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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.

The Ariens Snow Blower Difference

Darren Kincaid - Monday, January 28, 2019
Monnick Supply - Ariens Snow Blowers - Marlborough, Framingham MA

Ariens offers different lines of snowblowers ranging from compact models to single stage gas snow blowers to deluxe home models to professional snow throwers. Their snowblowers range from 5 horsepower to 13 horsepower and can create paths ranging from 20 inches to 36 inches wide. Many Ariens snowblowers feature hand warmers in the handles and adjustable skid shoes that allow safe operation on gravel driveways.

Special Features of Ariens Snowblowers

Many Ariens snowblowers include several special features including the Disc-O-Matic™ drive system, traction control or remote locking axle, and Quick Turn Chute rotation.

The Disc-O-Matic drive system ensures smooth transitions between any of the six forward or two reverse speeds typically supported on Ariens snowblowers.

Traction control permits power to be transferred to either wheel independently or to both wheels simultaneously as needed, which makes turning much easier. The traction control system can be disengaged using a trigger on the left handle of the blower. When disabled, both wheels of the snowblower are locked into synchronous movement with the axle. This increases traction and makes dealing with deep snow or ice easier.

The remote locking axle available on some deluxe models performs the same task as the traction control system but only provides power to the right wheel when not in synchronous mode.

Quick Turn Chute rotation controls the direction of the snow chute using a standard switch without cranking. The chute starts to turn when the lever is hit and stops and locks into place when the user lets go of the switch. Compact models still use cranks to turn their chute, but the entire range of motion can be achieved in just 2.5 turns of the crank.

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

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How to Choose the Right Snow Blower

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, January 22, 2019

How do you choose which snow blower is right for you? Maybe you only need something for a small clearing with lighter snowfalls, or maybe you need a snow blower to clear large areas in a region that receives apocalyptic snowfalls. Whatever your case, you can find small snow blowers for clearing decks and narrow spaces, or bigger snow blowers for clearing large spaces or multiple driveways at Monnick Supply.

The Ariens® Sno-Thro® lineup has numerous options, all different from one another and built for a specific application. We know making the choice isn't easy, especially if you never owned a snowblower before. Talk to us at Monnick Supply. We'll help you crunch the numbers and find out which Sno-Thro model is best for your clearing surface, the amount of snowfall you get and your budget.

Snowblower Maintenance Before the Snow Falls

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, January 16, 2019

A little bit of routine snowblower maintenance can go a long way in extending the life of your snow blower. As you move into winter, here is an easy-to-follow checklist. And make sure your machine is ready to go next time you need it. No one has time for down time.

Not a do-it-yourselfer? Contact Monnick Supply to schedule an appointment for seasonal maintenance. Turn-around-time is minimal right now!

Watch the video for easy steps to preparing your snowblower for winter.

For replacement OEM Ariens® service parts, replacement parts and accessories, and service, contact Monnick Supply in Framingham and Marlborough, MA.

What Size and Type of Back Up Generator Do You Need During Winter Storms?

Darren Kincaid - Monday, January 07, 2019
Monnick Supply - Marlborough, Framingham, MA

We haven't had much winter weather yet, but don't be fooled. Many homeowners in Marlborough and Framingham are looking into portable generators for their home.

1. Portable

When the power goes out, you have to start up a portable generator and plug it into your appliances or a subpanel.

2. Standby

These generators are powered by natural gas or propane and start automatically during power outages.

How to determine what size generator you need

Add up your power needs

Estimate your power needs before you shop for a generator. Look for a label on each appliance that you want to power during an electrical outage. Add up the watts to determine the generator size you need. You can also get an idea of wattage requirements here.

  • Wattage Requirements
  • Microwave: 600 to 1,200 watts
  • Refrigerator: 700 to 1,200 watts
  • Freezer: 500 to 1,200 watts
  • Washing machine: 1,200 watts
  • 1/3-hp sump pump: 800 watts
  • Television: 300 watts
  • Laptop computer: 250 watts
  • 10,000-Btu air conditioner: 1,500 watts

Your first step in adding backup power is deciding what you need (or want) to keep running when the electricity goes out. This determines the size (wattage) of the generator you’ll need.

Walk through the house and make a list of everything you want to power during an outage. Look for a label on each appliance (they have to have one) that contains information such as wattage, model number and the year it was made (photo). Some labels are right inside the door on appliances; others are on the back, so you have to pull the appliance away from the wall. Write down the item and how much wattage it uses. Be sure to include essential items, like refrigerators, freezers, a well pump if you have one, and a sump pump if your basement could flood. You can go a few hours or even days without an oven (use the microwave instead) and an air conditioner—they use a lot of power and would require you to buy a much bigger generator.

Add together the items’ wattages, then multiply that number by 1.5 (appliances need the extra power to start up). That’s the minimum wattage needed for your generator.

For more information or to purchase a generac generator for your home, contact Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham.

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Happy Holidays from Monnick Supply

Joseph Coupal - Monday, December 24, 2018

Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham, MAOur warmest Holiday wishes from the entire team here at Monnick Supply. Calendar year 2018 was, and continues to be, a truly remarkable year and we take this moment to recognize the joy that each and every one of you has brought to our personal and professional lives. We exist because of your faith and trust in us.

As calendar year 2019 approaches, we reflect upon the foundational recognition that "your success is our success". Our New Year’s wish for 2019 is to nurture our positive and ever strengthening partnership and to deliver ever increasing value to you and your family through the entirety of 2019.

Throughout this Holiday season may you be blessed with health and surrounded by friends and family. All the best! Cheers!

How to Select the Right STIHL Chainsaw

Joseph Coupal - Monday, December 17, 2018

If you're considering purchasing a new STIHL chainsaw but you aren't sure which one is right for the tasks you have, the video above can help.

Consider the following when making your choice:

  1. How experienced are you with a chainsaw?
  2. What do you plan to cut?
  3. How big is the wood you plan to cut?

For more info about STIHL chainsaws, contact Monnick Supply.

Benjamin Moore 2019 Color of the Year: Metropolitan AF-690, a Gorgeous and Calming Gray

Joseph Coupal - Monday, December 10, 2018

Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham, MACalm, composed and effortlessly sophisticated, Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year 2019, Metropolitan AF-690, exudes glamour, beauty and balance.

Metropolitan AF-690 is supported by Color Trends 2019, a coordinating palette of 15 harmonious hues.

Benjamin Moore, North America's favorite paint, color and coatings brand, announced its highly anticipated Color of the Year 2019 – Metropolitan AF-690, a stylish gray with cool undertones. The Benjamin Moore Color of the Year 2019 was unveiled to leading interior designers, architects, painting contractors and influencers.

Comforting, composed and effortlessly sophisticated, Metropolitan AF-690 exudes beauty and balance. It's a color in the neutral spectrum that references a contemplative state of mind and design. Not arresting nor aggressive, this understated yet glamorous gray creates a soothing, impactful common ground.

The color leader also unveiled its Color Trends 2019, a corresponding palette of 15 harmonious hues that further amplify the cultured grace of Metropolitan AF-690, ranging from ethereal neutrals to frothy pinks to rich blues and greens.

Emphasizing the calming role gray plays in society, the Color Trends 2019 color card illustrates how to capture the coveted feeling of restorative quietude in any setting. Elements include the blending of heathered grays and soft linens to create an enveloping haze in a living room; utilizing reflective metallic accents and easygoing neutrals to add a comforting factor to a sleek kitchen; and creating a dose of modest allure to an elegant entryway by coating the walls, doors and trim in a bold navy blue.

The richness and nuance demonstrated through the Color of the Year and Color Trends 2019 palette can only be achieved with Benjamin Moore products. Offering residential and commercial paints for any project. All 3,500 Benjamin Moore colors are available in pint samples at local retailers along with Color Trends 2019 curated palette cards. Benjamin Moore products are exclusively found at Monnick Supply in Framingham and Marlborough, a Benjamin Moore independently owned paint and decorating retailer.

For more information, contact Monnick Supply.

Fall Lawn Mower (and Other Power Tool) Maintenance So it Works in the Spring

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Monnick Supply, Marlborough, Framingham, MAThanksgiving is in the rear view mirror. As far as yard work goes, you may have to blow leaves one last time and then yard work and gardening is done for the year.

Once the annuals are pulled from the flower beds, once the spring flowering bulbs are planted, once the leaves are raked up, once the perennials are cut back, and once the lawn is mowed for the final time before winter, there is only one more chore to complete.

Take care of lawn mowers and hand power tools before you put them in winter storage. This step helps sustain the life of the engine, thus the life of the tool. And, it makes getting started in the spring that much easier.

Doing fall power tool maintenance with a riding or walk-behind lawnmower makes the task a breeze. And, this is expensive equipment which should be properly taken care of. Monnick Supply can take care of all your seasonal equipment for you, including lawnmowers, snow blowers, power washers and all of your other power tools.

Here is a “Before Winter Storage” checklist for you lawnmower:

For riding mowers remove the ignition key and unplug the spark plug before starting on the maintenance of the machine. Clean the mower, as well as the grass catcher, with a brush or cloth to remove all debris. Clean out the underside of the mower, but do not use a hose to accomplish this unless the manufacturer’s manual notes this is acceptable.

If the mower blade needs sharpening this is the time to take on this task. Follow the manual’s instructions to remove the blade, and then sharpen it or have it sharpened. While the blade is off, clean underneath the deck to remove accumulated grass clippings. Carefully follow all the directions in the owner’s manual provided by the manufacturer. In the long run this will save time and money.

Again while the mower is disengaged (ignitions key removed, spark plug disengaged) clean the dirt and debris from the oil fill area. Drain the old engine oil. Replace the oil filter. Add new oil. Turn the mower on and run it briefly to let the new oil lubricate the engine’s internal parts.

Other tips for mowers include replacing the fuel and air filters, lubricate the mower, replace belts if necessary and replace the spark plug if necessary. Depending on the brand, some mowers should be stored with the fuel tank full and others with an empty tank.

Walk-behind power lawn mowers require many of the same steps before winter storage. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions provided in the manual and don’t hesitate to call the company or the retailer if the directions are unclear.

Care of hand tools before winter storage is much simpler than caring for mowers. Remove all soil from the tools. If washing is required, make sure they are thoroughly dried when finished. If extra elbow grease is needed, consider using a wire brush to clean the tools. Those tools with wooden handles should be re-energized by treating with linseed oil. Sharpen the cutting edges of hand tools, including trowels, shovels, clippers and hoes.

Make sure rust has been removed from the tools. Cleaning the tools is important not only as a means of protecting an investment, but also because it eliminates the chance of spreading plant diseases or viruses found in the soil when used next year.

Not a DIYer or just don’t have time? No problem, contact Monnick Supply in Marlborough.

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