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10 Essential Tools for Homeowners

Joseph Coupal - Monday, July 02, 2018

Monnick Supply, Marlborough, Framingham, MAIf you’re a homeowner or even just a DIY renter, you’ll need to be prepared to roll up your sleeves to tackle projects around the house.

Get ready by assembling a toolbox filled with the most essential tools to get simple jobs done. Here are the most frequently recommended beginner tools from homeowners. Keep in mind, this isn’t a comprehensive list and make sure to always put safety first.

Pliers/Needle Nose Pliers

Get a grip with a good pair of pliers. If you need bend wire, pull carpet staples or tightly grasp anything else, this will be your go-to tool. If you plan to use them for long periods, look for some with rubber-coated handles.

Tape Measure

Measure twice, drill/cut/nail once. If you’re fractionally challenged, look for models that have fractions printed right on the tape.

Level

Hang pictures and shelves straight as an arrow with this tool. You’ll have a couple of options: the classic bubble level or a laser level. Bubble levels will likely be the less expensive option, but laser levels will give you far greater range.

Hammer

Can you image a toolbox without a hammer? Hanging pictures, taking doors off their hinges, pounding in finishing nails and securing paint can lids are just a few of the many, many tasks for which you’ll use your hammer. You’ll see several different types of hammers at the hardware store; go with a classic claw hammer.

Screw Driver Set

Just like your hammer, a screw driver set is absolutely essential. Look for a set that includes both flathead and Phillips head drivers.

Adjustable Wrench

A versatile tool that’s helpful if you’re trying to loosen a garden hose from the spigot or shut off utilities, like gas.

Stud Finder

If you’re hanging a heavy object on a wall, you’ll need to secure it to something. Unless you still have those X-ray specs from your childhood, a stud finder is your best option. You’ll typically be using this along with your hammer and level.

Putty Knife

A must if you’re filling old picture holes and wall dings with spackle. It’s also an excellent tool for removing wallpaper.

Drill

Pick up either a cordless or corded one. If you don’t plan on using your drill often, go for a corded model and a nice extension cord.

Allen Wrench Set

If you’ve ever put together (Swedish) furniture, you’re familiar with these tools, which are also called Allen keys or hex keys. Look for a set that has a few various sizes that are bound together like a pocket knife so you don’t lose them.

That’s our list of basic tools. But, let’s hear from you: what other basic tools to you find most useful around the house? Let us know in the comments.

Looking for tools for your home? Contact Monnick Supply in Framingham and Marlborough, MA.

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Yes, You Can Paint Your Viinyl Siding!

Joseph Coupal - Monday, June 25, 2018

Monnick Supply, Marlborough, Framingham, MAGood news for homeowners with vinyl siding: You can enjoy premium Benjamin Moore paint color while locking in optimal performance. No re-siding necessary.

With 900+ colors to choose from, Regal® Select REVIVE® offers an enhanced vinyl siding design opportunity. From hundreds of deeper, richer colors to lighter, soft neutrals, REVIVE reshapes the aesthetic potential of vinyl siding.

Refresh. Reinvigorate. Reinvent.

Benjamin Moore debunks the misconception that you can’t paint vinyl siding.

Pushing that theory further, we’ve developed a paint specially formulated for vinyl siding and trim in a remarkable range of 900+ premium colors.

From Wedgewood Gray HC-146, to darker hues like Tarrytown Green HC-134 and Night Horizon 2134-10, there are hundreds of colors from which to choose. In fact, many colors in the REVIVE Colors for Vinyl Siding color collection are from the Historical Collection, Affinity® Collection and other Benjamin Moore color palettes that designers and discerning homeowners consider essential.

"REVIVE EMPOWERS HOMEOWNERS TO REPAINT THEIR VINYL SIDING, NOT REPLACE IT, OFFERING POPULAR EXTERIOR SHADES THAT WERE FORMERLY UNAVAILABLE FOR VINYL SIDING HOMEOWNERS." — HARRIETTE MARTINS, SENIOR BRAND MANAGER

REVIVE® Colors for Vinyl Siding

Here is a small sampling of the 900+ color collection, specially formulated for optimal performance on vinyl siding and trim.

  • 2112-40-Stone
  • AF-295-Pomegranate
  • 2131-60-Silver Gray
  • HC-26-Monroe Bisque
  • AF-455-Croquet
  • HC-154-Hale Navy

Vinyl Siding Paint: The Basics

In addition to the deluxe look a fresh coat of REVIVE brings to your vinyl-sided home, there are also many important practical perks:

  • 900+ premium colors– Safe for vinyl siding and trim
  • Durability– Resists fading, cracking and peeling
  • Paint & Primer Together– Saves time
  • Mildew Resistant
  • Resists Buckling– Even in darker shades
  • Superior Adhesion– Benjamin Moore’s proprietary Vinyl Lock technology safely refreshes the look and color of your home

REVIVE ensures your most valuable investment–your home–will always look its best. Explore a wide range of 900+ colors, specially formulated for vinyl siding and trim.

Regal Select REVIVE is specially formulated for optimal performance on vinyl siding and trim, for a fresh look in a wide range of colors.

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

Power Tools : Buying Local is Better

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Monnick Supply, Marlborough, Framingham, MAA newly released study, “Home Sweet Home: Locals vs. Amazon,” examines the positive economic impacts of consumers choosing to support independent building supply, hardware, power equipment and paint dealers instead of purchasing from online retailers like Amazon. It further reinforces the value of the “Local Advantage” when it comes to small independent businesses and shows their rate of return to local communities through labor, profit, procurement and charity is nearly seven times greater than Amazon.

Amazon recently reported its positive impact on the larger U.S. economy through its small business sellers, but “Locals vs. Amazon” shows buying directly through independent businesses whether in-store or online has an even greater economic impact:

  • Sales through local hardware and paint dealers have a local impact nearly seven times greater (676 percent) than sales through Amazon, even when including all of Amazon’s distribution employment.*
  • If Amazon were to capture just 10 percent of the home improvement market from independents, American communities would see a loss of $9.3 billion in local economic activity.
    • In addition, because roughly half of Amazon sales come from third-party sellers who collect sales tax on a very limited basis, states and communities would see a substantial loss of revenue.
  • When consumers order home improvement products online from an independent business, their money has more than twice (130 percent higher) the impact on local economies through jobs, taxes, charitable giving and revenue than if they were to buy online from The Home Depot or Lowe’s

“Clearly, Amazon is feeling the pressure from America’s independent businesses which provide their communities with substantial, quantifiable economic benefits relative to their chain competitors and even more substantial benefits as compared to online competitors like Amazon,” explains Bill Brunelle, co-founder of Independent We Stand. “’Locals vs. Amazon’ has produced stunning findings which allow us to follow the dollars in to the economy giving us perspective on not only the ‘Local Advantage’ impact of independent businesses, but also the real numbers when it comes to online sales in the U.S.”

According to findings in the “Home Sweet Home: Locals vs. Amazon” study:

  • Total e-commerce sales across all lines of goods accounted for only 8.9 percent of all U.S. retail sales in 2017.
  • Online sales from independent home improvement dealers and major chains, combined, represents only 2.3 percent of overall online retail sales.

From experience and product knowledge to troubleshooting and customer service, independent retailers have several advantages over Amazon and online sales. This study clearly shows the consumer still wants to go to a brick and mortar independent paint or hardware store to make their purchases. “I believe consumers want to buy local and support local businesses and value the level of trust they develop through their experiences with locals.”

In fact, data in the study shows the hardware, paint and power equipment sectors are somewhat insulated as compared to other industries and supports the broad assertion that home improvement and building materials customers buck the online shopping trend. There appear to be two driving factors:

  • Customers want to inspect what they buy before committing and likely visit a trusted retailer for expertise and advice on purchases.
  • The big box home center chains have developed sophisticated tools to facilitate hybrid online sales for store pickup.

“We are not ignoring e-commerce. As it becomes a greater concern for independent retailers in our sector who may have limited capabilities, we’ve worked hard to create effective research that accurately depicts the economic influence locally owned businesses have on an individual community and how that initial impact has the potential to generate national economic activity,” said Dan Tratensek, North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) vice president and publisher of Hardware Retailing. “This ‘Locals vs. Amazon’ edition of our Home Sweet Home Study shows how critical it is for retailers and consumers alike to be aware of the impact we make when we choose to shop local.”

For a locally, family owned and operated hardware, power equipment and paint store, contact Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham, MA.

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Saying Goodbye to Not Only a Boss & a Co-Worker, but a Friend!

Joseph Coupal - Monday, June 11, 2018

Monnick Supply, Marlborough, Framingham, MASaying Goodbye to not only a Boss & a co-worker, but a Friend!

Ron Ramsay has been the Store Manager for our Marlboro location for almost 10 years. During that time, he has proved to be an essential part of daily life here at Monnick Supply. He is a wealth of knowledge, always even-tempered and just a great person to be around.

Ron has decided it is time for him to retire and enjoy life. His last day was Saturday June 9th. He will be sorely missed by all of us here at Monnick, but it’s not GOODBYE forever, it’s See You Later!!

We sincerely hope that Ron enjoys his time and we hope to see him very soon.

Best of Luck Ron!

STIHL Power Tools for Father’s Day

Joseph Coupal - Monday, June 04, 2018

This Father's Day, celebrate Dad’s most important job – fatherhood – with the gift of STIHL. Browse our power tools and give him the power to get yard work done more efficiently so that he can focus on more important things, like family.

For more information on the best STIHL power tools for the dad in your life, contact Monnick Supply in Framingham and Marlborough, MA.

The Three R's for a Beautiful Lawn this Summer

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Monnick Supply, Marlborough, Framingham, MAThe 3 R’s…. No, not reading, writing and arithmetic… renovate, review and repair! Summer time is a good time to accomplish projects that you have been planning or putting off over the last year. What’s in your plan?

What about the long-term drainage problem in your yard that deposits mud and water all over your front sidewalk or into your neighbor’s yard? Take the time to do it right, install a French drain or add some soil to redirect the flow of water from your downspouts, sow some fast growing ryegrass seed to help curb erosion. Did you call for any town permits or 811 first before you dig? It’s the law and best to keep your family safe from telephone, gas, water or electric lines.

Do you have compacted soil and your lawn is not growing very well? Rent an aerator, perhaps with a neighbor, to share costs and aggressively loosen the soil and then apply Love Your Soil to help relieve compaction. This would be a good time to take a soil test to determine if your soil pH is too low. pH testers are available from local garden centers or hardware stores. Be sure to use good quality grass seed to repair these areas.

Some of you may be putting in a pool. If some of the sub-soil that is dug up remains on your property it will not grow newly seeded grass very well, why? Sub-soil has not seen the light of day for many years, perhaps millions of years! Compacted soil and weed seeds may be brought to the surface and newly seeded grass does not have a chance of surviving. Sub-soil does not have much water holding capacity, earthworms, microbial activity or nutrients to support grass growth. Try to get some good topsoil in areas to be re-seeded and add organic matter such as compost or peat moss, but be sure to mix it into existing soil, not just lay it across the top. Remember to cut your grass away from the edge of the pool; no one likes to swim with grass in the pool.

If you have been having trouble growing grass in heavily shaded areas consider removing some trees or at least trimming back some branches to get more sunlight and air flow to the soil. Reducing a certain amount of the shade will greatly increase your chances of keeping grass growing in these areas. Remember, all plants need some level of sunlight to grow properly. Many times areas under trees do not have very good soil for growing grass either. Take a soil pH test and add Mag-I-Cal to improve soil pH before applying Dense Shade grass seed mixture.

Summer picnics mean ants, fleas and ticks! If you do not want these pests around, treat your lawn with Grub and Insect Control. Mowing your lawn regularly helps to reduce insects, particularly ticks. Areas of your property that border woods or natural landscapes can be a haven for insects. Be sure to get rid of any standing water to reduce the potential for mosquitos to thrive.

Weeds are opportunistic and fill in bare spots when given the chance. Summer may not be the best time to seed your lawn if it is very hot and dry, but seed bare spots to avoid weeds taking over. You can establish grass seed with proper soil preparation and watering during summer months.

The last “r” is, “remember” to enjoy your yard this summer, invite the kids and grandkids over, maybe some neighborhood kids, have a baseball game or pool party. Invite friends to your back deck and bring their high school yearbooks and have a laugh over just how good we all looked years ago.

For more information on summer lawn care, contact Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham, MA.

How to Choose Paint or Stain for Your Deck

Joseph Coupal - Monday, May 21, 2018

Monnick Supply, Marlborough, Framingham, MAA freshly-painted deck can transform your backyard, adding color—and curb appeal—to your home.

Refreshing your deck and protecting it at the same time is made easier with Benjamin Moore ARBORCOAT® Exterior Stains, ensuring both durability and style when spending time with friends and family outdoors.

Stains offer different opacities–the degree to which you can see the natural grain of wood: Clear, Translucent, Semi Transparent, Semi Solid and Solid. Opacity 101

When it comes to the impact stain will have on your deck’s design, understanding opacity is key.

Opacity is the degree to which you can see the natural grain of wood, achieved by using one of the following…

  • Clear stain has no color added and shows the natural beauty of the wood.
  • Translucent stain doesn’t obscure grain and texture of wood and includes just the slightest tone.
  • Semi Transparent stain allows most of the grain and texture to show through, with slightly more prominent color.
  • Semi Solid stain, with its deeper shades, covers most imperfections while allowing some of the grain and texture of the wood to show through.
  • Solid stain offers the greatest color depth of all, covering the majority of imperfections while allowing the texture of the wood to peek through lightly.

Considering Color: Choices Abound

When thinking about color for your deck, consider the same shade as your home’s trim. This technique will make it stand out against the main field of your house for a unified look that still highlights your deck’s architecture.

For a more monochromatic look, use a similar shade as your house’s primary color, a good choice if you want features like your fire pit or dining area as your deck’s focal point.

There’s a huge spectrum of color to explore, from driftwood grays to warm russets to woodland greens.

Wood Matters

Wood remains the most common choice for decks. More expensive hardwoods such as mahogany or ipe offer gorgeous grain and texture that shine through when using a more transparent stain like Transluscent or Semi Transparent. Softer, less expensive woods, including pressure treated southern yellow pine or cedar, benefit from Semi Solid and Solid stains’ innate weather barrier.

Wood alternatives known as “composite decking” are also a popular choice. While often sold as maintenance-free, composite decks demand protection from color fading as well as from the elements–just like their wood counterparts; Arborcoat Solid Deck & Siding Stain provides excellent color retention for these popular decking choices.

Narrow the Scope

Not ready to go big? Repainting or staining wood outdoor chairs and tables is less of an intensive project than redoing your entire deck. Almost any bright color pops off neutrals and wood tones in an eye-catching way and revitalizes decking with ease.

Another option is to stain your deck’s handrails and bannisters only. Pull from your interior color palette to visually–yet subtly–unite indoors and out. Or consider using a combination of stains to designate where one section of your deck begins and another section ends.

Audition Your Stains

It’s easy to “try on” stains on the actual wood you want to coat: In fact, there’s no better way to see true color accuracy.

Ready to turn inspiration into reality? We’re here to take you every step of the way, from prep to finish.

Pint-sized samples are available in all ARBORCOAT opacities as well as Solid Stains, which are available in all 3,500+ Benjamin Moore colors.

For more information on the right way to treat your deck, contact Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham.

New Study Shows One Way that Locals Crush Amazon

Joseph Coupal - Friday, May 18, 2018
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Amazon isn’t known for losing, but there’s at least one way that local brick-and-mortar businesses undeniably outperform the online mega-retailer. Just two weeks after Amazon’s quarterly earnings report showed huge growth, a new study by Civic Economics reveals what those earnings mean for communities and local economies across the country – and they don’t mean much. The 2018 Home Sweet Home: Locals vs. Amazon study reports that local hardware and home improvement retailers recirculate 676 percent more of their revenue in the local economy than Amazon.

For the study, Civic Economics compared three retail segments: independent retailers; national chain retailers, such as Lowe’s and Home Depot; and Amazon, as an indicator of online retailers. Specifically, the study measures how independent hardware and home improvement stores stack up against their larger competitors when it comes to recirculating money to local communities through labor, procurement, profits and charitable giving.

On average, local retailers recirculate more than 30 percent of their revenues locally, while chains and online retailers recirculate just 13.2 percent and 3.9 percent, respectively. In other words, the study’s main findings reveal:

  • Local retailers reinvest 130 percent more of their revenues than chain retailers and 676 percent more of their revenues than Amazon.
  • If Amazon were to capture even 10 percent more of the home improvement market from local retailers, local communities would see a loss of $9.3 billion in local economic activity.

The 2018 Home Sweet Home: Locals vs. Amazon study represents the latest in a series of similarly revealing reports. In 2015, Independent We Stand teamed up with Civic Economics and the North American Retail Hardware Association to publish the first Home Sweet Home study, which revealed that DIY and home improvement projects go further for the local economy when consumers shop at locally owned hardware and home improvement stores. In 2017, the Home Sweet Home: Pros’ Edition study echoed those findings with respect to professional construction projects.

This year’s Home Sweet Home: Locals vs. Amazon study, also supported by the Paint & Decorating Retailers Association, was the first project in the Home Sweet Home series to consider online retailers and, namely, Amazon. A staggering 90 percent of small business owners say that Amazon has a negative impact on their business, according to the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. The Home Sweet Home: Locals vs. Amazon study shows that when these small businesses struggle, their local economies struggle just the same.

Independent We Stand is dedicated to helping independent businesses across the country engage their communities and encouraging customers to buy local. If you’re a business owner, get buy local resources, tips and news by registering for a business membership. Your business will also be included in our ‘locals only’ search engine and mobile app. If you’re a consumer, take the pledge to buy local to join the movement.

Source: independent.org

Exterior Paint for your Home That has Inspiration

Joseph Coupal - Friday, May 04, 2018

Monnick Supply, Marlborough and FraminghamWhen painting the exterior of your house and other outdoor features, you have two important characteristics to keep in mind: how well it lasts and how good it looks.

Painting a house is no small investment, so choosing the best paint color for the exterior surfaces of your house means picking colors that look great and last. Benjamin Moore Aura has you covered with durable paints that resist the punishing effects of weather—and have a lifetime limited warranty to prove it.

Foolproof Color Picks

To narrow down your color choices, build an exterior palette around the elements of the house that won’t change, such as roofing materials and stone or brick components. Pick contrasting but complementary colors to highlight architectural elements and add dimension. Similar color undertones will link the elements together.

Take a Look Around

The best inspiration may come from stepping outside. Select hues that are compatible with your neighborhood, architectural style and natural surroundings. For exterior colors inspired by classic American design and architecture, look no further than Benjamin Moore’s Historical Collection for tried and true favorites that are perfect for any home.

The Right Light

Just like interior paint colors, exterior colors shift depending on how the light hits them—and can look different when applied than they do on a chip. Make regret-free choices by buying a quart of paint and applying it on inconspicuous areas of all sides of your house. Visit your samples throughout the day until you’re comfortable with your choice.

Finish Lines

Color is only one aspect of an exterior paint choice; sheen is another important factor. Low Lustre finish is a top choice for the main siding color—the low-reflective finish adds a slight gloss, hides surface imperfections and cleans well. Semi-gloss paints add extra durability and clean up easily, making them a good choice for areas such as windowsills that bear the brunt of weather shifts. High gloss finishes make color look richer but magnify surface imperfections.

Find the Perfect Color for Your Home Exterior

Make your home the envy of the neighborhood with a beautiful, elegant and striking exterior.

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Our trusted, durable classic delivers mildew resistance, advanced protection and superior adhesion.

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

Preventing Dandelions and Weeds in Your Lawn

Joseph Coupal - Friday, April 27, 2018

Monnick Supply, Marlborough, Framingham, MADandelions are the king of the lawn jungle. The name dandelion means, “Tooth of the lion” referring to the tooth-like leaves on the base of the plant. Dandelions are the most recognized lawn weed because they are so easy to find with their bright yellow flower and grey puffballs, and they seem to be all over the place! Remember, April showers bring May flowers, yes a bunch of dandelions. What can we do to get rid of “the king” of lawn weeds?

The best way to control dandelions is to understand their life cycle. Dandelions are perennial plants that belong to the sunflower family. They do look somewhat similar but what a difference, low growing dandelions versus a tall growing sunflower! They were introduced from Europe and love sunny, moist areas of the lawn. Dandelions continually bloom and reseed themselves so they are a constant threat to a great looking lawn. Their roots can grow up to 18 inches deep to help ensure long-term survival. After blooming, the grey puffballs appear in late spring, each puffball can contain over 200 seeds! The dandelion plant grows low to avoid mowing, but the puffball stems grow high between mowings to spread their seeds for miles. I’ve heard many times, “I have a great lawn but my neighbor; his dandelions invade my lawn every year!”

How do we get rid of dandelions? Children may like to pick them and collect them but the plant will still live from its strong roots. You can try to pull them out, but most likely some root mass may remain and the plant rejuvenates themselves. You can dig them out; this can be effective provided you get the whole root. If you have 200+ dandelions in your lawn, is it practical to dig them all out? Sometimes when dandelions get out of control you need a little help.

Green Up Weed & Feed feeds the good grass and can control dandelions and other broadleaf weeds at the same time. The beauty of Green Up Weed & Feed is that it is “selective” meaning it can kill many weeds and not your lawn. Dandelions and other broadleaf weeds are best controlled when they are actively growing, not when temperatures are less than 50 degrees. Of course, follow label directions for best control. Here are the 3 tips for best control: do not mow your grass for 2 days before or after application, apply to a moist dew-like lawn, do not water in or expect rainfall for 2 days after application. By following these 3 golden rules your weed control will be greatly enhanced. Do not apply broadleaf weed controls if the weather is hot and humid with temperatures over 85 degrees. Dandelions can take 3-4 weeks for complete kill down to the root, be patient. Note, Green Up Weed and Feed will not control crabgrass!

If you do not want dandelions, why do you not have a better growing, healthy lawn? This brings us back to how to grow a great lawn. Proper feeding, mowing, weed controls and watering play a factor in the quality of your lawn. Organic Weed Preventer when put down in early spring before dandelion seeds germinate can control them over time if you wish to go organic. However, Organic Weed Preventer will not control existing weeds.

Early fall is also a good time to control dandelions even though the bright yellow flower is not as prominent. Monitor your lawn and consider a Lawn Weed Control application if plants are present. If you follow a sound lawn care program you can eliminate dandelions over time. Good luck fighting the dreaded dandelion!

For more information on spring lawn care, contact Monnick Supply.

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