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Power Tools and Small Engine Repair Q&A

Joseph Coupal - Monday, September 11, 2017

Monnick Supply, Marlborough, Framingham, MADuring this time of year, many homeowners are getting their yards and homes ready for the fall. This means power washers are getting pulled out, snow blowers are getting tested and chain saws are getting used. During this busy season we answer lots of questions. Here are the answers to some of the most common.

If you have power tool and equipment repair needs, contact Monnick Supply or see if we have answered any of your questions below.

Is it alright to run a pressure washer pump without water?

This is not good for the pump, running it without water will burn out the pump and then you will have no pressure when you run it with water. Some manufacturers recommend that you stop the pump altogether when you are not spraying. Pressure washer pumps will get too hot when they are used without water. The water acts as a coolant.

Is it common for small engines that have been in storage for a long time to smoke a lot when you start them?

Yes, any engine, even one that has been stored for a couple weeks will smoke. After using it for a little while, most small engines will stop smoking if nothing else is wrong with the engine.

If the engine continues to smoke, you may need an engine rebuild, new rings, or the crank case may be over-full with oil. The oil level is the easiest to check, just pull out the oil dipstick and check the oil level on your engine.

Why does my lawnmower backfire when I stop it?

The solenoid may not be functioning anymore. If the solenoid does not function properly it will still allow fuel to get through to the engine when you turn the ignition off, which will cause it to backfire. If the fuel is set too rich, this could also cause a backfire. Check your throttle when you turn the key off. If the throttle is wide open, a backfire will also occur. First turn the throttle down and then turn off the key.

If your engine backfires excessively, you may have bigger issues that need professional repair and maintenance.

If I have an old chainsaw that has been sitting for a while does the carburetor kit need to be replaced?

The carb kit only has to be replaced if the chainsaw does not run properly. It may run right for a little while, but then it may start to act up. Diaphragms tend to get hard, so the carburetor will not run properly.

For all of you power tool and small engine repair needs, contact Monnick Supply.

Why Buy Power Tools from Locally Owned and Operated Retailers?

Joseph Coupal - Friday, September 08, 2017

Monnick Supply, Marlborough, Framingham, MAWhen you own power tools, you also have power tool service, parts and maintenance needs. When you buy a power tool at a big box store or online, they just don’t care what happens after the purchase. Every year seasonal power tools need to be prepared for storage, or serviced when they come out of storage. Every year spark plugs and air filters need to be replaced, or perhaps your leaf blower or hedge trimmer won’t start at all. When you buy online or from big box stores, they are not interested in anything that happens after the sale. Locally owned and operated power tools sales and service stores like Monnick Supply care about our customers for the life of their power tool, and beyond.

Where you shop for power tools matters. Small locally owned hardware stores that sell power tools will help you determine which tool will meet your needs. We also have a lot of knowledge about the tools we sell because we use them in our own homes.

For power tools for fall cleanup, contact Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham, MA, your locally owned hardware store.

Leaf Blowers: Gas, Battery Powered and Electric All have Benefits

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Monnick Supply, Marlborough, Framingham, MAFall is on the way and homeowners are heading out to buy leaf blowers. While there are fantastic electric hand-held leaf blowers, most have long been over-powered by gas power leaf blowers. Gas blowers are the fastest way to clear a yard full of leaves. But there are great battery operated leaf blowers with great prices and comparable performance that make them a smart choice for some homeowners, especially if you care about noise.

Some battery powered blowers can sweep away leaves and loosen debris almost as well as the top gas blowers. And while some gas models are less noisy than others, electric and battery operated are quietest overall. That's good news, particularly if your community is among those with gas-blower regulations.

Most municipalities prohibit unreasonable noise, including the whine of a blower, during certain hours. But some areas prohibit any blower louder than 70 decibels at 50 feet, and a few limit noise to 65 decibels (about as loud as a window air conditioner on high). Keeping your neighbors happy might be the best reason to choose a less-raucous blower, wherever you live.

How to choose

The best handheld electric blowers are powerful enough for big jobs, provided they're within 100 feet of a power outlet. Gas handheld models go anywhere but add weight, cost, and noise, along with fueling and maintenance. Backpack blowers cost even more but offer more power while transferring weight from your arms to your back and shoulders.

Got lots of leaves? Wheeled blowers pack the most power by far. But they're the largest and priciest, and can be tough to push and control. Here's what else to consider:

Know the law. A few areas prohibit gas blowers.

Decide whether you need to vacuum. Many handheld blowers also pick up yard debris. But their relatively small tubes limit how much you can suck up at one time. Look for a metal impeller which should hold up better over time than the usual nylon versions when ingesting leaves and twigs.

Factor in other features. Flatter nozzles tend to be better for sweeping leaves, while rounded ones are usually best for loosening them. Adjustable speeds let you power down around fragile garden beds, and a clear gas tank shows fuel level.

Look for labor savers. Handheld models have better balance and, often, a second grip for added control. A bottom-mounted air intake will probably tug less at clothing than an intake at the side. A convenient shut-off switch lets you cut the motor or engine quickly.

For more information on gas, electric and battery operated leaf blowers, contact Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham.

Canning Supplies Sale for All Your Fall Canning Needs

Joseph Coupal - Monday, August 21, 2017

All this week you can find all your canning supplies at Monnick Supply. Late summer and fall canning can start now! For more information on canning supplies specials all this week, August 20 through August 26th, contact Monnick Supply.

Sidewalk Sale at Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, August 17, 2017

Sidewalk Sale at Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham. All day Saturday, August Saturday, August 19th.

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Summer Lawn Care: Love Your Yard, Love Your Soil

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, July 27, 2017

Monnick Supply, Framingham, Marlborough, MADo you want a great lawn? Now is the time to fertilize your soil for a great lawn this season and next year. All natural and organic, Love Your Soil stimulates soil microbes and creates a biologically healthy soil. This soil food helps to loosen heavy, hard packed soils, and releases trapped nutrients. You can grow better turf by creating better soil!

What does Jonathan Green Love-Your-Soil do for your yard?

  • Helps loosen soil for deeper root growth
  • Revitalizes soil By improving air & water flow
  • Stimulates soil microbes creating a biologically healthy soil
  • Makes top soil out of subsoil

Use on existing lawns, when seeding to enhance grass root mass development, and on cool and warm season grasses. Your lawn soil will become more alive and porous allowing water, air and grass roots to enter the soil more easily. Love Your Soil also increases the grasses’ resistance to drought and heat stress, and helps to kick-start your lawn in the spring.

Environmentally friendly and safe to use around people and pets. It is a homogeneous formula that applies easily with any spreader. Contains humic and fulvic acids, calcium, sulfur, iron and molasses.

For best results, apply to a dry lawn before a rain or water in after application. For very hard soil, repeat applications twice per year may be necessary. You may seed with this product.

This product is available in the following bag sizes:

  • 3.6 lb. (1000 sq. ft.)
  • 18 lb. (5000 sq. ft.)
  • 54 lb. (15000 sq. ft.)

Right now, get 20% off on Love Your Soil and all other Jonathan Green lawn care products. For more information, contact Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham, MA.

Pool Water Testing for Beginners

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Monnick Supply, Marlborough, Framingham, MAWe have all heard of “testing the waters” but when comes to swimming pool maintenance, water testing is the best route to an easy to maintain pool.

You have to do more than touch the water to test anything more than the temperature. Test kits, strips and readers can be used to check pool water balance levels. You can also bring a water sample to Monnick Supply in Marlborough or Framingham and we can test your pool water for you and tell you exactly what you need. Did you go on vacation and come home to a green pool? We can help you figure out what products you need AND how much you need for your particular pool size.

A swimming pool is just a hole in the ground without water, and swimming is no fun if not experienced in clean, clear and healthy water.

Since swimming pools are generally used by multiple people at any given time, it is imperative that pool water is tested and treated regularly to prevent the spread of infectious illness and enhance the pool experience.

In order to have a sparkling clean and well-balanced pool, you have to ensure that the levels of pool chemicals stay within the ideal range of:

  • pH: 7.2 - 7.8
  • Chlorine: 1.0 - 2.0 ppm
  • Total Alkalinity: 80 - 120 ppm
  • Calcium Hardness: 200 - 400 ppm
  • Cyanuric Acid: 20 - 50 ppm
  • Total Dissolved Solids: below 5000 ppm

Testing your pool water and maintaining perfect chemical harmony is not rocket science but it definitely involves regularity and consistency on your part. It is recommended to test pool water weekly and add chemicals if you see an increase/decrease in ideal chemical levels. There are several types of testing supplies and pool chemicals available on the market varying in price and accuracy.

For more information on pool water testing, contact Monnick Supply in Marlborough or Framingham.

The Best Paint

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, July 13, 2017

Monnick Supply, Marlborough, Framingham, MALast month the J.D. Power 2016 Paint Satisfaction Survey results came out, with Benjamin Moore winning top marks. For interior paint and exterior stain, Benjamin Moore ranked highest in customer satisfaction.

The paint and stain market is huge. When evaluating interior paint, exterior paint and exterior stains, J.D. Power looked at application; design guides; durability; price; product offerings; and warranty/guarantee.

“Paint and stain is one of the very few product categories that has not transitioned to an Internet-based sales model, making the retailer and customer-facing store staff a crucial component to the overall customer experience,” says Greg Truex, senior director of the at-home practice at J.D. Power. “Not only do the store sales staff and level of service they provide play an important role in the paint brand selected by customers, but they also strengthen the relationship between the brand and retailer to help draw customers into the store.”

For interior paints, Benjamin Moore came in first and scored 836 points in customer satisfaction.

For exterior paints, Benjamin Moore came in third place with 816 points.

For exterior stains, Benjamin Moore scored 814 points in customer satisfaction and came in first place.

For more information on Benhamin Moore Paints, or for a paint store that can truly help you choose the right paint for the application, contact Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham, MA.

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The Importance of Balanced Pool Water

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Monnick Supply, Marlborough, Framingham, MAOne of the most important steps of swimming pool maintenance is water balance. Generally, understanding water balance can also be one of the most confusing processes of pool maintenance. Because of its complexity, some new pool owners may not know everything they have to do to keep their pool water safe, comfortable and corrosion free.

Why is Pool Water Balance Important?


If you are using either a salt based pool producing chlorine or a chlorine based tablet pool, then your pH needs to be correct. If pool water is not balanced correctly then the chlorine sanitizer won't be working at full strength killing germs and bacteria.


Your water balance needs to be correct or it will affect your skin and eyes. The pH should be neither too acidic nor basic in order to feel comfortable.


An imbalanced pool can be corrosive to the liner, ladders and hand rail and other equipment such as the pump.

What is entailed in Water Balance?

Total Alkalinity

Total alkalinity refers to how much alkaline is in the water. TA and pH go hand-in-hand. High alkaline water leads to high pH. Low alkaline water leads to low pH. The average swimming pool should have an alkalinity reading of 100 ppm.

Swimming Pool Water pH Levels

Keeping your pH levels within the proper range is important for keeping your equipment and pool finish intact. pH refers to the acidity or baseness of your pool water. A proper pH level is around 7.4 to 7.6 on a pH test kit's numeric scale. 0 to 7 reflects a low or acidic pH. 8 to 14 means the pool has a base pH level. Your chlorine will dissolve quicker with a low pH level. High pH levels make chlorine inactive.

Calcium Hardness

The right amount of calcium in your pool is essential. If there is too little, your plaster can erode. Too much calcium can make your water could become cloudy, scale could form and stains might start. 200 to 400 ppm is the general range for calcium hardness, while 300 ppm is ideal for the average pool.


Stabilizer helps retain your chlorine longer just as insulation helps retain heat or air conditioning. Stabilizer can be added to some chlorine compounds to protect them from the breakdown effects of sunlight. When your stabilizer level is low, you'll use a lot more chlorine. When it's high, you may need to dilute your pool water to bring it back into the 40 to 100 ppm ideal range.

What Does Stabilizer Do?

Total Dissolved Solids (TDS)

All water contains dissolved minerals. As pool water evaporates, minerals remain behind and become concentrated. The more concentrated these minerals become, the harder it is for chemical additives to work and stains can form. If you have 3000 ppm or more of total dissolved solids or TDS, you may need to drain some water and add fresh water.

For more information on testing pool water or pool water maintenance, contact Monnick Supply in Marlborough or Framingham.

Caring for Your Lawn in the Summer Heat

Joseph Coupal - Monday, June 19, 2017

Monnick Supply, Marlborough, Framingham, MAIs Your Lawn Hot, Hot, Hot? After a cool-wet spring it seems the summer heat has arrived. What affect might this have on your lawn? Let’s explore.

Heat and drought stress that comes on quickly can be quite shocking to your lawn. Even though there seems to be a lot of moisture in the ground after a week of no rain and temperatures above 85 degrees, your lawn can start to show signs of stress. Does your lawn need a drink? Lawns need about one inch of water weekly to thrive; during periods of drought the lawn requires more water. It is best to irrigate in the early morning to avoid too much water evaporating. Watering infrequently 2-3 times a week usually will be sufficient. Nothing is worse for a drought stressed lawn than to water it for 10 minutes a day! Do not wait until your lawn starts to show signs of heat and drought stress to cure the problem. You cannot do anything about excessive heat stress on your lawn except to irrigate properly.

Be sure you do not have a build-up of thatch on your lawn. Some thatch is okay but a thatch layer of no more than ½ inch is best. Proper lawn care techniques and feeding and occasional de-thatching with a rake or machine helps to reduce thatch. Thatch tends to thrive when your lawn is over-fertilized. Using organic lawn products can be helpful to reduce thatch possibilities. Organics promote soil microbial activity and can help to create a balance in the soil which is not favorable for thatch growth.

If you have not raised your mowing height, do so now. This will help relieve heat and drought stress on the lawn. Be sure to mow off no more than 1/3 of the grass blades at a time. A mowing height of 3 to 4 inches is best during summer months. This helps retain water in the grass blades giving it as better chance of survival and can help to reduce watering costs. If you have a mulching mower use it and leave the clippings on the lawn. This also will help to recycle nutrients back into the lawn and keep them out of the landfill.

When your lawn starts to show signs of browning or perhaps death, what may be causing it?

It could be heat and/or drought stress or it could be insect damage. Insects tend to prey on weak grass plants and tend to avoid healthy growing lawns. Since we had mild winter weather bug populations could be far greater this year. Chinch bugs tend to be active during summer months; they suck juices out of grass plants. Grubs may also be causing the damage by chowing down on grass roots. If you have grubs or chinch bugs, apply Grub and Insect Control. For chinch bugs, we have an organic alternative: Organic Insect Control. Brown spots on your lawn could be heat and drought stress and you do not want to use any insect controls if you do not have insects, save the money and save the environment.

Lawn diseases also are more prevalent during summer months. High temperatures and some moisture favor disease development. Lawn Fungus Control can be used to both prevent and cure lawn diseases. Be sure you have a lawn disease before you try to control it with a fungicide.

The best way to avoid summer lawn damage is to follow a sound lawn care program. This goes all the way back to what you do to your lawn from early fall through your spring applications. Did you seed your lawn last fall with new, improved varieties of grass that are more heat, drought tolerant and insect resistant such as Jonathan Green Grass Seeds? Was your lawn fed properly to create healthy growing conditions? Did you water and mow properly this spring?

For more information on summer lawn care, contact Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham, MA.


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759 Waverly St.
Framingham MA 01702
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(508) 386-9876
Mon-Fri 7am - 6pm
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Sun 10am - 4pm