold lots of sporting goods and reloading supplies as well as whistles and Echo Calls back in the day. I don’t think it is worth much, maybe 10-20 dollars but I like having something old and well made in my hand compared to the made in China crap sold today!

Antiques And Collectables

27 Jul


My Sister-In-Law gave me this sign to hang in my barn. It is made from recycled metal parts to spell out TRACTOR. It is made from old tools, hardware, a horseshoe, a hinge, a gear and a pet comb. The US ships boatloads of scrap metal to China to be melted down to make steel for their booming infrastructure, but some enterprising entrepreneur intercepted these pieces before they were melted to make this sign and sell the scrap right back to us! Why can’t I think up stuff like that?

Winter Deer Food Plots

16 Aug

I wanted to plant the back field on the homestead with some food for the deer to eat this winter. I went to my local feed and seed store to buy some seeds and they have all types and brands of seed for food plots. I could go to one of the local Big-Marts and get some seeds a little cheaper, but the local stores are struggling along so I try to buy there when I can. I even bought a rake there today, even if it was made in China.Confused smile


The mix I got had wheat, oats, winter peas, chicory, and turnips. Something should be green in this plot all winter. But I had to prepare the ground first.


Before I started, it looked like this.


Then I hit it with my used Land Pride Disk I bought last week-end.


After 3 passes the field looked like this. Now I just need some rain to germinate the seeds, it is way too dry now. We missed another rain chance this week-end, but at least the temperatures dropped so the heat doesn’t just slap you in the face every time you walk out of the door.


After I finished disking the field, I used the front end loader blade to reclaim some of the ground next to the gully. The farmer who worked this ground in the past years just kept edging away from the gully little by little each year and now I was able to claim 15 feet of new ground and still be a good ways away from the gully. So I set the blade on the ground lightly and scraped away the briars and bramble and will plant that area with something the deer will really like. A few days ago, Sweet Thing saw 2 fawns that were about a week old. The crews working on the house are amazed at the wildlife. The roofers said “Yesterday, we were working on the roof, hammering away, and we looked up and saw 3 deer just standing there looking at us. Today we looked up and saw six turkeys.” Yes, it is going to be one fine homestead.

Olympic Fever

1 Aug


I have been watching some of the Olympics this week, mainly because there is not much on TV especially during the summer. I took note of the controversy surrounding the Team USA uniforms. One of my readers I know personally sent me an e-mail asking why I haven’t said anything about it. I guess just because it is obvious the US Olympic Committee are IDIOTS!  We get to cheer and wave our flags wildly as the athletes  march into the stadium proudly wearing their uniforms MADE IN CHINA! Really? How’s that for good old national pride and patriotism? The Olympic committee came up with some old lame excuse that the uniforms were donated so they couldn’t gripe too much about where they were made. HOGWASH! If they had sent out a press release 1 year ago stating they needed X number of uniforms to be donated for the cause, and one requirement would be to be Made In The USA, I say dozens of companies would be clamoring to get the contract for all the free publicity it would garner. So don’t give me the excuse there are none made in the USA anymore. It was just a buddy-buddy deal so someone could say “Oooo, we got Ralph Lauren designer uniforms.” PFFFFTTT!  How hard could it be to provide blue blazers and white pants and skirts? So US Olympic committee, come down off of your high horses and show a little common sense next time. Even the politicians saw an opportunity to make a little political hay out of this situation. WASHINGTON — Uniforms for U.S. Olympic athletes are American red, white and blue — but made in China. That has members of Congress fuming.

Republicans and Democrats railed Thursday about the U.S. Olympic Committee’s decision to dress the U.S. team in Chinese manufactured berets, blazers and pants while the American textile industry struggles economically with many U.S. workers desperate for jobs.

Team USA’s uniforms for the London Games were made in China, which ignited anger on Capitol Hill.

“I am so upset. I think the Olympic committee should be ashamed of themselves. I think they should be embarrassed. I think they should take all the uniforms, put them in a big pile and burn them and start all over again,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., told reporters at a Capitol Hill news conference on taxes.

“If they have to wear nothing but a singlet that says USA on it, painted by hand, then that’s what they should wear,” he said, referring to an athletic jersey.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi told reporters at her weekly news conference that she’s proud of the nation’s Olympic athletes, but, “They should be wearing uniforms that are made in America.”

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said simply of the USOC: “You’d think they’d know better.”

In a statement, the U.S. Olympic Committee defended the choice of designer Ralph Lauren for the clothing at the London Games, which begin later this month.

“Unlike most Olympic teams around the world, the U.S. Olympic Team is privately funded and we’re grateful for the support of our sponsors,” USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky said in a statement. “We’re proud of our partnership with Ralph Lauren, an iconic American company, and excited to watch America’s finest athletes compete at the upcoming Games in London.”

Ralph Lauren did say he would be providing uniforms for the 2014 games and he would make sure they were Made In The USA.