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Garden Supplies Every Gardener Should Own

Monday, May 18th, 2020

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With the spring season in full bloom, gardening is becoming a common past time. Even more so for those who are self-isolating at home and want a beautiful garden to enjoy while they wait out the lockdown. While gardening can be fun and relaxing, not having the proper tools and materials can make the process less pleasant and even difficult or frustrating. In order to have a successful, peaceful gardening experience, be sure to get proper garden supplies to help you out. Take a look below at some of the gardening products every gardener should own, and come get yours from Louie’s ACE Home Center!

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Garden Footwear and Clothing

One of the most essential gardening tools you’ll use over and over again is gloves. Proper gardening gloves are usually made from leather or synthetic material such as nitrile. These gloves are durable and thick, and are designed to prevent thorns or sharp stems from causing injuries to your hands. So, you can see just how important gloves are when it comes to gardening. And remember, the type of gardening you’re doing, such as pruning or planting, will help you determine which gloves will work best for your project. Fortunately, our friendly staff is always happy to help you make the best choice. 

Another product that avid gardeners swear by are clog/waterproof shoes. Clogs are quite common because they are easy to slip on and off, and are quite smooth, making them easy to clean. However, any waterproof shoe will be beneficial to someone working away in the garden. Beware, as you’re gardening your shoes are going to get wet and dirty, regardless of how hard you try to avoid it. So, be sure to wear proper footwear to prevent ruining a good pair of shoes.   

Garden Seats and Kneelers

If you plan on gardening often and in rough terrain, then a garden seat or garden kneeler could save your body a lot of aches and pains. Kneeling on hard surfaces or in dirt or rocks can take a heavy toll on your knees and other parts of your body. And continuously exposing your body to this sort of pain can have serious consequences later in life. Luckily, garden seats and kneelers are there to prevent such problems. They provide an adequately cushioned spot for you to rest your knees or bottom on so that you don’t have to feel the repercussions later. 

Garden Tools

Gardening usually requires a delicate touch and careful hands. Remember, your plants are living things and they need to be handled with proper care. Unlike your typical shovels and rakes which are often too large to use in a garden, gardening hand tools are made much smaller and with a more specific purpose in mind. Any gardener should be equipped with the following hand tools:

Some other gardening tools that you must have are a wheelbarrow for transferring dirt and other debris, and a gardening tool belt or supply cart. A supply cart helps keep all your gardening tools organized and out of the elements for better storage and easy clean-up. 

Planting Accessories

Some planting accessories such as edging, mulch and markers are crucial to a successful garden. Edging helps keep mulch and plants in one secluded area and helps prevent overgrowth and weeds from penetrating your garden. Also, edging can help give your garden and your yard a clean, polished look. Mulch is used to cover the soil of your garden and acts as a protective layer that keeps soil cool, moist and unharmed by weeds and pests. Also, mulch can be used to make your garden look more appealing and some mulches even give vital nutrients to the soil underneath. Lastly, consider using markers in your garden to label all the different plants and to keep track of their growing habits and needs. The markers we’re talking about are stakes you put in the ground that have a sign on the top which you can use to write down your plant information on. 

Seeds and Plants

Gardening would be nothing without the plants, so be sure to stock up on seeds and any plants that you may want to plant into the ground! Often, seeds and plants are separated into two groups; annual and perennial. Annual plants need to be planted annually, meaning with each new season, you’re going to need to replant the same plants if you want them back in your garden. Perennials, however, only need to be planted once and the plants will regrow on their own in the next season. So, be sure you know the difference between annual and perennial plants, and get the ones that will work best for you!

Watering and Irrigation Supplies

And lastly, be sure to gather an adequate amount of watering and irrigation supplies. Plants need water in order to grow and live, but too much water can be problematic as well. Watering hoses and nozzles with different spray settings are always recommended, but be sure to give your plants the necessary irrigation required to keep them healthy and thriving.

Get Your Garden Supplies from Louie’s Home Center

If you’re getting ready to spruce up your garden but need some supplies to get you started, head on over to Louie’s ACE Home Center! As Fallon’s hardware store specialists, we’re confident in our products and our ability to guide you through your next DIY or home project. So, take a look at some of our garden supplies, or connect with us to get some advice or help with your next project!

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The Best Time of Year to Tackle DIY Projects

Friday, March 13th, 2020

When it comes to taking on new DIY projects, timing is everything. It can make the difference between your project being a success or a total flop. For example, you wouldn’t want to start renovating your landscaping if there was snow on the ground because it would cause too many problems. Like this scenario, you could be faced with many issues by choosing to tackle a DIY project at the wrong time. So, take a look below to see when the best time of the year is to start your next DIY job. 

Interior DIY Projects 

The time in which you take on interior projects isn’t as dependent on weather inclemencies since your home shields you from the outdoors. However, weather can still affect interior projects in a variety of ways. For instance, tools or materials may cost less at a certain time of the year, and temperature often impacts the overall outcome of certain projects as well. So, take a look below at a few interior projects and suggestions for the best time to get them done.

Interior Painting: Fall/Early Winter

Interior painting can really be done at any time, but the fall and early winter are the best times to refresh your home’s old indoor paint. Colder temperatures could help to cure your paint more quickly, but be weary of drastically low temperatures as they can affect the quality of the paint and prevent proper drying. Also, if you do decide you need some assistance, painting professionals are usually slower in the colder months and may even offer special deals during this time.

New Flooring: Spring    

When it comes to installing new flooring in your home, the spring is the best time to have it done. That’s because hardwood floors don’t react well to hot and humid climates. These types of environments can cause the wood finish to cure too quickly which results in the sheen drying improperly. Instead, try installing floors when it’s a bit cooler out. 

Kitchen Updates: Summer

Kitchen updates such as painting, installing new cabinets, or redoing the countertops are best done in the summer months, but this may depend on your specific lifestyle. Because most people utilize their kitchens frequently during the holidays, winter isn’t a good time to start a major kitchen renovation. However, summer may be a good time to do this because you’re able to grill food outside and typically aren’t limited to only being indoors. 

Exterior DIY Projects 

Exterior DIY projects need to be done during optimal weather conditions. If it’s snowing, raining, or freezing outside, your project will likely be ruined by the poor weather. In order to prevent an avoidable disaster, try to plan exterior projects around your climate. So, take a look below to see when is the best time to take on various exterior projects. 

Deck: Early Winter 

In order to have your deck finished in time to use it for the spring season, you should start building it by early winter. Fortunately, if you do need some assistance, contractors are less busy during this time of the year and you may be able to save money on materials such as wood. Because it’s generally pretty cold and wet during the winter months, most people don’t enjoy being outside too much, so you also won’t be disrupting any outdoor events you may have planned. And, believe it or not, the cold, cloudy weather you typically experience in early winter is perfect for helping pressure-treated wood dry and reduces the risk of warping or splitting.

Landscaping: Spring

You want to refresh your yard right before it gets too warm out. So, the best time to start a landscaping project where you plant shrubs, trees, plants, or grass, is in the spring. This will give your plants the best chance to grow and acclimate to their new environment. 

Exterior Painting: Summer

Exterior paint is best applied in the summer months. The type of paint used for the exterior of homes perform better when there is less temperature changes between night and day. This will allow for proper drying to occur and results in a better appearance. 

Get Prepared for Your DIY Project with Louie’s Home Center

At Louie’s Home Center, our expert staff members can easily help you find the right tools and hardware needed to complete your project. Here, we’ll use our knowledge and experience to guide you in the right direction and get you through your project at each phase. Whether you’re looking for the best hammer or the best power tool, our team is here to help. Connect with us today or shop our products to learn more! 

How to Prepare Your Spring Garden During Winter

Tuesday, February 25th, 2020

While it’s too cold to actually start gardening in winter, this is the perfect time to start planning for your spring garden. And of course you could simply buy seeds, soil, and other gardening tools right before you decide it’s time to plant. However, planning for your spring garden in the winter will help you create the best garden you’ve ever had. You’ll be better prepared, better equipped, and more confident in your gardening abilities. So, check out some of these helpful tips for planning your spring garden in the middle of winter.  

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During Winter, Start Preparing for Your Spring Garden

To get the most beautiful garden, you should start preparing yourself and your yard during the winter months. Start by assessing the weather you’ve had this past winter. Was it colder than normal? Did it snow more than it typically does in your area? Is it more mild than usual? All of these things may affect the longevity of your plants life and should be dealt with before you start gardening. If it’s especially cold this winter, you’ll need to take extra precautions to protect your plants from freezing temperatures. 

Also be sure to assess the area you intend to plant your garden. Look for any damage to your yard that may need to be fixed before you start digging your gardening tools into the ground.

Order Seed Catalogs and Get Your Gardening Tools

Gathering all of your materials, such as seed catalogs and gardening tools, will help get you excited about your future garden. Since it’s still too cold out to begin planting right away, having the tools you need before hand are a good way to start the process. Also keep in mind that seed catalogs provide a great advantage to gardeners. Using seed catalogs to find the plants you’ll use in your garden will usually ensure that you’re getting high-quality seeds. And don’t forget to stop by Louie’s ACE Home Center for all of your gardening tools! We have a great selection to choose from and our friendly staff is always happy to help our customers find the right tools for their projects.

gardening toolsConsider Using Cold Frames

Cold frames are very popular in areas, such as Reno, that experience severe cold weather. They’re transparent-roofed enclosures that are built low to the ground and help protect plants from excessive cold or wet weather. The transparent roof allows sunlight to enter while also effectively trapping in heat. The roofs can be taken on and off and are perfect for controlling temperatures and climate that your plant will have to endure. Essentially cold frames help the gardener extend their growing season.

Perform a Seed Germination Test

A seed germination test will help you determine if the seeds you’re using for your garden will produce thriving, beautiful flowers and plants or not. To do this, start by taking a few seeds from the package and planting them in small pots. Next, place those pots in conditions that will most likely make your seeds germinate. Lastly, watch them as they grow to determine whether or not they grow healthy sprouts.

Check Your Grow Zone and Pick Your Plants 

After all of the prep-work you’ve completed, you’re finally ready to start planning your garden and picking out your plants! This is easily the most fun part of the preparation process and will help to bring your garden to life – literally. Be sure to check the grow zone of the area you live in. This will help you determine which plants will do better in the type of living condition they’ll be in. This tool will help your garden thrive, and prevents you from having to buy more seeds and other gardening materials later on.

Connect with Louie’s Home Center to Get Your Gardening Tools!

At Louie’s Home Center, we have a wide variety of gardening tools available. From soil and fertilizer, to shovels and rakes, we have just about everything you need to get the garden of your dreams. Our knowledgeable staff is always willing to guide you in the right direction when you come into visit. Connect with us today!

5 Benefits of DIY Projects for Your Home

Monday, November 25th, 2019

DIY projects have become increasingly popular among people of all ages and skill levels. There’s nothing like the feeling you get after completing a task that you worked hard to finish. And not only are hands-on DIY activities fun, but they also provide added benefits for your mind, body, and even your wallet. Here are some benefits of DIY projects that may get you excited about tackling your next project all on your own. 

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Help Reduce Stress and Improve Your Mood

Being engaged in a DIY project can give you a sense of pleasure and satisfaction. Finishing a DIY project can help you feel accomplished and happy with your hard work and dedication, and leaves you with something you can be proud to show off. A 2016 study done by Occupational Therapy International showed that participants of the study who took part in creative activities, including DIY projects, felt a boost in mood and happiness. 

Another benefit DIY projects can have on your mental health is that it helps reduce stress and anxiety. Focusing on a hands-on project can help you disengage from any life stressors you may be facing. Some even consider DIY projects to be “meditative”. This comes from the similarities people feel between hands-on projects and meditation such as deep concentration and heightened awareness. 

Teaches You a New Skill 

Diving right into a DIY project can provide you with an opportunity to learn a new skill and sharpen your mind. Because DIY projects require you to use your hands, you’ll be able to learn new techniques and methods to put something together. This could also help you with future projects and you can even teach others how to use those skills as well. And if you find that you really enjoyed the activity, you can turn it into a fun hobby or even sell your work.

Allows You to Spend More Time with Family

DIY projects are a great way to spend more time with your family. Kids will not only feel involved, but will also be learning new things as well. And having some helping hands could make the project go more smoothly, and will speed up the process to give you a finished product sooner than anticipated. Quite often families will form strong bonds while working on hands-on projects together that you can’t get from other activities. 

Helps Save You Money

This benefit is fairly self-explanatory, but you’ll end up saving money by working on projects yourself as opposed to paying someone else to it. You’ll also be able to add personal touches that professionals wouldn’t normally include. Not only do you get to save money on labor by putting something together yourself, but you’ll also feel a sense of pride and accomplishment from doing it yourself.

Allows You to be More Active

Some DIY projects require some manual labor, but this can actually be a great form of exercise for some. It can be more fun than going to the gym, and you’ll be rewarded in the end with a finished product created all on your own. Imagine the sweat you’ll work up from ripping out the floors in your home or even repainting an entire room. And if you need to keep the exercise to a minimum, you can find more simple DIY projects to take part in.

Connect with the Experts at Louie’s ACE Hardware

There’s no better place to get DIY advice other than Louie’s Ace Hardware. Their team will not only help you find the right items  to use for your project, but they can also provide you with insider tips and knowledge to help your project go more smoothly. Louie’s ACE Home Center has an extensive selection of hardware tools and equipment that are essential to any DIY project. Now that you know the benefits of DIY projects, see how Louie’s products and knowledgeable team will help benefit your next project. Connect with us today!

Home Maintenance Checklist

Thursday, October 10th, 2019

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.

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Regular Maintenance 

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. 

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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:

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:

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:

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:

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!

 

8 Tips For Updating Kitchen Cabinets

Tuesday, August 13th, 2019

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. 

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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.

 

Gardening Products: Making This Spring Beautiful

Friday, April 26th, 2019

Gardening toolsSpring 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.

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.

Get Started

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.

Tips for Painting Walls

Tuesday, March 5th, 2019

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.

Clean

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 MatchPaint Chips

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.

Paint tips:

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. 

Contact Us

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.

 

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