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Get Ready for Snow and Cold This Week

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, January 04, 2018

Monnick Supply, Marlborough, Framingham, MAIt's hard to believe it's only the beginning of January and recent temperatures have been some of the lowest in recorded history. If the cold hasn't been bone chilling enough, we are now expecting a heavy impact snowstorm starting on Thursday morning. Your shovels might still be out from our white Christmas but there are a few other things you should do to prepare for the snow tomorrow.

For your home:

  • As the temperature drops outside, make sure to set your thermostat inside to a warm temperature to avoid freezing pipes. If you're leaving town for the weekend, set it to no lower than 65 degrees.
  • Make sure you have flashlights, nonperishable food items and water in case you lose power or the storm keeps you house-bound for more than a day.
  • Stay indoors during the storm and avoid overexertion when shoveling or snow blowing.

On the Road:

  • Avoid driving during the storm if possible.
  • If you must drive, be sure to stock your car's winter roadside emergency kit with all the essentials including snacks, blankets, windshield de-icer, spare phone charger and flare lights.
  • Check your oil and antifreeze levels.

After the Storm

  • After a heavy snow fall you might notice large piles of snow on the roof of your home. Be wary of ice dams and read how to safely remove snow from your roof.

Monnick Supply, your neighborhood, family-owned hardware store, is here to help during the storm. For more information or for help getting ready for winter, contact Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham.

Stay safe and warm this week!

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Happy New Year from Monnick Supply

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Monnick Supply, Marlborough and FraminghamHappy New Year from Monnick Supply. We would like to thank our customers, friends, family, and community for allowing our business to be part of your lives in 2017. We wish all of you a wonderful and prosperous 2018!

If we have had the pleasure of being your choice in hardware store this year, we hope that we provided the highest level of customer service and met all of your needs. In the coming months if you find yourself in need of the services we offer, we hope you come see us again in 2018.

It is our sincere wish that in the New Year you are surrounded by warmth, family, and friendship and that 2018 brings you good health and prosperity. From all of us here at Monnick Supply we hope you have a safe and exciting New Year.

We all come home, or ought to come home, for a short holiday – the longer, the better…” ~ Charles Dickens

Give A Free Holiday Gift in 30-Seconds or Less

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, December 21, 2017

Monnick Supply, Marlborough, Framingham, MA If a friend, relative, or valued service provider has a website, give them the gift of a business Facebook “like” this Holiday season. This act is free and will literally take you 30 seconds or less. By doing so, you help your friend or relative further establish business credibility and trust from an online standpoint.

Why do this? The reason is simple. Facebook “likes” is something that business owners can refer to promote their business popularity and interaction with their clients. It is also a widely accepted conclusion that Facebook “likes” play some role in how a website converts visitors into customers.

So if you know anyone with a website and wish them well in business, take 30-seconds and “like” their business Facebook page. Look for the Facebook logo usually located at the top or bottom of the website’s home page. Then shoot them a quick note saying, “Happy Holidays. I recently “liked” your business Facebook page and wish you continued business success in 2018 and beyond”. It would be a kind gesture and one that cost you nothing other than 30 seconds of your time.

To all our regular readers of this blog, we wish you all Happy Holidays and only the best for 2018 and beyond.

Gas vs. Electric Snow Blowers

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, December 14, 2017

Monnick Supply, Marlborough, Framingham, MAFinding the right snow blower isn't completely straightforward. Gas snow blowers vary in size and functionality, and you’ll want to find the best one to help you clear snow for the specific job. Electric Snow Blowers are best for light weather conditions, clearing flat or paved areas near an outlet. Gas-powered snow blowers tend to work better if you need to handle heavy snowfall, rough terrain or large areas.

Gas snow throwers require more maintenance but they're tougher than electric models and come in a variety of sizes. The larger the snow blower, the more power it produces. Electric snow blowers are more far more compact, weighing just over 30 pounds on average, in contrast to gas snow blowers whose weight averages well over 100 pounds.

The most powerful gas snow blowers can plow through a couple feet of snow with a throwing distance of 40 feet or more. The best electric snow blowers, in contrast, clear optimal snow depths of 10 inches and throw snow up to a maximum distance of 30 feet. While electric snow blowers don’t have the same power, for certain areas they are more than sufficient and can be the preferable choice for some people.

Electric snow blowers are easy to start and operate and are safe for the environment. The electric snow blowers that plug into a wall, however, are limited in their mobility when compared with their gas counterparts. All electric snow blowers are single-stage so they won’t plow through huge piles of snow, but they are well-suited for flat areas with moderate snowfall and specialized areas like decks and patios.

To combat monster blizzards, you need an equally fierce snow blower to clear driveways and common walkways. If winter brings at least a foot of snow to your doorstep, a tough two-stage snow blower is a valuable tool to have. A gas snow blower can help you make quick work of a huge driveway.

Electric snow blowers tend to be the best tools for clearing snow off decks and patios. There are often the best snow blowers for these areas that are more susceptible to being damaged. The auger and paddle in electric snow blowers are made of materials that are gentler to specialized areas like decks and patios and aren’t as likely to scuff or damage these surfaces. They have enough size and power to clear up to about a foot of snow. Another plus for electric snow blowers is these areas are closer to wall outlets than most outside space, so if you are relying on cord power there won’t be a problem with running out of cord.

The Ariens Compact 920021 is a gas blower with bulk. The Ariens snow blower has features like 15-inch tires, electric start and 2-foot clearing width. The Ariens packs a punch and will clear as much as 2 feet of snow over all types of terrain. Yet when it comes time to store it away, it fits into relatively compact space with handles that fold in and a lower-than-average weight for a big machine.

This Ariens snow blower has a clearing width of 24 inches, meaning it can clear a path 2 feet wide, which is great coverage, especially for a relatively compact snow blower. This will make less work for you and will let you quickly clear snow from your driveway and sidewalk. This snow blower holds half a gallon of gasoline and distributes 208 cubic centimeters through the engine. In addition, the engine produces 9.5 foot-pounds of torque, giving it enough power to throw a lot of snow at once.

For more information on Ariens snow blowers, contact Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham.

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Easy Winter Home Improvement Projects and Upgrades

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, December 07, 2017

Monnick Supply, Marlborough and FraminghamIf you’re like most people, you’ve been spending a lot of time indoors lately. Unfortunately, there are several more months of winter to get through before we start seeing signs of spring.

Break the monotony by working on your house. After all, you’re stuck inside anyway, and you’re probably searching for something to do. Plus, some home improvement projects will increase your property value, save money on your utility bills, and potentially prevent larger, more expensive issues from developing.

Here are some easy winter projects you might want to tackle before spring hits.

1. Repaint

You’ve been staring at your neutral colored walls every day for months. Want to brighten your mood? Try repainting! Go with a bright, cheery color to liven things up.

A new coat of paint can dramatically lift your mood and the mood of the entire room.

2. Work on Your Floors

Is your carpet threadbare? Are your hardwood floors freezing your feet?

Putting in carpet is a great winter project because it can increase the comfort of your home dramatically.

If you don’t like carpeting, there are plenty of other home flooring ideas such as tile and laminate that you could also consider.

3. Declutter

When Spring gets here, you’re not going to want to spend your time sifting through those piles of junk in your basement. You’ll want to be outside, enjoying the fresh air.

Winter is a great time to work on getting organized (which is why January is “Get Organized Month”). So, devote time every week to decluttering in general and organizing what you decide to keep.

4. Look at Your Bathroom

Does your grout have unsightly mildew? Is your sink outdated? Are you over the pale green paint you put on the walls three years ago?

Bathrooms make great winter projects because once they’re done you can appreciate your handiwork every single day. And, there are plenty of ways to frugally remodel your bathroom.

Updates like replacing a faucet, re-grouting tile, or repainting are relatively easy for the do-it-yourselfer.

5. Add Insulation

Adding insulation doesn’t exactly make your heart pound with excitement. But it will lower your utility bills, and help make your home more comfortable and eco-friendly.

Crawl up into your attic. If you can see the floor joists, then you need more insulation. Since heat rises, you could save quite a bit by adding another layer of insulation up there.

You can also add insulation in your basement and in crawlspaces to prevent heat loss there as well.

Final Word

It’s easy to get cabin fever this time of year. We’re all going through it. But working on home projects is a great way to keep yourself active, add value to your home, and beautify or improve your living space. It’s a win-win!

For help on your home projects, contact Monnick Supply in Framingham and Marlborough.

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Winterizing Your Home

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Monnick Supply, Marlborough, Framingham, MAChange Furnace Filters

It's easy to forget, but it's important to replace or clean furnace filters once a month during the heating season. Dirty filters restrict airflow and increase energy demand. Here's a worry-saving tip: Mark a monthly check on your calendar.

Also consider switching to a permanent filter, which will reduce waste and hassle. Did you know that disposable fiberglass filters trap a measly 10 to 40 percent of debris? Electostatic filters trap around 88% and are much better at controlling the bacteria, mold, viruses and pollen that cause illness and irritation. Another good choice is a genuine HEPA filter which can remove at least 99.97% of airborne particles. HEPA filters are based on Department of Energy standards. But avoid "HEPA-like" filters, which can be significantly less effective.

Stop Drafts

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, drafts can waste 5 to 30 percent of your energy use. Start simple and adopt that old Great Depression fixture—the draft snake, which you can easily make yourself. Just place a rolled bath towel under a drafty door, or make a more attractive DIY draft snake with googly eyes, felt tongues and the like. You can use any scraps of fabric, even neckties, and fill with sand or kitty litter for heft.

Make sure drafts aren't giving your thermostat a false reading, too.

Turn Down the Thermostat

It's easy to forget to turn down the heat when you leave the building, but doing so is one of the surest ways to save money. Most households shell out 50% to 70% of their energy budgets on heating and cooling, so why pay for what no one uses?

For every degree you lower the thermostat during heating season, you'll save between 1% and 3% of your heating bill. Make it easier with a programmable thermostat. They are widely available for as little as $50, and the average family will save $180 a year with one.

Go a step further and ask your local utility if it's making smart meters available in your area as part of recent federal smart grid investments.

Put up Some Plastic

For just a few dollars, pick up a window insulation kit at your local hardware store. Don't worry, properly installed window plastic is essentially invisible. Adding a buffer against drafts and extra still air space can give a nice boost to your home's ability to hold heat. Check out our guide for winterizing drafty windows.

Save even more by hiring a pro to install a high-tech "low-e" film directly to the window glass.

Use Caulking and Weatherstripping

Simple leaks can sap home energy efficiency by 5 to 30 percent a year, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. That means it pays to seal up gaps with caulking and weatherstripping.

Take a close look at places where two different building materials meet, such as corners, around chimneys, where pipes or wires exit, and along the foundation. Use the incense test: Carefully (avoiding drapes and other flammables) move a lit stick along walls. Where the smoke wavers, you have air sneaking in, and heating or cooling sneaking out.

In another method, have someone on the outside blow a hair dryer around each window while you hold a lighted candle inside. If the candle flickers or goes out, you need to caulk or weather strip around the frame.

Low-income households can qualify for an average of $6,500 worth of weatherization improvements to their homes through government programs administered by each state. Find out about your state's program by contacting local energy agencies.

Insulate Your Pipes

Pay less for hot water by insulating pipes. That can also help decrease the chance of pipes freezing, which can be disastrous. Check to see if your pipes are warm to the touch. If so, they are good candidates for insulation. (Use the same method to determine if your hot water heater would benefit from some insulation.)

You can get pre-slit pipe foam at most hardware stores. Cut it to size and fasten in place with duct tape. Ideally, choose the insulation with the highest R-value practical, which is a measure of its heat-blocking power. Pipe insulation is often R-3, or, for batt styles that you wrap around, a stronger R-7.

Seal Ducts

Move even deeper into a home's infrastructure, and one encounters ductwork. Studies show 10 to 30 percent of heated (or cooled) air in an average system escapes from ducts.

Properly sealing ducts can save the average home up to $140 annually, according to the American Solar Energy Society. Plus, you'll have better protection against mold and dust.

For more information, contact Monnick supply in Marlborough and Framingham, MA.

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Small Business Saturday at Monnick Supply

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham, MAIt's right around the corner. Celebrate your community with the small businesses that make it special.

Small businesses in Massachusetts help make communities thrive. There are 639,334 small businesses in operation across Massachusetts, which makes up 99.5% of all businesses.

From Local restaurants to the paint store down the street, small businesses have created major impacts across all communities.

In fact, 34, 568 new jobs were created in 2014 alone; meaning that 46.8% of all employees in Massachusetts were working for a small business that year.

Small businesses help ensure that local economies stay strong and vibrant. That's why Small Business Saturday was founded in 2010. On Saturday, November 25, 2017 invite your friends to Shop Small and show love for your favorite community based businesses. Because when small businesses succeed, we all do.

Visit Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Guide to Outdoor Christmas Lights

Joseph Coupal - Friday, November 17, 2017

Monnick Supply, Marlborough, Framingham, MAWith Christmas just around the corner, you might be wondering what to give those on your shopping list. But have you thought about what to get your yard? A happy yard with a cool Christmas light display puts a smile on everyone who passes by.

Ready to trip the lights fantastic? Here’s what you need to know:

All Strung Out

The essence of any holiday lighting scheme is strings of lights you attach to eaves, roofing shingles and gutters. Lighting strings come with as few as 25 bulbs and as many as 200. Lighting clips make installation easy and are designed to work without poking holes in your roofing or trim.

Specialty clips are designed to add lights around windows and to grab onto brick surfaces.

Choose lighting clips based on the size of the bulbs in your lighting strings and to what building part you’ll attach the strings. Clips grab the light sockets, so you can position the bulbs upright, hanging down or horizontally.

The Great Debate: Incandescent vs. LED

Actually, the debate is over. LEDs win in every measure except initial price: A string of LEDs costs about twice as much as same-sized incandescent bulbs. But because LEDs are so long-lasting, the price differential is erased after two to three years of use.

Last year for the first time, sales of LEDs surpassed incandescents.

Energy efficiency. LEDs use about 10 percent of the electricity that incandescent bulbs do. An incandescent bulb must heat up its filament to produce light, and about 90 percent of the energy it uses goes to producing heat. LED technology sips energy and produces very little heat, which in turn reduces the risk of fire.

Many types of LED holiday lights meet Energy Star guidelines set by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Longevity. LEDs last two to three times longer than incandescent bulbs. Plus, LED bulbs typically are made of lightweight plastic and less likely to break than glass incandescent bulbs.

Brightness. Incandescents hold the edge, but LED light strings usually feature more bulbs per string. Call this one even.

Like shoes and cologne, Christmas light bulbs have fashion swings. Although mini lights have been by far the most popular during the past decade, larger, more “old-fashioned” bulbs are making a comeback. All styles are available as incandescent and LEDs. Here’s what you need to know to be a true bulb fashionista:

Mini lights look like tiny candles with pointed tips. They are about 1/4 inch in diameter and 5/8 inch tall.

C6 bulbs are smallish strawberry-shaped lights that are often thought of as the traditional Christmas tree light. Bulbs are 3/4 inch in diameter and 1 1/8 inches tall.

C7 bulbs have a similar shape as C6s but are slightly larger and rounder. They are 1 inch in diameter and 1-1/2 inches tall.

C9 bulbs are the big brothers of the holiday bulb family, measuring 1-1/4 inches in diameter and 2 1/2 inches tall. They are frequently used in outdoor applications.

G series bulbs are globular and come in a variety of sizes. They’re found in everything from table lamps to auto taillights. To figure the diameter of a G series Christmas light bulb, take the number that appears after the G, divide it by 8, then round to the nearest whole number. For example, a G15 is about 2 inches in diameter.

Clear, frosted and patterned glass options add pizzazz to the quality of the light each bulb emits.

Rope lights are strings of mini lights encased in flexible plastic; the entire tube looks like it’s lit up. Rope lights are great for wrapping posts and making garlands of colored light.

Lighting Up Outside

String your tree in the evening, with your light strings plugged in so you can see the effect as your build your light scheme.

Evergreen trees look good with bigger bulb sizes, such as the C7 and C9. If you’re lucky enough to have a nice evergreen tree in your yard that you’d like to illuminate, the industry rule of thumb is 100 lights per every vertical foot of tree; large trees may need more.

Larger C7 and C9 bulbs are usually spaced 12 inches apart — a good scale when viewed from the street.

Evergreen bushes are candidates for lighting nets — crisscrossed networks of wires and mini lights that are shaped as a grid. Toss a couple of 100-light nets over your bushes, plug ‘em in and you’ve got giant glowing ornaments along your foundation.

Deciduous trees and posts are tempting targets for candy cane spirals of light. Get lights that are closely spaced, such as mini lights or rope lights. On trees, the bark is usually rough enough to hold light strings in place. You can give light strings a little support with strategically placed pushpins, but don’t drive in a bunch of screws or nails, as you could hurt the tree.

Posts require a little help. Depending on your tolerance for assorted fasteners peaking out of your exterior trim at all times of the year, you can add cup hooks or small screws. Adhesive-backed lighting clips are another option.

Outdoor Christmas Lights

Want to see your whole outdoor lighting display get down and funky? Music synchronization kits turn your front yard into Santa’s disco.

A standard 30-amp plug-and-play system divides your display into 16 separate channels, including weatherproof speakers.

More sophisticated displays run up to 64 channels and include software so you can program your own show and run it off your laptop.

Animated Cartoon Characters

Animated wire frame elves and Santas add a bit of cartoon-like fun to your lawn. You can get penguins that throw snowballs at each other and reindeer that run. The animation can be jerky, like a crude Flash movie, but these are real smile-makers for young kids. Plus, they’re big. Some are 6 feet tall and 10 feet wide.

Do you need holiday decorations? Contact Monnick supply in Marlborough and Framingham.

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Five Good Reasons NOT to Sharpen Your Own Knives

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Monnick Supply, Marlborough, Framingham, MAJust because you’re proud of the prowess of your kitchen knives, doesn’t mean you should feel obligated to do your own kitchen knife sharpening. Here are five reasons why it might be wiser (and easier) to send them out to a knife sharpening service:

1) You don’t have the interest or patience to master a new skill. Sharpening takes some training. If you are not paying close attention to what you are doing, you can easily grind away more metal than you need to or, worse yet, completely ruin a perfectly good knife. Especially using a power sharpening system. There’s a learning curve. Respect the curve. No matter what all the DIY knife sharpening experts tell you, sharpening a knife, like any valuable skill, takes time and concentration to learn and get good at.

2) Your time is precious. Sharpening a kitchen knife can, in an ideal world, take only 10 minutes. That’s, of course, if it’s in pretty good shape to begin with. Otherwise, we’re talking more like 20 minutes or more. But, before all this, you’ve got to put in the hours learning how to, correctly, do it. And no matter what all the DIY knife sharpening experts tell you, sharpening a knife takes time and concentration to learn and get good at. Even if you use a power sharpening system, depending on which brand/model you buy, it could take more time for you do it yourself than to pack up your knives and bring them to a quality sharpening service.

3) Easy-peasy sharpening systems can be the least desirable sharpening solution. General rule-of-thumb—the easier the system, the worse it is for your knives. There are some exceptions to this rule, but fast, easy sharpening is not necessarily quality sharpening.

Second general rule-of-thumb—the more inexpensive the sharpener, the worse it will probably be for your knives. Inexpensive sharpeners tend to grind off more metal than is necessary, thereby shortening the life of your knives

4) You don’t really enjoy sharpening. Life is short. Have you heard the saying, “back to the grindstone”? There’s a reason it means what it means. If you don’t enjoy grinding down metal in the first place, it’s only going to get more and more tedious, not less.

5) Quality knife sharpening services are plentiful and affordable. There is a number of top-notch sharpening services that is right around the corner. Really.

For more information on professional knife sharpening, contact Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham, MA.

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Snow Blower Maintenance and Safety Tips

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Monnick Supply, Marlborough, Framingham, MAThe weather has been mild, but before a blizzard hits; before you need to start digging yourself out of the snow; while the weather is still unseasonable mild, get your snow blower out of storage and get it ready for winter. This time a couple years ago, we already had snow on the ground. The weather in Massachusetts can turn on a moment’s notice. It is important to get snow blower service. But, it is also best to have that snow blower maintenance done by professionals.

Many homeowners will be using gas-powered snow blowers to clear walks and driveways. While they are a great convenience, snow blowers come with their own risks.

Here are some safety tips while using these machines.

  • First, make "Safety" your goal once you start the engine.
  • Don't try to adjust or repair the snow blower while it's running.
  • Never use your hands to clear a clogged chute. Shut the engine and use the clean-out tool.
  • Don't wear scarves or loose clothing that can get caught in moving parts.

Here’s a brief overview of what is covered during snow blower maintenance:

  • Changing the oil
  • Inspecting and replacing the belts
  • Checking scraper bars and skid shoes
  • Changing the spark plug
  • Replacing a shear pin
  • Replacing the starter cord
  • Fuel system maintenance
  • Tightening the bolts
  • Checking the carburetor

For more information on snow blower maintenance and repair or for information on new snow blowers, contact Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham.


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