POLYKEN BLACK PIPE TAPE
Thick (.030”) black plastic (polyethylene) hi-tack tape by Polyken™ for wrapping pipes. 2” wide on a 50-foot roll. This is some serious tape and is good for in-ground or above-ground use, it’s chemical and electrolytic corrosion resistant, impervious to oxygen and moisture, with butyl rubber adhesive backing.
32-FOOT STICKY MEASURING TAPE
Not in bad taste, but paper tape that will stick to a surface when keeping a measurement is just as important as taking one. This 32-foot x 15/16” wide measuring tape has the stickiness of a post-it note so it will stay put while you drill or cut, or whatever. Marked in 1/16” increments, it’s particularly handy for hanging pictures. Made in Canada, where they know how to stick with things.
DARK SAFETY GLASSES WITH BLACK FRAMES
Safety Glasses-R-Us. Behold our cornucopia of safety glasses, all in variations on the classic aviator style with added side shields. Measure approx 5-1/4” to 5-3/4” across with polycarbonate lenses. You pick the black metal frames with dark lenses and shields meeting ANSI Z87.1 standards or the brown plastic frames with dark lenses and shields.
SPIRA ELECTRIC PENCIL SHARPENER
Behold the first attractively designed electric pencil sharpener since Edward C. Hoffman’s 1943 art deco Electro-Pointer. (You could look it up.) The Spira from X-ACTO® is a rotated rectangular column, 5-3/4” tall x 2-3/4” square, in lipstick red plastic. Plugs in via a wall adapter, and has a hardened steel cutter inside plus a one-touch release on the bottom for emptying the shavings. We see a future classic.
OLIVE DIGITAL CAMOUFLAGE MAP CASE
You’ll need a map case. From the pre-smartphone world, where military maps still live. These are 11" x 6-1/2" folded, and they open to a clear 16-1/2" x 20" window with a zippered top on one side and a 7" x 4-1/2" x 5/8" flapped pocket with (5) pen holders on it. Close with hook-n-loop fasteners and have a 42” long adjustable and removable shoulder strap. You pick olive digital camo or desert digital camo versions.
CLASSIC CANVAS MAP CASE
Once upon a time, people positioned themselves on the globe with maps you could fold up. If that warms the cockles of your orienteering heart, get yourself this black canvas map case. Measures 20” x 16-1/2” with a clear window on one side (for rainy day wandering) and a flap with (5) pencil holders on the back. Folds to an easy-to-carry 11” long x 6” wide with an adjustable and detachable 42” shoulder strap. Lots of hook-n-loop strips keep it together. Best of all, if you get lost you can do your own recalculating.
2-FOOT NATURAL CORK ROLLS
Who knows what those drawer liners from the big chain stores are made of. We suggest going all natural and organic with these 12" x 24" x 1/8" thick rolls of fine-grain natural cork, genlty stripped from the outside of actual cork trees. Count your drawers and buy in bulk.
KAPTON POLYIMIDE TAPE
One promotion above 1st Lieutenant Polyimide? Nope-- tape material that makes duct tape hang its head in shame. Kapton polyimide is used in everything from flexible printed circuits, to the Apollo moon missions, to cryogenics. In this case, it’s a 1/2” wide x .0025” thick adhesive tape on a 36-yard roll. Has a normal tensile strength of 30 lbs, insulates up to 7500V, and has a working temperature from -100F to 500F. High temp tolerance makes it perfect for masking during powder coating. Made in the USA.
65” LONG LED LIGHT STRING
Just string this 65” long set of (10) battery-powered LED light bulbs along the railing and it’ll be like you’re dining in Italy. Bulbs are clear, 2-1/4” dia with a soft 3-lumen warm-white LED inside. Will run 8-12 hours on the (2) included “AA” batteries. Truly romantic folks will get several sets to ring the deck or patio because those little lights make the tagliatelle alla Romana taste so much better.
ENGINO® ROBOTICS TEACHING KIT
From Engino®, this 180-piece robotics teaching kit includes instructions for building (8) robots (4 included; 4 online) using their ERP (Engino® Robotics Platform) software for control, with pre-recorded and manual programming. Includes (2) 23-page manuals to get you started, plus (2) motors, (2) infrared sensors, a controller, interface cables and a slew of snap-together parts and pieces. Works with Windows Vista, XP, 7 and 8, but not Mac. You add a trio of “AAA”s. Designed for teaching ages 8-16+.
DUAL PURPOSE SAW
Hacksaw/bow-saw combo for folks who like to be prepared. The 10" bow-saw has an 8” frame, and comes with a 4-tpi blade for wood and a 24-tpi blade for metal. Has a padded handle, and a hand guard so you don’t saw yer dang hand off.
TAN TOTE BAG WITH POCKETS
Dandy light-tan canvas tote, and you don’t even have to pledge anything to public television to get it in the mail. (Also no logo.) Measures 19" x 10" x 5" wide with 11” handles, a full-length zipper closure, a waterproof plastic insert in the bottom, and an extra, snap-closed, 7-3/4” deep pocket on one side.
JUMBO CHOCOLATE REMOTE
Look around and see if you have a giant universal remote control that smells like chocolate. No? Guess what. Ours is over 9" x 4-1/2" x 3/4" thick, which is hard to lose in the couch cushions, and it looks and smells like a big ol' chocolate candy bar. Can be programmed (via 3/4" square buttons) to control a TV, VCR, DVD player, DVR, cable box, satellite dish, audio equipment (from hundreds of manufacturers) and streetlights. (OK, we lied about the streetlights, but still.) You add (2) "AA" batteries while ignoring the "AAA" printed on the package.
28PSI PARKER DIAPHRAGM AIR PUMP
Pumps air, too. From Parker, this unused takeout 12VDC double air/gas diaphragm pump draws 100-200mA and can push 28psi or suck 25"/Hg through two sets of 3/16” dia barbs. Long-life and ideal for high-flow and low-noise applications. Measures 3-5/8" x 3" x 1-1/4". Made in USA. Part#D861-22-OZ
SCHYLLING STEEL WORKS KIT
Do your kids think the whole world snaps together? Time to get them the Steel Works, a classic steel construction set from Schylling not unlike those erecting sets of yore. Has more than (300) pieces, including beams, plates, angles, nuts, bolts, washers and more, along with instructions for making an airplane, helicopter, dump truck, satellite truck, fire truck, forklift, claw truck, gyrocopter, bulldozer and backhoe. Includes wrenches and a hex key. Models have mechanical actions triggered by wheel movement. Parts are interchangeable with any other Schylling Steel Works kit. For ages 8+.
MAGNETIC DRILL BIT HOLDER
Nifty little 3-3/8" dia x 7/8" deep red plastic disc has a magnet in the base, and will hold on to a total of (37) drill bits, standing right up where you can see them. The 7-lb pull magnet base will also let you stick the whole shebang onto a vertical surface. Has (36) 5/16” ID holes plus a 1/2” ID hole in the center. (Metal sculptors might also find a use for this, we suspect.)
HELIX® 2-FOOT STEEL RULER
Accept no amateur rulers. But seriously, this 24-inch professional steel ruler from Helix® is cork-backed, and marked in 1/32” increments for the first two inches, 1/64” for the third, and 1/16” for the rest. Also shows 60cm x 0.5mm for the first 10cm, and 1mm for the remainder. Markings are etched, so they won’t rub off with use.
Perhaps a switch in time won't save nine, but if you keep getting caught without the goods, and have to rush off to the local high priced supplier, we can help. Of our assortment of (10) switches, (at least (5) different) should have the answer to a wide variety of needs. It contains an assortment which may include toggles, rockers, rotarys or slide switches in a variety of sizes. Chances are you can find what you need, or at least something that will serve. Try it!!
PLASTIC DRAGONFLY MAGNETS
These 2-1/2” plastic dragonflies are cute as the dickens, and have little 1/4-lb pull, 1/8” dia magnets on their dragonfly chests. Our each is a 6-pack in colors that include black, gray, deep red and goldenrod. They’re equally happy clinging to file cabinets and lockers.
VGA RECEIVER PROJECT BOX
This remote VGA receiver measures 3-1/4" x 3-1/2" x 1-3/16" and is made to use with the NTI CAT5 VGA remote system which allows VGA and sound info to be transferred up to 600 feet on a CAT5 cable. Don't have the system? Pop the rivets on the bottom and you've got a dandy project case, a PCB-mount 5.5mm barrel plug and 1/8" audio jack plus whatever you can strip from the PCB board.
FAUX TATTOO SLEEVES
Faux full-sleeve tattoos at a tiny fraction of the cost of the real thing, not to mention the easy, two-second removal. Our temp tats are a stretchy 16” long and 3-1/4” wide in lightweight Lycra® and are very realistic at even close range. We’ll pick one (although we recommend getting two for obvious reasons) from a vast array of patterns and themes, all guaranteed to drop Mom onto the fainting couch at first sight. They end at the wrist, but feel free to ink LOVE and AS&S on your knuckles with one of our markers.
MOTION SOLAR NIGHT BEAM LIGHT
But here’s a nightlight for your driveway or backyard anyway! By iZoom®, and direct from the late-night infomercials, this solar-powered light has (8) white COB LEDs across its face and a rechargeable lithium battery inside. It’s motion and light-sensitive, and shines brighter when it senses motion . Measures 4-1/2" x 3-3/8" x 1-3/4" and comes with a self-adhesive pad on the back, plus screws and mollies. You supply the darkness. Sells for $12.95 at a popular home retailer.
COB FLASHLIGHT PACK OF 4
Light up the night with this set of (4) personal lights, including (2) flashlights with 5-element LEDs rated for 120 lumens, measuring 3-3/8” long x 1” dia with wrist-straps; and (2) 120-lumen headlamps, 2-3/8” x 1-5/8” x 1-1/8”, with a bracket that pivots 45 degrees and 9-element COBs. Also have high/low/off modes and adjustable head straps. Every dang one of them comes with (3) “AAA” batteries, because we think you’re special.
RED REFLECTIVE TAPE 2” x 3’
Stay safe and find stuff in the dark by sticking this high-intensity reflective tape on bikes, bumpers, mailboxes, ramps, barricades, whatever. Red with gray, measures 2” wide and you get a 3-foot roll. US-DOT approved.
FLICKIN' CHICKEN TOSS GAME
The possibilities are endless. You get a set of (4) stuffed rubber chickens, 8" long and in (4) different, but chickenlike, skin tones, plus an 8-3/4" dia target to toss them at. Throw the target on the ground then fling, roll, or bounce the chickens toward it. Sort of chicken bocce, or poultry petanque. Includes game ideas and a score pad! In between chicken-throwing seasons, they make a mighty nice display lined up on the mantle.
10 PIECE HOBBY ROUTER BIT SET WITH BOX
If you’ve maximized the value of your Dremel–type tool (1/8” shank) with a router attachment, we can offer you a great set of mini router bits. Our set of (10) comes in a nice wooden box with a hinged lid. It includes 1/8”, 3/16” and 1/4” straight bits; 3/16” and 1/4” points; concave, convex and straight edge bits; a 1/4” round–nose bit; and a 1/4” groove–cutting bit that is flat on the bottom and curved on the sides. Just enough to give you a little edge on other hobbyists.
QUICK FIX ZIPPER PULLS
The manufacturer calls it the Quik Fix Zipper but they obviously don't pay a copywriter to create dumb puns. So...it's the Zip-a-dee-doo-dad, a set of (3) replacement zipper tabs/sliders in graduated sizes (#3, #5, and #7) that come apart so you can slip then onto a zipper and tighten them with a little thumbscrew. Handy for busted jackets and sleeping bags. Even handier for pants. Removeable and re-usable.
HANDHELD DIGITAL STOPWATCH
This digital stopwatch includes a clock, alarm clock and lap modes. Reading appears in a 7/8" x 7/16" tall LCD display, graduated down to 1/100th of a second. Includes a 16" neck cord. From United Scientific. In assorted, but dignified, coach-appropriate colors.
UV BLACKLIGHT FLASHLIGHT KIT
UV light isn’t just for disco madness and seeing scary stuff in hotel rooms. This UV blacklight flashlight kit from TedcoToys® includes (9) activities for learning about blacklight science, UV light, luminescence, fluorescence and more, including “Sneaky Sleuth” activities. You get the light, highlighters, paper and glow-in-the-dark slime, but you add (3) “AAA” batteries.
EMERGENCY DIY COMPRESSED AIR HORN
Compress your own air, then let this emergency air horn rip. Why pay for cans of compressed (it’s air, for Pete’s sake) that will probably be empty when you need them anyway. This 5-1/4” tall x 2-3/16” dia pump mates with a red 6-1/2” long x 3” dia horn. Just push the plunger and it screams at 140dB, which means it’s a real emergency-only horn, not for use at those big games where you could make someone deaf, and definitely get tossed out.
PADDED NYLON TRIANGULAR CASE
We’re music-loving folk here at the surplus capital of America, so we like this high-quality, triangular, olive drab nylon case, originally intended to be a gun case, for toting your ukulele from luau to tiki bar. Padded, measures 22” long x 10” wide at the big end, narrowing to approx 4” at the bottom. Zipper on (3) sides, shoulder strap, outside 5” x 7-1/2” flapped pocket, and myriad slots on both sides. Also good for a junior fiddle, or some flutes and tin whistles.
WOODWORKS CLAY KIT
Klayzee™ kits, once you get over the kute spelling, spell hours of fun for krafty kids. Kits include packs of clay (OK, klay), molds, paints, spatulas, chisels and whatever else they'll need, including instructions. The Fossils Rock kit lets them make a 2" claw pendant and a 5-1/2" faux fossil.; the Woodworks kit results in a faux wood picture frame; and the What's Your Sign kit yields a 5" long oval plaque with flowers, stars, and room for the molder's name.
5-3/4" DISPOSABLE SCALPELS WITH RULE
No autoclave machine? Worry not. Like syringes and half of the medical equipment in the world, scalpels are now disposable. This one is 5-3/4" long and has a green plastic handle with a textured grip (with a 60mm rule on it) and a #11 (that’s pointy, for you non-surgeons) stainless steel blade. Perfect for all your hobbyist needs. Please replace the blade guard before disposal.
4-WAY UNIVERSAL DRILL CHUCK KEYS
How many chucks would a key chuck key if a key chuck could key chucks. A key chuck would key...oh forget it. Buy this (4) headed key chuck and know you will have the right size for most popular chucks on tools from Delta, Black & Decker, Bosch and other manufacturers of portable and smaller stationary tools.
FIRE COLOR-CHANGING COPPER CRYSTALS
Just toss this little pack, unopened, into a wood fire and watch all the pretty colors. (For you chem majors, it contains 25 grams of cupric sulfate, cupric chloride and PVC crystals.) And do we have to tell you not to eat or inhale it? OK, don’t eat it or inhale it. Just watch it blow your mind.
LONG LOCKING PLIERS
These would be standard nickel-plated locking pliers (with the vise-like grip) with serrated 1-1/2" jaws, except that they're 15" long. Think stuff you can't reach and stuff too hot to reach too close to. And if you're making a steel sculpture of a goose in flight, this is the front end. Really.
EASY MAGIC SET #1
It's easy. All you do is close your eyes and order one of our Easy Magic Sets conveniently marked #1, #2 or #3. Set #1 has the cups and balls trick, plus three coin tricks and a set of computer-age cards to tell someone's age; set #2 has a disappearing ball, escaping coin, ring and rope trick, and fortune cards. For ages 6+.
STAINLESS STEEL HIP FLASK
People will always be glad to see you when you’ve got a little something in your hip pocket. This stainless steel flask holds (6) oz. and measures 3-7/8” tall x 3-5/8” wide and is curved like your hip under your pocket. The screw cap is attached so you can’t drop it under the bleachers.
275 LB TEST TACTICAL CORD
Our each is 100 feet of of paracord (tactical cord) from Atwood Rope Mfg. Measures 3/32" dia (think round shoelace) with (4) internal strands and a 275-lb test strength. UV inhibited; rot and mildew resistant. In assorted solid and blended colors, from which we'll pick because we have impeccable taste in cordage.