Hal’s Corner


  • All Weather Rain Gauge

    It’s a good idea to keep tabs on the amount of rainfall around your home. Better yet, keep tabs on your local weatherman. Being a stickler for detail I like to know the exact rainfall in my little yard. Most reports are given from several locations to come up with an average. With this rain gauge you will know the amount of rainfall right where it counts, your yard!

    This Rain Gauge has been designed to U.S. Weather Bureau specifications and is used by the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration. The inner tube is calibrated in hundredths of an inch to accurately measure the first inch of rainfall. The outer cylinder accumulates up to 11 inches of rainfall. The gauge installed on my deck can be seen from inside the house, and an accurate reading is always at hand.

    At Sporty’s, we search out the best tools for your home, garage, yard, and workshop. Every product we offer has been thoroughly tested, and will exceed your expectations.

    We guarantee it.

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  • Driveway Marker

    Originally, we were looking for a way to mark taxi-ways, end of runways, etc. We needed something visible day or night, yet wouldn’t damage an aircraft if they struck it. We also wanted something we could easily remove when cutting the grass (over 90 acres) here at the Clermont County Airport, home of Sporty’s®.

    We were so pleased with the results, we decided to come up with a version for marking driveway entrances and long, winding driveways.

    Our Driveway Marker features a reflective stripe on the post to clearly mark your path even on the darkest night or during inclement weather. The spring-loaded post bounces back instead of breaking off when struck by a vehicle. The post also lifts out of the flush-mounted ground spike for easy mowing.

    The Driveway Marker is just one example of the unique, high quality products found in our catalog. Every product we offer has to pass rigorous tests and offer our customer good value while filling a specific need.

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  • Drywall Vac Sander Shop Vacuum Attachment

    Most catalog companies “evaluate” new products by looking at glossy photographs while sitting at their desks. Their criteria: if it looks good, it goes in the catalog. But at Sporty’s we take product testing serious. So when we say “We test and use what we sell,” we mean we test every single product before including it in one of our catalogs.

    And more than occasionally, our employees continue our product tests at their homes. Case in point, one of our longtime employees (19 years) Howard Law (above) and his new garage. After several years of intense negotiations, Howard finally garnered enough points with his better half to build a garage for his projects. A contractor did the heavy work, but he planned on doing the finish work himself.

    In the past, Howard has finished drywall the hard, dirty way. However, since he was looking at finishing over fifty sheets of drywall, he knew he needed a better game plan.

    Luckily, he didn’t have to look any further than our Tool Shop catalog and our Drywall Vac Sander. This is the thinking man’s way to finish drywall. It fits on your shop vacuum, and has abrasive screens that let you sand the drywall while the dust goes right through the screen into your vacuum. It’s faster, cleaner, and certainly healthier than traditional methods of sanding drywall.

    We are happy to report Howard completed his project in a weekend, and he says the Drywall Vac Sander exceeded his expectations-reducing his labor, and keeping the mess to a minimum. No matter what project you have planned at home, please take a minute and browse through our website and you’ll find dozens of handy cost effective ways to make your life run a bit smoother. We guarantee it.

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  • Easy-Movers Furniture Sliders (Small)

    At Sporty’s, we don’t take product tests lying down. In fact, thoroughly testing products, to ensure they exceed your expectations, is what we do every day. And we all take part in product testing. Sometimes our tests are scientific, while other times our tests are more practical in nature. Many times, simply asking our top employees to use the products around their homes is best.

    Take our Easy-Movers furniture gliders for example. This simple product is nothing less than remarkable. By slipping an Easy-Movers furniture glider under each corner, one person can easily move heavy furniture over carpeted surfaces... just the thing when it’s time to clean or “rearrange.”

    Some of our folks have found permanently placing Easy-Movers under their heaviest furniture is ideal for spring-cleaning. That thought appeals to me since I don’t want Sandy straining herself while moving dressers, armoires, entertainment centers, or other heavy objects. If you’re a thoughtful guy, you’ll get several sets, to make your spouse’s work easier.

    Sporty’s continuously searches for unique, high-quality, durable products that make your life a little easier, in more ways than one.

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  • Fireman's Hose Nozzle with Pistol Grip

    There’s really not a nice way to say it.

    We love abusing our products – taking them to extremes and dreaming up torture tests. This time we have a real David vs. Goliath encounter. Imagine a garden hose nozzle meeting up with a 12,000 pound bus. But of course, not just any garden hose nozzle.

    Our Fireman’s Hose Nozzle is the ultimate – built for a lifetime of use and abuse. The stainless steel mechanism is housed in a rugged fiberglass-reinforced nylon housing, with an outer layer of resilient rubber. Drop it, throw it across the driveway, or even park a 12,000 pound bus on it, and it just keeps on working. And when we say it keeps working, we mean it even keeps working while the bus is parked on it. Just try that with your ordinary hose nozzle.

    Here at Sporty’s we search out, test, and offer you products that will stand up to more abuse than they’ll see in a lifetime of use. We guarantee it.

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  • Flexogen Garden Hose (100 ft. - 3/4 in.)

    Freeze it. Squeeze it. Drive over it in gravel. Maybe even turn it into a tree swing. How would your garden hose fare if you abused it like this?

    If you said it wouldn't stand a chance, you need to trade up to Flexogen. This incredible hose is burst tested to 500 psi, it resists all sorts of twists and kinks and has octagonally shaped couplings to prevent crushing. Translated, this is the world's best garden hose.

    How certain are we in making this claim? Here's our unconditional guarantee: If your Flexogen Garden Hose ever fails, we'll replace it at no charge, no questions asked. It's just that simple.

    Now that you've heard all this, what length Flexogen would you like?

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  • Gutter Pump for Downspouts (set of 2)

    Clogged gutters can be responsible for causing a whole host of problems around your home, many resulting in expensive repair bills. There are numerous products available for protecting your home’s gutters and you’ll find some of the best ones right inside our catalog. However one of the simplest and most effective is our GutterPump.

    Our patented GutterPump has a unique, self-priming siphon design that creates suction to keep water flowing even when gutters are full of leaves, twigs or other debris. And there’s no installation. Just drop one into each downspout. It’s that simple.

    Bill Anderson, one of our long-time employees, has lots of large trees around his home. Every year he would battle clogged gutters. So when they arrived, Bill immediately volunteered to test the GutterPumps. He placed a total of 20 GutterPumps-one at the top of each downspout around his house, and water has been flowing ever since.

    At Sporty’s, we search out the best tools for your home, garage, yard and workshop. Every product we offer has been thoroughly tested, and will exceed your expectations. We guarantee it.

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  • High-Rise Lawn Sprinkler

    Our High-Rise Sprinkler proved essential in helping us establish lawns, trees and shrubbery at Sandy’s Airpark, Sporty’s new Residential Airpark development. We selected our High-Rise Sprinkler because it covers an enormous 5000 sq. ft. area which would have proven difficult with most ground based units. The telescoping tripod adjusts from 25″ to 48″ high so it won’t get blocked by lower obstacles, adjustable legs are also great for hillsides. The sprinkler head adjusts to cover a 100″ diameter area in a complete circular pattern or a partial arc making it ideal for gardens or established lawns too.

    The maintenance free design features a solid brass sprinkler head and the tripod is constructed of rust-free extruded aluminum with an attractive green anodized finish. Especially nice is the way it telescopes to just 25″ for easy storage. As a result of our effort and the High-Rise Sprinkler, the lawns and foliage around Sandy’s Airpark are coming along nicely.

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  • Ice Dozer Plus Ice Scraper

    Completing one of our many field tests here at Sporty’s, this was one item that was sure to wow us, but needed our approval before being brought into our catalog.

    We tested the dozer on a couple of vehicles in our parking lot and found that the Ice Dozer Plus takes one of the most time-consuming chores and makes it a whole lot easier and quicker. Based on the same concept as a conventional bulldozer, the Ice Dozer takes a similar shape and scrapes ice off with ease. However, the secret is also in the teeth, which “tenderizes” and breaks the ice, allowing for less effort in scraping. The handle is designed to leverage your grip for the most impact on stubborn ice. The included brush attachment easily wipes away debris and snow and also has an ice notch to clear wiper blades of ice. The Ice Dozer is well made in the USA and is backed by a manufacturer lifetime warranty.

    Order one for each vehicle and always be prepared for what Mother Nature in the winter has to bring.

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  • Live Animal Trap (Large)

    Raccoons, squirrels, rabbits and chipmunks are cute little critters but they can become pests. Chipmunks can damage your home’s foundation; rabbits can ruin your garden; squirrels can get into your attic and destroy insulation and chew on electrical wiring; raccoons can get into garbage cans and create an awful mess. When this happens, it’s time for you to take action to protect your property.

    Our condo, which is adjacent to a wooded area, recently came under attack by group of pesky raccoons. The varmints chewed a hole through wooden siding and got inside our attic. Using our Live Animal Traps, Sandy and I captured six raccoons and quickly became trappers of considerable renown within our condo community. We then had the damage repaired knowing no raccoons remained inside our attic.

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  • Overhead Garage Storage Rack

    Storage space is limited in a lot of homes, so many of us try to find ways to maximize the space we do have. At Sporty’s Tool Shop, we are always searching for products that enable you to do just that.

    One such item is our Overhead Garage Storage Rack. It’s ideal for taking advantage of the unused space in your basement or garage. Like many of us, Chuck Gallagher, a Vice President here at Sporty’s, has cumbersome items that are seasonal or used only occasionally--coolers, folding lawn chairs, pool toys, holiday decorations, etc.--and needed a place to store them out of the way. Floor space in most garages is at a premium and his is no exception. He offered to test the Overhead Garage Storage Rack, and took one home and installed it in the unused space available above the garage door. Chuck is a mechanical engineer, and the products he prefers must meet a certain standard for quality. He reported that the Overhead Garage Storage Rack “is sturdy and well made. It’s easy to install and the height adjusts easily. I can reach the items I have stored on it from any side. While it’s rated to hold up to 250lbs, it’s ideal for objects that are lightweight but bulky and take up a lot of space.”

    The Overhead Garage Storage Rack lets you quickly add storage space and reduce clutter by using the space overhead.

    We search for unique, high quality, well made products like the Overhead Garage Storage Rack that make life easier and a lot more enjoyable. We test and use the products we offer which enables us to back them with a full one-year guarantee.

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  • Propane Tank Monitor

    Sometimes the simplest products can have greatest impact. Take our Gasgard® propane tank fuel monitor for example. It’s not expensive. It’s not complicated. But when it’s installed on your gas grill’s propane tank, it can help you avoid a rather embarrassing situation.

    It only takes running out of propane one time, with hungry guests standing around, to know you don’t want it to happen a second time. The easy-to-read face lets you know when you’re running low. It also detects dangerous leaks so you’ll know your system is safe. Installs in seconds without tools. Gasgard® is an example of a simple product with great impact and one you won’t want to do without.

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  • Rechargeable 4-in-1 LED Light

    Sometimes a particular product is so practical it becomes an employee favorite! That has been the case with our Rechargeable 4-in-1 LED Light. Like many of us, Jack Lynch, an Executive Vice President here at Sporty’s for many years, needed an emergency light he could depend on and could be kept close at hand.

    Our Rechargeable 4-in-1 LED Light is that and more. The LED bulbs never need replacing—they last 100,000 hours! You’ll always know where to find it because you just plug it into a wall socket and leave it, keeping the rechargeable battery charged. It automatically lights up in a power failure to provide emergency lighting. Pull it from the socket and it’s a handy emergency flashlight with eight hours of run time—or you can just use it as an everyday rechargeable flashlight. Set it to motion mode and it will light up as you approach within twelve feet. Or set it to night light mode and it will automatically turn on at dusk and off at dawn.

    Jack has several around his home. He reports that “it’s like four lights in one. They are ideal for dark hallways and as a bathroom night light. They are also helpful at the top and bottom of stairs to light the staircase when you approach. I like that I can conveniently place them in a dark bedroom so they come on when I enter and I don’t have to fumble around for a light switch. And what I really appreciate is there are no bulbs or batteries to replace—ever!”

    The Rechargeable 4-in-1 LED Light is the hardest working light you’ll have around the house. We test and use the products we offer which enables us to back them with a full one-year guarantee.

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  • Roof Snow Rake

    You can easily prevent costly damage to your roof, gutters and downspouts by removing heavy snow and ice before damage occurs. Heavy snowfall, or even a light snow followed by periods of thawing and freezing can cause a heavy layer of ice to form on your roof. The melting ice allows water to run into your gutters and re-freeze when temperature drops. The resulting weight can overwhelm your gutters, shingles and even your home’s structure. When this happens you are faced with costly repairs, and of course the hassle that accompanies it.

    You can easily prevent this situation from happening to your home, garage, shed, and barn by having our Roof Snow Rake on hand. In just a few minutes you can clear your roof of snow, and remove dangerous icicles too. Even if ice has formed underneath, after the insulating snow is removed, the warmth from the sun will melt the ice away. For you technocrats, this process is called sublimation.

    A few minutes of your time with our Roof Snow Rake now, will likely save you from costly repairs and trouble next Spring.

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  • Stylish Safety Sunglasses

    The lens that survived a bullet!

    Here at Sporty’s Tool Shop, we’re always searching for products that are uniquely dependable, and that can withstand rugged, prolonged use. We put every product through rigorous testing before we determine if it’s worthy of being in your hands. But even we were impressed with the brute strength of these Safety and Sun Glasses.

    The lens on these glasses withstood a manufacturer’s product testing that we found amazing: taking a bullet. But we didn’t take their word for it. We verified the results: using a .22 caliber rifle, we shot the lens from just 50 feet. The round left a small dimple, but no penetration. Now that’s one tough lens! If these glasses can withstand a bullet, imagine how they will protect you from everyday projectiles, such as those flying off your chain saw, edger and lawn mower.

    That’s not all. The frames and temples are flexible and slightly curved for maximum side coverage and comfort. Nose pieces and temple grips are made of cushioning gel. And the lenses are designed for 100% visual correctness, and block 99.9% of UVA and UVB rays, eliminating glare even in the harshest of environments.

    There’s another thing we like about these glasses: they’re styled to look good. You can't go wrong with tough and handsome. Check them out for yourself.

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  • Wireless Outlet Control

    We have found yet another use for one of our products!

    How many times have you been told to simply “unplug and plug back in” one of your electronic devices so it will work properly again? Sometimes the outlet you need to reach is in a location that is not easily accessible, for example – the one behind my cable box!

    With the Wireless Remote Outlet Control, I no longer have to bend down and reach behind a piece of furniture, or climb a ladder to reset our electronics. It lets you turn on and off as many as three individual appliances from across the room – up to 66 feet away – with a simple press of a button. It even works through walls, floors, and doors – no need to point the remote at the receiver. Just plug one of the receivers into any indoor outlet and plug in your lamp or appliance into the receiver, that’s it!

    The Wireless Remote Outlet Control includes three receivers with space saving grounded outlets, and a remote transmitter. The transmitter operates on one 12v type A23 battery (included), and is compatible with both incandescent and compact fluorescent light bulbs.

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