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Power Tools Every Woman Should Own – Marlborough, Framingham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, February 02, 2017

Monnick Supply, Marlborough, Framingham, MAWomen can take power into their own hands with power tools.

Men don’t have to be around to do general home maintenance when women are capable of doing it ourselves. Home improvement can be a daunting task, but with the right power tools most tasks can be taken on easily and efficiently … even in stilettos!

You do not need a man to hang that painting, fix the cupboard hinge or refurbish the front door. All women need is the right knowledge and equipment. A basic toolbox with essential hand tools and a few key power tools are vital in any home; make sure you know how to use them properly for your safety and to ensure the job is completed correctly. It is recommended that you also have a good, easy to read, level and a laser level for mounting items around your home.

Besides a tool box with basic hand tools like a hammer, pliers, manual screwdrivers and a tape measure, there are a few basic power tools that you need.

Power Tools Must Include a Cordless Power Drill

Drills are used for a variety of jobs around the home. There are many types of power drills, varying by performance characteristics like capacity and power. The electric drill can be used for hanging a large mirror or even constructing solid furniture.

The first power tools to buy is a cordless drill

The modern drill is powered by rechargeable batteries and works by rotating a replaceable drill bit to bore holes into various materials like wood, plastic and metal. The cordless option makes it convenient to drill anywhere. The type of bit you use is dependent on the job you wish to take on.

When purchasing an electric drill, make sure you are well informed. A good drill should provide sufficient torque. To minimize your investment in power tools, you can also look for a drill that doubles as an electric screw driver if you have the bits. A great option is to get one that comes with a keyless chuck for quick bit changes.

Power Tools Include Sanders

The electric power sander will save you time and strength by smoothing surfaces easily and effectively. Gone are the days of having a small piece of sand paper and using your arms to smooth rough surfaces. Not only does this power tool save you time, it will also protect your manicure! Power sanders are also available as a cordless option, perfect for small refurbishing jobs or an entire door.

Power sanders are very popular power tools. Power sanders still use sand paper manufactured to rotate at a high speed to provide a smooth finish on every job. The sand paper pad has to be replaced regularly, or after each job depending on the size.

Mainly used on wood surfaces, the power sander is perfect for smoothing the front door, kitchen cabinets and even outdoor patio furniture. This power tool is definitely valuable to your home, and your hands and nails will love you for it!

Oscillating Tools Are Great Power Tools

Also known as a multi-tool and rightly so, oscillating power tools can help with many jobs around the home. By changing the ‘head’, you can change its function although generally the oscillating tool is used for cutting. You can swap in round blades or straight blades, or even a sanding attachment, each serving a different function. It is one of the smallest power tools but is extremely handy.

You can use it to clean out small grooves, undercut door jams, remove trims and grouting and also to scrape off unwanted plaster. This tool is a must in the home due to its variety of functions.

Power tools can be your best friend when it comes to DIY projects and general home maintenance. Make sure the power tools you buy are a comfortable weight and fit in your hand comfortably. You also need to take the time to learn how to use them properly, including understanding how to use all safety features. It always helps to get a professional opinion from an assistant at a hardware store, so shop around and have fun taking charge of your home!

For more information, knowledge, equipment, and guidance on DIY projects for women, come to Ladies Night at Monnick Supply on February 16, from 5pm-8pm in Marlborough and Framingham, MA, contact us for information or to RSVP.

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The Best Snow Blowers for the Job – Marlborough, Framingham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Monnick Supply, Framingham, Marlborough, MAWinter is here and the snow won’t stay gone for long. We’ve had some snow already, but we all know that February can be brutal in Massachusetts. You might be considering buying a snow blower. But don’t run out and buy one without first doing your homework. Packed with power and built to last, an Ariens snow blower can quickly clear driveways and sidewalks with ease.

Whether you're looking at for a lightweight, compact single stage snow blower or need more powerful performance, Monnick Supply has the snow blower for you.

Single-Stage snow blowers - Clean up after light to medium storms of up to 9 inches of snow with these machines, which pull snow in using just the auger.

Single-stage snow throwers are smaller than two-stage models, making them great for sidewalks or smaller driveways in urban environments.

While these machines can only handle light to moderate snow fall, they're often the preferred choice because of their durability. Ariens offers a single-stage Path-Pro snow thrower with features such as steel side panels, robust and sturdy wheels and a protective rear guard, all of which increase the machine's durability, ensuring that it will be ready to work when you are.

When you're clearing snow, you need a piece of equipment that is able to throw snow effectively and with power. Ariens Path-Pro models feature an engine with a high output and throwing distance. Models with a 208cc engine are able to throw snow up to 35 feet away.

Another reason to choose a single-stage is because these models are very easy to service. All of the models in the Ariens Path-Pro family are designed with easy access to common service points such as the oil drain, spark plug and carburetor.

Two-Stage snow blowers - Two-stage machines are ideal for removing wet, heavy snow up to 18 inches deep. They have engines for impressive snow removal speed, throwing distance, and plow-pile clearing.

In Massachusetts where heavy snowfall is common, a two-stage snow blower may be a better option, as these models can handle any amount of snow.

First and foremost, Ariens units are built with durable, long lasting components. Also, two-stage snow throwers are preferred among consumers. Ariens is known for its durability. From its all-steel construction to fully welded serrated augers to the cast iron gear case, each model in the Sno-Thro lineup is built to withstand the work for several years.

Another consideration for the two-stage is throwing distance. In instances when you need to throw snow farther, a two stage will be your best choices. Ariens super high output can throw snow up to 50 feet.

Additionally, two-stage snow throwers tend to come with upgraded feature options like hand warmers, quick-turn chutes and auto turn, making them easier and more comfortable to use, especially during long days.

For more information on snow blowers, contact Monnick Supply.

Consumer Reports/Ariens

How to Buy Power Tools – Framingham, Marlborough, MA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Monnick Supply, Marlborough, Framingham, MAThis week is a great week to buy power tools by coming to Power Tool Promotion Week at Monnick Supply. With the long winter ahead, your workshop needs to be well-stocked for hobbies, home improvement projects and house and yard repairs. There are plenty of big box stores that can sell you your power tools. But, buying new electric or gas powered tools is buying a relationship. Like everything with an engine, you’re going to have to bring it in for parts and service.

But more than that, you want to buy only what you need. You don’t want to get roped into buying the biggest and loudest, you want the right tool for the job. That means, you want to buy your new power tools from a shop where you  can build a relationship.

Here are a few things to consider before you buy:

  • Think about your budget. There are plenty of tools with all of the bells and whistles, but if you don’t need them, or won’t use them, you don’t need to pay for them. Sometimes the most basic tool is the best one for you.
  • Different brands have different warranties. Less expensive brands have lesser warranties; more expensive brands have longer more comprehensive warranties. Some hardware stores have extended warranty options which allow you to extend the warranty on the tool you buy.
  • Here is the big one, power source. Cordless tools are convenient. They also cost more and are more challenging to maintain. If you have smaller jobs you may want to consider electric power tools.

For more information on buying the right power tools for your home and yard, contact Monnick Supply in Framingham and Marlborough.

Locally Owned Power Tool Retailers are Better than the Big Box Stores – Marlborough, Framingham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Monnick Supply, Marlborough, Framingham, MAPower tools. There is nothing better in your hands than your favorite power tool. Monnick Supply has been servicing the Marlborough and Framingham areas since 1948 on the sales and service of power tools for homeowners, contractors, and landscapers power tools.

There is a difference in purchasing your tools at a shop where service matters rather than online or at a big box store. Small locally owned hardware stores can take the time to find out what tool will meet your needs. But we are also familiar with the tools we sell. While we don’t believe you will have a problem with these leading products, we service everything we sell, and oil changes, regular maintenance and tune-ups extend the life of your power tools.

We carry premium brands of outdoor power equipment including snow throwers and snow blowers, Lawn Mowers and mowing equipment, as well as Stihl chainsaws, leaf blowers, power drills, and hedge trimmers. Contact Monnick Supply, we are happy to help.

And, if you don’t have it in your workshop, join us for “Workshop Tool Promotion Week” from January 16th to the 21st all day. We’ll have manufacturers and employees here to answer your questions and all types of sales on power tools.

Contact Monnick Supply for more information on click here for more details on Power Tool Week.

Power Tools for Your Workshop - Marlborough, Framingham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, January 05, 2017

Monnick Supply Hardware Store, Marlborough, Framingham, MAIf you are a homeowner then you care about your house and yard. This means you need the right tools for the job. From home repairs to lawn care, state-of-the-art power tools can get the job right every time. From yard equipment like chain saws and lawnmowers, to power washers and cordless drills the power tools from STIHL are perfect for your home and yard needs. Monnick Supply in Framingham and Marlborough has the tools for the DIY tasks around your home.

If home improvements and home repairs are what you want to accomplish in 2017, the right power tools are essential for both performance and safety. Monnick Supply is also hosting Power Tools Promotion Week in January, 1/16-21.

If you didn’t get the power tool gift that was on your wish list for your workshop, you can find it at the neighborhood hardware store. Power tools are perfect for homeowner and do-it-yourselfers who like to work around the house, workshop, and yard. Come into Monnick Supply and let us help you choose the perfect tool for the job.

And here are just some of the sales going on during Power Tool Promotion Week this month.

  • 63 PIECE SOCKET SET 29.99
  • 20 PIECE SOCKET SET 29.99
  • All Milwaukee power tool accessories 20% off
  • Channel lock wall mount shop vacuum  129.99
  • PURDY 6 PIECE PAINTERS KIT 778169 19.99

For more information contact Monnick Supply in Framingham and Marlborough.

Power Tools for Every DIY in Marlboro and Framingham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Friday, December 30, 2016

Monnick Supply, Marlborough, Framingham. MAIf you are a DIY kind of person, then the holidays are probably one of your most favorite times of year. There are plenty of projects to do around the house and in your woodshop this winter. There are always plenty of indoor projects you can utilize the garage or shed for. If you didn’t get it for Christmas and you want to purchase some new power tools, Monnick Supply has some ideas  as to some power tools that every DIY should own.

Power Hand Plane

This tool is used for shaping wood, removing thin layers of wood, and smoothing and straightening edges.

Small angle grinder

Use a small angle grinder for removing paint and rust. This tool can also for sharpening and cutting tiles.

Table saw

A table saw is good for any general repairs that you may need doing.

Orbital palm sander

Perfect for small jobs and can be used on furniture, ceilings, walls, floors and any kind of woodwork.

Reciprocating saw

This tool is generally used for remodeling and demolition work. The reciprocating saw is can cut through leather, green, rubber, metal, linoleum and plastic.

Compound miter saw

This saw is also known as a chop saw and is used to get precisely cut angles.

Circular saw

Great for cutting across and along the grain. They are usually used for cutting wood, but you an also get blades for cutting masonry, plastic and metal.

Cordless drill

You will use this all the time, it is a must have. A cordless drill is essential for any DIY project.

For all of your new power tool needs, contact Monnick Supply. And keep in mind, if you didn't get it for the holidays, or got it but aren't sure how to use it, come to Monnick Supply from January 16th -21st for "Workshop Tool Week".

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year from Monnick Supply - Marlborough, Framingham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Monnick Supply Hardware Store, Framingham, Marlborough, MAHappy Holidays and Happy New Year from Monnick Supply.  We would like to thank all of our customers and our community for allowing our business to be part of your lives in 2016. We wish you a wonderful and prosperous 2017!

If we have had the pleasure of being your choice in hardware stores, we hope that we provided the highest level of customer service and the home and yard advice you came in looking for. If you are looking for hardware store with whom you can develop a relationship in 2017, we hope that you consider Monnick Supply, a family owned hardware store.

It is our sincere wish that in the New Year you are surrounded by warmth, family, and friendship. From our family to yours, have a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year.

Sincere best regards to you all.

Getting Home and Yard Ready for Winter – Marlborough, Framingham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Monnick Supply Hardware Store, Marlborough, Framingham, MAThe snow is here. Now is the time to tend to winter preparation tasks and repairs before the year’s first blizzard. Getting the exterior of the home ready for the cold winds, snow and ice is critical for keeping out the cold and keeping it warm and toasty inside. By being proactive, you’ll lower your energy bills, increase the efficiency and lifespan of your home’s components, and make your property safer. Everything you need to complete the tasks below can be found at your local family-owned hardware store.

Windows and Doors

  • Check all the weather stripping around windows and doorframes for leaks to prevent heat loss. Replace weather stripping, if necessary.
  • Replace all screen doors with storm doors.
  • Replace all window screens with storm windows.
  • Examine wooden window frames for signs of rot or decay. Repair or replace framing to maintain structural integrity.
  • Check for drafts around windows and doors. Caulk inside and out, where necessary, to keep heat from escaping.
  • Inspect windows for cracks, broken glass, or gaps. Repair or replace, if needed.

Lawn, Garden, and Deck

  • Trim overgrown branches back from the house and electrical wires to prevent iced-over or wind-swept branches from causing property damage or a power problem. 
  • Ensure rain or snow drains away from the house to avoid foundation problems. The dirt grade — around the exterior of your home — should slope away from the house. Add extra dirt to low areas, as necessary.
  • Clean and dry patio furniture. Cover with a heavy tarp or store inside a shed or garage to protect it from the elements.
  • Clean soil from planters. Bring pots made of clay or other fragile materials indoors. Because terra cotta pots can swell and crack, lay them on their sides in a wood carton.
  • Dig up flower bulbs, brush off soil, and label. Store bulbs in a bag or box with peat moss in a cool, dry place for spring replanting.
  • Remove any attached hoses and store them away for the winter to prevent cracks, preserve their shapes, and prolong their life. Wrap outside faucets with covers to prevent water damage.
  • Shut off exterior faucets. Drain water from outdoor pipes, valves, and sprinkler heads to protect against pipe bursts.
  • Inspect decks for splintering, decay, or insect damage and treat, if needed, to prevent further deterioration over the winter.
  • Clean leaves, dirt, and pine needles between the boards of wooden decks to thwart mold and mildew growth.
  • Inspect outdoor lighting around the property. Good illumination will help minimize the chance of accidents on icy walkways at night.
  • Check handrails on exterior stairs to make sure they’re well secured.

 Tools and Machinery

  • Bring all seasonal tools inside and spray them with a coating of lightweight oil to prevent rust.
  • Weatherize your lawn mower by cleaning off mud, leaves, grass, and debris.
  • Move your snow blower and shovels to the front of the garage or shed for easy access.
  • Prepare the snow blower for the first snowfall by changing the oil and replacing the spark plug.
  • Sharpen ice chopper and inspect snow shovels to make sure they’re ready for another season of work.
  • Make sure you have an ample supply of ice melt or sand on hand for steps, walkways, and the driveway.

Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning

  • Inspect the firebox and flue system to ensure that they’re clean of any soot or creosote and that there aren’t any cracks or voids that could cause a fire hazard.
  • Check fireplace for drafts. If it’s cold despite the damper being closed, the damper itself may be warped, worn, or rusted. Consider installing a Chimney Balloon into the flue to air seal the area tightly.
  • Clean or replace the air filter in your furnace for maximum efficiency and improved indoor air quality.
  • Clean your whole house humidifier and replace the evaporator pad.
  • Bleed valves on any hot-water radiators to increase heating efficiency by releasing air that may be trapped inside.
  • Check that smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are in working order.
  • Remove air conditioners from windows or cover them with insulated liners, to prevent drafts.
  • If you have an older thermostat, replace it with a programmable unit to save on heating costs.
  • Install foam-insulating sheets behind outlets and switch plates on exterior walls to reduce outside airflow.
  • Make sure fans are switched to the reverse or clockwise position, which will blow warm air down to the floor for enhanced energy efficiency and comfort.
  • Flush a hot water heater tank to remove sediment, and check the pressure relief valve to make sure it’s in proper working order.
  • Examine exposed ducts in the attic, basement, and crawl spaces, and use a sealant to plug up any leaks.

Gutters, Roof, and Drains

  • Check for missing, damaged or warped shingles and replace, as necessary before you get stuck with a leak.
  • Check for deteriorated flashing at the chimney, walls, and skylights and around vent pipes. Seal joints where water could penetrate, using roofing cement and a caulking gun.
  • Check the gutters and downspouts for proper fastening, and re-secure if loose or sagging. The weight of snow and ice can pull gutters off the house.
  • Clean gutters of any debris. Make sure downspouts extend away from the house by at least 5 feet to prevent flooding of the foundation and water damage from snowmelt.
  • Clean leaves and debris from courtyard and pool storm drains to prevent blockages.
  • Ensure all vents and openings are covered to prevent insects, birds, and rodents from getting inside to nest in a warm place.

Now you’re officially ready for winter. For more information, contact Monnick Supply in Framingham and Marlborough.

Prepare Home and Yard for Snow – Framingham, Marlborough, MA

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, December 08, 2016

Monnick Supply, Framingham, Marlborough, MAA blizzard or even a heavy snowfall at the wrong time or when you are unprepared can be a rude surprise for homeowners who don’t have the necessary supplies for prep and cleanup. Don't be caught off guard the next time snow threatens. Take precautions for winter and get home and yard ready for snow.

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 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 shovel. 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 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. your local family-owned hardware store in Marlborough and Framingham.


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135 Maple Street,
Marlborough, MA
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759 Waverly Street,
Framingham, MA
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Marlborough MA 01752
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759 Waverly St.
Framingham MA 01702
United States
(508) 386-9876
Mon-Fri 7am - 6pm
Sat 8am - 5:30pm
Sun 10am - 4pm