Simple, Non-toxic Tips to Oven Cleaning

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

7 Alternative Methods to Clean The Oven

After cooking you are usually faced with a small problem – how to clean the oven?

Sometimes this task is not so easy, especially if you have to deal with accumulated grease and soot.

Mix 1/4 cup of water, 1/4 cup of salt and 3/4 cup of baking soda until it became a thick paste. Wipe the oven with a damp cloth and spread the paste over the entire surface.

Leave it to act all the night and wash it in the morning. This method is most effective when the oven is not too dirty, so clean it regularly!

You will clear the brown plaque from the window of the oven by diluting baking soda in warm water. Apply the solution over the whole place and leave it for 15 minutes. Then you’ll wipe the dirt considerably easier.

You can also use plain vinegar. Apply a small amount of liquid on the cool surface of the oven with a damp cloth and distribute it throughout the area. Leave it for some time to act. If the contaminants are small, you will be able to wipe them easy, but if they are big, you will need a brush.

Mix vinegar with baking soda. This will help you remove even the oldest deposits on the walls of the oven. Finally, rinse with warm soapy water and it will shine again like new.

Dilute some soap or detergent for washing dishes in hot water. Pour it into a container, moisten the walls and then put it in the oven.

Run the oven at 120 degrees for 30 minutes, without opening it. Then open and allow to cool slightly. With a damp cloth, you will remove the fat without difficulty.


Pest Removal: Groundhogs or Woodchucks

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

woodchuck-groundhog-repellentGroundhog Removal

A groundhog belongs to a big group of ground squirrels called marmots, of which there are fifteen species. They are often referred to as whistle pigs, land, beavers, or woodchucks.

Groundhogs extensively burrow and primarily eat vegetation. Because of these two factors they are consider a big garden pest. If left alone, a groundhog family could very easy eat a food crop in a short amount of time.

If it appears that there is an infestation, or the start of an infestation it is imperative to get rid of them.

There are many ways to do away with groundhogs. All gardeners have their own preferred method. Some want to do away with them humanely without resorting to killing them.

Others just want them gone efficiently and quickly. After you get rid of the groundhog, it is necessary that you watch out for a reappearance of a groundhog population.

If it does not bother you using chemicals in your mission to do away with the groundhog, a relative humane way to do so is by using ammonia. It is a quick-acting way to get a groundhog to move away.

It may sound brutal and inhumane but if you handle it correctly, the groundhog inhabitants will move away without having to kill them. The way it works is by causing their burrows to be distasteful to them. With a distasteful burrow, they will journey on their own to another area of land away from the garden.

To use the ammonia method you want to wait until you have sunny days and warm temperatures, usually summer or spring. Otherwise, you will not get the groundhog to leave their burrow.

If you can find it buy some cloudy or sudsy ammonia but if you cannot find it make your own. Use one part water with seven parts ammonia along with a couple of tablespoons of dish or laundry detergent and mix.

Spray it around the entrance and just inside their borrow. Once the smell gets into the burrow, they will depart in a couple of days, unless they have babies. In this case, they will leave find another burrow. Once the parents are settled, they will return for their babies. This could take several days.


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.


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.


How to Paint a Decorative Wall Design

Friday, August 19th, 2016

How to Paint a Chevron Design on a Wall

Adding a decorative chevron design to your wall is easy with this guide.

Painting is one of the most common ways of adding personality to any wall. But sometimes it’s fun to take the next step by incorporating simple designs and patterns to add a whole new dimension to any room, and that’s the value of painting outside the lines.

Today I’m going to show you how to create a simple chevron pattern. Here’s what you’ll need two colors of paint, a roller, a yardstick and ruler, a pencil, painters tape, utility knife, a brush and a level.

how-to-paint-wall-designOnce you have your supplies you’re ready to start. Begin by painting the wall with a base color and let it dry. Then use a yardstick to determine the width and length for your chevron stripes.

I’m creating two 10-inch lines with a 3 inch gap. Next decide where you want the Chevron’s peek at the top of the wall and mark this as point A my point is 24 inches from the edge of the wall.

Measure down the width of the stripe with a ruler and mark point B using the level to ensure the marks are vertically aligned. Measure the length of the stripe from point B to the edge of the wall and mark point C.


How to Enhance Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

How to Enhance Your Curb Appeal Ideas

Improve your home's curb appeal with these simple tips

Never underestimate the power of adding some extra curb appeal to your exterior. Simple touches such as lighting, address numbers, and a fresh coat of paint are great ways to spruce up your home and make it stand out and that’s the value of making a great first impression.

solar-lightingSolar lighting is one of the most common ways to beautify your exterior while being environmentally friendly. They’re easy to install and can be completed in a single afternoon plus they’re energy efficient and maintenance-free. Solar lights are also wireless which is ideal to highlight anything from herbs in planters or gardens to pathways and porches. Because they absorb energy from the sun they require no electricity and most have included rechargeable batteries and built in darkness sensors so they’ll automatically turn on and off without having to worry about it. Also think of the added security benefit this will provide.


How to Replace Your Bathroom Shower Head

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

How to Replace a Showerhead

Replacing a shower head is easy with this how to video

If there’s one item in the house that goes through regular wear and tear it’s the shower head.

Just like light bulbs or furnace filters, they just have to be changed once in a while. But, it’s an easy project that you can do with the right tools and a little time and that’s the value of a fresh start.

showerhead-replacementLike any project you’ll need to get the right tools. Here’s what you’ll need: a new shower head, an adjustable wrench, some rags and thread seal tape.

When getting your new shower head take the time to do a little research to make sure you get the one that’s right for your space.

Today we’re going with a 5 setting shower head. First you want to remove the old showerhead. Take your wrench and open it up wide enough to grip around the notch around  your current shower head give it a few counter clockwise turns and it should loosen up.

If you’re having trouble getting it off make sure you’re gripping your wrench at the very end of the handle so you get more torque. Don’t apply a lot of force though as with anything plumbing related be extra careful on the amount of pressure used to tighten and loosen.


Energy Saving Tip

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

Preset Your Thermostat to Save Energy on Heating Bills

Save Money By Presetting Your Thermostat

Did last year’s heating bills burn a hole through your wallet? Then, save money this year by turning down the heat, it doesn’t have to be drastic.

Reduce the temperature by just two to three degrees a week at the beginning of the season until you get your desired temperature.

Now here’s another hot tip: Turn down the thermostat at night while sleeping, while at work during the day, or while away for a few hours.

Or you can install a programmable thermostat. This allows you to preset different temperatures for different times a day or even for different days a week.

Programmable Thermostats available at True Value

Each degree drop in an eight-hour period reduces your energy bills by about 1 percent which means more money to put towards that beach vacation.

Need more expert advice? Stop by Martens True Value Hardware Store in Reedsburg and ask one of our Hardwareians.

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How to Turn a Closet into a Workspace

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

Here are some simple tips for turning your closet into a home workspace:

How-to video from True Value Hardware

It’s not uncommon to lack a home office but just a small closet can be reworked into work area that’s comfortable and convenient.

These are some small home office design inspirations and ideas to help get you started and that’s the value of thinking outside the box.

Start by removing any shelving that might block your immediate working area.

home-office-closet-workspaceIf there’s an existing shelf, bar or fixture that hinders your space take it out the valuable space left to be used for your desk.

Once everything’s out paint the walls to add some color and contrast while at the same time differentiating the room from the rest at the house.

Finally your desk this is where it pays to tap into your creative side. You can use an existing desk, purchase a new one that fits the space or use the old shelves to carve out your desk.

Be sure to measure correctly so that once you decide on an idea it’ll fit the space perfectly.

That’s it, need more expert advice? Stop by Martens True Value hardware store an ask one of our Hardwareians for advice.

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Home Pressure Washing Tips

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

pressure-washerPressure Washing At Home

Selecting a Pressure Washer

There are two types of pressure washers: gas-powered and electric. Gas-powered models are more powerful and mobile because they don’t require an extension cord. Electric models are usually less expensive and easier to carry and have a trigger-activated on/off feature.

A machine with a pressure level between 1,300 and 1,600 pounds per square inch (PSI) is good for general cleaning of your home’s exterior surfaces, such as siding, sidewalks, patios and patio furniture.

A machine with a pressure level between 1,800 and 3,000 (PSI) is for more serious work like stripping paint or stain off siding and decks. Some jobs could require more power though, so if you’re not sure stop in and ask an expert at the Reedsburg True Value for advice, if needed.

Get Prepared

Assemble washer, if needed, as directed by the manufacturer. Read instructions carefully before operating the washer.

Connect it to your water spigot with a garden hose. Be sure that the hose is not kinked and that the connection is tight. Loose connections can be dangerous under pressure.

Squeeze the trigger of the washer wand to release any air inside before you turn on the water. For a gas-powered unit, fill the washer’s reservoir with gasoline to the recommended amount. For an electrical washer, connect the unit to power.


Choosing the Right Fence for Your Yard

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Choosing the Right Fence  

How-to choose the right fence video by True Value

Thеrе are several thіngѕ tо keep іn mіnd whеn choosing thе rіght fеnсе for уоu.

In tеrmѕ оf maintenance and соѕt, сhаіn-lіnk rеԛuіrеѕ thе least tо bоth those gеnеrаllу thе lеаѕt аttrасtіvе.

fencing-suppliesWооd fеnсеѕ come іn mаnу dіffеrеnt types, trеаtmеntѕ and costs. They’ll need the occasional replacement bоаrdѕ аnd/оr rераіntіng but thеy’re otherwise a grеаt choice.

There are prefabricated орtіоnѕ mаdе of metal, vinyl and plastic that nееd little mаіntеnаnсе but ѕоmе саn lооk too manufactured.

Rосk and mаѕоnrу fences саn lаѕt forever but thеу’rе also very еxреnѕіvе.

Sоmеthіng tо kеер in mіnd, always сhесk for burіеd pipes оr wіrеѕ through уоur lосаl utilities аnd review рrореrtу lіnеѕ bеfоrе buіldіng a fеnсе.

Thаt’ѕ іt. Need mоrе еxреrt advice or help choosing fencing materials? Stор bу Martens Truе Vаluе Hаrdwаrе Stоrе аnd аѕk one of our Hаrdwаrеians.

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How to Remove Lawn Pet Stains

Friday, March 27th, 2015

Removing Pet Stains From Your Lawn  

True Value's Tips for Removing Pet Stains from the Grass

You can’t stop уоur dog frоm rеlіеvіng himself оn thе lawn but уоu саn stay on tор of the drу spots.

Thеѕе tips wіll hеlр уоu rеmоvе реt ѕtаіnѕ quickly аnd gеt bасk to thе vаluе оf the sunny dауѕ оf spring and ѕummеr.

Thе simplest solution is wаtеrіng уоur lawn dаіlу соnсеntrаtіng оn places реtѕ рrеfеr. If роѕѕіblе wаtеr thе area іmmеdіаtеlу аftеr уоur dоg finishes.

Pet urіnе іѕ vеrу hіgh in nitrogen as аrе most lаwn fertilizers, ѕо fоr this reason thе соmbіnаtіоn of thе two is uѕuаllу whаt’ѕ drying оut thе grass.

Try using a lime рrоduсt twice a уеаr once іn thе ѕрrіng аnd оnсе іn thе fаll. This will hеlр manage thе рH bаlаnсе of thе soil.

lawn-patch-grass-seedKеер in mind thаt реt stains саn bе dіffісult tо rеmоvе but not іmроѕѕіblе.

If you fееl thаt уоu’rе dеаd grаѕѕ nееdѕ more thаn wаtеrіng alone most local Truе Vаluе stores саrrу lawn patching kіtѕ mаdе specifically for реt ѕроtѕ.

Need mоrе еxреrt аdvісе?

Stор by Martens Truе Vаluе Hаrdwаrе store in Reedsburg and ask one of our Hardwareians.