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Build Your Own Olympics for Under $150 with Editors' Choice Tools

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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.

  1. AR Pressure WasherAR 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.

  2. TarpAll-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.

  3. Husky Nut DriverHusky 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.

  4. Kobalt PTA SetKobalt 75-Piece PTA Set with Case
    Store: Lowe's
    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".

  5. Illuminating WrenchesThe 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.

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Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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