Learn About Greenwood Hardware’s Recent Lighting Upgrade

Learn About Greenwood Hardware’s Recent Lighting UpgradeAs a conscientious person, you strive to do what you can to make the world a better place. It doesn’t always have to be something big. It is the little things that count! With each of us working together to do our part, we can make a huge change. One of the topics that is never far from the news headlines or even our daily conversations happens to be the state of our environment. It doesn’t matter what you believe; it is a fact we are using too many resources. It isn’t just the resources. The more we use, the more we spend. It seems like a no-brainer; use fewer resources, save more money. At Greenwood Hardware, we want to do both.

Your local hardware store decided to take part in the Seattle City Light Financial Incentive program that was offered earlier this year. 2016 started with our store upgrading the old 4′ fluorescent tubes to newer, ballast-free LEDs that are more energy efficient. The old tubes were the standard rating at 32 watts for 25,000 hours. The newer tubes are 18 watts rated for 50,000 hours. More than 250 lamps were replaced during the last week of January by Queen Anne Electric.

There are plenty of benefits to the lighting upgrade. One of which is the reduction of energy needed to light our store. In fact, the energy usage for our recent billing cycle was reduced by 25 percent! That is a major feat! This essentially doubled the size of our solar array. The LEDs are much brighter and make the colors throughout the store appear more accurate. This is a big deal for consumers who buy one color only to get home and find it looks different in natural lighting.

It is important we all work together to make our neighborhood more energy efficient and the world a greener place. Shopping at local neighborhood stores like Greenwood Hardware helps support those efforts. Check out our new lighting and you will appreciate the difference it makes in your shopping experience!  Come on in, or contact us today!

How to Install a Ceiling Fan

How to Install a Ceiling Fan - Greenwood HardwareA new ceiling fan can give a room a facelift with very little time or money. Ceiling fans can help circulate the heat in a room, pushing it back down into the living space. This can save you money on your heating bill. It works just the opposite in the summer time, but still saves money on your cooling bill. You can head to the nearest hardware store and pick out the right fan for the space. You will find a selection at Greenwood Hardware along with any tools you will need to complete the installation.

  1. Turn off the electricity to the light fixture or existing ceiling fan at the breaker panel. Make sure it is off! You can use a circuit tester to make sure there is no electricity flowing.
  2. Unscrew any screws that are holding the fixture in place. You will need to hold the fixture with one hand while you disconnect the wires. Remove any other mounting screws.
  3. Once you have removed the old fixture, test the box to make sure it is secure. Ceiling fans can be heavy. You will definitely want to mount the fan to a stud or beam. The electrical housing box should be attached to a beam in most cases.
  4. Check to ensure the box is grounded and capable of holding the weight of your fan. This information is usually found inside of the electrical box.
  5. Follow the instructions that came with your fan to mount the motor base to the electrical box. Pay close attention to the wiring scheme. You will want to make sure the wires are nice and tight. Use wire nuts as needed. You may need a second pair of hands to hold the fan up while you take care of attaching the wires.
  6. Attach the fan base with the screws that should have been included in the box.
  7. Add the blades per manufacturer’s instructions.
  8. Turn the breaker on and test your fan.

Installing a ceiling fan is a job you can do in just a few hours. Before you get started with your project, read the instructions. Make a list of the tools and equipment you will need and then head to Greenwood Hardware to pick up what you need. This will ensure your home improvement project goes smoothly. Stop on in, or contact us today!

How to Repair a Toilet Flush Valve

How to Repair a Toilet Flush Valve - Greenwood HardwareToilets are among the most important appliances in the home, whether we like to acknowledge their importance or not. When a toilet isn’t working properly, your entire home will be disrupted! A functional toilet is a priority. Sometimes, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to call out a plumber to fix a relatively easy problem. You don’t even have to go out and buy a whole new toilet if you are just dealing with a broken toilet flush valve. In fact, you can fix it on your own in no time at all after you visit Greenwood Hardware to pick up a few things.

You will know if your toilet flush valve has a problem if the toilet constantly runs and you have already ruled out the flapper (the little rubber circle that covers the hole in the bottom of the tank). To replace the flush valve, you will need to remove the tank from the back of the toilet. Before you do that, you need to shut off the water to the toilet. There will be a shut-off beside or behind the toilet bowl.

Flush the toilet to empty the tank. It will not refill since the water is turned off. Use a wrench to disconnect the water supply line under the tank. Unscrew the two bolts that hold the tank on the back of the toilet.

Use a wrench to unscrew the large nut (spud nut) in the center. Use pliers to pull out the old valve. Insert the new valve with the top of the cone facing into the tank. Put the spud nut back on and reattach the tank. Attach the water line to the bottom. If you are replacing the flapper, do so now. Reattach the fill tube and turn on the water. Allow the tank to fill, flush and check for any leaks.

That’s it! That little bit of work can save you a hundred dollars or more in a service call from a plumber. Head into Greenwood Hardware today and get what you need to fix your own toilet flush valve. Stop on in, or contact us today!



Your Guide to Buying a New Barbecue Grill

Your Guide to Buying a New Barbecue Grill - Greenwood HardwareAre you thinking about buying a new barbecue for someone? Or maybe you just want to get yourself hooked up with a new grill while the sales are in full swing! If you have been doing any browsing for barbecue grills, you have probably noticed there are a lot of options. It can be a little confusing as to which one to choose for you and your needs. This quick guide will help you pick the barbecue that will work best for you. You can visit Greenwood Hardware and see what we have to offer and get even more opinions from our helpful staff.

Gas Grills

Gas grills are very common. Propane tanks are hooked up to the grill and heat with some flames are used to cook the food. Gas grills tend to be the most expensive. Cooking food on a gas grill tends to be much slower than the other kind because it doesn’t achieve that seriously hot heat. Most gas grills stay under 500 degrees, while charcoal surpasses that heat. There are a few models that are capable of reaching hotter temps. However, some barbecue connoisseurs don’t feel you get an authentic barbecue flavor with a gas grill like you do with a charcoal or wood pellet insert grill. A gas grill does tend to be more convenient and lighting them is a breeze. You also have more control over the flame. It is a lot like cooking on a propane burner.

Charcoal Grills

Charcoal grills are a favorite among those who truly relish an authentic barbecue. Charcoal grills are typically considered to produce better tasting food. However, a lot of that is personal preference. Lighting a charcoal grill isn’t as difficult as it used to be. It will take about 30 minutes for the grill to heat up to the point you can cook food, but you can shorten that time with a chimney. Charcoal grills are generally less expensive. Cleanup of a charcoal grill is a bit more time consuming, and you will need to scrub the soot and buildup from the grill on a regular basis.

Wood Pellet Insert Grills

Pellet grills are often referred to as wood pellet smokers. The term is interchangeable and generally means the same thing. Wood pellets are used to create heat and smoke. The type of pellets you use influences the overall flavor of the food you cook. Pellet grills are perfect for those big chunks of meat. The grills cook at a very low heat and do take much longer to cook, but the slow-cooking over the smoke is where you get a great deal of flavor. These grills are perfect if you have plenty of time to cook and need to prepare a large piece of meat for a big gathering. Most of the inserts and grills will require electricity. Make sure you check before you buy.

Barbecuing is a hobby many people enjoy all year round. It isn’t just for summer! Head into Greenwood Hardware today and check out the options. No matter what you choose, you are sure to be thrilled with your new grill. Stop on in, or contact us today!