The Winter Olympics begin today, and the odds are pretty good that you won't be seeing them in the flesh. (To any Olympians reading: Go for the gold!) But being more than 5,000 miles away from Sochi shouldn't curb your Olympic spirit! Today, we've rounded up five Editors' Choice tool and hardware deals to help you build your own Olympics at home. All you'll need is an all-time low on a pressure washer, a free tarp, a few other tools, and no regard for personal safety or the safety of others.
AR Blue Clean Electric Pressure Washer
Store: Ace Hardware
Price: $69.99 with in-store pickup
Lowest By: $11
Is It Worth It?: First off, you'll need a place for your curling, figure skating, speed skating, and hockey events. Assuming that your local weather conditions are conducive to water freezing, then all you'll need is a reasonably flat surface and the AR Blue Clean electric pressure washer. Capable of pumping out 1.58 gallons of water per minute at 1,600 PSI, this pressure washer was never intended to be used in the creation of an ice rink. (Wink, wink.) Currently $11 under the lowest price we could find elsewhere, this pressure washer is a steal at $70.
All-Purpose Weather Resisting Tarp
Store: Harbor Freight
Price: Free via printable coupon with in-store pickup
Lowest By: $7
Expires: February 28
Is It Worth It?: For the bobsled, skeleton, and luge events, you'll need to create an ice chute. Hypothetically, hanging this weather-resistant tarp and then spraying it with water would create such an ice chute, albeit a small one. That said, you can get the tarp for free at your local Harbor Freight store by redeeming the printable coupon above, saving yourself $7 in the process.
You might as well pick up all the free tools and hardware offered by Harbor Freight via these printable coupons — you've got some construction ahead of you. Assuming you use all of the coupons, you'll get about $38 worth of tools, including a work light, the aforementioned tarp, a tape measure, and more.
Husky 6-Piece Nut Driver Set
Store: Home Depot
Price: $3 with in-store pickup
Lowest By: $11
Is It Worth It?: Now that you have a rink and an ice chute, you'll need to build a bobsled, hockey equipment, curling brooms, and other sporting necessities. Any nuts and bolts that need tightening can be handled by this Husky 6-piece nut driver set. The handle boasts a pentagonal shape and non-slip grip to help you tighten more effectively, while the set includes a variety of driver sizes: 3/16", 1/4", 5/16", 3/8", and 7/16". At $3, this set is an $11 savings.
Kobalt 75-Piece PTA Set with Case
Price: $14.97 with in-store pickup
Lowest By: $10
Is It Worth It?: If you don't live near any mountains, hosting the alpine skiing, freestyle skiing, snowboarding, and ski jumping portions of your Winter Olympics may be tough. Cross-country skiing, however, is easy enough to compete in once you've built yourself a proper set of skis. For that, you'll need this Kobalt 75-piece PTA set. With bits and drivers to accommodate nearly all of your drilling and driving needs, this set even includes a handy carrying case. Tied as the lowest price we've ever seen at $15, this set includes drill bits in sizes ranging from 1/16" to 3/8".
The Only Rechargeable Illuminating Wrenches
Store: Hammacher Schlemmer
Price: $29.95 with $7.95 s&h via coupon code "37440"
Lowest By: $100
Is It Worth It?: We said hosting the ski events without a mountain would be tough, but not impossible. If this is your first time constructing a ski slope, you'll probably be working into the wee hours in order to finish before your Olympic torch is lit. That's where these illuminated wrenches come in. With their built-in LEDs, this set of seven double-sided wrenches will give you the light you need when you're getting that ski lift up and running at 3 am. The set is $100 off list price at $30, and coupon code "37440" drops the shipping to $8.