The STIHL How To Series gives you tips and general advice on how to operate and maintain your STIHL power tools.
In this video, we show you how to properly and safely start your STIHL blower that have the simplified starting procedure.
It's time to awaken your STIHL equipment from its winter slumber. Before you pull your tools out of storage and put them to work, make sure you've prepared them for your spring workload. This checklist of proper power tool maintenance tips will help get your equipment out of hibernation and ready to run.
For more information on buying or repairing power tools, contact Monnick Supply in Marlborough and 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.
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.
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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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Watch how a range of high traffic areas resist scuffing when protected by single-component SCUFF-X paint.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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