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Benjamin Moore’s Paint Color of the Year

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Benjamin Moore Paint Color of the Year is called Caliente AF-290. The color is strong, radiant and full of energy.

"Caliente is the signature color of a modern architectural masterpiece; a lush carpet rolled out for a grand arrival; the assured backdrop for a book-lined library; a powerful first impression on a glossy front door. The eye can’t help but follow its bold strokes. Harness the vitality.”

For more information on Benjamin Moore paint color of the year, or for information on any other interior paint color, contact Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham.

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Fall Power Tool Maintenance Checklist

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Monnick Supply, Marlborough, Framingham, MAFall is here. The leaves are starting to fall, the temperatures at night are dropping. Yard work and around-the-house tasks start using up some of our time on the weekends. To get the job done efficiently you need the right power tools, and you need to be sure those power tools are running right. Before you pull your fall cleanup power tools out of storage and put them to work, make sure you've prepared them for the workload. This checklist of proper maintenance tips will help get your equipment out of hibernation and ready to run.

  • Have the condition of your spark plugs checked and replace if necessary.
  • Have air filters checked for dirt and damage to determine if any need cleaning or replacement. Clean debris from blowers and trimmers as well.
  • Have your equipment inspected for broken parts, and replace any that are broken or damaged.
  • Check screws and nuts, and retighten them if necessary.
  • Now is a good time to sharpen or change saw chains, and replace trimmer line.
  • Lubricate parts where friction will occur.
  • Check power cords on electric tools for damage or wear.
  • When mixing fuel, use fresh fuel (stored for less than 2 months) and new 2-cycle engine oil.
  • Use STIHL MotoMix® Premixed Fuel in your fuel tanks. STIHL MotoMix® is a highly stable blend that will help to ensure great performance.
  • Don't put your power tool to work immediately-after a season of storage, let it warm up for a few minutes before use.

Remember, for comprehensive maintenance and repair for power tools, see the product manual. For more information on power tool maintenance and repair, contact Monnick Supply in Framingham and Marlborough.

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Power Tools to Buy or Rent for Getting Home and Yard Ready for Winter

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Monnick Supply, Marlborough, Framingham, MANow that fall is here, homeowners are getting their homes and yards ready for the colder weather seasons. If you are a DIY-er, here is a list of the top power tools you’ll need on-hand.

Log Splitter

A log splitter makes light work of chopping wood. Benefits include reducing the physical strain that using a traditional axe places on your back, as well as saving you hours of effort. Be warned, it’s extremely heavy, but the wheels make it easy to move around. At Monnick Supply in Marlborough, we offer rental log splitters if your firewood has been delivered and is ready for stacking.

Pressure Washer

This may be expensive, but they can provide over 50% water saving compared to a garden hose and 35 times more power, easily making it the most environmentally friendly way to effortlessly remove mold, grime, mud and dirt from patios, garden furniture, decking and vehicles. At Monnick Supply in Marlborough, we also offer rental power washers if you want to get your deck and siding ready for fall.

Garden Multi-Care Tool

Whether you want to trim shrubs, clear brambles, cut hedges or prune hard-to-reach-branches, this machine does it all. And despite the fact that it’s an all-in-one, it’s easy to get to grips with and has well-positioned, comfortable handle controls.

Hedge Trimmer

It’s hard to fault an electric trimmer, which comes with an extra handle to extend your reach for taller hedges. It’s fast and leaves a neat finish and can handle larger branches. They are a great value.

Electric or Battery Powered Leaf Blower

Electric or battery operated leaf blowers have enough power to clear leaves swiftly and efficiently. They are light and comfortable to hold.

Chainsaw

Slice cleanly and quickly through logs, branches and thick stems with an electric, battery-operated, or gas chainsaw.

For more information on power tools, contact Monnick Supply in Framingham and Marlborough.

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October is Fire Safety Month

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Monnick Supply, Marlborough, Framingham, MAEquip your home with smoke alarms and other tools that can help you gain precious seconds in a fire.

Fire Safety Equipment:

Smoke Alarms

If you have a fire, smoke alarms can cut nearly in half your risk of dying in a fire.Smoke alarms sense abnormal amounts of smoke or invisible combustion gases in the air. They can detect both smoldering and flaming fires.

In new homes: The National Fire Alarm Code (NFPA 72) requires hard-wired, interconnected smoke alarms with battery back-up on every level of the home, outside each sleeping area, and inside each bedroom. Alarms must be wired together so that if one sounds, they all sound.

In existing homes: If smoke alarms are not already in place, at a minimum install them on every level of the home and outside each sleeping area. If a fire occurs inside a bedroom, dangerous gases can cause heavier sleep. For the best protection, install interconnected smoke alarms in each bedroom and throughout the home. When one sounds, they all sound.

To prevent nuisance alarms, vacuum cobwebs and dust from your smoke alarms monthly. Never disable a smoke alarm, even if you experience nuisance alarms while cooking or showering. Instead, use the alarm’s “hush” button. If nuisance alarms are a persistent problem, look for a different type of smoke alarm and ensure they are installed in correct areas in the home.

Use the test button to test your smoke alarms at least monthly. The test feature tests all electronic functions and is safer than testing with a controlled fire (matches, lighters, cigarettes).

If the manufacturer's instructions permit the use of an aerosol smoke product for testing the smoke alarm, choose one that has been examined and tested by a third-party product testing laboratory, and use it in accordance with the product instructions.

If you have battery-powered smoke alarms, replace the batteries at least once a year. Some agencies recommend that you replace batteries when the time changes from standard to daylight savings each spring and then back again in the fall. "Change your clock, change your batteries." Replacing batteries this often will not hurt, but fresh batteries typically last at least a year, so more frequent replacement is not necessary unless the smoke alarm begins to chirp.

If your local area does not observe daylight savings time, pick an easy-to-remember anniversary, such as your birthday or a national holiday, as the day to change the batteries each year.

Replace the batteries in your carbon monoxide (CO) alarms at the same time you replace your smoke alarm batteries.

Replace your smoke alarms every 10 years. This is the recommendation of the National Fire Protection Association and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Smoke alarms become less sensitive over time.

Be sure to install smoke alarms in areas where pets are and in other buildings that house animals where humans can hear them.

Fire Extinguishers

Consider having one or more working fire extinguishers in your home. An extinguisher rated “A-B-C” is recommended for home use. Many fire extinguisher models are designed for one-time use and cannot be recharged.

Get training from the fire department or a fire extinguisher manufacturer. Fire extinguishers from various manufacturers operate in different ways and there is no time to read directions during an emergency. Only adults should handle and use extinguishers.

Install extinguishers high on the wall, near an exit, and away from heat sources.Extinguishers should be easily accessible to adults trained to use them, and kept away from children's curious hands. Heat may make the contents less effective or cause the extinguisher to lose its charge more quickly.

If you try to use a fire extinguisher on a fire and the fire does not immediately die down, drop the extinguisher and get out. Most portable extinguishers empty in 8 seconds.

Look at your fire extinguisher to ensure that it is properly charged. Fire extinguishers will not work properly if they are not properly charged. Use the gauge or test button to check that there is proper pressure. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for replacing or recharging fire extinguishers. If the unit is low on pressure, damaged, or corroded, replace it or have it professionally serviced.

Before you begin to fight a fire with a fire extinguisher, be sure that:

  • Everyone has left or is leaving the home.
  • The fire department has been called.
  • The fire is small and not spreading.
  • Your back is to an exit you can use quickly.
  • There is not much smoke in the room.

Carbon Monoxide Alarms

Install carbon monoxide alarms to alert your family to this invisible, odorless, colorless gas before it’s too late. Carbon monoxide is created when fuels (such as gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil, and methane) burn incompletely. Even a small amount of carbon monoxide can poison or kill a person if it is breathed in over a long period of time – such as overnight while sleeping.

Install carbon monoxide alarms in central locations on every level of your home and outside sleeping areas.

If the carbon monoxide alarm sounds, move quickly to a fresh air location outdoors or by an open window or door.

Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area.

For fire safety equipment, contact Monnick Supply. Fire Safety Day at Monnick Supply is Saturday, October 21, from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

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Repair and Maintenance for Leaf Blowers

Joseph Coupal - Friday, September 29, 2017

Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham, MAFall is here and your yard, driveway and walkways are probably starting to get their fair share of debris. Your leaf blower is the perfect way to clean up after a wind and rain storm without using elbow grease. But, common for leaf blowers, they have a hard time starting up when you want them to. Leaf Blower repair is a specialty at Monnick Supply.

Whether you're using a back-pack model, electric or gas powered machine, leaf blowers make life easier pretty much year round. Who has time to sweep when a leaf blower can move leaves and other debris with winds approaching 180 mph. But, when your leaf blower doesn’t start, getting reacquainted with the broom or rake is awful.

Bring in your leaf blower for engine repair and maintenance. Sometimes you need new gaskets, new air filters, fuel stabilizer, or new spark plugs. Regardless of the issue, we will do our best to fix your leaf blower. Or, if you aren’t interested in a repair, you just want a new leaf blower, we have those too.

Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham, MA specializes in sales and service of all power tools. Contact us for more information.

Lawn Aeration: Why You Need it

Joseph Coupal - Friday, September 22, 2017

Monnick Supply, Marlborough, Framingham, MAIn this blog, we like to provide customers with a variety of lawn care tips. Today we are going to talk about aerating your lawn.

Why does my lawn need aeration?

Over time, your lawn can become compacted by the pounding of heavy rains and by simply walking on it. The compacted surface inhibits water, nutrients, and air from reaching the plant’s root system.

When is the best time to aerate?

Aeration can be done anytime during the growing season. How many times your lawn needs aerating depends on its soil compaction. The two most popular times to aerate are in spring and fall. Spring aeration gives grass plants a little extra boost and provides faster greening; fall aeration helps strengthen underground root systems while providing an excellent bed for over-seeding.

How does an aerator work?

There are several types of pull and walk-behind aerators on the market. The most common is a core-type unit that removes small plugs from the turf. Core aerators have a minimum penetration of 2 ½ inches and remove plugs anywhere from ¼ to ¾ inches in diameter. Spiking units push small tines into the turf without removing soil plugs. A third type, slicing aerators, literally slice through the soil creating openings. Monnick Supply in Marlborough sells and rents lawn aerators.

What are some immediate and long-term benefits?

Aeration immediately opens up the soil to air, water, and nutrients. The openings allow air penetration and better water movement, and give plant roots a place to stretch out and grow to become more vigorous and dense.

Over time, aerated lawns are less susceptible to disease and thatch buildup. In some cases, the process can even solve small thatch problems. In addition, aeration reduces water runoff and increases turf tolerance to heat and drought.

Aeration is a natural process that has no ill side effects. Even the small plugs left behind by core-type aerators are beneficial. In the process of breaking down, they deposit a light coating of top dressing that helps decompose thatch accumulated at the base of grass plants.​​

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

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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.


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