Posts Tagged ‘reedsburg hardware store’


Halloween Pumpkin Painting

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Easy Pumpkin Painting: How to Guide

It’s Halloween season and time to get crafty to scare up some devilish décor.

If you’re looking to avoid the mess of carving pumpkins into ghoulish goblins and ghosts, try painting them instead with delightfully scary designs.

Follow this guide on how to paint a pumpkin and use your imagination to create a menagerie of ghastly gourds.

It’s a fun and easy holiday project for the entire family!

Here’s a list of items to have on hand to complete your pumpkin painting project:

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4 Tips to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances Easily

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

stainless-cleaning-tipsClean Stainless Steel Appliances With These 4 Amazing Tips

The task of cleaning stainless steel utensils and appliances used in the kitchen is something that proves too troublesome for many homeowners. Stainless steel kitchen utensils and appliances are exceptionally preferred yet sadly, many of those start showing stains & marks quite quickly and this can be an issue of worry for a lot of homeowners.

Check out these amazing tips that can work wonderfully in removing the stains & marks from utensils and appliances of your kitchen.

Cleaning Tip #1 – A pattern is usually visible on most utensils and appliances. These are the lines that can be seen easily on the surface. While doing the cleaning work, make sure you constantly clean in the same direction parallel to these lines.

Cleaning Tip #2 – To expel stains & marks you need to utilize warm water, a small amount of gentle cleaner and a delicate fabric to wash the surface. Wash the surface properly with clean water, and then dry well with a towel so water spots won’t show on the utensil.

Cleaning Tip #3 – While cleaning stainless steel to expel fingerprints, you should utilize a glass cleaning solution. Have a look at this homemade solution that can prove to be quite helpful.

Take a 500ml spray bottle, and then add 50mls white vinegar and water in it. Then, use this mixture and spray on the utensils and appliances and wipe off with clean fabric to expel fingerprints.

Cleaning Tip #4 – In case, the above mentioned tips aren’t effective on your utensils and appliances, then you need to use a stainless steel cleaner. Keep in mind to rub in the same direction as the pattern lines. Before utilizing any cleaning solution or product on your stainless items, first try it on a portion that is not visible easily. This should be done to guarantee that you get the outcome that you need and it functions properly on your stainless items.

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Snowblowers: Preparing for Winter Season

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

winter-snowblower-preparationPreparing Your Snowblower for Winter

Compared to shoveling, snowblowers offer a much faster and easier method of snow removal that saves time as well as strain on your back.

Once a snowblower is put into gear, the auger, located at the bottom of the machine, will suck snow up and into a chute. The direction of the chute can be manually controlled, thereby allowing the user to choose where the discharged snow is directed.

Having a quality snowblower, such as an Ariens, Toro, or Craftsman, can give you many winters of superior snow removal if you take the time and effort to keep your machine in good running order.

troy-bilt-snowblower-gasAfter sitting around in the garage or shed all spring, summer, and fall, when it comes time for you to pull out your snowblower for the first time during winter, you might find that you have difficulty starting it. This is especially true in cases where your area didn’t receive much snow last winter and therefore, the snowblower was not used very often.

This is why preparations should be made in advance to make sure that your snowblower is up and running when you need it to be.

Make sure to check out the important parts that might be causing an issue, such as spark plugs, as well as performing some simple routine checks before Old Man Winter really hits full force. Don’t wait until the last minute to perform a quick check up.

As part of a routine tune up to make sure your snowblower is in top running form, first check the basics such as oil and gasoline. To prevent starting problems during the current winter, you will want to have kept your gasoline level low or tank empty near the end of the previous winter.

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5 Tips for Deer Hunting Success

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

sporting-goods-crossbows-huntingFive Keys to Whitetail Deer Hunting Success

Regardless of where you are at in your whitetail deer hunting career, there are a few basic steps that you should know or perhaps review, prior to your hunting endeavors this year.

If you are new to this sport, these ideas may be new to you. If you are experienced, perhaps reviewing these will be of benefit.

hunting-clothes1. Scent Control

While this can be taken to any level of extremes, I guess you really cannot be too careful with regard to this matter. Some basic steps you can take include the following things.

Do not wear the clothes you will be in while hunting until you are heading into field.

Consider keeping your clothes in some form of scent proof bags until you get out of your vehicle (or camper, tent, cabin, etc.) and then slip them on just as you are ready to head out. Don’t get up and cook breakfast for example and then wear these clothes to the field.

Remember this for sure; do not wear the boots you will wear in the field until heading out in the field. On that point, it is pretty well established that rubber boots carry the minimal scent of any other type of boots. If you are not in a cold place, cheap rubber boots are fine. More expensive lined (thinsulate is usually the material) boots may be required in colder climates.

Scent-Lok materials are available for clothing and boots if you wish. Not required.
Also, there are laundry detergents, deodorants, and scent-blocks available and these may be advisable, but again, are not absolutely necessary

safety-vest2. Colors

When I began hunting I did not know very much about this and I really wondered.

Here’s what I have learned, and perhaps more importantly, have experienced in the field. First, do not wear blue jeans. Blue is the one color I know deer can really see.

Second, blaze orange is not a problem. No matter what you wear (as long as not blue), deer will not see you if you remain still.

3. Tree Stands

I hunt exclusively from a climbing stand and almost exclusively on public land. Here are the basics with regard to stand placement.

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Emergency Supplies to have for a Power Outage

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

led-flashlight-lanternFive Must Haves If the Power Goes Out

Power outages can happen at any point in time. The power lines can get compromised, a storm is bearing down on you or there is curfew in your area. If you are prepared for power outages, you will get the opportunity to stay away from hassle during such a situation. Here is a list of 5 things that you must include in your emergency blackout kit that comes to your survival during a power outage.

1. A light producing object
It is extremely important for you to include an object that can product light without electricity in your blackout kit. It can be an emergency light, glow sticks or few candles. You need to keep them in an area that can easily be accessed. It is better if you can attach some stickers that glow in the dark, so that you can easily find them in the middle of the night without any hassle. You should also include a matchbox and a stash of batteries in your blackout kit.

2. A first aid kit
Emergencies can happen during power outages as well and if you want to stay away from hassle during such a situation, you need to keep a first aid around the home. The first aid kit should include pain medicine, antibiotic ointments such as Neosporin, and antiseptic solutions such as hydrogen peroxide, scissors, gauze tape and bandages of different sizes.

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Fall Cleanup Tips

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

Cleaning Up For Fall

No season lasts forever and although most people dread the end of summer, it too happens and cooler air prevails.

Of course, this means that those pretty summer flowers you planted in the garden, in the patio pots and in the hanging baskets will be stating to fade and the perennials will be starting to look a bit done.

In the late summer and early fall, gardeners all over set about their fall cleanup. It’s not all bad news though, as what you do in the fall will directly impact what you will find come spring and the new planting season.

Fall cleanup involves a bit more than simply cleaning up the fallen leaves, as you have to get rid of the annuals, dig over the dirt in the beds and cut back the perennials so they can grow back big and strong come spring.

The experts suggest you use some of the fallen leaves to use as a blanket around newer trees and shrubs to provide some warmth throughout the winter, but if your area is prone to tough winters you may want to do this around all of your trees.

You have to pick them up sooner or later anyway, so you may as well put them to good use before you do!

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Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

home-guttersA Green Fall Maintenance Checklist For Your Home

Just like spring cleaning, you really should get your home ready for the winter.

Here are a couple of projects that you will want to get accomplished although the weather is still nice out (or if you happen to be in the North, before the snow falls).

These projects will save energy, button up your home and prevent costly problems later on. Also included are a couple of projects that everybody thinks they should do, but you may not have too!

1. Caulk. Caulk is your friend. This could be the least high-priced way to plug leaks. It also prevents damage to wood and masonry where water has already been let in. Outside, you must get rid of the loose and/or wet materials and let the area dry out. Then use an exterior grade caulk to fix any outdoor issues.

2. Roof Drainage. You have to make sure that your gutters get a thorough cleaning in the fall. It is very important to not forget about cleaning out the S-shaped fitting under your gutter. That tends to get missed. Nonetheless, it can cause complications later on if it’s clogged.

home-office-closet-workspace3. Moisture Control. You ought to maintain a 30 to 50 percent relative humidity inside your home with a portable central system. If you aren’t, there are usually two culprits causing this: stagnant water and/or mineral deposits.

First, turn off your system and check the sponge pad. If it has calcium deposits, it is time to make a change. If the filter is clogged with deposits, scrub it using a 1-to-4 remedy of vinegar and water. To remove stagnant bacteria breeding water, use a 50-50 solution of bleach and water.

4. Air quality. Most of our properties are built tightly to save energy. Nevertheless, our homes might be so closed up that you can smell last night’s dinner for days! Changing air filters will help with odors, dust, mold spores, and pet dander.

5. Drain your water lines. In the North, you are guaranteed it will get cold enough to bust a copper pipe or even shatter plastic. In the South, you never know what weird weather will hit. How frequently do we hear about how towns shut down due to the fact they got an inch of snow?

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DIY Project: Brick Wall Restoration

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

DIY-brick-wallHow to create an exposed brick wall

Firstly, what you’ll need:

Brick chisel and a Small crow bar

Plastic sheets and a Scrubbing brush

Brick sealer

Dust mask & eye protection

Step 1

Protective sheets. As you can imagine removing the plaster from your brick wall is messy work! This is particularly important if you have an old house with the original plaster. Whilst it may seem like a bit of work it is definitely worth using plastic sheets (painting drop sheets are perfect) and taping them to your walls and ceiling to completely seal off the area you’re working in. It is also highly recommended to wear a mask to protect your lungs from the plaster dust, and even eye protection as the dust can easily irritate your eyes.

Step 2

Pretty easy to see what’s next. Simply make a hole the plaster using your brick chisel. This is a good chance to expose a small area of the brick, perhaps somewhere hidden, to see if the quality of the brick underneath is good. Once you’ve created a hole, you can either use the chisel or a small crowbar to remove the plaster. Just tap it lightly to get behind the plaster and level it off. Be careful not to damage the bricks with the chisel or crow bar by tapping too hard. When you get to the ceiling and side walls ensure you neatly remove the plaster without damaging adjacent plaster.

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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.

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Safeguard Your Home when on Vacation

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

outdoor-lighting-home-securityHow to Keep Your Home Safe While You Are on Vacation

No one wants to worry about their home while on vacation. Here are some tips to help keep your house safe from burglars while you are enjoying your holiday.

Don’t Advertise

It’s only natural to want to share your vacation plans with others. But sharing them on social media is a bad idea. Once it’s out there, you have no control over where the information ends up. Your plans could end up in the hands of thieves. And they’ll know that they have lots of time to do a thorough job of clearing your home of all your valuables.

Likewise, sharing photos and updates on social media isn’t a good idea either. I’ll admit, I was guilty of this. It’s hard to not share photos and exciting stories about the fun things you’re experiencing. But wait until you get home to share your vacation online.

Lock it Up

Lock up valuables and documents in an immobile safe, bank safety deposit box or leave them with a trusted friend or family member. For Example:

Tablets and Laptops
Important documents (Social Security Cards, birth certificates, spare credit cards, password lists, etc.)
Keys to your home, office, car, etc.
Expensive jewelry and electronic devices
Firearms and ammunition

A portable, fireproof safe is fine for protecting valuables from fire. But it won’t stop a thief from walking off with it. If you use portable safes, leave them with a friend/family member while you’re away.

Make Your Home Look Occupied

Put your mail and newspaper on hold or ask someone to pick them up for you. If you’re gone for more than a week, have someone mow your lawn in the summer. (If it’s winter, ask someone to shovel your driveway after a snowfall and leave footprints going to and from your door.) Don’t leave your garbage bins by the road. Ask someone to put them out and bring them in or skip it altogether.

Put a few indoor lights (in various rooms) on timers. Don’t use just one light; it’s a dead giveaway that you’re not home. And don’t have the lights all go on and off at the same time. Try to set them up so they switch on and off at the same times that you would switch them on/off when you are home.

Put outdoor lights on timers, too. Or hook them up with light sensors so they’ll go on at dusk and off at dawn.

Put your radio or TV on a timer so that there is noise in your home now and then. If you have a home phone, turn off the ringer so that thieves won’t hear your phone ring, and ring, and ring…

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Lawn Mower Cleaning And Maintenance Tips

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

lawn-mowerCleaning And Maintenance Tips For Your Lawn Mower

The ability of your turf to have healthy and good-looking grass depends greatly on your lawn mower.

Your turf will suffer greatly if you are using a poor piece of equipment when mowing. You will have a hard time as well getting the result you want for your lawn with a poorly performing equipment.

To avoid such problems, it is important to properly and regularly maintain and clean your lawn mower.

Below are some of the key lawn mower cleaning, care, and maintenance tips you should follow:

Regularly check and change your mower’s oil. Experts say that you should check the condition and level of your equipment’s oil every eight hours of use. Fresh oil will have a golden or amber color and it will darken as it ages.

True-Value-Hardware-store-reedsburg-wisconsin-lawn-mowersAt least once per season or after every 50 hours of use, change the oil. Also, always use oil that is recommended by the manufacturer for that model.

Add a fuel stabilizing product to fresh fuel. Adding the right amount of fuel stabilizer will keep fuel fresher longer.

However, make sure you follow the equipment’s manual for instructions on leaving fuel in the engine during storage since this usually varies depending on the brand or manufacturer.

Always clean the air filter properly in place. The air filter of a lawn mower prevents dirt, dust, and debris from entering the carburetor and engine. It should be cleaned or changed every 25 hours of engine operation or at least once per mowing season.

Also, you need to replace the pleated, paper air filters regularly as well. You can clean the foam air filters with hot water and a small amount of detergent and leave it to air dry before being saturated with new engine oil and reinstalled.

Get rid of oil stain using a degreaser. Spray a good brand of degreaser on oil stains. Leave the degreaser on the stain for 10 to 15 minutes before wiping it off with a clean cloth and rinse everything off with a hose.

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Gas vs Charcoal – What’s the Best Grill?

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

gas-grills-true-valueGas Vs Charcoal Grill – Which Is a Better Grill For You?

When it comes to cooking and enjoying a great tasting meal, grilling has always been one of our top choices of cooking method. It does not only cook our food in a flavorful way, but it’s also a great bonding activity for everyone to enjoy.

So now you are thinking of buying your own grill, but there’s a whole range to consider from electric, pellet grills and even hardwood cooking. It’s just so confusing!

However, the most commonly debatable and widely used among all kinds of cooking grills are whether to use charcoal or gas grills. So here I will be focusing on that aspect.

In choosing what kind of cooking grills to use, convenience and flavor usually compromises each other. The more convenient a grill is, the lesser flavor the food tastes.

So if it’s just a matter of having the most convenience, electric grill has always been the top choice, however, it won’t give you the grilling satisfaction as most would in terms of actual cooking experience and taste.

kamado-grillWhile hardwood fire can give you the best smoky flavor to your food, it is also the hardest to deal with. Hence, charcoal or gas grills have always been in between and considered by average grill enthusiasts.

Charcoal Versus Gas

I’ll get to the point and be blunt to say that generally, gas grills are better choice than charcoal grills. There are just more benefits when you use them that you won’t be able to get from using charcoal grills.

Here are the following reasons:

Taste

In terms of taste, charcoal grills undeniably give you flavorful meals, which has always been their claimed advantage over gas grills. The aroma it can provide from heating charcoals has become its edge. However, smoky flavor can still be achieved as the drippings of the food when evaporated, coat the food you’re grilling.

This process is the reason for giving a flavorful characteristic of grilled taste to your food. A process that does not rely on the use of charcoal. Not to mention lately, grill manufacturers have also produced “Flavorizer bars” which then create a radiant heat which charcoal naturally generates.

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