What’s Trending? InstaFlo Drain Cleaner – The 60 Second Solution To Clogged Drains!

instaflo resizedA trusted product amongst professionals, InstaFlo drain cleaner works quickly and without odor to non-clog your sink, shower, or tub drain!  No longer do you have to wait overnight for a drain cleaner to work.  InstaFlo is a non-acid drain cleaner that will liquify hair and grease in as little as 60 seconds!  Better yet, it is easy-to-use and will not harm the finish on your decorative sink or tub.

Ever sense the product was featured on the Today show on NBC, we have seen all sorts of interest in a product that has never really gotten the notoriety that it deserves.  InstaFlo is super easy-to-use.  First, warm the drain with hot water.  Second, pour one cup of the granules at the top of the drain.  Third, slowly pour hot water over the granules so that they dissolve and float down to the clog.  Fourth, wait 60 seconds for the InstaFlo to liquify the hair, grease, soap scum, and bath oils, and release the clog.  Finally, rinse the drain with hot water and enjoy your new free-flowing drain!

InstaFlo is not just limited to the small drains in your kitchen and bathroom;  it also works on grease traps, septic systems, and sewer lines.  NOT for use in toilets and kitchen disposals.

For more information please visit the InstaFlo website

For a how-to product video, click here.

What’s New? Easy Track Closet Organization System

easy track resizedHave a closet that needs a make-over?  What about a pantry or utility room that is weak on organization and storage space?  The Easy Track organization system provides you with a customizable, high quality storage solution for your clothes, pantry, or utility room in as little as one day!

This new system is quite unique and works for any walk-in closet, clothes storage, basement, garage, utility room, or pantry.  With so much versatility, you can customize the Easy Track system to fit your needs.  If your needs change, you can adjust the shelves, baskets, rods, and accessories to a pinch.  If you want to add to the system, you can do that too!  Regardless of your demands, the Easy Track system will meet them.

Install is a cinch as well.  As the name suggests, everything is hung from the patented Easy Track rail that is mounted to the studs behind your wall.  Everything hangs from this rail and all you need is a screwdriver to complete assembly from there on out.  One 8 ft Easy Track rail can hold up to 1,200 pounds, which is pretty amazing!

The Easy Track system is available in 3 colors (white, truffle, and natural cherry).  All three colors are made from commercial grade composite panels that have a high quality veneer finish to them.  Everything is made in the USA and backed by a limited lifetime warranty.

Touch and feel the product for yourself at our new display in our Hardware Department next to the lumber.  We have most accessories on display so that you can see what would best suit your needs.  For more information on the Easy Track system, please view our featured brand page or visit the Easy Track website.

What’s Trending? Don’t Just Fertilize – Improve Your Soil For A Better Lawn

love_your_lawn_and_magical_resizedMany of our lawns look great in the spring.  Annual weeds have not had a chance to germinate and our lawns are growing rapidly as a result of the ideal spring temperatures, lack of extremities in both shade and sun, and frequent rainfall.  These favorable spring conditions can cover-up what is truly wrong with our lawns.  Problems that will only make our lawn deplete during the hot summer months and fall victim to weeds, insects, disease, and drought during the rest of the year.

Build a better lawn this year and supplement your lawn food program with products that will help improve the soil conditions your lawn depends on each and every day.  Dramatic results can be seen with the addition of two granulated products this spring:  Mag-i-Cal (limestone) and Love Your Lawn, Love Your Soil.

Mag-i-Cal (Calcium lawn fertilizer / limestone):  Ideal soil pH for a western PA lawn is between 6.0 and 7.0.  Your lawn can tolerate slight amounts of acid, but too much can cause it to “shut down” and not make full use of the nutrients that you are applying through bagged fertilizers.  Over time, acid rain, dog urine, nearby acid-loving plants, and (believe it or not) fertilizer applications will acidify our lawns.  With just one application of a fast-acting limestone, such as Jonathan Green’s Mag-i-Cal, you can raise your soil pH in as little as a couple of weeks and start seeing rapid growth, even without the use of a nitrogen based fertilizer!  Mag-i-Cal (fast-acting limestone) is 100% organic and safe to use any time of the year, even in conjunction with seeding or a spring fertilizer.  It is recommend to apply limestone once a year to keep your lawn in balance.  If you haven’t used limestone in years or have trouble with moss and/or dog spots year after year, you might want to consider a second application during the early fall.  If you are unsure your soil pH, you can test a location with a simple soil test that costs $1, available in our lawn and garden department.

Love Your Lawn, Love Your Soil (Soil conditioner for lawns):  Western PA is known for having some of the most compacted, clay soil in the nation.  Clay soils do not hold nutrients well and impede the growth of long, tender grass roots.  Years of use and neglect only make situations worse and many solutions for improving clay soils can be hard to implement for a homeowner.  This is not the case any longer because of Jonathan Green’s revolutionary new product called Love Your Lawn, Love Your Soil.  With just two applications in a year, your soil conditions will improve immensely… just sneak a peek at the photo below!  This exclusive product will condition your soil up to 2 feet deep, which is much deeper than the 4-6 inches that core aeration will help with.  So if your lawn has trouble rooting, rakes up easily, forms puddles quickly, or has trouble surviving the hot summer months, you are likely experiencing the symptoms of clay, compacted soil.  Love Your Lawn, Love Your Soil is the easiest, and best, way to improve your soil conditions quickly!

For a greener, more sustainable lawn all year long, supplement your lawn fertilizer program with both Mag-i-Cal and Love Your Lawn, Love Your Soil from Jonathan Green.  You will be amazed at the results!



What’s Trending? The First Step For Spring Lawn Care

spring lawn stepsThe question that we get the most at this time of the year is a pretty simple one… What is  the first step for my lawn this spring?  The answer depends on the condition of your lawn, so we have outlined some steps below that are a good course of action in the early spring.

Step 1) Is there moss?  If so, there are a variety of methods to get rid of it.  If the moss is patchy and limited, you may take a metal rake to the moss and “rake it out”.  It should pull up pretty easily since it is not rooted well, especially in early spring.  If it is not raking out easily, you will want to use a moss control for the lawn.  These are available in small or large bags and work quickly!  Apply where moss is noticed and water in.  Results are typically noticed in days, but complete kill occurs in about a week.  Wait about two weeks from the initial moss control application before reseeding those areas.  We also recommend that you apply limestone to your full lawn to help prevent the moss from coming back next season.

Step 2) Rake the lawn:  In early spring, once the grass has warmed and the lawn is “workable”, you will want to rake the lawn.  Pay particular attention to brown or “dead” areas.  Rake these brown spots with a little more force and see what is removed.  Some areas will pull up easily, so you will want to remove these patches.  Other areas may look totally lifeless because their roots were eaten by grubs last fall.  These areas will roll up easily if an edge is shoveled and you pull back on them.  Other brown areas will look damaged, but with the spring rain and some fertilizer can grow back, so if you are unsure, give them a chance and you just might be surprised what all comes back!  For those areas that need to be reseeded, we have outlined the procedure in the next step.  Once you have finished raking and surveying the lawn, you will gain a knowledge of what you are working with and how much seeding you have to do.

Step 3) Prepare areas to be seeded:  One of the most important steps for seeding is to make sure that there is good soil to seed contact.  This means removing the dead grass and thatch that may be preventing the grass seed from laying directly on the soil.  Also, you will want to “level off” the ground.  Areas may have become lumpy or uneven over time.  As a result, you will want to level off these bare spots with some top soil so that you don’t end up with divots in the lawn.  For complete instructions on how to seed your lawn, please visit our previous article on Planting Grass Seed.

Step 4) Fertilize the lawn:  In spring our lawns are looking to grow quickly and the idea is to have them fill in and become well established before the hot summer months.  Most lawn programs will recommend that you use a crabgrass preventer with fertilizer in early spring.  This is a great product to use as long as you are NOT seeding.  The crabgrass preventer that is in these products is actually a broad-based weed preventer, so it prevents seeds of all types from germinating, including grass seed, some broadleaf leaves, and many grasses weeds (like crabgrass).  If you need to seed this spring, we recommend that you take care of those areas and fertilizer your lawn with a starter fertilizer at the same time as seeding.  This will help the grass fill in quickly, but will also strengthen the rest of the lawn.  Once your seeds have germinated and been mowed several times, you can then apply a crabgrass control later in the spring.  If this timing puts you into May, we recommend that you use Jonathan Green’s crabgrass preventer, since it is both a pre- and post-emergent control for crabgrass!  There are also a bunch of organic fertilizers that are great for your lawn and safer for kids and pets, so be sure to ask about these options if you are interested in an all-natural solution.

If you follow these steps, you will get your lawn started on the right track this spring.  Be sure to check back for more articles throughout the year on lawn care.  Of course, if you ever have any questions, please feel free to give us a call or stop by to consult with one of our lawn care specialists in our Lawn and Garden Department!


Spend a Little – Save a Lot: Safely Store Wool Clothing

clothes_moth_damage_resizedNow that spring is finally here you won’t need to wear those heavy wool sweaters, or that warm wool blanket until next winter.  If you don’t properly store these items properly, you may be surprised to find holes in the material when using them for the first time next winter!  Not only are expensive wool garments damaged, the time associated with re-mediating a clothes moth infestation makes the situation even worse.  We suggest that you take a little more time this spring to be sure that wool materials are safely stored and protected from clothes moths.

What are my options for moth repellents? Chemical vs. All Natural

Both chemical and natural moth repellents can repel moths, however natural remedies will require more product to derive the same results.

Chemical Options

We stock a variety of moth ball, moth cake and other chemical moth products with paradichlorobenzene in them.  These solutions have been used for years and provide excellent results.  In the case of a moth cake product (such as Reefer Galler’s No Moth products), all you have to do is hang them up in your closet and keep the doors closed to let the penetrating vapor kill the moths and their larvae.  In the case of moth balls or crystals, you are best served sealing these products inside an air-tight garment bag along with your clothes that you want to protect.  Heavy duty poly ZipLoc bags or canvas totes often work just as well too!  The goal is to create a smaller area of sealed storage, so that the vapor can effectively kill and prevent moths that might be inside.  Despite the odor that is present with each of these products, it is a non-clinging odor that will diminish when allowed to air out after storage.

All Natural Options

For those that want to reduce their contact with chemical insecticides, there are some great all natural solutions to protect your wool clothes while in storage.  With all natural products, you must use them inside of sealed garment bags or heavy duty zip bags so that the moth repelling ingredients can reach a sufficient level.  Two products to consider are Moth Away sachets and cedar blocks or sachets.  Moth Away sachets is a peppermint-based product so the predominate smell is very appealing for most individuals.   Cedar is made in the form of balls or blocks or a small sachet and can be place on the top of your clothing in the garment bag to create the same effect.  The nice thing about the cedar is the fact that it can be reused several times over.  Simply sand the cedar to restore its natural insect repelling properties!  If you have cedar closets or chests and they are losing their aroma, then we recommend you give them a light sanding to open up the pores.  Follow up with apply 100% cedar oil with a soft cloth – this will restore the natural aroma back to the cedar wood and you will be as good as new!

All of the products mentioned in this article are available in our Housewares Department.  If you have any further questions or concerns, please stop into our store and talk to one of our expert sales clerks.  Thanks for reading and happy spring!

What’s New? Pittsburgh Paint Interactive Color Palette

pittsburgh_paints_logo_resizedThe new Pittsburgh Paints interactive Voice of Color display has redefined how people choice colors for their homes.  The traditional color palette has been reorganized and a new LCD interface has made the experience even more personalized.  We are the first store in the Pittsburgh area to have this new display from PPG Pittsburgh Paints and are excited at the new features that it brings to the decision making process!

Reorganized Color Palette:  The new layout of the Voice of Color color palette now makes it easy to find which white-tones work with which brown-tones and vice versa.  Once you pick one color, you are able to find other colors that complement what has already been chosen.  This is a great help when picking colors for accent walls, doors, or trim.  Color trends have been incorporated as well, which help you get inspired and find some winning combinations.

New Interactive Display:  The entire PPG color collection is viewable through a touch-screen monitor at the Voice of Color display in our store!  Through this monitor, you are able to browse every color, scan color chips into the application, get recommendations, and actually place them into a sample room to see how they would look.  Once you pick out some of your favorite colors on the display, you can email your project to your home computer, where you can then upload a picture of your room and actually paint the walls virtually!  This will give you an idea for what colors work well with your current window treatments, furniture, and carpeting.  It also allows for more creativity, so be curious and try all sorts of different color tones; you might just find something that surprises you!  All of this can be done with the few clicks of a mouse!

Search For Colors At Home:  If you don’t have time to visit us in-store but want to become inspired with some color choices, you may now initiate the interactive process from your very own computer.  Simply go to www.PittsburghPaints.com and click on the Color tab at the top of the page.  Then scroll down to “Paint Your Room Online”.  This will open up an application that looks very much like that in-store.  Here you will be able to upload a photo of your room, choose colors, and paint rooms all from the comfort and convenience of your home.  You can even take a picture of something in your home and let PPG pull similar colors from their color palette to add to your project!  Once you find some colors that you like, you can save a snapshot of your room so that you can come back to it later.  Next time you are ready to paint, be sure to check out the new Pittsburgh Paints Voice of Color interactive display in our store or on their website!

Once you have narrowed your color choices down to one or two, we still recommend that you grab a color chip from our store to be sure that it is perfect.  If you would like a larger sample, let us mix a sample quart of paint to the color you have chosen.  You can then paint a portion of your wall or a piece of poster board (so that you can move it around the room easily).  We also offer color matching directly in-store, so bring us a color chip of the color you desire and our sales clerks will gladly assist you with producing an exact match!  Remember, our expert sales clerks in our Paint Dept are here to assist you with all of your paint needs and questions.

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Now’s the time to: Repair Window Screens

screen repair 2Spring is in the air and our furnaces are being used less often.  It’s a great time of the year to have our windows and doors open to bring in the crisp spring air and provide some air flow in our homes!  We suggest you walk through your home and inspect all your window screens.  Pull aside the ones that are broken or torn and bring them to our Plumbing Department.  We have many different options for screen replacement materials, and our experienced sales clerks will be sure to install the material with a professional touch.  In fact, we repair hundreds of screens a year!

The process is pretty simple.  Remove them from window or door frames and bring them to our store.  We have you choose the material (fiberglass, aluminum, or pet-proof nylon) and the color (black, gray, charcoal, aluminum) and then we write up a work order.  You pay the day that they are dropped off, so that you always know the charges up front.  Once completed, we will give you a call to pick them up!  Repair work typically takes 1-2 weeks depending on the season and how many other repairs we have at that given time.  Any questions, please feel free to give us a call at 412-561-0922.

Now’s the time to: Summer-ize Snowblowers

toro snowblowerNow that winter appears to be in our rear-view mirror, our garages will be under quite a bit of turn-around.  Out come the garden tools and the lawn mower, and into storage go the ice melter, shovels, and the snow blower.  In doing so, it is important to “summer-ize” your snow blower before pushing it to the corner of your garage in storage.  A few simple steps will ensure that your snow blower starts up on the first pull next winter!

1)  Drain gasoline inside the engine:  This is the most important step with snowblowers, especially so with the newer 4-cycle snow blowers, which do not use an oil/gas mix.  The easiest way to drain the engine (fuel tank and carburetor) of gasoline is to “run it dry”.  To do so, you will turn the snow blower on and let it run out of fuel.  This will dry up the the engine so that the old gas doesn’t deplete and absorb water (both of which make your engine hard, if not impossible, to start next year).  The other option is to drain the engine of fuel through the carburetor.  There will generally be instructions on how to perform this step in the owners manual.  4-cycle (no mix) gasoline that is used in your snow blowers can be poured in your car for use.  2-cycle (oil/gas mix) and 4-cycle gasoline can both be used in spring power equipment with like gas mixtures!

2)  Use up old gasoline:  This point is an extension of the first step.  Not only do you need to use up the gasoline inside the snow blower, you will also want to use up the gasoline in your gas can.  If 2-cycle, it is often best to run it through the snow blower.  If 4-cycle gasoline, then it is often best to pour it in your car.  The general rule of thumb is to never use gasoline that is more than one month old in your small engines.

3)  Replace spark plugs and check for worn parts:  The spark plug is generally easy to replace and can be done with a deep socket wrench.  If you do not own one, you can purchase an inexpensive one for a few dollars in our automotive department.  It is recommended to replace spark plugs once a year.  Also, you will want to check the scraper and paddles, which become worn and may start to limit the effectiveness of your snowblower’s ability to lift and toss the snow.

If your snowblower is a Toro or Lawnboy brand, our service department will be happy to perform all of these steps for you!  Consider bringing your snowblower to us in the spring, so that it can be summer-ized and prepared for next winter season by one of our experienced mechanics!

Now’s the time to: Start Seeds Indoors For Your Garden

seed startingWinter is almost over and most of us can’t wait to get outside in our gardens.  The start of an abundant vegetable garden actually starts now!  Get a head-start on your garden by starting certain vegetable plants indoors, including tomatoes, peppers, pumpkins, eggplant, broccoli, brussels sprouts, celery, cauliflower, and others.  By starting certain seeds indoors, you eliminate the risk of frost and ensure yourself a hardier plant that will produce more through the growing season!

The general rule of thumb is to start plants indoors 4-8 weeks prior to the last spring frost, which for the Pittsburgh area is around May 1st.  Individual crops will vary, but tomatoes and peppers are some of the most commonly planted vegetables and ones and should be started indoors about 8 weeks prior to the last frost!  Below, we have made some suggestions for improving your results with indoor seed starting.

Containers:  Almost any container that is 2-3 inches deep will work as a planter, provided that there are some holes at the bottom.  You can use plastic seed-starting trays that are divided up in small cells, or any other container with a similar shape.  Egg cartons are a great option if you are looking to reuse something around the house!  Some people even choose to place seeds in a tray and then once they sprout to transplant them quickly to a larger container, so that they can be started in a smaller space at first.  Regardless of the container, you will want to place them on a tray that will allow you to water them from the bottom up.  If seedlings have outgrown the container they are in, be sure to move them to a larger pot or planter so that their grown is not stunted.  Biodegradable peat pots are a popular item because they can be planted directly in the soil once ready to be transplanted outside.

Soil:  A fine, light and fluffy (or spongy) growing medium is most desirable.  If the soil is too heavy or thick, roots will not be able to push their way through (do not use a garden soil or top soil). Many companies package a seed-starting soil mix that is highly moisture retentive and includes some fertilizer to help them grow quicker.  Expandable peat pellets or coconut coir are also available at most garden centers and work very well too.  You can even make your own mix with equal parts vermiculite, perlite, and milled sphagnum peat moss.  If making your own mix, you will want to start feeding your seedlings a few weeks after they germinate with a liquid fertilizer, preferably an organic choice!

Sunlight:  Sunlight is crucial for seedlings to grow rapidly, since it promotes the photosynthesis process.  This can be obtained by natural sunlight through windows or preferably from light bulbs positioned directly above the growing medium.  Ideally, you will want to position the high intensity light about 3 inches from the seeds or seedlings and raise the light as they grow.  There are grow lights sold typically sold in 2 or 4 ft lengths, or you can make your own out of chain and shop lights of some sort.  Light is most critical once the seedlings have emerged.

Temperature:  The ideal soil temperature for seeds to germinate is about 78 degrees, although it can vary depending on the plant.  Because this is warmer than most of our homes at this time of the year, we recommend placing your seed trays on top of your refrigerator or a couple inches above a radiator.  Sunlight is not a necessity to promote germination, so you want to look for a warm pocket in your home and place your seeds there.  Once sprouts have reached about 1/2 inch, you will want to move your seeds to a cooler environment (between 60-70 degrees) where they will receive the most sunlight possible.

Water:  When seeds are germinating, you will want to create a humid environment by placing a clear plastic lid (often sold with seed-starting trays) or loose fitting plastic wrap or grocery bags over your growing medium.  Once seeds have emerged, remove the lid and water seedlings from the bottom only.  This technique will resist disease and not disturb seedlings when they are small and fragile.

Check Them Daily:  We recommend that you place your seed trays in an area that you will be able to conveniently check them each day.  You will want to make sure that lids don’t need removed, water replenished, or lights adjusted among other things.  If plants are put on a windowsill, you will want to rotate them every couple of days to make sure that they do not get pulled in one direct too much.  These are all things to pay attention to and are important for the most success this year!

Preparing Them For The Outdoors:  You will want to be sure that you “harden” your plants to the outdoors.  Instead of planting them quickly outside, you will want to acclimate your seedlings to the outdoors, by moving them outside during the daytime for a couple of hours each day over the course of 2 weeks.

If you are not sure which seeds need to be started indoors and what can be sowed directly in the garden, be sure to reference the backs of each seed package.  All of this helpful information is directly on the label so that you can time out everything on the calendar.  Also, seeds packets include many, many seeds.  Not all seeds will germinate and not all will be of the same strength, so you may want to “weed out” those that are not as strong and pay more attention to the stronger plants/seedlings because it is often not practical to have 10-20 plants of each variety in your garden.  Thanks for reading, and Happy Gardening!


What’s Trending? New Choices for Light Bulbs

light bulbs resizedNow that 2014 is here, we are beginning to see the full effects of the 2007 legislation that has required light bulbs to be more energy efficient than their incandescent ancestors.  Manufacturers are no longer able to produce incandescent light bulbs of 40 watts or higher in most of your common bulb shapes, so it has left homeowners searching for answers.

A Quick Overview:  The amount of energy that a light bulb uses is measured in watts and the legislation that has been put in effect has forced manufacturers to use more energy efficient technology.  For example, a 60 watt incandescent bulb has now been replaced with a 43 watt halogen, a 14 watt CFL, or a 9.5 watt LED.  Even though these are lower wattage options, they are designed to produce the same amount of light (or Lumens) as a traditional incandescent.  Below, we have highlighted some of the common uses of each alternative bulb and what you can expect in terms of life expectancy and energy savings with each type.

Halogen bulbs offers the most clear and warm light of the new alternatives.  The savings are the least with this option but for those looking for the closest alternative to incandescent lights, these will be your ticket!  Halogen bulbs offer instant light and are a great option for being turned on and off frequently.  There life expectancy is about 0.9 years under normal use (the same as incandescent bulbs) but their cost is very inexpensive, so it will not break the bank.  Great option for exterior lights and recessed lights throughout the home.  A 60 watt equivalent halogen bulb has an estimated yearly energy cost of $5.18 (28% savings over incandescent bulbs).  Advantages: warm light, many size/shape options, closest substitute to incandescent bulbs, instant on, frequent use does not effect longevity, great for indoor or outdoor use.

CFL bulbs have been around since the late 1990′s but over that time, more and more options have been made available and the color of the light has been perfected.  You will have a hard time distinguishing the difference between incandescent bulbs and CFL bulbs when it comes to their temperature (or color of their light).  If you are looking for a warmer light, be sure to grab those that are marked soft or warm white.  Those with a daylight tone, will be a little bit bluer than traditional.  CFL bulbs cost a little more upfront (about $3-4 dollars per bulb), but the savings will be noticed over the life of the bulb, which are expected to last about 9 years!  Because CFL bulbs are not meant to be turned on and off frequently, it will be best to put these in areas that you typically leave on for a half hour or more at a time; this will ensure the longest life out of each bulb.  A 60 watt equivalent CFL bulb has an estimated yearly energy cost of $1.69 (76% savings over incandescent bulbs).  Advantages: 9 year life expectancy, soft white or daylight options, very energy efficient, widely available, great for all types of indoor and most outdoor conditions, very affordable.

LED bulbs are the most energy efficient and longest lasting replacement for incandescent lights!  LED bulbs are expected to last 15-25 years and for this reason are great for hard-to-reach fixtures indoors or out.  They will light up instantly and are typically dimmable down to 20% of their output.  Most individuals feel that these have a blue-tint to their light, since LED Christmas lights had long been this way, but today’s technology offers LED bulbs for inside the house that are a soft white tone and will blend well with other lights that you have installed.  Their life expectancy is not effected by frequent or quick use, so installing LED bulbs in high traffic areas is recommended.  The only limitation to LED is that certain sizes and shapes have yet to reach the retail shelf, but as they grow in popularity they will be available soon!  A 60 watt equivalent LED bulb has an estimated yearly energy cost of $1.14 (85% savings over incandescent bulbs).  Advantages: 20 year life expectancy, longevity not compromised by quick or frequent on/off use, soft white color, great for indoor or outdoor use, cool burning, the most energy efficient option.

Be sure to stop in to our Housewares Department if you have any questions.  Our knowledgeable sales clerks are here to make this transition easier for you.  If you would like to read more about each option, here are a couple great links to more information.

FAQ’s published by the NPR staff on LED and CFL bulbs

NPR’s Guide to Changing Light Bulbs