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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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Buy Power Tools on Black Friday for Every DIY on your List

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham, MAIf you have someone on your holiday shopping list who is a DIY kind of person, then Black Friday Sales are for you. If the upcoming holiday season has the purchase some new power tools on your list, we have 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 or come visit us on Black Friday in Marlborough and Framingham.

How to Choose the Right STIHL Chainsaw

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, November 15, 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 STIHL How-to series 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 in Marlborough AND Now in Framingham too!

Extend the Life Of Your Lawn Mower and Snow Blower with Season Changing Maintenance

Joseph Coupal - Friday, November 09, 2018

Monnick Supply, Marlborough, Framingham, MAA little bit of routine small engine maintenance can go a long way in extending the life of your lawn mower or snow blower. As you move into a new season, get out your easy-to-follow Changing of the Guard checklist and make sure your machine is ready to go next time you need it. No one has time for down time.

From oil filters to blades and protective covers, our independent hardware store has the parts you need to properly store your equipment and get you ready for the season ahead.

Fall Checklist

Add Stabilizer and Fresh Fuel to Your Lawn Mower

Most engine manufacturers recommend using a fuel stabilizer or draining the fuel system before putting the machine into storage. If you use a fuel stabilizer, mix the gasoline according to the instructions on the stabilizer container. Fill the machine’s gas tank about 3/4 full (using low ethanol gasoline) and allow the machine to run for a few minutes to make sure stabilized gasoline is in the carburetor as well as the tank. If equipped, turn the fuel valve to the off position. Note: It’s okay to add fuel stabilizer to your gas can with each fill up.

Change the Oil and Spark Plug

Change the oil and filter if equipped. Replace with the engine manufacturer’s recommended oil and filter type.

Clean the Blades and Undercarriage

Clean the unit: wipe or blow off the clippings and debris from the top of the unit and check the belt(s) and idler pulleys for wear. Check the blades, as now is a great time to replace or sharpen the blades. Remove the ignition key and/or the spark plug wire before working under the mower deck.

Properly Store Your Lawn Mower

Let your lawn mower hibernate for the winter in a cool, dry place. Protect your lawn mower from the elements with a Lawn Mower Cover.

Not a do-it-yourselfer? Contact Monnick Supply to schedule an appointment for seasonal maintenance.

Ariens

Ariens Snow Blowers that Are Small in Size and Big in Performance

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Sure it looks small. But this compact powerhouse Ariens snow blower packs a big-time punch. From a light dusting, to residential sidewalk duty, Ariens compact machines are easy to maneuver, while consistently delivering performance that’s impossible to overlook. Folding handlebars make putting it away as easy as it is to use.

Ariens legendary snow blowers are available in a compact size. Light and easy to handle, yet has all-steel construction and a 20" housing to power through any drift. Folding handlebars for easy storage. 11" auger diameter. Blows snow up to 40ft and clears up to 52.6 tons/hour dependent on model. Choice of 22" or 24" clearing widths.

For more information on Compact, Deluxe, or Platinum Series Ariens snow blowers, contact Monnick Supply in Framngham and Marlborough.

Preparing the Snowblower for Winter

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham, MANow is a great time to take your snowblower to a local dealer for any needed maintenance or repairs. Once the snow falls, their shops will be extremely busy, and they will most likely have long delays.

If you want to see what we recommend, see below to ensure your snowblower is ready for winter.

Use Fresh, Good-Quality Fuel

Use fresh fuel (less than 30 days old). Gasoline gets “stale” over time and fresh fuel ignites more easily. Stale gas can leave harmful deposits in your product’s fuel system. Ethanol-free gasoline is even better for your small engines.

Today’s gasoline does not have the same chemical makeup as years ago. Testing has shown that significant deterioration can begin in as little as 30 days. The first sign of old gas is it makes starting more difficult. This is because the most volatile components of the fuel are the first to deteriorate and are the ones that help an engine start easily.

We recommend you use a national brand to ensure you are beginning with good- quality fuel. Use fuel with an octane rating of 87, or as close to 87 as you can. Higher octane fuels offer no benefit for your residential products, and some high octane additive packages are not good for small engines. Only purchase what you expect to use within 30 days, or add stabilizer. If you add a fuel stabilizer the day you buy the gasoline, you can expect the fuel to stay fresh for 4-6 months. Fuel stabilizer and ethanol-free fuel is available at Monnick Supply.

It’s also a good idea to wait until the cool fall weather season arrives before purchasing gasoline for your machine. Gasoline is reblended to suit the season, and although the difference isn’t as great as it once was, winter-grade fuel will make cold weather starts easier.

Check Your Spark Plug

Starting will be easier if the spark plug is in good condition. If in doubt, replace it. A new spark plug will be able to better ignite the fuel-air mixture within the engine. You should also make sure the spark plug wire securely attaches to the spark plug.

Check Your Oil

If you have a 4-cycle model (fuel and oil are separate) and didn’t change the oil last spring, now is the time. Even if you only run the machine a few hours a year, the oil should be changed. Oil in a small engine does not break down very fast; however, it does become contaminated. Moisture from the air and small amounts of combustion byproducts (exhaust) will build up in the oil within a very short time. This contamination will result in increased wear and can even eat away at internal parts over time. Following the recommended schedule for your machine can help prevent expensive repairs.

Check Your Owner’s Manual

Review the starting procedures outlined in the operator’s manual, including the proper operation of the safety features on your unit.

Perform an Annual Inspection

Before each season, the rotor blades should be inspected for wear. When a rotor blade edge has worn down to the wear indicator hole, both rotor blades and the scraper should be replaced. Inspect the drive belt for fraying, cracking or signs of stretching. Replace the drive belt if any of these conditions occur. It is recommended to have an extra belt on hand in the event the belt breaks while operating. Check for any loose fasteners and tighten as necessary. Missing fasteners should be replaced immediately.

For more information on getting snowblowers ready for winter, contact Monnick Supply.

TORO

How to Prepare You Lawn Mower for Winter Storage

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham, MAFall is here and it is time to prepare your lawn mower for winter storage so that in the spring it will run properly again. Here are some tips on how to maintain a lawn mower and prepare it for winter storage. Nothing is more frustrating when you want to mow your lawn for the first time in the spring and it just won’t start.

You do not want to store the tank empty. You want to put the ethanol free fuel in it for storage. After you have run it dry of regular gas, put the ethanol free gas in it and run that for a few minutes then put it away with the ethanol free fuel still in it.

Change the air filter on your lawn mower at the end of the season, as well as once or twice during the long mowing season. Empty the oil tank and refill after cleaning up your mower and sharpening the blades. Be sure to dispose of the old oil properly.

Cleaning your mower will go a long way to prolong the life of your mower as well, preventing rust buildup, ensuring blades are kept sharp and keeping free of grease and dirty buildup.

Use steel wool pads to rub away any rust spots that appear over the growing season.

Beneath the mower, clean the underside of the carriage as well as the blades. Use a hose to power wash off any dried mud and grass clippings. Some additional scraping may be necessary, especially on the underside, but regular maintenance of this type after each mowing should keep this to a minimum. Be sure to use soap and water and a scrubbing brush to cleanse any oily, greasy spots on the mower.

Sharpening the mower blades is important too. Schedule an appointment at to have this done professionally. Give your mower blade a coating of WD-40 or other penetrating oil spray.

Once you are done, refill the oil tank. Use fresh oil.

For information on outdoor power equipment repair or for ethanol free fuel, contact Monnick Supply.

Biggest, Baddest Backpack Blower

Joseph Coupal - Friday, October 12, 2018

The biggest, most powerful blower in the STIHL range.

The new STIHL BR 700 steps things up a notch in the STIHL blower range. This high output professional blower is STIHLs most powerful model to date. Able to clear piles of wet leaves, and reduce bottom line costs with its fuel efficient engine, it is the ideal tool to get control over tough landscaping tasks and large property maintenance.

Professionals will love the adaptive design features, including an adjustable telescopic tube to accommodate users of different heights, and different applications, as well as the control handle that adjusts easily without tools to provide the most comfortable position. For further convenience, this backpack leaf blower comes with a semi-automatic choke for smooth and easy starts. Designed with an optimal power-to-weight ratio the BR 700 combines power and portability so you can get the job done whenever, wherever.

For more information on STIHL BR 700 backpack blower, contact Monnick Supply.

Get Yard Power Tools Ready for Fall Clean Up

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, October 02, 2018
Monnick Supply Power Tools - Marlborough, Framingham, MA

Fall is here. It’s not quite time for fall clean-up, but it’s right around the corner. Now is the perfect time to take stock in your power tools. What do you have, what do you need and what needs maintenance or parts? Make sure leaf blowers start, that your tools are clean and blades are sharpened or replaced, that wheelbarrow tires are fully inflated and your gas tanks are full.

But, don’t forget, when you are buying fuel for gas-driven small engines that manufacturers recommend using ethanol free gas. If you must buy gas with ethanol, use gas with 10% or less ethanol two-cycle engines and other gas powered small engines.

Most gas is mixed with ethanol which makes gas corrosive. It can destroy the rubber gaskets and seals in small engines which is why we recommend ethanol free gasoline. When getting gas for small engines remember that Toro and Stihl do not recommend using fuel with more than 10% ethanol content.

Small engine paper air filters should be replaced, but sponge filters can be washed with soap and water and then moistened by working in a few drops of motor oil.

Before filling the gas tank and adding fresh oil of any yard power tool, check the inner housing for buildup of caked-on dirt and grass clippings. Even a relatively thin coating can restrict the movement of air and grass clippings, making mulching lawn mowers less effective.

For more information on small engine parts and service for fall clean up, contact Monnick Supply.


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