Uncategorized Truck Tool Chest Shopping

Truck Tool Chest Shopping

Truck tool chest shopping will turn your truck bed into a portable tool shed. I like to carry tools around but had a few things stolen. I love the range of cargo I can take in my truck but need some extra security to keep my expensive tools safe. Not only from theft but they shouldn’t be rolling around with all of the other things!

Now, shopping for a sturdy and secure tool chest can be challenging. There are so many options on the market it makes you wonder which will actually work. I split my search into specific categories to help me decide which truck tool chest would suit my needs.

Space: First, I measured the width of my truck bed. This tells you which tool chests will be able to fit. You should also keep the length of your truck bed in mind. You want to make sure your chest doesn’t take up the entirety of your truck bed unless you prefer it that way.

Plastic or metal? Truck tool chests are either made of plastic or metal. The plastic they use is actually pretty sturdy while not adding a lot of weight to your vehicle. Plastic is also the cheaper of the two options. Metal is obviously more durable and sturdier, and costs you more. They come in aluminum or steel.

Compartments: I want my tool chest to act like a mobile tool box. I want a large compartment, preferably with a light cover to handle smaller tools. I would also like it to have drawers. Make sure you buy one that will store all of the items you travel with but you can still easily find them.

I made a list of the items I am usually pulling in and out of my truck.

Weatherproofing: Most truck tool chests are weather resistant. Weather resistant doesn’t always cut it, especially if you live in an especially wet climate. People who will use it through winter or wet months will want to be sure their chest is completely waterproof. Check the seal. Some use rubber, while others use fabric or tape.

Lock: I need a tool chest with a sturdy lock and key. That is one of my main reasons for purchasing one!

Truck Tool Chest Styles

Now that you know the amount of tools and their shapes, this review of mounting styles will help you further narrow your search.

Top-mount: These mount right behind the truck cab. There are usually several compartments all under one lid. Some even have just one large compartment. It depends on the size of the tools you need to carry. You can find some models that go all the way down, while others hover. I like the ones with large compartments on top, but drawers under.

Side mount: There is a side mount tool chest designed to fit every truck bed size. These are mounted to one, or both, side rails of your truck, depending on your storage needs. You don’t have to climb into the truck to access them. They also usually don’t reach the floor of the bed. You can fit more long cargo with this mount.

Crossbed: These tool chests stretch across the width of the bed directly behind the cap. They are bolted to the outsides of the truck bed and usually leave space underneath for more storage.

Trailer Tongue: This is a perfect option for people who already tow a trailer around. It attaches to the trailer tongue for easy added storage. It isn’t great for people like me. I just want to keep the tools in my truck and don’t always like to pull a trailer.

Hitch mount: I like this option because it doesn’t actually take up any bed space. I can still move large objects like wood or furniture and have my tools on hand. It attaches to the trailer post and doesn’t obstruct the driver’s view.

If you are still unclear, here are more truck tool chest shopping tips!


Uncategorized Just Cleaning the Fence

Just Cleaning the Fence

The fence in my yard got so dirty, I thought it was finally time for just cleaning the fence. Sadly, it wasn’t so simple as just cleaning the fence. I got out there with a bucket, some strong soap, and my hose. I spent nearly two hours scrubbing one square foot of the fence before I finally gave up. After all that work it still looked nearly as dingy as when I started!

It was then I came to the realization that I needed to stop doing things the hard way and get myself a pressure washer. However, I wasn’t sure which would be the right purchase. I would like to do a wide range of chores with this tool. At the same time, I’d like something simple and easy to use and upkeep. Here is my journey so I could get to just cleaning the fence.

I started looking at gas pressure washers. They pack a lot of punch. I was a little overwhelmed, by the power and the price. Gas pressure washers need more upkeep than electric models. If you find the right one, it could last you for years. I started by taking a look at bestpressurewasher.reviews. I really like their top pick, the Simpson MSH3135-S. It isn’t as powerful as other gas pressure washers but has a very reliable Honda motor.


The Honda motor starts with ease and continues to run smoothly for hours. I could probably get my Spring cleaning done within a few hours with this one tool.

It is smaller and more mobile than many other units in its class with similar power. I don’t have a lot of storage space for another new toy, so small is a plus.

It is made from quality materials. The tires are rubber, as opposed to hard plastic. The quick connect nozzles are made from stainless steel. The wand is also steel with a sturdy, yet flexible, hose.


Some users are put off by the hose. While it’s durable they don’t like how stiff the plastic is.

The nozzles don’t always stay secured in the rubber mount on the plate. I don’t want to have to go looking for my nozzles! This is probably because the motor shakes when it is in operation. Even though it isn’t as convenient, I’d probably end up securing some type of bag to the unit to store extra nozzles.

It’s loud. My family won’t like waking up to it at six in the morning on a Saturday when I get out to do yard work.

I decided to take a look at electric pressure washers. Even though the Simpson model interests me, I know I will always forget to grab extra gas. I also don’t really like a lot of sounds. That’s part of why I stuck with handwashing everything until this point. Electric models are much cheaper than gas powered ones and are less powerful. When I went to view this, I noticed a pressure washer a relative has had for a few years– The AR Blue Clean. He really loves it, so I decided to dig deeper.


It comes with two different spray wands. One adjusts to suit different light to medium jobs around the house, the second is a high powered wand for tougher jobs.

You can choose to add detergents. That will help me blast through that grime on my fence without peeling back the paint.

It’s super cost effective. Even at the low price, my relative has been able to pull it out whenever he needs it without any issues. That just doesn’t happen with gas models.

It only weighs 28 pounds. I know it’s something I will be able to handle for years to come. It also has wheels to make it even easier to move with you.

It is compact. I have two spots I could just slide it in my garage or basement. This unit won’t be in your way when you don’t need it.

My relative only has great things to say about their customer service. He gets the replacement parts through them and hasn’t had an issue.


Some of the cheap plastic parts can break or leak. They can actually be replaced with some low-cost parts. My relative bought new couplings and it doesn’t leak at all now.

Some people complain about the reel for the hose. I think these people were using it more frequently than I would.
I went ahead and borrowed my relative’s AR Blueclean to see if it would help clean my fence. When it did a great job, I went ahead and ordered myself one. If it’s not the choice for you, check out more high-quality pressure washers on this website.    

Uncategorized Just Catching Bass

Just Catching Bass

I wish I could spend every fishing excursion just catching bass. I admit it still isn’t always, but the best bass lures have brought me a lot closer. There are so many out there, I was overwhelmed for years and just kept buying more and more expensive bait and presentations and only trying them a few times. There are a few that have stood out. These lures help me catch bass throughout the year in different conditions. I’m sure I have some other great lures, I just haven’t found the right conditions to unlock their potential yet.

You’ll be catching so many basses you’ll need a more effective way to clean them. Did you know you can use a pressure washer for yard cleaning to quickly remove the scales from bass? You just might have to try it thanks to how many basses this article will help you fish up.

  1. Jigs

Skirted jigs will give you great results no matter what time of year you use them. You can be catching bass in any water temperature between 40 and 90. They work in wooded, rocky, grassy, and open areas alike.

  1. Crankbait

These are also pretty effective no matter what time of year you are fishing. You just need to choose the right design for the season and water conditions you are fishing in. Slim cranks with flat sides and a slight wobble dominate winter fishing. In warmer water, use fatter cranks with more movement to keep the fish coming to your hook. If you are fishing for bass in the deep, use a big lipped plug to bring them from the depths. You should also consider the shape of the bill depending on the water conditions. Square bills work well to deflect wood and rock. Round lips dive deeper than square bills. Coffin billed baits combine the two styles into one.

  1. Jerkbait

Jerkbait is known for working well in the winter months. However, they can actually be effective in warmer months as well. The real reason nobody is catching bass with jerkbait in the summer is because nobody is out throwing them in! They take a little bit more skill. You should drag them through grassy areas quickly. You can’t really fish one of these too fast. Keep them twitching and gliding, and you’ll score a few good bass.

  1. Finesse worms

These simple worms may not have the fancy appendages but they can snag bass any and every day. With a few different weights and attachments, you can use your finesse worm every day of the year. Add one to a Carolina or shaky head in cold waters. Use them weightless in the summer near the dock or in thick water grasses. You can even use them in deep waters with a nose hook and drop shot rig. Keep all these items in your tool box and you’ll be ready to snag big bass with a finesse worm.

  1. Swimbait

Swimbaits are pretty new to most people’s tackle boxes. Even so, they have earned their keep as one of the best bass catchers on the market. You can emulate a wide range of fish bait species and that allows them to be effective throughout the entire year. Anglers often use them with an umbrella rig in the winter months to mimic a dying shad. You can use them effectively in the summer months in both grassy and open waters as well, without much alteration.

  1. Lipless Crankbait

These little guys are great in shallow or deep waters. The same reason they are effective in water of any depth also makes them a great choice for both summer and winter fishing. They can travel across the dying grass fields of winter, or cover a lot of water and target schools of active fish in the summer. Their shape makes them good for crowded grassy or rocky areas or animating in open water.

  1. Craw

One delicious treat a bass will never say no to is a craw. They eat a wide range of small fish, but they will eat craw as long as they are available. They are naturally found in shallow weeds or rocky depths until the absolute coldest time of the year. You can fish with a plastic craw in a lot of ways. Attach them to the back of a jig, throw to into some cover, drag it on a Carolina rig, or fish it on a shakey head. Because this is one of the most important foods in a bass’ diet, they will want to latch on, so long as it isn’t the only one active.