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Being a homeowner is a job in itself. Homes require regular maintenance in order to properly function and provide the protection you need. Luckily, keeping a routine of regular maintenance can help ease the workload throughout the year. Here’s our helpful home maintenance checklist to help ensure you don’t miss a thing.
These are home improvements that can be done at any time of the year and should be done regularly to ensure they remain functioning properly. Be sure to check these things between every month and every few months.
- Check the furnace filter and replace if necessary. Replacing furnace filters that have dust build-up will help the furnace work more efficiently and improve heat and energy bills.
- Check to make sure that outdoor and indoor air vents are not blocked.
- Drain hot water from the water heater to flush out sediment build up.
- Grind up ice cubes in the garbage disposal, followed by hot water and baking soda to clean the garbage disposal.
- Test smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, and fire extinguishers. Replace batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors when necessary.
- Inspect tub and sink drains for clogs. Unclog them if necessary.
- Vacuum lint from dryer vent.
Seasonal Fall Maintenance
Fall is a great time to take on general home maintenance projects because of the moderate temperatures and dry weather. Start your home maintenance checklist by first inspecting the interior and exterior of your home, then, get started. Here are some things you can do to help prepare your home for the colder weather:
- Remove leaves and debris from gutters and downspouts.
- Drain and insulate exterior plumbing before winter.
- Drain and store hoses along with in-ground sprinkler systems.
- Wrap insulation around outdoor faucets and pipes in unheated garages/basements.
- Rake leaves, aerate lawn, plant seeds. September and October are the best fall months to start growing new grass because it isn’t too hot or too cold out.
- Check masonry and mend cracks and gaps in the driveway and walkway.
- Check exterior door hardware and fix any squeaky handles or loose locks.
- Inspect roofing for missing, loose, or damaged shingles and for any leaks.
- Repair or replace exterior siding.
- Check fireplace for damage and clean the fireplace flues. Have a professional inspect your fireplace for hazards.
- Have a professional inspect heating systems.
- Vacuum refrigerator and freezer coils and empty and clean drip trays.Trim tree limbs. Damaged limbs, or limbs that are close to your home and could cause damage or is causing damage.
Seasonal Winter Maintenance
It’s important that you adequately prepare for the winter season. The last thing you want happening is a burst pipe or a heating unit that doesn’t work properly. Here’s a list of things you’ll want to check before the cold weather takes over:
- Cover your air conditioning unit.
- Protect your patio furniture by covering it or moving it to a covered space.
- Get a humidifier to improve your home’s air quality during the dry season.
- Reverse ceiling fans so that they circulate clockwise.
- Seal cracks and gaps in windows and doors with caulk or weather stripping.
- Check that air vents are not blocked.
- Stock up on salt and sand in case of severe weather and snow storms.
Seasonal Spring Maintenance
This is the perfect time to get your home back to looking its best. Hopefully by this time the weather has calmed down and you can get your home back in order. It’s time to welcome the warmer weather and prepare your home for the heat. Use this spring home maintenance checklist as a guide:
- Remove the cover you placed over your air conditioning unit and replace the filter.
- Again, you’ll want to check for any damaged, missing, or loose roof shingles and for leaks. The harsh winter weather can cause damage to the roof easily, so be sure to check this and have necessary repairs made promptly.
- Clean window and door screens.
- Remove insulation from outdoor faucets and exterior plumbing.
- Inspect sprinkler heads.
- Plant grass seed, fertilize and aerate your lawn. Spring is also a good time to get this done because the weather isn’t too hot or too cold.
- Clean out gutters and downspouts of debris and leaves.
- Polish wood furniture and dust light fixtures.
- Inspect your home’s windows and doors for caulking or weather stripping that may need to be replaced.
- Check air vents and make sure they are clear.
- Have a professional inspect the septic tank and perform any work that may be necessary.
- Check your chimney for damage.
Seasonal Summer Maintenance
You want to do as much maintenance as you can before summer really hits so you can make the most out of the hot weather and long days. Most of the necessary home improvement projects for the summer season can be done in the spring. Here’s some things you can tackle in the summer:
- Oil door hinges including garage door opener and chain.
- Clean your kitchen’s exhaust fan filter.
- Prune trees and shrubs.
- Replace faucet and shower heads for the interior and exterior if necessary.
- Check around the kitchen and bathrooms for any leaks.
- Seal tile grout.
- Protect your home against bugs and other pests.
Connect With Louie’s ACE Hardware
Louie’s Ace Hardware has all the tools you’ll need to complete any home improvement project you want to tackle. Our highly knowledgeable staff are happy to help you find the best tool to use in your DIY project, and can help guide you in the right direction to a successful home improvement job. Connect with us today, or view our products list!
Are your kitchen cabinets outdated or in need of sprucing up? Keeping up with all the new kitchen trends of the year can be difficult and expensive. That’s why we’ve come up with these helpful tips for updating kitchen cabinets in your home.
Revamping your kitchen cabinets with a few small changes and a little elbow grease will help keep costs low and will give you a new look tailored to fit you. It’s easier than you think to get the kitchen you’ve always wanted.
Remove Those Cabinet Doors
For closed off kitchens that feel a little cramped, you might want to consider removing your cabinet doors. Switching to an open shelving layout will really open up your entire kitchen making it seem bigger. This is also a very easy process and can be accomplished with your typical household tools.
Install Roll Out Shelving
If you’re updating kitchen cabinets in your home, do yourself a big favor and add roll out shelving. This built in feature will help with the functionality of your kitchen. Roll out shelves make searching for tupperware, pots, and whatever else you may have stored away, much easier. And maneuvering through your kitchen will be a breeze with these added shelves from The Container Store.
Paint Goes A Long Way
Adding a layer of paint to your kitchen cabinets can change the entire look of your kitchen, and it’s super simple to do. You can be as creative as you’d like with paint and it will really add some personality to your kitchen.
White will help make your kitchen feel bigger and less crowded. Bright colors can add a personal touch and make your kitchen feel more fun. And keep in mind that you don’t have to stick with just one color either. Paint is a simple way to enhance your existing cabinets, without breaking the bank.
Keep in mind the type of paint you use for painting your cabinets. It’s best to avoid matte finishes that will be difficult to clean up. We recommend using a semi-gloss, gloss, or satin finish because they’re easy to clean and the enamel is more durable.
Enhance Your Lighting
Adding task lighting or uplighting can really enhance the functionality of your kitchen. Sometimes the overhead light doesn’t give you sufficient illumination, leaving you to work in dark conditions. Under-cabinet task lighting is practical and will not only help you focus on what’s directly in front of you, but it can help light up the entire room. And you can even add a light dimmer to adjust the brightness based on your needs.
Add Storage To The Backside Of Cabinets
When updating kitchen cabinets in your home, keep in mind that the backside of cabinet doors are full of potential. They’re perfect for adding extra storage to your cabinets without all the clutter. And if you’re limited on space, this is even more essential to have in your kitchen.
The Container Store offers over-the-door lid holders and baskets to store pot lids and other items such as soap, sponges, or even bakeware. Along with the lid holders and baskets, you can add small shelves to the back for hiding spices. Utilizing the backside of your cabinets will alleviate your space saving problems with little effort to you.
Replace Door Fronts With Glass or Chicken Wire
If you’re wanting to change up your cabinet doors but don’t want to spend money buying new ones, try replacing the door fronts with something innovative and different. Adding glass or chicken wire to your cabinets will give you a new look without the cost of purchasing new cabinet doors. They also add personality to your kitchen and you can use colorful dishes to decorate with.
Change Out Those Dated Knobs/Handles
Replacing old knobs and handles is a simple change, but it can really make your kitchen more appealing. Comfortable and easy to use handles or knobs will make your kitchen more practical for you. And, they can enhance the look of your cabinet doors. You can choose between round knobs, decorative knobs, long handles, shorter handles. The possibilities really are endless, and this is a very easy change to make.
Add Adhesive Backing
Peel-and-stick adhesive wallpaper is cheap and easy to apply. Adding this to the back of your cabinets can really give a fun flair to your cabinets that is unique to your kitchen. And you can buy them in just about any color and any pattern you could imagine.
Let The Experts At Louie’s ACE Home Center Help
If you’re in the process of updating kitchen cabinets in your home, stop by Louie’s Ace Hardware for some help. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff can assist you with products or tools that may make your cabinet renovation much easier. If you have a question about our products, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 775.423.7008! Connect with Louie’s Ace Home Center today.
Spring is around the corner and that means warm weather and a lot of sunlight. This is the time when flowers and plants are coming into full bloom. If you are an avid gardener or a beginner, it’s not too late to plant a beautiful garden you can enjoy. All you need are your gardening products, a good area to plant, and some TLC. Make this spring and summer beautiful with an array of different plants!
Basic Gardening Products
One of the most important parts of gardening is your gardening products. If you have the right materials you will be able to go far in your hobby. Some of the basic tools and products you might need are a spade, rake, garden knife, and shovel. These are just the basic essentials but you might consider other gardening products to make life easier.
- Mini pruners: helps cut smaller things in your garden without carrying around too much weight.
- Padded Kneeler: There are a few options regarding these products. One such turns from a kneeler into a little bench you can sit at. There are also smaller options that are a type of memory foam mat.
- 3 Way Meter: This invention tells you exactly everything you need to know about your plants. Get feedback on PH levels, light intensity, and soil moisture. This lets you quickly fix anything that might be bad for your garden.
- Drip Kit: If you are forgetful or don’t feel like going out every day to water your plants, having a drip kit is for you.
- Chemical Free Weeder: Sometimes it is easier not to get down and dirty, which is where this invention comes in handy. With a Chemical free weeder, all you have to do is spike the ground where the weed is and pull it out.
Tips for starting a Garden
Now you know what type of gardening products you might need, here are a few tips to get you on your way. First, find the perfect location to set up your garden. Decide if you want a regular yard garden or if you want a raised bed garden. This is important because there are different soils for each type. Secondly, make sure the site you decide on gets plenty of sun and water. Just like us, plants need these things to survive and grow beautifully. Lastly, make sure you understand what plants will work for the climate you are living in. Better to not waste your time and energy for a plant that won’t grow where you live.
There are many places to get the gardening products and tools you will need. Amazon has a good amount of fun and unique products which will enhance your garden. Also, check out Louie’s ACE Hardware store for more gardening products! We offer ACE hardware rentals for your lawn care needs such as batchers, aerators, high-weed mowers, and weed whackers.
Give us a call today with any of your questions about gardening and more.
As the seasons change, you might realize you need a different look in your home. A room can lose its luster when it has old paint or wallpaper on it. A proper coat of paint can truly light up a room. This can pair with any style you might like and there are many fun things you can do with paint. For a first timer, things can get confusing which is why we composed a list of tips for painting walls.
You might not realize, but like anything else, walls can get dirty. In most cases, they are left without being cleaned for years (who has that kind of time). As you plan to create a new look in your home the first step is to wipe down those walls. You can remove dirt/lint/dust with a tack cloth. After grabbing a bucket, water, and a cleaner give your wall a well-deserved wipe down. Give your walls a chance to air dry by removing all outlet and light switch covers. Lastly, we don’t want you to get anything on your furniture, make sure to cover anything and everything!
Find a Perfect Match
We all have different styles and ideas of how our houses should look. One of the most important tips for painting walls is making sure you get the right paint. Most hardware stores have services to match your paint. Along with getting the right color to know the difference between oil and water based paints, use denatured alcohol on a rag to wipe existing paint. If paint comes off on the rag the paint is water based. If there is no residue that comes off then you will have an oil based paint.
When you think about paint in a house I’m sure your first thoughts are different colors or plain neutral color. The last thing on your mind is about the different sheens incorporated into colors. This feature is actually very important for certain areas in your house. It either brightens and enhances how your wall looks, giving more detail (shinier sheen). Flat paint is good for a low traffic room such as bedrooms and hallways.
Rollers & Brushes
Paint is definitely needed in order to paint a house. However, the tools to apply the product are also extremely important. Having quality materials can help decrease streaks and help apply a smoother finish. When buying your materials, it is better to buy more. The reason is you will spend less time cleaning rollers and less money on running water. If you need a break once you start painting, cover your brush or roller with plastic bags and keep them in the fridge. This will keep the paint fresh and ready to use once you start your project again. Once the project is finally finished, store your brushes in a plastic baggie. This way the next time you use them they won’t be dried out.
Don’t be fooled, taking on a painting project can be exciting. However, it is a long process and knowing some tips for painting walls will help make this adventure a little easier. First, use low odor and VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) paints for a safer environment for you and your family. When you finally choose a color make sure to use contrasting trims to make the room pop. Also, if you are using dark paints make sure you let the wall dry for 6 hours between coats. This way you won’t rewet the paint causing streaks and patches to happen during your next coat. Lastly, make sure to save some of your paint for future touch-ups throughout your house.
Looking for a paint match or materials in order to paint your home? Check out Fallon’s local hardware store, Louie’s Ace Hardware. We will have everything you need to get you started on your next project! We offer ACE hardware rentals such as paint sprayers and fixture sprayers for your painting project.
Winter has come, but it’s never too late to pick up the essentials. Louie’s ACE Home Center has all of the tools, heaters, and more to get you through the season. Check out our list to see if you have all of the necessary winter home essentials!
Indoor & Outdoor Heating
Living in Reno, Nevada, you’re never really sure what the winter will bring. For the days where the temperature is below freezing and dumping snow, our vent-free stoves are the perfect addition to your home. They are easy to install and bring all of the beauty and warmth of a fireplace to your home without the maintenance.
For the warmer winter days (aka anything over 45 degrees), our outdoor fire pits are a must-have! You and your friends can gather around the fire pit, roast marshmallows, and enjoy the “warm” winter’s night.
Snow shovels are the go-to home essential during those winter storms. There are three types of snow shovels, and each of them has a specific function.
Plastic Shovels: Plastic snow shovels are an excellent choice if you are looking for something that is easy to use and lightweight. A common misconception about plastic snow shovels is that they’re flimsy, but in actuality, they are able to hold and dispose of snow better than a metal snow shovel. Because plastic shovels can become worn down over time (depending on how much it snows in your area), it is recommended that you don’t use this shovel to scrape ice.
Steel Shovels: If you are looking for a shovel that will last you through several winters, a steel snow shovel is the way to go. They are optimal for scraping both the ice and snow from your driveway and pathway. However, because they are made of steel, these shovels are heavier and require more energy to operate than a plastic or aluminum shovel.
Aluminum Shovels: Aluminum snow shovels are a happy medium between plastic and steel shovels. While they are more durable than plastic shovels and much lighter than steel shovels, they tend to bend easily. When you are shoveling your driveway or scraping away at the ice, make sure that you aren’t putting in too much force to prevent bending your shovel.
With the temperatures dropping lower and lower, it is time to think about purchasing a standby or a portable generator for your home. Here are a few reasons why you should invest in a generator:
Backup Heater: Nothing is worse than your thermostat deciding to bite the bullet just as the cold weather begins to set in. In this situation, you have the ability to call your local repair service and have them send someone over to fix it. But when you are left without power, a huge concern is how you’re going to keep your family and yourself warm. These are the times when owning a backup generator comes in handy.
Keep Appliances Running: In the event of a power outage, you want to ensure that all of your appliances, primarily your refrigerator, keep running. Purchasing a generator will not only supply power to your home appliances, but also supply power to your home security system, computers, cell phones, and more.
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Winter is in full swing here in Nevada, and we at Louie’s ACE Home Center want to make sure that the residents of Reno are fully prepared for the chilly season. Come on in and grab your winter home essentials!
Winter home maintenance plays a very important role in the protection of your home. With the cold weather that winter brings, comes harsh conditions that can be tough on your house. One of the most difficult things to deal with during the cold months of the year are frozen pipes. Here is a brief guide for protecting your home from the detrimental damages that come from frozen pipes.
How do I prevent pipes from freezing?
The most effective way to prevent your pipes from freezing is to wrap them with foam insulation. It is a good idea to wrap all of the pipes in your home to ensure protection. However, the most important pipes are those that are 6 inches or less from outside walls or are run through areas of the house that are not heated. Make sure that the insulation is wrapped tightly around the pipes to keep out the cold. Also, ensure that the joints are wrapped and taped to ensure protection.
What do I do if the pipes freeze?
If your pipes freeze, you need to try to thaw them as soon as possible. While it is important to unfreeze them quickly, you need to be strategic so the pipes don’t burst. Thawing an area of the pipe too quickly can cause it to burst.
The first step is to open the taps to the frozen lines and turn up the heat in your house. If the pipe is in a room that is not heated, a space heater can be very useful. Then, you will want to start thawing the pipe in sections, starting closest to the faucet. A blow dryer can be the perfect tool for this, it’s just enough heat to thaw the pipe and not too much.
What do I do about a burst pipe?
Shut off the water to your house immediately. If you don’t know where it’s at, I would recommend that you go find it now. Generally, the main water valve is located near a water meter. This is the main source of water into your home and if it is shut off quickly, the damages from a burst pipe will be minimized.
Louie’s ACE Home Center Can Help
Louie’s ACE always has a stock of winter home maintenance supplies and experts to answer your questions. Protect your home this winter and give us a call!
As we are all preparing for the cold by putting away our summer clothes and pulling out our winter clothes, we also need to start preparing our homes for the changing weather. Before it gets too cold, it’s a good idea to do some seasonal maintenance on your home. Performing a few simple maintenance tasks can save you from costly repairs later on. Here are some tips on how to prepare your home for fall and winter:
1. Check Roof, Chimney, & Fireplace
Nobody wants a leaky roof when the rain comes. At the very least, make sure to do a visual inspection of your roof from the ground. Look for missing, loose, or damaged shingles and be sure to replace or repair them. If you can, get a better look at the roof by climbing up there and inspect every shingle. Also, if you have a flat roof, remove any debris to prevent blockage of drains and other damage. You should also check your chimney and fireplace to ensure that they are ready to be used. It is best to hire a professional to inspect and clean your chimney.
2. Clean Out Gutters
It is very important to clean out the gutters before it starts raining. You can hire a company to do this or do it yourself. Either way, leaves, nests, and any debris needs to be removed. In addition, you should check for leaks in the gutters and repair them.
3. Winterize Irrigation System
Preparing your irrigation system early can save you from disaster later. You should drain and check the system prior to the cold season. If you live in a place that gets snow, be sure to mark your sprinkler heads so snow removal equipment doesn’t run them over. It is also wise to bring any hoses inside so they are protected from the cold.
4. Prepare Landscaping
There are many precautionary steps you can take to protect your landscaping from the winter. First, inspect your trees to ensure that they are healthy for the cold weather. You don’t want any tree limbs to fall on your home, car, or power lines. Also, trim back any bushes, shrubs, and flowers as recommended in your climate zone. If you have any plants in flower pots, bring them inside to protect them. It is also very important to fertilize your lawn to prevent damage from the cold and weeds in the spring.
5. Bring Seasonal Furniture Inside
If you have any lawn chairs or other seasonal furniture, it is best to bring those things inside your garage or shed. Remove the cushions and wash them, so they are ready to go. And wipe down the furniture and store it in a dry place.
6. Check for Drafts
Looking for drafts in your home can help you stay warm and save energy this cold season. Check all of your doors and windows by feeling for drafts. If you feel any air coming in, you may need to replace the seals or repair caulking. A great way to check for drafts is to hold a lighted candle near the crack and if the flame flickers, there is probably a draft.
7. Winterize Air Conditioning
No matter what kind of air conditioning system you have, you should prepare it for winter. If you have an outdoor unit, it is best to cover it. Covering the unit protects it from the cold and prevents any water from entering the unit. If you have a window unit, bring it inside so that you can close the window for the fall and winter.
8. Prepare & Inspect the Heating System
Prior to firing up your heating system, perform an inspection or hire a professional to do so. Test for leaks, check the heating efficiency and replace the filters. In addition, it is a good idea to check out all of the vents in your home. Make sure all of the vents aren’t blocked by anything and are free of dust.
9. Inspect Home Safety Devices
Be sure to perform an inspection of all of your home safety devices. Replace the batteries in all of the smoke detectors and carbon monoxide monitors and make sure they are working properly. If you do not already have a carbon monoxide device, I would recommend getting one for your home.
Louie’s ACE Home Center Can Help!
Here at Louie’s ACE Home Center, we know how to prepare your home for fall and winter. Come on by to pick up anything you may need to get your home ready or to ask any question you may have. We are happy to help, so contact us!
Although mason jars were originally created as a means to preserve food, these molded glass jars have a wide range of uses. Over the years, the number of different uses has grown exponentially and will continue to grow. Mason jars have been used in every area of the home, for parties, given as gifts, and so much more. Louie’s ACE Home Center has a great selection of mason jars for all of your home decor needs!
1. Canning Produce & Jams
Canning produce and jams are one of the most popular uses for mason jars. From pickles to peaches, you have the ability to can just about anything. Homemade jams are also a great thing to store in mason jars because they are portable, easy to store, and stay fresh longer.
2. Spice Shaker
Make cooking a breeze with a magnetic spice rack comprised of mini mason jars. To re-create this magnetic spice rack, simply attach a magnet to the top of the mason jar, fill with desired spices, and label it. You can either add a stainless steel piece to any wall in your kitchen or place them on any stainless steel appliance.
3. Desk Organizer
Mason jars can serve as a quick fix for desktop clutter. You can have one mason jar for all of your writing utensils or several depending on your level of organization. Not only is this a great way to de-clutter your workspace, but it also adds a decorative touch!
4. Reusable Soap Dispensers
Ditch the plastic soap dispensers and opt for a homemade mason jar dispenser. It’s an environmentally friendly, inexpensive, and simple way to store and use soap. So rather than purchasing a new soap bottle every couple of months, you can buy a large quantity of soap and refill your jar when it’s running low.
5. Bathroom Storage
Add chic, rustic vibes to your bathroom by building your own bathroom storage unit. All you need is a wooden plank, wood stain, a few mason jars, and metal picture hangers. This is a creative way to decorate and store your bathroom necessities!
6. Herb Garden
Similar to the DIY bathroom storage shelf, you can use this same technique to create your own herb garden! All you will need is a mason jar, wooden plank, metal fixtures, soil, and the herbs of your choice. Simply hang the wooden plank up on the wall, attach the mason jars to the wood with the metal fixtures, and plant your herbs!
7. Floral Centerpieces
Whether you are hosting a party, planning a wedding, or just want to spruce up your home, a floral centerpiece is a go-to choice. Using a mason jar, pick or purchase your favorite flowers and you’re good to go!
8. Drinking Glass
Reusable cups and mugs are the newest trend in drinkware. Mason jars are the best option, the removable lid is ideal for hanging out at home or taking on the go.
9. Snacks To Go
Mason jars are a great way to take snacks on the go! There are endless possibilities for these snacks; they are portable, easy to make and quick. A few of these include salads, parfaits, and overnight oats.
10. Bird Feeder
Building a DIY bird feeder can be a fun and affordable activity for anyone. The best part is you only need a few supplies! You’ll need a mason jar, twine, a round chicken feeder, and birdseed. Once you’ve gathered all of the necessary supplies, you can begin to assemble your bird feeder.
11. DIY Snow Globes
With a few simple supplies, you can create a cute decoration or gift! Using a mason jar, glitter, glycerin drops, water, and your favorite figurine, you can make your own DIY snowglobe. This is a great activity for the kids to do during the holidays.
12. Candy Jars
Once you open a bag of candy, it is always difficult to find a container that will keep it fresh. Mason jars are a great solution to this problem! They come in all different sizes to fit a wide variety of candies and seal in the freshness. In addition, these candy jars are great for parties, gifts, centerpieces, and more!
13. Oil Lamps
Oil lamps are a great way to decorate for an outdoor event or simply to spice up your backyard! All you need is a mason jar, lamp oil, and a cotton wick. Simply fill the jar two-thirds of the way with lamp oil, puncture a hole in the lid, and thread the cotton wick through. Let the wick sit for about an hour and then it is ready to light!
14. Holiday Gifts
Hot chocolate, cupcake and s’mores mix are just a few holiday gift ideas. You can place the ingredients inside of a mason jar, attach a label and a bow and bring it to any holiday party or gift exchange. Your friends and family will love it!
15. Decorative Lighting
Why spend up to hundreds of dollars on outdoor or decorative lighting, when you can make it yourself! Whether you want to string lights, candle holders, or table lighting, a mason jar can help bring your vision to life.
Now that you know all of the uses for mason jars, you’re ready to try them out for yourseld. Louie’s Ace Home Center has a great selection of mason jars, so come on by our store to get your own. Contact us today!