Monthly Archives: May 2016

Paint Mixing

A very important service that we offer here at Charlie’s Hardware that is sometimes overlooked is our Paint Mixing.

Whether you are starting from scratch, trying something new, or breathing new life into an old color our Paint Department can find the color you want, and mix it right on site.  Here’s a really neat story a client shared with us:

  “I was refurbishing an antique piece of furniture from right around the World War I era a couple summers ago.  I knew that the old, flaking paint needed to be removed and re-painted.  I wasn’t very concerned with removing the paint, but I wanted to maintain the original historical look of the piece as much as possible.  I’m not a big painter by any means but I knew Charlie’s sold paint so I figured I’d go in and see what I could come up with.

  I brought a small piece with the original paint on it and low and behold; not only was the lady at the paint center very helpful, but she matched the paint EXACTLY on the first mix!  It absolutely made my day and made my project complete.

  I get all my painting materials at Charlie’s now; the expert advice on paint tools, types of paint and just their overall expertise will keep me coming back!!”

Paints in all sizes, Stains, brushes, rollers, and much, much more can all be found in our Paint Department.  Stop by and see for yourself how we can help YOU!!

Protect Your Engine Against Ethanol

One of the easiest ways to maintain your outdoor power equipment for seasons to come is by putting the best fuel into it. Fuel begins degrading almost as soon as you pump it. As fuel breaks down, gums and varnishes are formed that can stick intake valves and clog fuel lines and carburetor jets, resulting in severe starting problems.

Protect your small engine against Ethanol: Ethanol blended fuels account for nearly 90% of all fuel sold in the US. Ethanol-blended gas is especially prone to deterioration, leading to rust in the fuel tank, corrosion, gum build-up, and even severe engine damage. This is reflected in performance, yielding starting issues and rough running. Here’s why:

    • Ethanol-based fuels attract moisture, which eventually separates from the fuel
    • A layer of ethanol-enriched water forms at the bottom of the tank, which is highly corrosive for engine parts
    • Gum and varnish forms as the fuel breaks down, resulting in stuck intake valves, clogged fuel lines and carburetor jets
    • Fuel can go stale in 30 days or less

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Using a quality Fuel Stabilizer like Briggs & Stratton Advanced Fuel Treatment & Stabilizer, Seafoam, or StarTron can also help prevent the harmful effects of Ethanol.

Scotts 4-Step Program Step 2: Weed Control plus Lawn Food

You’ve successfully completed your first application in the Scotts 4-Step Program, Scotts Step 1, Crabgrass Preventer plus Lawn Food.  See?  That wasn’t so bad now, was it?  Now on to Step 2!

Step 2 is very important as it’s the Weed Control plus Lawn Food portion of the Scotts 4-Step Program.  You will want to apply Step 2 in late Spring, between April & June, but no less than 30 days after Step 1 is applied.  Now while you were able to apply Step 1 to dry grass, it’s best to apply Step 2 to a moistened lawn.  Just give it a thorough watering or apply it when the dew is on the grass.  This will help the particles stick to the grass.

Scotts Step 2 will help kill those pesky dandelions, clover, and other broadleaf weeds.  At the same time it feeds your healthy grass to build thick turf from the roots up.

Next time we’ll discuss Scotts Step 3 in the hot summer months.  And don’t forget to check out other tips & tricks in our Lawn Care Sections in the News Room.

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