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STIHL Chainsaws are the #1 Selling Brand Worldwide

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, September 23, 2020
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STIHL chainsaws are German-engineered and built in America. STIHL also goes a step further and custom manufactures their own guide bars and saw chains for all their machines in-house. This ensures STIHL chainsaws meet standards in design and performance - standards that have made STIHL the clear choice for professionals and homeowners, making STIHL the #1 selling brand of chainsaws worldwide.

Homeowner Saws

Dependable chainsaws for cutting tasks around the home

If you’re looking to choose a chainsaw for work around your home, STIHL has you covered. Most STIHL chainsaws come with anti-vibration technology to minimize vibrations and help reduce fatigue, STIHL Quickstop® Chain Brake for additional safety, and a Master Control Lever™ to make start-up easy.

Battery Saws

Battery-powered chainsaws that deliver strong performance

STIHL battery-powered chainsaws bring the best of both worlds to your property. First, they deliver strong, consistent power thanks to their 36-volt Lithium-Ion technology. They’re also significantly quieter than gasoline-powered chainsaws and start instantly with the squeeze of a trigger. It’s big performance in a small, cordless package.

For more information on chainsaws, contact Monnick Supply in Marlborough or Framingham, MA.

Essential Fall Gardening Tools

Joseph Coupal - Monday, September 14, 2020

Part of the fun of gardening is finding the perfect tools to get the job done. We recommend these useful garden aids to keep your outdoor space in shape this fall.

A Powerful Leaf Blower

An Electric Blower Vac has the expected added power that comes with electric blowers without the mess and fuss of gas. These can really get the leaf-blowing job done and are easy to hold and maneuver while being easy on the ears. And as a nice additional perk, many can also work as a vacuum and leaf shredder, depositing your fall leaves into a handy bag attachment for easy disposal.

Tip Bags

These freestanding, durable tip bags in medium and large sizes, stay open to allow for easy dumping of leaves and other garden detritus. A great helpmate for gathering fall leaves, these tip bags are a handy alternative to tarps and blowers. The large bag is especially useful, with a 30" diameter that minimizes those trips to the curb.

A Rake for Tight Spaces

A seemingly no-brainer innovation that changes a dreaded task into an ergonomic pleasure, this compact rake is a life saver.

Fall-Built Garden Cart

A Cart built to tackle a variety of garden chores including the ubiquitous task of hauling and dumping leaves. Four pneumatic tires offer great balance and the ability to traverse all kinds of uneven, bumpy terrain or the slick surfaces that come with fall. This handy cart is the grown-up version of the little red wagon you loved as a kid.


Pruners are made for smaller hands and will do quick work on all of your fall pruning tasks. These pruners are best for grape vines, shrubs and young trees.


Some garden tasks are drudgery: weeding, anyone? But pruning is one of the more satisfying chores. You get instant results and nothing quite matches the satisfying crack of a limb snapping and then crashing to the ground. The only downside of handy Loppers ? They're so darn fun to use, you may find yourself trying to find more and more things to prune into submission.

Small Bulb Planter

Bulb planting in your future? Try a small bulb planter. A bulb planter is a specialized tool built to last that will make quicker work of this fall task.


Tired of raking up leaves every fall? Go eco instead and turn them into garden mulch to nourish your winter garden with this clever shredder. Goggles and gloves are recommended in using a shredder.


These handy clippers are probably good any time of year, but will serve you especially well in the fall when their sharp blades make quick work of pruning and deadheading and other fall cleaning and clearing tasks.

For more information on these or any other fall yard tools, contact Monnick Supply in Marlborough or Framingham, MA.

How to Maintain Your Snow Blower

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, September 10, 2020
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Though we’re confident in the reliability of your Ariens Snow Blower, following these easy care tips will help ensure it stays in your family for years to come.

Simple, Everyday Checks

  • Double-check that all nuts, bolts and screws are intact and tight.
  • Check the tire pressures.
  • Check the engine oil level.


Drain the fuel from the tank, tip the unit onto its housing and remove the bottom cover. Apply lubricant to the gears, shafts and chains. Remove the wheels and lubricate the axle.

Pump grease into the zerks on the auger shaft and rotate the augers by hand.

Engine Care

Change your engine oil regularly and with the correct oil.

Check the spark plug as scheduled and replace as necessary.

Fuel Quality

Always use fresh gasoline purchased within two weeks of use.

Never fill the fuel tank with gasoline having an ethanol content greater than 10 percent.


Add a quality stabilizer to your gasoline and run the engine for a few minutes to cycle the mixture through the fuel system.

If your unit was stored with untreated fuel, or you experience starting issues, try draining the fuel system and adding fresh gasoline.

If you’re still having issues starting your snow blower , contact Monnick Supply in Marlborough or Framingham, MA.


Fall Home Projects for DIYers

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, September 02, 2020
Monnick Supply, Marlborough, Framingham, MA

Fall Lawn Care

To ensure your lawn's health and beauty come spring, there are several important yard work projects to complete in the fall. Raking leaves and will prevent your lawn and garden beds from suffocating, while fertilizing and winterizing grass, trees, and shrubs will allow your greenery to enter its winter slumber comfortably and properly nourished.

Exterior Paint

Fall offers plenty of days that are warm enough to work with exterior paint, and a touch-up can help prolong the life of your siding and trim. A fresh coat of paint or sealer on any surface that potentially will be covered with snow, such as wood floors or stairs, also is a wise idea. Sooner is better to contact a local painter -- many paints aren't recommended for application on days when the temperature will dip colder than 45 to 50 degrees.

Power Washing

power washer and addressing your home's exterior and windows won't just make your home look sharp, it also will prevent the growth of mold and mildew that feed on grime. If you're not comfortable deciding whether your home's exterior can handle the pressure that will be exerted from the various pressure-washing nozzles available, hire a professional to do the work.

Seal Gaps & Add Insulation

Nothing makes a home more uncomfortable during the winter than a nagging, chilly draft. Consider a home energy audit that includes a review of your home's caulking and weather stripping. Energy auditors also will likely look inside your attic. If the insulation is at or below the level of the joists, you may be able to keep your home warmer by adding more. A depth of 10 to 14 inches is generally considered optimal, and you can supplement with a variety of different types of insulation to achieve that depth.

Install a Programmable Thermostat

Programmable thermostats save money without sacrificing comfort by using less energy on heating and cooling while you're away from home, asleep, or at any other specific times you select. More accurate and convenient to use than manual thermostats, programmable thermostats don't contain toxic mercury found in traditional models.

Clean, Repair, and Protect Gutters

Your home's gutters divert thousands of gallons of water each year. To keep the water flowing smoothly away from your house instead of into it, inspect and clean your roof's drainage system. Better still, protect your gutters with mesh guards to keep leaves and other debris from causing blockages in the first place.

For more information, materials, or to rent equipment, contact Monnick Supply in Framingham and Marlborough, MA.

The Most Rewarding Fall Home Improvement Projects

Joseph Coupal - Monday, August 24, 2020
Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham, MA

Fall is the season for apple-picking, enjoying pumpkin spice-flavored everything, and spending weekends enjoying the autumn scenery. Just peek out your window, soon the cooler temps and changing leaves will be hard to resist. While beautiful, fall is also the perfect time for rolling up our sleeves and tackling those home improvement projects that you put off during the summer.

Enjoying the weather can put you in a great state of mind and allow you to focus on the task at hand. Beyond that, most building materials are at their best when they are installed at moderate temps. Plus, contractors typically have fewer projects during the fall, so you’re more likely to find help quickly if you don’t want to go the DIY route. To figure out what’s worth your time and budget, see what real estate agents and other professionals say.

1. Paint the front door

ROI: 80% to 140%

Hands down, the easiest exterior project is also the one that reaps the biggest rewards. A freshly painted front door helps your home stand out from the block, and it can be finished in less than an afternoon. Fall is usually the perfect time for this activity; just pick that afternoon wisely. Normally, exterior paintings hould be done at a time when the temps are at least 50 degrees or so and aren’t dipping below the 40s at night. This allows the paint to adhere properly and prevents it from freezing before it is fully dry.

2. Refresh (or repair) the deck

ROI: 80% to 120%

A deck is only as good as its condition. If the wood is splintering, the finish faded, or the rails shaky, call in the experts. A buyer who sees a dirty deck that’s in disrepair may sour their feelings about your house, and even if they still want to buy your home, they will certainly use it as a negotiating point. Even if you have to outright replace the deck, it’s worth the expense.

3. Enhance the exterior

ROI: 60% to 100%

If your exterior paint job is in decent shape, a few touch-ups could suffice. But for those with chipping paint or a 1970s color scheme? Choose a new house paint color immediately! The last thing you want is to scare buyers away before they even get inside. On average, you’ll spend $1,000 to $3,000 (for a 500- to 1,500-square-foot single-story home), but he estimates that the investment in curb appeal can help properties sell for up to 10% more than others on the block. Just stick to neutrals: This isn’t the time to try out a statement color.

4. Replace or repair your roof

ROI: 50% to 110%

The peace of mind offered by a functionally sound roof is invaluable to its respective occupants and is weighed heavily by those intent on making a purchase. A new roof can be basic or with details that enhance curb appeal, but its main value comes from instilling confidence in a prospective buyer. This holds true for repairing leaks and for cosmetic damage, which buyers often use to negotiate a lower price.

5. Power-wash the exterior

ROI: 40% to 110%

The ROI for this project can vary based on just how dirty your home was before the wash. If the home was merely a little dirty, the ROI may not be as great as it is for one that will look almost new after the wash. If your home falls into the latter category, it can be worth it to hire a pro. The ROI could be 100% or more, even if done by a pro for $1,000 or more. If you decide to go DIY, take care to avoid spraying water in a direction that’ll force it behind siding or under shingles.

6. Clean the gutters

ROI: Priceless

Here, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. While you may need to wait for inclement weather to realize your return on investment, a mere 30 minutes of routine rain gutter maintenance could prevent thousands of dollars in damage to the foundation of a home. If you outsource this chore, expect to pay $3 to $9 per foot.

For more information, materials or to rent equipment, contact Monnick Supply in Framingham and Marlborough, MA.

Early Bird Snowblower Service

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, August 18, 2020
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Choosing an Exterior Paint Color

Darren Kincaid - Monday, August 10, 2020
Monnick Supply, Marlborough and Framingham

When painting the exterior of your house and other outdoor features, you have two important characteristics to keep in mind: how well it lasts and how good it looks.

Choosing the best paint color for the exterior surfaces of your home means picking colors that look great–and last. Benjamin Moore Aura® Exterior has you covered, with a line of durable paints that resist the punishing effects of weather—and offer a lifetime limited warranty to prove it.

Foolproof Color Picks

To narrow down your color choices, build an exterior palette around the elements of the house that won’t change, such as roofing materials and stone or brick components.

If you want to highlight the architectural elements and add dimension, choose a contrasting trim color. Conversely, if your home’s exterior is painted in a lighter hue, consider a trim in a darker color.

Take a Look Around

The best inspiration may come from stepping outside. Select hues that are compatible with your neighborhood, architectural style and natural surroundings. For exterior colors inspired by classic American design and architecture, look no further than Benjamin Moore’s Historical Collection for tried and true favorites that are perfect for any home.

The Right Light

Just like interior paint colors, exterior colors shift depending on how the light hits them. Outdoors, surrounding landscapes also play a role in how a paint color is perceived.

Always “try on” your paint colors with a paint sample, available at your local Benjamin Moore retailer. Once you’ve applied color samples, observe the color during different times of the day to see how both light, and your home’s natural environs, impact the color you are considering.

Finish Lines

Color is only one aspect of an exterior paint choice; sheen is another important factor. Low Lustre finish is a top choice for the main siding color—the low-reflective finish adds a slight gloss, hides surface imperfections and cleans well. Semi-gloss paints add extra durability and clean up easily, making them a good choice for areas such as windowsills that bear the brunt of weather shifts. High gloss finishes make color look richer but magnify surface imperfections.

Make your home the envy of the neighborhood with a beautiful, elegant and striking exterior. Contact Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham, MA.

August Lawn & Garden To-Do List

Joseph Coupal - Monday, August 03, 2020
Monnick Supply, Marlborough, Framingham, MA

August begins right in the middle of the “dog days of summer,” the hottest and most sultry time of the year. These are the days when everything seems languid and still and the sun threatens to bake lawns, gardens, and gardeners alike.

There is plenty to do in the garden in August, although it is best done in the early morning or late evening when temperatures are more comfortable. Here are some suggestions for tasks around your yard and garden in August.

Lawn Maintenance and Preparation

  • Prepare for fall grass seed planting by leveling low spots, removing weeds, and choosing your seed if it needs to be ordered in advance.
  • Aerate your lawn and dethatch it. Need to rent an aerator ? Contact Monnick Supply !
  • If there is plenty of rainfall, fertilize your lawn.
  • To help your grass beat the heat and reduce lawn maintenance, keep your lawn mower blade on the highest setting. Don’t worry if parts of your yard turn brown this time of year – it happens.

Annuals and Perennials

  • Spring and summer-flowering perennials can be divided and transplanted after blooming.
  • Trim and fertilize your containers – they still have time for another show.
  • Deal with late-season pests – such as aphids, whiteflies, and spider mites – with a spray of water from the hose.
  • Treat diseased plants, and remove diseased foliage before leaves drop.
  • Prune back vigorous climbers such as wisteria, and train them around trellises while the growth is soft.
  • Propagate plants by collecting seeds, taking cuttings, or layering.
  • Continue deadheading! For prolific bloomers like coreopsis and catmint, shear them lightly to encourage more blooms.
  • Label your plants with garden stakes, particularly perennials that die down to the ground in the fall.

Vegetables and Herbs

  • Cut herbs to dry or freeze for winter use.
  • Fall vegetable and herb seeds or starters can be planted now. If you live in colder climates, use a cold frame, otherwise sow directly in the ground. Consider spinach, radishes, carrots, beets, lettuce, overwintering onions, kale, kohlrabi, rutabagas, turnips, dill, cilantro, parsley, and chives.
  • You may start canning this time of year too. Need canning supplies ? Contact Monnick Supply !
  • Enjoy your harvest!

Shrubs and Trees

  • Pick up and destroy fallen fruit from fruit trees to limit insect infestations.
  • Make sure newly planted shrubs and trees get plenty of water.
  • Install stakes for training and shaping.


  • Water, water, water! Early morning is the best time to water – target plants directly, and water deeply. Avoid getting leaves wet in the hot sun, and avoid soaking containers during the hottest part of the day – both of these can burn plants.
  • Keep close watch on your birdbath, water features, and hummingbird feeder – take steps to correct or avoid mold, stagnation, and mosquito larvae.
  • Continue weeding, to reduce competition for water and nutrients.
  • Beware of powdery mildew, which is caused by moisture and humidity. Help prevent mildew by watering in the cool of the morning, when roots can absorb water but excess will evaporate as the day warms. Also avoid overhead sprinkling in mildew-prone areas. Do not compost leaves that are mildewed.
  • When the temperature is over 85 degrees, avoid chemical applications such as fertilizer, fungicide, or insecticide.
  • Add compost and mulch to keep your garden cool and to prepare for fall planting.
  • Stay cool, and enjoy the bounty of your work this growing season!

For more information, contact Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham, MA.

Home Improvement Projects to Keep Your Home Cool in Hot Weather

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham, MA

It's hot. On these days when it is too hot to go outside, you will want your home to be a cool, safe haven. Below is a list of some great home improvement projects that will help keep your family and home comfortable and cool.

1. Invest in cooler lighting and appliances

Did you know that your electrical appliances and light bulbs affect the amount of indoor temperature in your home? Summer is the perfect time to replace any incandescent light bulbs with energy-efficient options that produce much less heat, for example; LEDs or CFLs. Not only do they transmit less heat, using energy-efficient light bulbs can also help reduce your electricity bill as they use around 80 per cent less energy than incandescent bulbs, according to Energy Star. Also, upgrading your larger appliances like fridges, dishwashers and dryers to more energy-efficient models will also help reduce the ambient heat in your home during summer.

2. Treat your windows inside and out

Another great home improvement project to keep your home relatively cool during the summer months is window treatment both inside and outside the home. Window treatments not only make your home look more visually pleasing, but they can also help reduce the indoor temperature of your home. Choosing the right drapes, curtains and blinds is important if you want to keep the heat out of your home, then you need to block the sun by closing the blinds. Light-colored drapes and thermal blinds are best for stopping heat transmission. Some people might be concerned that the heavy look of blinds and drapes do not mix well with summer décor, which is more often than not light, bright and airy. However, you do not have to forgo the bright look for better control of sunlight. Window blinds or shades that come in a darker hue often work well with a lighter looking window treatment while still helping you limit sun exposure when they are closed. Furthermore, cellular shades provide an insulating effect, which improves your windows’ ability to reflect heat.

3. Replace your old windows

One of the best home improvement projects you can do to beat the summer heat is replacing or repairing old windows. A lot of a house’s heat gain can be attributed to the quality and type of windows you have. If the window is leaky or was constructed out of energy inefficient materials, the condition of your windows directly affects how hot your home will be during the long summer days. According to, sealing, repairing, or waterproofing your windows are some of the most effective ways to reduce heat gain during the summer months. Furthermore, you can also save up to 10% on your energy bills. Or, if you decide to replace your old windows, opt for double-pane, high-performing glass (low-E coating), which will significantly reduce heat transfer, ensuring your home is nice and cool even when it is extremely hot outside.

4. Insulate your home

It is often the case that when thinking about insulation, we think about keeping houses warm. However, this is not the case. Insulation is also about keeping the house cool. For a smaller home improvement project, you will want to make sure you are insulating ducts to prevent any leaks, including your attic and walls. Spray foam, rigid foam boards and batt insulation are all highly effective ways of regulating your house’s inside temperature. For larger home improvement projects, especially if you are renovating your home, you want to ensure you are choosing the right materials. The materials you need contain a high thermal mass, which essentially means they store heat. Materials with a high thermal mass include brick, cement, stone and ceramic tiles. If you are not doing major renovations, even covering a wall that is exposed to the summer sun with a material like brick can significantly help absorb heat.

5. Outdoor improvements

Did you know outdoor improvement projects can also help reduce the heat in your home? Outdoor improvements not only improve the aesthetics of your home, but they can help keep it cooler too. Try planting shade trees to shelter windows that are directly exposed to the sun or install awnings to shade your windows and doors. If you want to work on your patio or deck, opt for materials that reflect heat. Also, if you paint your siding in a lighter color it will help to minimize heat absorption in your home.

For more information, contact Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham, MA.

Lawn Care Tips for Mid and Late Summer

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 14, 2020

The dog days are a signal that it’s time for a little turf TLC to keep your lawn looking great. Put these summer lawn care tips into action in mid to late summer and you'll be sitting pretty. (Literally. On your lawn. With a frosty drink in hand.)


Feed. If you live in the South, keep feeding your lawn every six to eight weeks. For a lush lawn with deep green hue, try Scotts® Green Max™ Lawn Food.

Water deeply. Use a screwdriver or small trowel to check how deeply water is penetrating the soil as you water. The goal is to water long enough to reach a depth of 4 to 6 inches. Once you figure out how long it takes to complete the job, go ahead and put that screwdriver away.

Late Summer

Water in the morning. As summer heat builds, your lawn will lose less water to evaporation if you time waterings for between 6 and 10 a.m. Sure, it's early—but who says you have to do it without an energizing beverage?

Sharpen your mower blade. A dull blade tears grass, creating a ragged edge that loses moisture more readily than a clean cut.

Work on weeds. Continue to spot-spray weeds using Scotts® Spot Weed Control For Lawns. No way those guys are getting the upper hand! For information on summer lawn care, contact Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham, MA .


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