How to Replace Your Garbage Disposal

How to Replace Your Garbage Disposal - Greenwood HardwareA broken garbage disposal is one of those things that tends to get put off. It isn’t an absolute necessity, but it sure is nice to have! For many, the reason the broken garbage disposal gets ignored is because they think it is too hard or too costly to replace. It isn’t. With the tools you will find at your local Greenwood Hardware store, you can change out that old disposal in a single afternoon. This is a relatively quick and easy job and you will love getting to cross it off your to do list.

  1. Flip the breaker to the garbage disposal to cut the power. Check it to make sure it is off.
  2. Turn off both the water lines under the sink, the hot and cold water.
  3. Put a bowl under the disposal to catch any water that is in the pipe. Disconnect the drain tap from the disposal. Then disconnect the pipe that is attached to the disposal.
  4. Remove the dishwasher inlet hose if you have one.
  5. Use one hand to hold the disposal in place while you use your other hand to remove the screws that hold the disposal in place under the sink.
  6. Once it is off, you will need to disconnect the electrical portion on the disposal. What this step looks like will depend on the model you are working with.
  7. Pull out the wire nuts and disconnect the ground wire.
  8. If you will be putting in a new mounting assembly for your new garbage disposal, remove the old one. This is usually just a few more screws.
  9. Now, it is time to reverse what you just did and install the new garbage disposal. Always follow the manufacturer’s installation instructions to make sure you don’t miss a step.

That’s it! It is not an extremely difficult process. All you need are a few tools and a new disposal. Head into Greenwood Hardware today to pick up the tools you will need to take care of that broken garbage disposal this weekend.

Learn More About Urban Seattle Beekeeping in 2017

Learn More About Urban Seattle Beekeeping in 2017 - Greenwood HardwareIt is hard to miss all the news reports that continue to warn about the growing scarcity of helpful bees. Gardeners recognize the importance of having a healthy bee population to pollinate their fruits and vegetables. Without bees, pollination slows to a halt and soon the gorgeous flowers we take for granted in the spring will be a distant memory! If you want to ensure you have a bountiful garden, urban beekeeping is an excellent idea. You don’t need a lot of land to keep your own bees. The folks at Greenwood Hardware can help you get started with your own urban beekeeping operation.

The great thing about bees is they are pretty self-sufficient. They can take care of themselves given the right environment, which is where you come in. It is a good idea to talk with people who are experienced in backyard beekeeping or consider joining a local club or group. The trend is growing in popularity and the more bees in the neighborhood, the better it will be.

The key to getting off to the right start is to start with friendly bees. That may not sound like a possibility, but there are different bee varieties. Do some research and consider starting with Mason bees. Next, you will need a place for the bees to make a cozy hive. The area doesn’t have to be in the middle of an orchard or garden, but it does need to be somewhere the bees will have lots of fresh water.

You will also need to purchase some equipment to make your beekeeping a success:

  • protective gear
  • smoker
  • hive
  • tools to scrape the honey
  • jars to store your honey

It is best to start with one or two colonies. Don’t try and start with any more than that. It is a good idea to start your colonies in the early spring months. This gives the bees time to settle and find food sources. You want them there before the first blossoms bloom on your tulips and other spring flowers.

If you are interested in getting your own bee colony going in your backyard, head into Greenwood Hardware today to pick up what you need to get started. Seattle is just one of the major cities in the United States who allows and encourages urban beekeeping. Get in on the fun and you will reap the rewards! Come on in, or contact us today.

How to Install Pavers – Make Your Seattle Yard Beautiful and Functional!

How to Install Pavers – Make Your Seattle Yard Beautiful and Functional! Greenwood HardwarePavers make beautiful patios, sidewalks and can be used as focal points in a garden. There are plenty of designs you can come up with using brick pavers. They are fairly inexpensive, durable and easy to install yourself, which makes them a favorite for gardeners. If you need a fall project, putting in a pathway through your garden, around your landscaping or creating a new patio is the perfect way to get ready for spring way in advance. You will find the tools you need to create the perfect paved path or patio at Greenwood Hardware.

Your first step is going to be to plan your project. You don’t want to dive right in without a good idea of the size of the pathway or patio you are building. Use stakes to outline the area or marking paint.

Next, you will need to clear the area of rocks, sod or weeds. You want the ground to be even. Once you have cleared your area, you will want to add a paver base. This will keep your pavers level over time and prevent any major sinking. Use a rake to help spread the base out evenly over the area where the pavers will be installed.

Use a hose to add water to the base. Use a compacter to help settle the base. Now, you will need to cover the area with paver sand. Use a 2×4 to pull the sand over the base. Use a level to make sure the area is flat. Add more sand if needed or use a small broom to remove sand in certain areas.

Now you are ready to lay your pavers. Depending on what kind of pavers you are using, you will need to have a good plan in place before you start putting them on the sand. If they are the kind of pavers that join together, lay out how they will be placed in your new paving space. You may need to cut the pavers to get a perfect fit. To cut the pavers, a masonry saw will be needed.

Add edging to the walkway or patio to help secure the pavers in place. Pour more paving sand over the pavers and use a broom to brush the sand in between the cracks. Use a compacter to really get the stones good and solid.

Installing pavers is a job you can do on a weekend. Depending on the size of the job, you may just need to recruit some help with the promise of a backyard barbecue as a reward. Head into Greenwood Hardware today to pick up the supplies you need to lay your pavers. Come on in, or contact us today!