The Nuts and Bolts: August 14, 2013

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A little DIY, FYI…

Keep Cool with These Helpful Tips!

We might be on the home stretch of summer, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less hot. While you’re stressing over the AC bill - or crying over the fact that you don’t have an AC unit, here are six helpful tips from the Idaho State Journal on how to keep temperatures down around the house.

1. Lights off. It sounds like a no-brainer, but lights create heat and the more that are on in your house, the hotter it’s going to be. Turn them off and save some money in the process!

2. Shut the door. Keep those doors closed! This also lends itself to making sure you have proper insulation. Minor cracks can contribute to rising temperatures in the house.

3. Draw your drapes. Shield your rooms from the heat of the sun by simply keeping a drape drawn.

4. Check your weather-proofing. Similar to #2, keep things sealed! Make sure your house is properly weather-proofed. This doesn’t just mean floods and storms, but also protection from heat.

5. Close the garage door. If you have a garage, make sure the garage door is closed as well as the door from your garage to your house. If you haven’t noticed lately, it’s a sauna in there!

6. Get your air-conditioning unit serviced. Maybe you do have an AC unit but it’s just not keeping up with these insane heat waves. Get it serviced! You’d be surprised at how much an improvement that can make, saving you from the headache of having to purchase a new one.

Lowe’s Finalized Acquisition of Orchard Supply

A few months back we reported on Lowe’s acquisition of Orchard’s California stores. We recently got updates that Orchard Supply did not receive any bids beating out Lowe’s and the deal should be finalized by the end of the month. Many customers of Lowe’s might be wondering how this will impact their shopping experience.

Lowe’s CEO Robert A. Niblock released a statement assuring that only positive impacts will take place for customers and residents of California. “Strategically, the transaction will provide Lowe’s with an attractive opportunity to increase our store footprint in California, where we are currently underpenetrated, through a neighborhood store format that is complementary to our strengths in big-box retail. Orchard’s hardware and garden stores have a loyal customer base and are situated in high-density, prime locations that are difficult for larger format retailers to enter. We see significant potential for Orchard as a standalone business within Lowe’s portfolio, and we look forward to the opportunity to participate more fully in California’s economic recovery.”

New DIY Book Taking Amazon by Storm

DIY Guru and author Gary Nealon has released his new book ‘You Can Do It Yourself: Great Do It Yourself Home Improvements On A Budget’. After just a few days the book has taken over the home improvement category on Amazon and is getting high praise from those in the industry.

Nealon describes the book as a "…collection of home improvement projects that any homeowner can tackle, regardless of their skill level. For the value that you get with the book, every homeowner should own it!"

We at fully support any efforts to educate and promote the DIY lifestyle and are excited to pick up a copy soon!