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Why Humidify Your Home?

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

winter-tree-careDuring winter, does it often still feel chilly, even with the heat on? Are you getting shocked by static electricity? Do you have nose and throat irritation?

The heated air inside your home expands and pulls moisture away from everything it touches, and can leave your home’s interior feeling as dry as a desert.

Air moisture, also known as humidity is necessary for good health, comfortable living and more efficient home heating.

Why Humidify?

A humidifier is an appliance that increases humidity in single rooms or the entire house.

Properly humidified air feels warmer. Moist air doesn’t pull moisture away from your body, and static electricity discomfort is reduced when air is properly humidified.

When the humidity is at the recommended level, wood furniture, drywall and plaster don’t dry out and crack, and electrical appliances operate more efficiently. The proper humidity setting helps prevent nose and throat irritation.

A well-humidified home doesn’t suffer as much shrinkage during the cold months. This helps prevent outside air infiltration. In addition, humidified air feels warmer so you will feel more comfortable at a lower thermostat setting, thus saving a little on heating costs.

What is the correct level of humidity? Most humidifier manufacturers recommend a level between 35 to 45 percent as the ideal indoor humidity level.

warm-mist-humidifierChoosing a Humidifier

There are portable humidifiers, which are used to humidify single rooms, and whole house humidifiers that humidify a much larger area. Also available are “forced air” furnace humidifiers that integrate with your home’s HVAC system to provide humidity throughout the house.

Humidifier capacity is measured in gallons of water used per day. On the lower end, if you want to humidify 500 sq. ft. of space or smaller, a 2-gallon capacity humidifier is ideal. Larger spaces and whole-house units usually require a 10-gallon plus capacity.

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4 Home Heating Safety Tips

Thursday, January 4th, 2018

fireplace-maintenanceHome Heating Safety

The other day, I was cleaning his house when I found a one-inch piece of charcoal burnt into one of my couch cushions! It came from a piece of wood that popped from my fireplace to the couch.

While all that little chunk of ember did was burn a hole in the furniture, my house could have gone up in flames! I am thankful that all I have to do is turn the couch cushion around to hide the burn mark!

Most home fires happen during the winter months than any other time of year, when the cozy warmth of a fireplace is at its most inviting. Not only are fires a danger, space heaters are often used to heat rooms that need an extra boost; plus, home heating devices can produce an abundance of deadly carbon monoxide gas.

Seniors aged 65 and older are three times more likely to die or be injured in a house fire than other age groups. Not only that, but if you live in a newer home, reports are saying you may have less time to escape a fire because of synthetics.

Here are some important home heating safety tips to remember:

1) Check Your Chimney and Fireplace for Hazards
Have the chimney flue pipe checked each year if you or your loved one uses a wood-burning fireplace.

Make sure that there is a screen or glass in front of the fireplace to catch any wild sparks or moving logs. Keep flammable objects such as stockings and curtains away from the fireplace when in use.

2) Get the Proper Fire Extinguisher
Get an ABC multipurpose fire extinguisher for your home, read the manual so you and your loved ones know how to use it, and store it in a place where it is easily accessible in case of a fire.

OSHA gives some helpful tips for the workplace, hut they can apply to your home as well.

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What’s Best for Your Project, Corded or Cordless Tools?

Tuesday, December 26th, 2017

cordless-drill-lithium-batteryCorded and Cordless Tools, Which One Should You Buy?

Probably the biggest advantage of a cordless tool, regardless of type, is its portability. They can go anywhere you go, whether it be the shop, your garage or your yard, without having to find a place to plug it in or being limited to where you can go by the length of the cord.

Most of the cordless tools purchased today come with a two battery power pack. When one is low on power just simply replace it with the fully charged one. They are also very compact and can be stored out of the way easily.

When you buy them they come in kits so you can normally get a drill, a circular saw, possibly a pin nailer and a flash light, so you really have multiple tools in one.

circular-saw-master-mechanicLets compare some different tool uses where one might be better than the other. On power drills, if you are drilling a lot of holes in cement that has been aged, the corded hammer drill would be your best choice. Even though there are cordless hammer drills on the market, you would need the continuous power of a corded drill to get the job done in a reasonable length of time.

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Troy-Bilt Gas Snow Blower Preview & Sales Event

Thursday, December 21st, 2017

Troy-Bilt® Two-Stage Snow Thrower Features

Troy-Bilt’s two-stage snow throwers have several helpful features, including Touch ‘N Turn® Power Steering, Just One Hand® Operation, Heated Hand Grips, Multiple Chute Control Options, Just One Touch™ Electric 4-Way Chute Control and Extended Chute design.

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

This 24-inch Troy Bilt 2 stage snow thrower is powered by a dependable 208cc engine and features one hand operation, 12-inch steel serrated augers, and an extended chute.

208cc Engine
Electric start
24″ Clearing width
6 forward, 2 reverse speeds
Steel serrated augers
Single hand operation
Rugged 5″ polymer extended chute
2 year limited warranty

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Smart Holiday Decorating

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

holiday-lightsHoliday Decor: Spend Less & Enjoy More

Have you noticed that retailers start displaying their holiday decorations and merchandise earlier and earlier each year?

Some people welcome the early holiday cheer, while others like myself; feel there is too much Christmas to soon. A scientific poll of 1,000 American adults, 73 percent agree with the statement that “it is annoying that the holiday shopping season has gotten earlier.” Forty-eight percent strongly agree. Just 21 percent disagreed. But, if you are a gung ho ho ho shopper and into the themed holiday decorating then this time of year is definitely your best bet for great deals on all things “holiday”.

holiday-ornamentsWhat To Buy and When

Remember when the best deals came after the holiday? Obviously this is still true for items like Christmas cards and holiday wrapping paper. But now, retailers are introducing their holiday discounts early to ensure their stock is sold out by Christmas and, you don’t have to wait and purchase after the holidays only to pack them away for the next 11 months before you can use them.

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

The holiday season with its purchasing, wrapping and celebrating substantially increases the amount of waste we generate. However, there are many opportunities for the consumer to reduce, reuse and recycle their remnants of holiday cheer.

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Tips to Beautify Your Fall Garden

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Add some color and visual interest to your garden with these fall planting tips from Martens True Value Hardware Store in Reedsburg.

Best plants for your fall garden

Learn what plants add the best color and visual interest to your fall garden

Colorful options for a sturdy fall garden. Need more expert advice? Stop by Martens True Value Hardware Store in Reedsburg for all your fall lawn and garden supplies.

Visit True Value’s DIY home improvement project website for more helpful tips:  http://www.StartRightStartHere.com

Green Thumb Never Kink Garden Hose Review

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

true-value-garden-hose-green-thumb-never-kinkProduct Review brought to you by Martens True Value Store of Reedsburg, Wisconsin

GreenThumb NeverKink garden hoses are made with Reflex Mesh, a technology that allows loops in the hose to self-straighten, ensuring that this garden hose will never kink.

The GreenThumb NeverKink hose is the only hose that offers Reflex Mesh technology – making it the easiest hose in the world to use.

Patented NTS Reflex Mesh® technology prevents kinking, twisting & tangling. Solid-brass octagon female coupling with Ergo Grip™ collar for an easy no-leak connection. MicroShield® anti-microbial protection guards against mold and mildew. Features a Lifetime Warranty. (more…)

True Value Product Review: Master Mechanic Swift Driver

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Reedsburg-True_Value-Swift-Driver-ScrewdriverTrue Value Master Mechanic 29-pc. Swift Driver Dual-Drive Ratcheting Screwdriver Set

Only $19.99* On Sale for a Limited Time

Plus, get $5.00 Off your online or in-store purchase of $25 or more!

Online Coupon Code and Printable In-Store Coupon Good until July 8th, 2012

*Online price. In-store price/availability may vary. (Watch video below for demonstration)

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