Harbor Freight is having a Black Friday sale in my area, and I notice from their advertisement which I picked up in-store that they have a couple of jacks on sale. Both are spec’d at 17-18 inch height. It would be nice to have a jack that reached that height. I usually have to resort to work-a-rounds involving blocks of wood.
Funny story. I was taking a neighborhood walk last summer and noticed a 6 x 6 x 48 inch block of douglas fir from a home-brew construction project a neighbor had finished, the wood was sitting there unused among a big pile of scrap wood for several months, all covered in mud. Next time the neighbor was there I mentioned that if he was planning to toss that block of wood anyway, I could use it for fixing my cars. If you leave wood scraps in a visible spot in this area you’ll eventually get a fine from the city, piles of wood are considered a fire hazard. He says “ok, I have no need for it, so you can have it”. I told him I’d be back with my truck to pick it up a little later. Too heavy to carry. I decided the old adage “he who hesitates is lost” is good to follow in this case, so I immediately returned with my truck, 5 minutes later. He had already strapped that block of wood to his hand truck and was about to haul it out of sight … lol … I guess he changed his mind. He still let me have it though. And the other wood is still there, covered in even more mud.