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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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Charcoal Grill or Gas Grill, Which is the Better Choice?

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Monnick Supply, Marlborough, Framingham, MAGrilling season is here. Are you ready to buy a new grill? Are you wondering which grill type is best? In this post we will break down the pros and cons of charcoal grills and gas grills.

To help you pick the perfect grill for your needs, we'll explore the charcoal vs. gas grill debate.

Grill Cost

There's little doubt that a charcoal grill, generally, is an inexpensive outdoor grill. Of course, a high-end charcoal grill costs more, but can really be worth the money.

Advantage: Charcoal grills

Operating Cost

Gas grills run on either natural gas or propane canisters. A 20-lb. propane gas tank will cost around $30. A 20 pound tank will last about 20 hours. This translates to $1/hour of grilling after the purchase of the tank.

Meanwhile, the chimney starter in a charcoal grill can hold up to six quarts of bricks; six quarts of sustainably sourced charcoal costs about $1.70 per cookout, while briquettes cost roughly $3.35.

Advantage: Gas Grill

Flavor

Most dedicated grillers will say that you cannot get the same flavor on a gas grill that you can with charcoal. However, adding flavored wood chips like mesquite, apple, and hickory should get your taste buds going. However, nothing will caramelize a fine cut of steak or chicken like a charcoal grill using natural wood lump charcoal.

But for hamburgers and hot dogs, a gas grill does its job well enough that most folks can't determine the difference in grilling. What's more, it takes some experience to learn how to tame a charcoal grill just right, whereas finding the right temperature on a gas grill is as simple as dialing up a knob.

Advantage: Charcoal Grill

Portability

Lugging a gas grill to a park or beach cookout is going to be a headache, unless you have a big minivan and some able hands to help. That said, lots of folks like cooking in their backyard or back deck, and no one is going to steal your large, gas grill if it's a pain to move. But for ball games and rooftop cookouts a smaller Charcoal Grill is an ideal portable choice.

Advantage: Charcoal Grill

For more information on gas or charcoal grills, contact Monnick Supply or come to our grill event on April 28!

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You Want A Broil King Gas Grill in Your Backyard

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The warm weather is fast approaching and you need a new gas grill. You could buy one at a big box store, but what happens when it breaks or you need a part. When you buy a gas grill from a local retailer, you establish a relationship. In fact, no assembly is required. We will help you with your gas grill and grilling needs for years to come. Purchases for your home and yard require a good relationship.

This April Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham will be hosting a Grill Event. We'll be showcasing our Broil King gas grills on April 28th. These grills are made for gourmet grilling in your backyard. You have spent time and money on your beautiful home and your gorgeous backyard. Don’t settle for just any gas grill, come check out a Broil King.

Contact Monnick Supply for more information on the best gas grill for your backyard.


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