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Lawn Mower Blades and Outdoor Power Equipment Repair for Spring

Darren Kincaid - Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Monnick Supply, Marlborough, Framingham, MA

Outdoor Power Equipment gets a workout in the spring. As a result, power tools for your yard need regular care and maintenance. In fact, regular maintenance for outdoor power equipment has many benefits; from safety to extending the life of your power tools to better care of your lawn and yard. It may feel like winter, but now is the time to get this maintenance done, so you are ready to go without the wait when spring finally arrives.

Did you know that a common lawn problem is easily solved with a sharper lawn mower blade. If your lawn has widespread yellow hue at the tips of the grass, you may have a dull lawn mower blade. Dull lawn mower blades tear the grass instead of cut it. This causes the yellow discoloration.

This is easily fixed by replacing the lawn mower blades. They are inexpensive and easy to install. Use your lawn mower engine’s model number for the correct, recommended blades. Universal blades are not recommended, due to safety issues. You should always bring your outdoor power equipment for repair and maintenance to prevent safety issues and to extend the life of the equipment.

Regular maintenance will include the following:

Check the lawn mower blade regularly — Look for damage, bends and dullness. Blades should be replaced every year or two, depending on usage. Replacement blades are inexpensive and easy to install.

Make sure the mower’s trail shield is working properly — A mower’s trail shield, located at the back of the mower, prevents debris from flying out toward the operator. Before each mowing season, check to make sure this is working properly and that it is free of tears.

Don’t adjust the mower’s deflector — Despite warnings against this in owner’s manuals, people often remove or adjust the position of their mower’s deflector. This results in debris flying a longer distance.

For more information on outdoor power equipment repair, contact Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham, MA.

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Picking a Paint Color

Joseph Coupal - Monday, February 18, 2019
Monnick Supply - Picking a Paint Color in Marlborough, Framingham, MA

Color really does make the room. The perfect shade and finish can enlarge a small space, bring in more light, or deliver that kick of energy you need with your morning coffee. But finding the right paint color? Now that’s another story.

Demystify the Color Wheel

To get started, take a look at a color wheel: Warm reds, yellows, and oranges congregate on one side, while cool lavenders, blues and greens are on the other. Creating a palette within one half of the wheel tends to be more harmonious. But pairing two colors that stand opposite one another adds a dash of invigorating tension. Which do you prefer?

Helpful color wheel terms:

A monochromatic color scheme uses tints and shades of the same color.

An analogous color scheme uses adjacent colors on the color wheel.

Complementary color schemes (as in “opposites attract”) include two colors that are opposite to each other on the color wheel.

Divide and Conquer

Pales, neutrals, whites and deeps: These are the four simple categories the Benjamin Moore Color and Design Team suggest using to make choosing colors more manageable.

Delve deeper into the emotional impact of each of these color categories in The Psychology of Color, and while you’re there, click on a range of colors in the interactive tool to see how colors influence a room’s mood.

Accent on Trim

Glossy white trim is a classic, but why not think beyond white or cream? A colored trim against a neutral wall will showcase a room’s unique architecture. Or consider an ombre effect by painting walls different shades of one color, with darker hues closer to the bottom.

"TIME OF DAY MATTERS WHEN IT COMES TO ASSESSING COLOR."
— CARL MINCHEW. VP, COLOR INNOVATION & DESIGN

The Theater of Light

Light in a room changes many times throughout the day. From the natural light of early dawn to the artificial light of nightfall, the interplay of light and color is a crucial component when it comes to choosing your perfect paint colors.

Pick up a pint sample to experience your color choice, from morning to night.

Test. Observe. Repeat.

Experimenting and observation is key.

To make sure you choose paint with confidence, tap into pint-size color samples. With these handy samples, you can paint a board – foam core will do nicely – and move it around to different parts of a room. Monitor how the paint color changes at different times of the day so there are no surprises once you’ve applied your paint color choice.

Details. Details, Details.

Choosing the right sheen can enhance color. Painting the walls in a gloss will add dimension and levity. Semi-gloss on a low ceiling will move light around the space and create the illusion of height. From a practical standpoint, remember that shinier finishes look best on smooth, well-prepped (e.g. spackled, sanded, etc.) surfaces, while matte or flat paints are more forgiving of imperfections.

Sheen 101

Sheen puts the finishing statement on your color of choice:

Flat – low sheen, very forgiving

Matte/Eggshell – Durable, flexible for most parts of the home

Semi-Gloss – Luminous finish that highlights architectural details

Visit Monnick Supply to see sheen samples–first hand–before you decide.

Experience a Different Kind of Paint Store, contact Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham, MA.

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Price Busters for February

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Check out this video highlighting Price Busters ads for Do it Best!

 

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Get Your Home and Yard Ready for Snow

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Monnick Supply - Snow in Framingham, Marlborough, MA

We haven’t had much snow yet, but it is on they way. Snow when you are unprepared can be a tough surprise for homeowners who don’t have the necessary supplies for prep and cleanup. Don't be caught off guard.

Weatherproofing: Weatherseal Tape

Make your windows less drafty. Cold temp-safe clear tape is nice to have around in the case of cracked windows from tree branches and other flying debris. Or, use it to seal air leaks where you feel drafts for a quick, temporary fix.

Airtight Gas Can for Generators and Portable Power

Several items in the emergency prep list run on gasoline, so an airtight gas can is an absolute must. Make sure it has child-resistant features and an automatic venting system for safer storage.

Generators and Portable Power: Portable Generator

A 45-pound portable generator designed for camping is easy to move around and it will run for eight hours at half load and operates on gasoline, making it ideal for basic emergency use.

Chainsaw for Debris Removal

Branches weighed down by heavy wet snow can become fallen limbs or even downed trees. Saw them into manageable pieces for safe and easy removal, or use them for firewood.

Snow and Ice Removal: Walk Behind Salt Spreader

Keeping driveways and walkways free from snow and ice is considerably easier with a salt spreader. The walk behind model is easy to operate and covers a large radius to help get the job done faster.

Snow and Ice Removal: Height-Adjustable Snow Shovel

Shoveling snow can be back-breaking work. Save your back for other activities, like riding out the storm in your recliner with a cup of hot chocolate. Some shovels adjust to the height of the user, and has a mechanism to lift and dump snow without bending. Other homeowners like the more traditional snow blower. Whatever your preference, make sure you have a shovel available and that is easy to use.

Snow and Ice Removal: Gasoline-Powered Snow Thrower

Have a driveway that's too large for clearing snow with a shovel? A gas-powered thrower or Ariens snow blower promises to toss snow several feet away and clear a path through even a foot of snow.

Emergency Preparedness: Hand Crank Light

Lanterns and other lights that don't require electricity are a necessity for any household, but a hand crank one is a requirement in any basic storm kit. A super-bright LED lantern never needs batteries—just an occasional wind-up to keep the light shining as long as needed.

Emergency Preparedness: Battery Backup Sump Pump

Snow is still just frozen water. If the temps warm up and that snow starts melting, you could end up with a flooded basement—a double whammy if the power goes out making your sump pump nonoperational. A battery backup sump pump is your basement's best friend because it's there all the time, especially when you lose power and need it the most.

Turn Off Exterior Faucets

Undrained water in pipes can freeze, which will cause pipes to burst as the ice expands. Start by disconnecting all garden hoses and draining the water that remains in faucets.

If you don’t have frost-proof faucets (homes more than ten to 15 years old typically do not), turn off the shut-off valve inside your home.

Restock Winter Essentials

Don’t wait for the first winter storm to restock cold-weather essentials, such as salt or ice melt. For more information on all your snow removal and winter home preparedness needs, contact Monnick Supply.

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The Perfect Scuff Resistant Paint for High Traffic Areas

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Award-winning Ultra Spec® SCUFF-X® is a revolutionary, single-component paint that resists scuffing before it starts. Built for professionals, it is engineered with cutting-edge protection against scuffs.

  • Hallways & Stairwells
  • Lobbies & Waiting Rooms
  • Offices & Conference Rooms
  • Gymnasiums & Locker Rooms
  • Restrooms & Fitting Rooms
  • Service Entrances

Stop scuffing before it starts with SCUFF-X

See SCUFF-X® in Action

Watch how a range of high traffic areas resist scuffing when protected by single-component SCUFF-X paint.

SCUFF-X® Outperforms the Competition

Benjamin Moore test results have shown that SCUFF-X delivers superior scuff-resistance as compared to leading competitive products designed for high-traffic areas.

Our scuff-resistant formula combats scuffing from the outset, resulting in minimal maintenance.

For more information on Benjamin Moore paint, contact Monnick Supply in Framingham and Marlborough, MA.


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