My first house was an old two-story farmhouse. The windows were the old double-hung wood type. And they did not keep out the cold air at all! If you have the same problem of cold drafts coming in through your windows and giving you cold feet, here’s a few tricks that I learned on how to keep your
Last month I gave you the history of WD-40, so I figured this month it was time for a little history on the other staple in everybody’s toolbox, duct tape!
During WWII, a lady that worked in an ordinance factory, Vesta Stoudt, mother of 2 Navy sailors, noticed that the tape they were sealing ammunition
The other morning I was having a cup of coffee on my front porch, and I noticed it….Yea, the leaves on my locust trees were about gone. And you know what that means, fall is right around the corner!
While it’s not time to start putting those plastic sheets up on the ‘ole windows yet, it is time
For every one of my 45 years in the hardware business, customers have been coming in asking for DW-40…..er, I mean WD-40. Whatever name our customers give it, we know what they want. When something is sticking, squeaking, or just not quite doing what it’s supposed to, WD-40 is one of the 1st
So, for the last month, our customer’s bug of choice has been the Japanese Beetle. By now those ugly little critters have done their 1st round of damage, more on that later, and now it’s the mosquito that is getting our attention.
Hopefully everybody has weathered the storm of the attack of the
Ever since I can remember we have sold barbeque grills in our hardware stores. 40 Years ago, the only one we sold was the 8” deep, 20” round, disc shaped charcoal grill that you adjusted the heat by raising the chrome food grate up and down. And now there are grills that are not only fueled by
So we waited, waited, and waited some more for spring to arrive. Finally, it got here, but late April? What was Mother Nature thinking?
Every year in the hardware business we plan for the unofficial beginning of spring. Because once the weather breaks, our customers start their annual outdoor spruce
Last year in April my article gave you some lawn maintenance 101 basics in my “Here Come the Dandelions!” article. This year we’re moving up to a 201 level class… Degree Days.
Most of my lawn care customers know that you have to put down your crabgrass preventer early, and that you better be
Spring Has Arrived!
Your calendar says spring is here. The robins and the 1st plants of spring say that spring is here. And finally, our average highs for the day seem to say that spring is here. So, Mother Nature is ready…are you?
In the hardware business, our spring prep consists of bringing in
The other day an older lady and her husband approached me about a household project they were about to undertake. As I started through my checklist on how to paint a bathroom, I quickly discovered that it was total uncharted waters for both of them.
I am frequently amazed by the projects that my customers
This winter a big question coming in our front door has been, should I use ice melt or not use ice melt? Just what should you do? What kind of ice melter is safe for you, your pets, your grass and your concrete? Well, let’s find out!
Ice melter comes in many different strengths, with many different
Last month, two big things that we were asked for in the hardware store were furnace filters and nut gathers. This time of year everybody needs a new furnace filter. And what was up with all the walnuts?
40 years ago, when I started in dad’s hardware store, there was one type
It seemed like the beautiful weather of late summer/early fall was going to stay with us forever. But as usual, here comes the cool weather, and with that is that danged ‘ole list of things that you have to do to your home to get ready for Old Man Winter.
Gutters – Last week, on one of those warm
As your lawn slowly starts giving you a break from the need to be mowed every time you turn around, don’t forget that now is actually the best time to spruce up your lawn for next year.
SOWING GRASS SEED.
There is plenty of time to thicken up your yard for next year with a little grass seed
Home Wireless Video Surveillance Cameras
Have you seen the reports on the evening news where someone had a video camera mounted on their front porch and it caught someone sneaking up and taking a UPS package? Or a video camera that catches someone walking up to a back door of a home in the middle of
How did all those ants get in my kitchen?
That seems to be the most asked bug question that we get in our hardware stores!
The small ants that invade your house are generally there for 1 thing, food. They’re headed to the pantry, kitchen counter, candy drawer, dog food and even after the late night
“Honey! There is a funny noise coming from the bathroom!” Ever walk by your bathroom and hear something that sounds like water running? Then you begrudgingly walk in and suddenly the sound disappears. Hmmm. Floor is dry. Faucet isn’t dripping. Hmmm. Then out of the blue an hour later, you hear
So the first official outdoor grilling weekend has passed. So how did you and your gas grill do?
Flame a little uneven? Igniter not igniting? Nasty flare-up? So if you didn’t do it earlier, now is the time to get that gas grill tuned up for the rest of the grilling season. So let’s get started!
So we’ve been talking about your weeds and grass the last few months, so now it’s time to look up!
Let’s look at your house, and more specifically, at the paint. Starting to blister a little bit? Wife wants the front door color changed to something she saw on the House Beautiful cable TV show?
Last month we talked about the bad green stuff in your yard, weeds! This month let’s talk about the good green stuff in your yard, the grass!
By now you’re starting to get an idea on how your yard is going to come out of its winter dormancy. Depending on the amount of rain, sun and the temperature
Here they come! You know you’re gonna have some! But how many? And when?
It’s lawn weed time again and what can you do to win the battle this year?
In the Fort Wayne area the most prevalent lawn weeds seem to be dandelions and crabgrass.
When fighting dandelions and other such broadleaf weeds, preventing