We have sure gotten a glimpse of winter the past 3 days, brrr! As the weather gets colder, it is now time to get our homes ready for winter. For each of us, this means different things. Here are some of the most common ways people winterize their homes and we will share them with you below...

1.) Insulate windows to reduce heat loss and to keep certain room more comfortable.

2.) Insulate pipes to prevent freezing/bursting water lines.

3.) Close off hose spigots and drain garden hoses to prevent damage and avoid bursting pipes.

4.) Maintenance furnace and/or radiators to ensure peck performance when the days are the coldest.

5.) Seal gaps and cracks around the home to prevent drafts from entering the home especially around windows and doors.

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By the time fall rolls around, we are often tired of spending time on our lawns. However, by completing a few simple steps this fall, you will have a stronger, greener lawn next spring! Here is what we suggest:

Remove leaves quickly: It is important to keep up with leaf removal on your lawn. Too many leaves will prevent sunlight and air from reaching your grass, which is especially a problem when you are reseeding or over-seeding. Be sure to rake leaves frequently and dispose of according to your township’s recycling efforts. By the time winter comes around and your grass is going into dormancy, you will want to get the remainder of the leaves off your lawn. Large amounts of leaves left on your grass will often mean that you are res...

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Many of our lawns are nearing their one or two last cuts of the year. For myself, this means that I want to finish my last cut and then push the lawn mower to the back of the garage and forget about it! Unfortunately, doing so without first properly winterizing your lawn mower, means that you could damage parts and find your mower impossible to start come spring. So, now is a great time to consider what needs done before you store your mower for winter. Here, we provide some suggestions…

Use fuel stabilizer on your final fill-up: If you are in need of some more gasoline this season to run your outdoor yard tools, then we would recommend adding fuel stabilizer to the gasoline. This additive will help keep the fuel good for up to 2 y...

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Here is a question that we have received quite a bit recently... what do I do with old fire extinguishers so that I can dispose of them properly?

Fire extinguishers are dated with an expiration date about 10 years after you buy them and, as a result, many of us have 1 or 2 of these old fire extinguishers sitting around the house. Unfortunately, disposing of them is not as easy as tossing them in the trash. You must first discharge them! Here are our recommendations.

#1. Go to a unused, or "scrappy", area of your yard and discharge the fire extinguisher as you would normally. Fire extinguishers are filled with sodium bicarbonate, which is the whitish material that blankets the would-be fire. This foamy material will vanish in time, so if yo...

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We are asked everyday, what is the best way to clean a barbecue grill? The answer will vary slightly depending on the grill and how dirty it truly is. Regardless, you will want to maintain a clean grill so that you may prevent flare-ups, get more even cooking temperatures, and extend the life of your cooking grates and grill components. Here are some tips that we have compiled, followed by a helpful video from Weber regarding how to clean one of their gas grills!

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Grub are here and they are hungry! Over the past couple of weeks, we have started getting questions regarding grub damage and how best to remedy the situation. In this article we focus on how you can diagnose and treat a lawn effected by grubs.

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I hate to say it, but winter is not too far from us. It won’t be long before colder temperatures set in on us and we begin to reach for the ice melters and rock salt. Now is a prefect time to begin thinking about whether or not you would like to seal your concrete and natural stone surfaces before the winter. If you plan on doing this work, August and September are great times to start the process and to clean those surfaces so that they can be sealed in time before winter.

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Step 1 – Clean: Before sealing an exterior surface, you want to make sure that it is clean and dry and these hotter months of the summer are a prefect time to do so. We have many different options in our store when it comes to cleaning the surfaces, including pressure washers and spray or scrub cleaners. The most popular one in our store is the Olympic Deck Cleaner, which can also be used on concrete and other natural stone surfaces outside to quickly take them from dark and dirty to clean and brilliant! (Just take a look at the before and after photos to the right from my own walkway).

Step 2 – Seal: Once the surfaces are clean and thoroughly dry, then you are ready to seal! Sealing these porous surfaces before the winter will help prevent damage due to salt and ice melter usage. Sealant will also inhibit stains from gasoline, oil, yard debris, and more. This really is a necessary step in making sure that your concrete (or other stone surface) stays in good condition, year-after-year. For more detailed information on concrete and stone sealers, please reference our blog article from September 2014, or stop by our Paint department where we are always willing and able to help you with all of your questions!

Thanks for reading everyone. We hope that you are having a great end to your summer!


Derek Satterfield

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Developed right here in Pittsburgh from the Bactronix Corp is another fascinating and highly effective product! This one is specifically targeted for bed bugs and other hard-to-kill insects. It's appropriately called BactroBUG. To introduce this product, we would like to focus on 3 of its greatest benefits:

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