Shop Greenwood Hardware This Saturday, November 28 And Support Your Local Businesses!

Shop Greenwood Hardware This Saturday, November 28 And Support Your Local Businesses!With the holiday season officially upon us, people are going to be whipping out their credit cards and spending money on gifts. This year, your money could go a lot further if you chose to shop local!

There is a countrywide initiative that asks you to shop your local small businesses. These are the people (like all of us here at Greenwood Hardware) who live next door and have built their life in your neighborhood. They shop in the community and contribute locally. It just makes sense you would want to help them out by keeping your money local. Greenwood Hardware is one of those local businesses that has been a fixture in the community for a long time – we love our neighborhood!

Small Business Saturday is one way you can help out your neighbors, and it gives you the chance to find some unique items you normally wouldn’t find in the big box stores or online. Local businesses often buy their supplies locally, which keeps the money in the community. When you shop at the big box stores, your money is fattening the pockets of some corporation in some other city or possibly country.

American Express has partnered with local businesses in communities all across the country for the past five years to promote the Shop Small initiative. You can visit the Shop Small website to find local small businesses that are participating in the Small Business Saturday event in our neighborhood. These local shops will have sales going on that will help you get the biggest bang for your buck while keeping your money right in your own neighborhood. Look for small signs in the window of your local shops to see if they are participating in the event as well. When you choose to shop locally, you are doing something great for your community and the people who live in it. The people you see every day! The people who are there to help out when things are tough or donations are needed. Head into Greenwood Hardware this Saturday, November 28 and shop small! Come on in, or contact us today.

Last Minute Winterizing for Your Seattle Yard

Last Minute Winterizing for Your Seattle YardIt is hard to deny winter is here. The temperatures have dropped, and it won’t be long before we see the temperatures plummet. We may even get some snow again this year, which means you need to prepare—just in case. At Greenwood Hardware, you will find what you need to get ready for winter.

Hoses

It is time to roll up and drain the hoses. This is a simple task. Start at one end of the hose, lift it above your head and walk under all the way down to the opposite end. Roll the hose up and store it in the garage or an outside storage container.

Blowing Out the Lines

If you don’t have an air compressor, you will want to hire a service to blow air through your sprinkler lines. This pushes out any standing water. If water is left in the lines, it could freeze and crack the pipes underground.

Gutter Cleanout

You will want to give the gutters a good cleaning. Remove the leaves and other debris that have been falling for the past month. This will help the gutters function properly and hopefully avoid any damage from gutters being clogged.

Prepare for Snow and Ice

Get a snow shovel, gravel and ice melt stored away now, before you need it. Often, stores will run out of these essentials at the first warning of winter weather (we never would at Greenwood Hardware, though!). You don’t want to have to try to navigate your driveway or front walkway without a snow shovel or ice melt. It is best to be prepared for the weather. If you don’t use it, not a problem! It can sit in the garage for another year.

Yard Cleanup

Now that the leaves have fallen from the trees, it is time to get them off the lawn. You don’t want them sitting on the lawn all winter. You will have a much bigger mess to clean up in the spring, and you could be promoting disease and pest infestation by leaving the leaves to rot all winter. Take advantage of neighborhood yard waste pickup.

As we say goodbye to another long summer, there is much to do to get ready for winter. Staying on top of the cleanup will mean your spring will be much easier. Your lawn will be healthier, and you won’t have to worry about dealing with broken pipes and ruined hoses. Head into Greenwood Hardware today to pick up the supplies you need to get your yard ready for winter. Come on in, or contact us today.

 

Fun Home Projects Using Duct Tape!

Fun Home Projects Using Duct Tape!Duct tape isn’t just for keeping in the garage. It has many uses, including some really fun projects you can do to help make your home a little better. Duct tape isn’t just plain old gray anymore. There are plenty of fun colors and patterns to choose from nowadays that are sure to tickle your fancy. At Greenwood Hardware, you will find just what you need to make your weekend project a huge success.

Check out some of the things you can create using duct tape:

Breast Cancer Awareness Ribbon

This is the perfect month to show your support for breast cancer awareness. Draw a design of a ribbon on some cardboard. Cover the cardboard with pretty pink ribbon. Use a black marker to write the name of a loved one who has been touched by breast cancer somewhere on your new ribbon.

Rain Boots

Make an old pair of boots waterproof with some duct tape. Choose a fun color or pattern and create a pair of zany rain boots out of old boots that are sitting in the back of the closet. The boots will be waterproof and keep your feet dry this cold, wet fall.

Key Lanyard

Choose duct tape that suits your personality or go for some neon color to help you find your keys. Tear off 6 to 12-inch strips of duct tape and carefully fold the strips in on each other to create a flat lanyard. Thread the duct tape lanyard through your key ring and you will have a unique key chain.

Chore Box

Create a fun chore box out of an old shoe box. Wrap the box with your favorite color of duct tape. Cut a hole in the top and fill the box with pieces of paper with various chores written on each piece. You could also make a box filled with inspirational quotes. Each morning, pull out a paper from your box and help inspire your day.

Gift Packaging

Wrap a package with wrapping paper. Use strips of duct tape in place of ribbon. Stick a bow in the center and you not only have a pretty package, but it will also be nice and secure. There will be no peeking when you have duct tape keeping it together!

Duct tape is a fun way to jazz up things around the house. You can transform something old into something new with just a single roll of duct tape. These are great projects for the kids on a rainy day. Head into Greenwood Hardware and pick up some new duct tape to get started on your next project. Come on in, or contact us today.

Greenwood Hardware Employee Spotlight – Bill Whalen

We simply cannot say enough about our amazing staff members here at Greenwood Hardware. They are truly family and make our store that much better with their helpful presence!

We’ll periodically add new staff members to our blog, so be sure to keep an eye out for updates.

Bill Whalen

Employee Spotlight - Bill Whalen
Bill “Flyin’ away”

Known as “the clean behind the team”, Bill has been working for Greenwood Hardware for over 12 years.  He makes your shopping experience one to enjoy.  He cleans the merchandise, shelving, bathrooms, windows and doors til they sparkle.  Wherever he goes there is cleaner being spritzed in the air!  Moreover, Bill has a knack of making sure the employees stay on the playful side, with his constant joking banter.

Bill was born in Clinton, Iowa and is the youngest of 6 siblings.  He is an athletic guy and maintains an active schedule as a Special Olympics competitor with gold medals in both district and state. Along with that, he loves to travel.  Over the years Bill has been to just about every state and parts of Canada and Indonesia.  Since moving to Washington in 2001, Bill has become a regular on the Friendship Adventures sponsored trips and activities.  Bill loves animals and the outdoors.

On his days off, Bill travels the city by bus and gets around like its nobody’s business.  He likes riding the light rail on Saturdays and enjoys the freedom of riding the metro bus throughout King County.
Bill enjoys downtown Seattle and getting to know Bellevue, where he recently moved.  He lives a relaxed life of swimming daily, as well as keeping up on the weather and local politics. When asked what he is doing for the weekend his answer is always, “playin’ it by ear.”

Hats (and gold medals) off to Bill for his many dust bunny searches! Great job Bill!

5 Easy Gutter Fixes for your Pacific Northwest Home

5 Easy Gutter Fixes for your Pacific Northwest HomeThe gutters on your home may not be something you think about a lot, but when that first heavy rain comes you will quickly remember you were supposed to take care of them after the last storm! Gutters take a beating in the weather. They are not always given the attention they deserve, and it isn’t until you are getting drenched by water flowing off your roof, or you notice mold around your house that you remember the gutters are in need of repair. Our team at Greenwood Hardware can help you take care of your gutters with the assortment of tools and supplies available at the store.

Refastening

It is normal for the gutters to become loose. It is a fairly simple task to add new fasteners that will keep the gutters nice and tight on the edge of your roof. You will need a drill and some fasteners designed to keep the gutters in place. A gutter that is tight against the shingles will keep water from leaking behind the gutter and directly onto the ground, threatening your foundation.

Gutter Apron

If the water is leaking behind the gutter, it is likely because there is no flashing that fills the gap between the shingles and the gutter. Flashing is a lot like a bridge and is easy enough to install. The flashing or gutter apron will direct the water directly into the gutter and keep it from leaking between the cracks and onto the ground.

Splashing Water

There are some places on your roof where the water will flood the gutter and splash out over the top. This is typical in the corners of the roof. Adding splash guards is quick and easy and will help keep the water in the gutter where it is supposed to be.

Gutter Repair

If there is a section of the gutter that has a hole or is cracked and water is leaking out, you can repair it without replacing the entire length of the gutter. You just need a small piece of gutter. Fit it over the broken area and use a fastener to secure the new section in place. This is an inexpensive and quick way to repair an otherwise perfect gutter.

Leaking Gutters

You will likely have places along the length of your gutter that have small cracks. This may be from connecting two pieces together, small holes from debris or age or holes from old fasteners. A simple fix is seam sealer, similar to caulk. The material is applied to the leaking section and allowed to dry. It will make the gutter good as new with no leaks!

Don’t let another wet fall damage the foundation around your home or kill a perfectly good hair day by getting dripped on. These quick, simple fixes can be done this weekend and help keep you and the foundation of your home nice and dry. Head into Greenwood Hardware to pick up what you need to fix your gutters! Come on in, or contact us today.