Outdoor Storage Solutions

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Outdoor Storage Sheds and Benches

Every homeowner knows it’s hard to enjoy time at home with things strewn about. Whether it’s garden tools, children’s toys, or other things – your home’s exterior is a breeding-ground for messes and missing items. Find storage benches, containers, and deck boxes that organize and complement your landscape and patio designs tastefully and efficiently – all at Martens True Value Online Store Page today.

As a home owner, you know that no matter how many improvements you have made to your home, a mess will quickly detract from the visual appeal. Address these situations with guidance from Martens True Value in Reedsburg. Stop in today, and let our knowledgeable staff introduce you to the storage benches, shed accessories, and other containers for convenient organization inside and outside of your living spaces.

From spring cleaning to building closet organizers, we have the tools and supplies you need to get the job done right. Realize the potential of your home with space-savings solutions and order your organization tools today!

storage-shed-suncastSuncast Glidetop Storage Shed, Resin, 57.5 x 79 x 58-In., 98-Cu. Ft.

$419.00 – Online price. In-store price & availability may vary.

Assembly required. Please contact your local store for assembly availability/charges.

FREE Shipping to: MARTENS REEDSBURG TRUE VALUE- Reedsburg WI
Will arrive in store in 3 to 8 business days.

This heavy duty sand & chocolate shed with glidetop slide design is perfect for storing bikes, mowers, patio furniture and more. The sliding lid allows for walk in access and it’s reinforced flooring adds excellent support for tractors and other heavy duty machinery.

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Four Tips for Buying the Right Lawn Mower

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

true-value-riding-lawn-mowersFour Tips For Purchasing The Right Lawn Mower

If you have a lawn at your house but its care isn’t protected by rental or home agreement then chances are high that sometime in your life you’ll feel the need of a lawn mower.

They’re machines with one or two revolving blades for cutting down the grass of your lawn in such a way that it becomes of even height.

However, with so many options available in the market purchasing one can be confusing sometimes. If you go out for purchasing a lawn mower without proper knowledge you’ll find yourselves baffled by the large number of options that are available.

In this article, I’m going to make the entire process easier for you by breaking it down into four tips:

lawn-garden-mowers-tools1. Determine the type of mower that you want to purchase:

There are several types of lawn mowers available in the market.

For example:

Push mowers
Robotic mowers
Self-propelled mowers
Riding mowers
Lawn tractors etc.

Which one you choose will depend on the type of lawn that you have. If you’ve a small lawn then a push mower will be fine for it. If you like to try gadgets in every bit of your life then a robotic mower can do the job for you. If you’ve a lawn with hills or slopes then a self-propelled mower will be required and if area of your lawn is larger than ½ acre then you’ll be better off with a riding mower. Determine the right type and you’re half done!

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Tips for Feeding Wild Birds in Winter

Friday, February 24th, 2017

cardinalWinter Wild Bird Feeding Tips

Not all birds fly south when it gets cold.

Learn how to feed birds in winter and why birds need an extra food source in the harsh winter weather the most.

Discover which birds will patronize your feeders during the cold months and which foods are their favorites to keep certain birds around all year long.

Feeding birds isn’t just a warm weather hobby. In fact, birds need feeders most, when winter is at it’s harshest.

Not all birds fly south so, permanent residents like chickadees and cardinals are dependable diners season after season.

Wild Bird Feeders and Feeding Tips

Keep your feeders full and get the full value of enjoying a bird’s eye view.

If your backyard is a hot spot for hungry birds in the summer they may become used to your feeder and search it out in the winter.

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Importance of Home Gutter Maintenance

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

home-guttersHow To Prevent Your House Gutters From Getting Damaged

Repairing works are too boring, time-consuming and tiring. You will not prefer to get in the middle of gutter repairing tasks. Gutter repairing is a costly work, but you don’t have any option of not getting them repaired. An important role is played by gutters to keep your home functioning well.

They prevent water from entering your home’s foundations, which avoids water damage inside and on the exterior side of your property. It’s essential to avert harm to the gutters to ensure they’re fit as a fiddle. Gutter cleaning isn’t a fun job to do. However, wherever you’re, it’s necessary to ensure your home’s prosperity. To check how your own gutters are performing, let’s take a look at a few signs that may state the functioning of your gutters coming down from the roof:

Water Leaks – Whenever it downpours, go out for an inspection around your home and check to ensure that water isn’t spilling from your gutters. If you prefer not to go outside in the rain, then you could choose a sunny day, get on your roof, take some water and pour it into the gutters to check the areas where leaks are present.

gutterBroken Gutters – While doing an inspection from the outside, check the drains for holes and cracks from where rain water can escape. Check the joints and the holders that connect the drains to your house. If your gutters look like they’re about to fall off from the roof or walls, then it’s the right time to do the repairing work. It’s better to do this repairing before the rainy season begins.

Ensure you investigate all the territories where you have electrical wires. You need to ensure that there are no breaks or splits in these particular spots in your home.

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Ice Fishing = Family Fun!

Friday, February 10th, 2017

fishingIce Fishing: A Delightful Fishing Sport For Kids And Family Fun!

The rough, unruly winters are that time of the year in the US calendar when white is everywhere underfoot. Never mind the chilling winds, as soon as there is some glazing of ice on the rivers, outdoorsmen and avid angler (s) make like holy men and walk on water in search of hot fishing action, popularly known as “ice fishing”.

A simple sport where you just drill a hole and catch fish, there is more to it than simple outdoor entertainment. Yes, not many angler (s) are supposed to know that somewhere between the hole drilling and the fish catching, millions of dollars is spent on equipment.

It is an astonishing fact that every year, there are quite a number of wealthy individuals and industries who are quite instrumental in supporting the ice fishing product economy, with some of them willing to shell out for every new gadget that hits the ice market.

The purpose of such investment in the ice fishing market is to promote the cause of ice fishing among the angling community. Coupled with it is the lure of camaraderie, which binds an angler to another in the ice fishing sport.

fishWhether you are huddled together on four inches of ice on a frozen lake in Illinois with your lures, fishing bait, or a group of permanent shacks is parked on two feet of ice in northern Minnesota, the fishing takes a back seat to the total outdoors experience. If you are somewhat a foodie, all you do is step on any frozen lake any time of day and get into a group of ice fishermen and you will smell chili, stew, spaghetti, soup, beanie weenies, coffee or hot chocolate on someone’s burner. Remember the old adage: “food tastes better on the ice than in the kitchen”.

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Fun Valentines Day Family Activities

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

valentineFun Family Activities For Valentines Day

February 14th is a day that many people look forward to, no matter what their age. Valentines’ Day is a day to show your love to one another, whether it be romantic, friendly, or family love. I’m sure you all have memories of Valentines’ Day with those whom you love, and if you have a family of your own it should not be any different. Your family can spend Valentines’ Day together through fun activities that show how much you love each other.

In order to get your children in the mood of Valentines’ Day, you can have them wear red and pink clothes that they already have. You can help them decorate their outfits with belts and hearts and ribbons. You can even paint your daughter’s nails with red and pink polish. Sew in heart button slips. Just cut hearts and slit them the same size as the slits of your outfit and the buttons will be in place with hearts surrounding them.

chocolate-valentines-dayLove letters are not only used for those who are courting each other, but they can also be used for family members. You can leave them in different places like mirrors, cupboards, or in their bags.

You can also leave roses and chocolates along with it. It will be their first valentine for that day, and they will surely appreciate the effort you put into making them feel loved. Your family will know that they will always have at least one valentine every year, and that will be you. You will always have them to be your Valentine too.

breakfastAt breakfast, you can make a special Valentines’ Day breakfast for your family. You can cut out hearts and place them on the table setting along with ribbons and flowers. The breakfast can be made up of heart-shaped foods like pancakes or waffles or even French toast. You can use a mold or you can cut them into hearts with a cookie cutter or freestyle it with a knife.

If you make lunch for your children and/or spouse, you can make their lunch a little bit more special today by cutting their sandwich into a heart shape with a large cookie cutter and serving heart-shaped sugar cookies. You can also leave a bit more of dessert as well with chocolates kisses and other sweets.

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Ceramic Tile Flooring Care

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

ceramic-tile-floor-careHow To Keep Your Ceramic Tile Floor Clean & Attractive

A wonderful artistic ceramic tile floor can be a magnificent display to any home. Not just does it include a feeling of style and modern sophistication to a room, it is also strong and durable.

To ensure that the ceramic tile floor keeps looking as attractive as the day it was first installed, you should be aware with the right techniques to clean it.

Here are a few steps that will help you to keep the beauty and attraction of your ceramic tile floor intact.

1. Brisk Cleaning

You may think that it’s helpful to keep a towel or dry wipe close to any passage/doors to instantly clean up soil that comes in on your ceramic tile floor from shoes. Similarly, spills need to likewise be wiped up as fast as it’s possible for you. If you allow the dirt and spills to settle down by not cleaning it quickly soil, the more troublesome it will become to clean the floor later. If you delay the cleaning work, then any trash that settles down between the tiles will try to make a permanent home in that place.

tile-grout-cleaning2. Follow A Maintenance Schedule

To ensure that your floor stays shiny, attractive and spotless as much as possible, you need to perform the cleaning works on time. A soft and effective mop that can be washed and re-utilised is a better choice over numerous different mops, as it will be more equipped to clean in the middle of the tiles and cleaning those difficult to reach areas. Put aside a particular day every week to mop and wash your ceramic tile floor. If you wait for the time to clean tiles when it becomes dirty, then you’ll find it really difficult to get rid of stubborn stains and won’t be able to get excellent results.

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How to Save Money on Home Heating

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

programmable-thermostatEight Ways to Save Money on Heating Bills

As temperatures drop, heating expenses begin to rise. Most American households rely on natural gas, electricity, or a combination of the two to keep warm in the winter, and it isn’t always easy to budget for the costs. These tips help to lower bills without sacrificing comfort.

Clean and Replace Filters

Forced-air systems rely on filters to clean and circulate the air. Clogged, dirty filters cause the system to work harder, resulting in higher energy bills and unnecessary wear on the unit. Most filters require monthly replacement, although some offer three months between changes.

Invest in a Programmable Thermostat

Consumer Reports recommends setting the temperature to 68 degrees Fahrenheit during waking hours and decreasing it to 60 degrees overnight. A programmable thermostat automatically takes care of these changes based on the user’s preset specifications. It also makes it easy and cost-efficient to schedule temperature changes to suit household activities, such as work or family vacations.

Take Advantage of Other Sources

Some routine tasks around the house, including cooking, drying clothes, and showering, generate warmth. Morning showers are great ways to boost overnight temperatures, and oven dinners allow homeowners to turn down thermostats early without losing significant amounts of heat.

solar-panels-energy-savingsWarm Up With Sunshine

When it is available, sunlight is an excellent home heating source. Homeowners who open their blinds and curtains during the day usually run their furnaces less often than those who keep their blinds closed. Covering windows as the sun goes down helps to retain the warmth into the evening.

Weatherproof Doors and Windows

As a house ages, tiny cracks and holes often create drafts that result in heat loss. It is not uncommon for a household to waste up to one-quarter of its energy through unseen air leaks. Weather strips minimize loss, and installation is fairly simple. Homeowners can also schedule professional tests to detect other leaks and losses.

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A Do-It-Yourselfer’s Love For Tools

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

hand-tools-pliersA Love for Tools

I believe that I inherited my love for tools from my father. I do know, at least, that he taught me and my brother what each tool he would use was.

He did this because, when he would work on our car or something in our house, he would ask for the tools by name as he needed them. “Hand me the pliers, a 3/8 drive socket, a ratchet, a phillips screwdriver”. You get the picture.

We knew that we better hand over the correct tool, or be prepared for getting chewed out. Sometimes, we would anticipate what tool was needed and hand it over before he even asked. I guess one could say we were like surgical nurses, and Dad was the surgeon.

power-tools-drill-bitsAs I got older, I started accumulating tools as I would come to need them. These times were usually when my pick-up truck broke down, needed an oil change or a tire rotation.

For me, there is no greater feeling of accomplishment than succeeding in fixing a problem with a car or any mechanical ‘thing’. Having tools to do the job is a necessity.

Everyone, men or women, should have a basic tool set so that they are able to do basic repairs, install screws, hammer nails etc.

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2017 Paint Color Trends

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

paint-colors-for-your-homeWelcome the New Year With the Latest Home Color Trends of 2017

2016 is over and everyone wants to welcome the New Year with a new look. Whether it is your own makeover or a facelift of your home, keeping up with the latest trend is the key. When it comes to a home renovation project, you do not want to choose a wrong color combination.

Anything can be an inspiration for choosing the right color for your walls. It can include hints from home décor magazines and lifestyle blogs. Also, you can make a choice in the following ways:

· Choose a color that goes well with your furniture and appliances,

· Pick a shade of your current favorite color,

· Select a shade lighter or darker than the current color of the walls.

Because of a large number of options available in the market, choosing the right color for the walls of your home is a time-consuming job. To make things easy, here are a few color trends which will rule the market in 2017.

interior-home-paint-colorsThe Neutrals

Like the last few years, neutrals will continue to be the hot choice for a majority of homeowners in the next year. The color dark brown is an all-time favorite of homeowners. In 2017, you will find the color in shades of cinnamon and mocha. For all gray-lovers, the shift will be from soft gray to charcoal gray in matte finish. Shades of green such as teal will also hit a new high. It will show up in home accessories as well.

Color Combinations

Just like the use of a single color is a popular option for homeowners, a two-color theme will also be a prevalent choice for many. Black and white is an evergreen combination. However, brown and blue will be trending in the next year. For a touch of color, you can also choose soft lavender. It can be accompanied by an all-white interior to give a classy look to your home.

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Snowblowers on SALE!

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

troy-bilt-snowblower-gasSnowblowers on Sale at True Value Hardware

SHOP ONLINE or at Martens True Value Super Store in Reedsburg

(Pricing and availability may vary from online to in-store)

Featuring our 5-Star Rated Troy-Bilt Snowblower:

Troy-Bilt Gas Snow Blower, 2 Stage, 208cc Electric Start Engine, 24-In. Path

MTD PRODUCTS INC model # 31AM6BP2766 item # 179553 Online Sale Price: $649

We have many more makes and models to choose from. Stop by today and check out our large selection!

Troy-bilt Gas Snow Thrower - 2 Stage

Two-Stage Snow Thrower Features

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Outdoor Christmas Lighting Tips

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

holiday-lightsWhat You Should Know About Outdoor Christmas Lights

Fun, food, family, gifts and tangled Christmas lights are all things associated with the Christmas season.

The Christmas tree is always fun to put up and decorate and as a rule it is simple, however the outside of your office or home is not always so easy and can often be dangerous. You need to know which lights are approved as outdoor Christmas lights or you may face power issues, injury or destruction of property.

There are specific strands that are designated as Outdoor Christmas lights and these are the safest choice for decorating your home or office. These lights are manufactured to be water resistant and put off a lot more light. You should know though that hanging your outdoor Christmas lights will be a bit more complicated than you inside lights will.

led-holiday-lightsThere are many things to keep in mind when hanging your Christmas lighting, and safety is one of the most important.

Many people make a grave mistake when hanging outdoor Christmas lights by using a staple gun to secure them. There are several reasons this is a bad idea!

The first problem is of course your metal staple may cut through the wiring, and if you are hanging them while they are on you could be shocked.

Another problem is causing a short in the wiring, which can cause the lights to quit or even catch fire! It is better to use the special hangers designed for holding outdoor Christmas lights, you can find these most places that lights are sold.

Of course do not forget that you will likely need to use a ladder while putting up your lights, make sure your ladder is secure and someone is watching out for you, remember the only thing that will break your fall is frozen ground!

You will need to measure the distance between your available outlet and your Christmas lights. Some outdoor Christmas lighting require a lot of power and your indoor outlet may not be enough to support them. You will be much better served to have an outdoor outlet installed by a professional.

Once you have an outlet in place make sure your lights will reach. With a little planning, you can actually have fun hanging your lights this year.

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