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Current News, Tips and Ideas to Help With Your Home Projects.

Welcome all new visitors to the Circle Hardware Supply News and Tips page! Now before we get started on handy tips and techniques you might need in your building, this month’s post is going to serve more as an introduction.

 

Introducing… Your friendly hometown hardware store: Circle Hardware Supply. It’s a family owned and operated store, run by Waco locals Larry and Norma Dagley. (If you’re a Waco local, drop by and say hello! They’ll be thrilled to see you). The site of the store itself is a Waco hardware institution nearly as old as the town itself.

 

Chances are, your grandpa bought a hammer here. There’s been a hardware store at this site serving the residents of Waco through two world wars and all the years since. It’s been a long, unbroken history of serving the community. But now Circle Hardware Supply is a completely new store, with new local management, and more merchandise than ever.

 

How To Flush Your Water Heater

Did you know that you should be flushing your water heater every year?

 

The heating process causes minerals to break out of the water and settle at the bottom of the tank. Over time, this sediment can build up, decreasing the efficiency of your water heater. A little maintenance can help prolong the life of your water heater and prevent break downs later.

 

This video from Do It Best shows you step-by-step instructions so you can easily flush your water heater yourself.

 

If you have any questions about flushing your water heater or need to pick up a hose cap for your drain valve, stop by and see the guys at Circle Hardware for help.

 

Circle Hardware Store’s 4 DIY Garage Makeover Tips

When was the last time you went into your garage? Were you stepping over things, weaving your way between odd bit of lumber, car parts, gym equipment, and great heaps of plastic tarp?

 

Your garage might look like a dream from American Pickers or Antiques Roadshow.

 

But here we’re going to talk about how to revitalize that space. A garage should be a place of utility and refuge. A place where you can go and not feel assaulted by the incredible array of, dare I say it – junk – that has accumulated over the decades.

 

Choose what your focus is. Work out what you’ll be doing for the majority of the time there and make that the focus. If you’re remodeling to make it a home gym, make the gym equipment central.

 

Here are four tips that will turn your garage into the man-cave / craft workshop you’ve always dreamed of:

 

1. Hang bikes on the wall.

Bikes are an incredible space-waster. I mean, they’re great, and I love bikes. But when you’re storing them in a garage, even if you only have two, it starts looking like an old bike warehouse. You’ll probably kick them and wonder why they’re there and angrily think about putting them on Craigslist or something. So here’s what you can do. Paint a feature wall. (Optional, but garages can be dingy places and it can  help liven things up in there). Then drill in some bike racks for however many bikes you need.  This wall will be your bike’s home now. If you have kids, make sure they know their bike has a spot now.

 

2. Get a pegboard.

This should be totally mandatory for every garage on the planet. The thing is with so many items in the garage is that they look large, awkward and unwieldy. Take a lawn trimmer for example. If you have one of these, chances are you’ve tripped over it in the recesses of your garage while you waited for the lights to flick on. Solution? Bolt a pegboard to the wall. Hang all your large unwieldy gardening equipment. It’ll look very modern art, but it’ll save you a lot of space.

 

3. Section the garage into zones.

This is the first step to de-cluttering. The thing with garages is it’s easy to look like a junkshop from a Charles Dickens novel. Make sure every item is assigned a zone and is stored there.  If you need, create stand-alone shelving. For all the real heavy stuff like bags of fertilizer, buy some plastic tubs and keep them in there.

 

4. Get rubber tiles.

Have you noticed that concrete is not at all fun to run/walk/stand on? It’s a total killer on the knees and with that in mind, it’s funny that every sidewalk in the western world is made of it. If you’re standing in your garage a lot, or even if you plan on working out in there, this will literally save you money on future medical bills. Three words. Ready? Rubber Floor Tiles. You can pick them up at Circle. Rubber floor tiles are safer, softer, and better-looking than concrete. They’re not expensive and will make standing or working out in your garage about a thousand times more pleasurable.

How to Make a DIY Pallet Coffee Table

Pallet coffee tables.

 

I’m sure you’ve all seen these.

 

Pallet furniture. More specifically, Pallet coffee tables.

 

I’ve been crazy about pallet furniture since I first saw pictures of one a few months ago.

 

Now, only because someone asked me the other day about what pallets were, here it is: they’re wooden trays that are used for moving and storing stock. They’re used in factories and warehouses globally and are designed to be lifted by forklifts.

And now some clever DIY genius has made a lifestyle building things out of them.

 

They’re rustic. They’re cool. They’re easy to source. And best of all, you get that sense of satisfaction after crafting something useful with your bare hands. There’s really not a lot that can top that.

 

Pallet furniture is the ultimate in reclaiming lumber and has become a symbolic of sustainable living.

 

From your local hardware store that wants to give you the 511 on everything DIY related to make your lives a little easier. We want to teach you guys how to make one.

 

The best thing about these is if you stuff something up in the process or damage the wood, it doesn’t matter! Break or scour the wood a little and it just adds to the character of the piece! A great starter project for any would-be carpenters

 

 

1. First you need a good pallet. You know what’s weird? There’s a big spectrum of quality within the world of pallets. Pallets come in all shapes and sizes and with different quality lumber. Old ones are great because they have so much character and charm. Now you can choose whichever you like. Me personally, I went for the Europallet of EUR-pallet. It’s the most widespread pallet in the world. A great thick pine planks. They have a standardized shape, gently curved edges and have all been branded with the same EUR branding irons. If you can’t find one of these, there are pallet yards where you can buy good Euro-pallets 120×80 centimeters (31.50×47.24 in) for between 5 to 10 dollars.

 

2. Sand back the pallet surface. For this, I used a power sander. A Rok 950w Belt sander, to be specific. Talk to the staff at Circle or your nearest Doitbest and they’ll sort you out with a good deal on power sanders. For a job like this, power sanders will save you a ton of time. However, don’t make it too smooth. I mean, it’s totally up to you, but I like the rough and rustic look.

 

3. Now you could leave it there, add some wheels and place a big piece of tempered glass over it and voilà! You have a coffe table. However, my living room wouldn’t fit a whole pallet so I’m going to cut it up. (At this point, people will tell you to do different things. I’ll just tell you the choices I made. Some people will tell you to rip off all the planks with a crowbar and remove all 78 nails (standard in a Europallet), brush and sand and oil every plank and then build the coffeetable using the lumber. But I think this sort of misses the point of pallet furniture because it no longer looks like a pallet.

 

4. This is where it gets a little finicky. Using a circular saw, cut the pallet down by a third. Looking from a birdseye view, it should only has three horizontal planks instead of five. Now it should be coffeetable shaped. It should still have four skid blocks and should be resting on two skids.

 

5. Now you have a rough table top. But you have gaps in between your slats. Your options are these: Slice up the planks from your offcuts to individually fit each gap, measuring each one and using a table saw to cut each one. Your other option is to pull all the planks off and re-nail them closer together. As mentioned above, your other option is to put a glass plate over it. If you want to stain the wood with lacquer or oil it with linseed oil, now’s the time. Although, a warning, linseed oil gives off a formidable odor. If you use linseed oil, you’ll probably need to leave the project outside for about three weeks. No kidding. I learned this one the hard way.

 

6. Now you need height! You can add legs or wheels. Wheels are probably easiest, and looks consistent with the rustic theme.  Screw on swivel castor wheels. Depending on how big you want the wheels, these will cost from 5 – 15 dollars per wheel brand new from us or a Doitbest hardware store. (http://www.doitbest.com/4294966490-Casters+and+rollers.dib) About 6 inch wheels should do the trick, two with brakes and two without.

 

7. And you’re done! Feel free to improvise. I’m not a jedi master of pallet furniture, so if you think of new ways to improve any of these steps, write a comment and let us know!  Whatever choices you make with yours, these look completely awesome. Best part is, with a rugged pallet table, they’re durable and you don’t have to worry too much about spills.

 

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