Posts Tagged ‘best hardware store’


How to Weatherize Your Windows & Doors

Friday, October 16th, 2015

Weatherize Windows and Doors

Weatherizing your doors and windows is easy with these tips...

With cold weather just around the corner it’s a perfect time to weatherize your windows and doors.

If you see gaps or feel cold air leaking in the furnace is going to have to work harder to heat the room. All it takes to remedy that is a simple weather stripping kit.

Filling the gaps is easy. You just cut to size, peel off the sticky protective tape and adhere to the jam.

See, no more draft and no more money going out the door…

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

We have the supplies you need to weatherize your windows and doors right!

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Home Maintenance: Gutter Cleaning Tips

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

home-maintenance-guttersCleaning Your Gutters in the Fall

Why is it Important to Regularly Check and Clean Gutters?

  •     Clean gutters help to keep your home looking nice.
  •     Gutters are a defense system that keeps water from entering your home causing damage.
  •     They also keep water away from the exterior of the home and the foundation so no water damage or rotting occurs.
  •     Debris and trapped water in gutters can lead to loose and overflowing gutters that won’t be able to function and protect properly.
  •     Gutters clogged with debris attract pests like mosquitoes, rodents, and ants that will build homes in your gutters or even end up in your home.
  •     Areas with cooler temperatures can experience gutters blocked with ice. These ice dams force water into your home and can become too heavy with ice that the gutters become unattached from your home or may collapse and fall on the home, creating unexpected damage.
  •     Gutters filled with debris keep the water from evaporating as it gets trapped beneath the debris. This can cause mold and mildew to grow, which is very hard to remove and can easily spread to larger areas.

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How to Maximize Your Bathroom Space

Saturday, September 26th, 2015

How to Maximize Bathroom Space by True Value Hardware

Getting more from your bathroom space is easy with these tips

The bathroom is probably the most utilized room any house. We use it morning noon and night, then often there are several of us fighting for space.

If a total bathroom remodel and expansion is out of the question, don’t worry, there are a number of creative ways to increase bathroom space without taking down walls and breaking the bank. And, that’s the value maximizing space.

One-way is to add easy-care ultra-premium in soft colors on the walls to give the illusion of extra space. Bold dark colors should be avoided except on accessories. Use your bright colors for towels and decorations.

bathroom-remodel-tipsAdding a coat of bright color to the walls can be done quickly and under budget.

The curved shower rod is gaining popularity for home use since many bathrooms have very limited space. The shower rod is curved and at approximately 8 more inches of space to the shower and makes the bathtub appear larger. It also allows more space for shower racks and it’s easy to install.

Finally let’s talk storage your local True Value store carries a wide variety of options for organizing and keeping items out of sight.

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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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How-to Make Better Use of Your Wall Space

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

Using Wall Space for Plants & Storage

Accent Your Wall with these Decorating Ideas

We all know that space can sometimes be extremely tight. Small rooms and unused space can be a challenge to tackle. So today it’s all about utilizing wall space for plants and storage, and that’s the value of working within the walls.

First up, plants, but with a bit of a twist. Instead of growing out, we’re growing up. Creating a living wall indoors is simple and the uses are endless.

Snip herbs right up for hanging herb garden in the kitchen, plant in ornamental wall in living room or grow some flowers to keep your home naturally smelling fresh.

Before you start take some time to think about what would work best for your particular area. You’ll  want to hang your pocket planter in a place that gets the right amount of sunlight for your selected plants.

Once you’ve settled on a look and feel you’re ready to hang and breathe new life into your home.

decorate-wall-with-plantsNow we all know clutter can collect in any room, the options for storage are endless, shelves, bins, racks, hooks the list goes on.

A simple metal storage unit is a great choice and adds maximum storage while taking up minimal space. The hanging bars, hooks and drawers are perfect for coats, towels, books whatever. Be creative & make it work for you.

That’s it, need more expert advice? Stop by Martens True Value Hardware store in Reedsburg and ask one of our Hardwareians.

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Vertical Gardening How-to Video

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Vertical Gardening Tips

How to Garden in a Vertical Space

Vertical space is often underused but it has great potential in small gardens. From herbs to vegetables, vertical gardens are an increasingly popular way to go green and grow your own produce, and that’s the value of growing up.

Here are a few ideas to get your garden pots growing. Attaching pots of herbs or various vegetables to sturdy wire mesh or trellis can turn a bare sunny wall into a lush garden.

Climbing beans and squash can also be planted in large containers at the base of the wall and are easy to train up the mesh for a beautiful display.

To start building your garden attach wood batons to the wall and secure a sturdy wire mesh to them. Drill holes in the sides of plastic pots and window boxes and thread galvanized wire through them before planting.

After the risk of frost has passed fill the pots with a lightweight potting mix, plant with hardened off plants, secure parts to the mesh and arranged larger ones at the base of the wall.

Leave space for plants to develop and train climbing crops up the mesh. Water the plants frequently because they’re going to dry out rapidly in their exposed position.

Tie in climbing plants as they grow and harvest frequently to encourage further crops.

That’s it! Need more expert advice? Stop by Martens true value hardware store in Reedsburg and ask one of our Haredwareians.

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How to Can Your Garden Harvest

Friday, August 14th, 2015

Canning Your Own Fruits and Vegetables

Canning Tips by True Value Hardware

Canning is a great way to safely preserve surplus fruits and vegetables.

Here’s what you’ll need: A pressure canner, your choice of fresh fruits and vegetables, tongs, mason jars for canning and a recipe.

Start by washing your jars with soap and hot water, and be sure to check for cracks.

home-canning-jarsFill the jars with your clean, cut up fruits and vegetables. Pour in brine or preservatives, where applicable, leaving an inch of space at the top.

Gently shake the jar to get rid of air bubbles.

Screw on the lids without over tightening so that air can escape and create the necessary seal.

Using the tongs place your jars into the pan submerging them about halfway into the hot water.

Following instructions close the lid and turn up the heat to it’s highest position.

Allow steam to vent for approximately ten minutes. Then, seal it completely and allow the pressure to build inside.

After about 20 minutes turn off the heat and let the canner cool down.

Once the pressure is down to zero let out the steam and carefully remove the lid.

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How to Get Rid of Ants

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

Get Rid of Ants in Your Home

Control ants in your home with these tips

Two basic things will help keep your home rid of ants: Sealing up the ways they get in and eliminating their reasons for wanting to be there in the first place.

There are a number of commercial ant baits, killers and sprays at your local True Value to keep ants from encroaching on your kitchen and home. Some kill on contact but many of these are formulated so the ants carry the poison back to the colony themselves.

Ask your local Hardwareian which ant treatment is right for you.

Keeping your home clean and clear of crumbs and delicious particles for ants to steal is a great preventative measure against ants. Sealing food in airtight dishes seals in the smell and also the freshness for you. Same goes for pet food. In a tightly shut bin ants can’t smell it and Fido is less likely to open it himself.

Use clear silicone caulk on cracks in exterior walls windows and doors to create an ant proof seal. You may not be able to fill every crack but this will definitely deter invaders.

That’s it. Need more expert advice? Stop by Martens True Value hardware store in Reedsburg and ask one of our Hardwareians.

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Lawn Repair Guide: Part One

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

lawn-fertilizer-organicThe First Part of Our Lawn Repair Guide Features Tips for Repairing Salt, Insect and Rodent Damage

Salt and De-icer Grass Damage

The winter weather can often be tough on your lawn, but the main culprit is road salt and other de-icers.

These harsh chemicals run off of sidewalks and driveways to burn adjacent grass. After winter  is over, it’s a good idea to evaluate your lawn to see where salt may have affected grass and vegetation so that you can take action to reverse any damage.

Preventing or lessening salt damage is the most effective way to keep salt and de-icers from hurting your lawn. During winter, try not to use de-icing salt (sodium chloride) — or use it sparingly. Use calcium magnesium acetate instead, which is the most environmentally safe product to remove ice.

First: Thoroughly water grass adjacent to concrete surfaces to flush remaining salt and residue from plants and soil. Try adding a few drops of a mild dishwashing liquid to a hose-end sprayer attachment when spraying your yard. This will help wash away salt residue and any other buildup and help oxygen make its way to the grass roots.

lawn-garden-gypsumNext: Pelletized gypsum soil conditioner is a good treatment for salt-damaged grass. Gypsum (calcium sulfate) replaces salt (sodium chloride) with calcium and sulphur, both of which help the grass heal and grow. The sooner you apply it, the less damage there will be and the faster the regrowth. It also helps soil retain water and decreases erosion.

Simply spread a thin layer over the affected area, using a lawn spreader and then water it. You should see results in a couple of weeks. If the grass hasn’t returned to its natural green color, you may have to remove these patches and reseed.

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Best Hardware Store in Town Award

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

true-value-hardware-awardMARTENS REEDSBURG TRUE VALUE RECEIVES CO-OP’S TOP HONOR:

‘BEST HARDWARE STORE IN TOWN’

True Value Company Names Wisconsin Hardware Store One of Top 13 Locations

CHICAGO, March 7, 2015 – True Value Company recently honored 13 True Value hardware stores as winners of its eighth annual Best Hardware Store in Town recognition program.

Husband and wife Dan and Chris Martens, owners of Martens Reedsburg True Value in Reedsburg, Wisconsin, were winning retailers presented with the 2014 award at True Value’s 2015 Spring & Rental Reunion, held March 7-9 in Dallas.

true-value-dan-chris“We’re about customer service,” said Dan Martens, a second-generation True Value retailer. “That’s what the award means to us, that we take care of the customer and have the products they need in stock. We told our staff of 35 that we won because of them, because they are out there day-in and day-out taking care of the customer.”

With 65,000 square feet of retail space, Martens Reedsburg True Value is the largest True Value store in the country. In 2014, the store had a grand reopening, though it never closed, after its conversion to the company’s signature Destination True Value (DTV) format, which has a modern look, wide-open layout and diverse product offering that appeals to a variety of customers. Sales have climbed since the remodel.

true-value-riding-lawn-mowers“With DTV, the lighting was upgraded and the layout was changed. It’s been a 180-degree difference from what it was,” Dan said. “The interior of the store is more open, and you can see how big it really is. Now, the aisles are wider, there is better signage and more inventory space. Customers have said ‘wow, we can’t believe it, it’s like a brand new store!’”

Dan said the store truly is a destination because customers at Martens can complete shopping that normally requires visits to three or four stores. “We have expanded lines in every hardware category, we have lawn mowers, sporting goods, a pet department with live fish, rabbits and cats, farm products, chicken and horse feed and firearms. The size of the store allows us to keep seasonal items on display year-round. We’re a lot different than your corner True Value store,” Dan said.

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