Getting Your Home Ready for the Winter

Before you know it, our warm weather will be replaced by some chilly fall weather and it will be time to start thinking about getting your home ready for winter.  The following early preparation tips will go a long way to helping you avoid common winter weather pitfalls, while keeping you warm and saving you money.

Trees and shrubs

A good place to start is to look at what is going on with the trees in your yard.  If branches are crowding your home, look dead or likely to come down with stronger winds, you will be much better served by bringing them down where you want them.

Trimming trees before potential winter storms opens up the tree’s canopy, reduces fallen branches and keeps your home safe.  Although shrubs and bushes will not fall on the home, properly trimming them before the winter will insure that water and debris have little chance to collect on the surfaces of the home and siding.

If you are not sure or need a refresher on how to properly trim branches, Fiskars has an instructional post HERE on how to do just that.

Gutters

Once the trees are no longer potential hazards to your home, you’ll want to check the gutters.

Maintained gutters and downspouts divert water away from your house and protect your home and foundation from the harmful effects of water.  Scheduled cleanings may be all that is necessary to keep rain water going where it should. When the heavy and constant rain begins, debris are likely to gather in gutters, causing pooling of water and other compounded problems.

You may elect to use a handyman, we refer some HERE, but the job can be done without great cost using a hose, ladder, gloves and trowel. Give special consideration to the corners and connections where debris is likely to gather.  Although many customers employ the use of gutter guards to decrease the labor of cleaning the gutters, they too must be cleaned regularly.

Rinsing the gutter with a garden hose, allows you to inspect the seams for leaks. Once dry you can repair leaks with an approved sealant. Make sure the gutters are strongly attached to the home and look for any large gaps between the fascia and the gutter that will allow water to drip or flow. Your fascia should be inspected for evidence of water damage so that any needed repairs can be done while weather is cooperative. If your home has steel gutters, be sure and check for rust or any exposed metal that will begin to rust. Paint over exposed metal on the gutters and replace any rusted areas as needed.

Lastly work your way down from your ladder and check that water is properly diverted away from your home. Since you rinsed the gutter with the hose you should be able to see if water is flowing away from the house or pooling. If water is pooling consider flexible gutter extensions or installing French drains if needed.

Roofing

Check your roof for potential signs of current or future leaks.  Do you have any broken or missing roof shingles? Is the flashing around chimneys, skylights and vents flush with the roof? Check your attic, the upper crawlspace and any top ceilings for stains from potential leaks. If you find any areas that look concerning, check them right after a rain. If they are damp or the stain changes size or color than it is likely that you have a leak.

Although some roof repairs can be completed by a knowledgeable and experienced homeowner we strongly encourage the use of a professional roofer to make any necessary repairs.  Many roofers are also available to look over the condition of your roof if you are not able to do the pre-winter inspection yourself. We refer dependable and local roofing contractors and handymen on our Contractor Referral page HERE if you are in need of any assistance.

Windows and Doors

Missing or damaged weather stripping on doors and cracked caulking around windows, are major issues when trying to keep your home warm in the winter. These fixes are relatively easy and inexpensive compared with high energy bills later on.

Start by checking the sills and all moving parts of your windows and sliding glass doors for dirt and debris. Debris can get caught in sills and moving parts causing improper seals. Clean these areas with shop-vac on the outside as well as the inside, to create a tighter seal and increase the performance of your windows. Check the seals and make sure they are properly caulked.  The caulking should not have any gaps or cracking and should be in a continuous bead along the seams of the window. If caulking is absent or damaged we suggest re-caulking the area with a multi-polymer caulk like Alex Plus Windows and Door which has a 40 year warranty and comes in 9 colors.

Caulking can be one of those frustrating skills to acquire so check out the video we found below for help.

The weather stripping on the inside jams of doors is the greatest entry point for cold drafts leaking into the home. Your heating system is constantly fighting to make you comfortable, not to mention the increased monetary expense of fighting these intrusions. Check the weather stripping around all your doors for damaged or missing pieces that need to be replaced. Make sure and bring your damaged weather stripping into the store so it can be easily matched.

Watch the video below if you’re new to replacing weather stripping.

Some other areas that will assist in stopping heat loss

  • Install blinds, shades or window coverings
  • Installing storm doors on exterior entryways will add an extra layer of insulation to help lower draft impacts
  • Replace old windows with energy efficient double or triple pane windows
  • Replace old doors with fiberglass

Heating Systems

Whether you are heating with wood or have a furnace, now is the time to do the maintenance.  This can be as simple as changing the furnace filter and getting it serviced by a technician or getting the chimney cleaned.  In most cases this is as simple as a phone call to your local heating company or chimney sweeper before they are booked with peak season calls.

Insulation

Insulate, insulate and you guessed it, insulate some more.  Adding insulation to the attic will go a very long way to keeping the heat inside your home this winter.  Some applications work well with batt insulation in rolls while others might prefer the blown in type to fill the gaps. Angeles Millwork offers free rental of the Attic-Cat blow in System with purchase of AttiCat Loose Fill insulation. Attached garages are frequently left uninsulated and if you are in and out of the house through the garage you could benefit from insulating this space. Also, pay attention to upper crawl space and attic entrys. Using some self adhesive weather stripping around the edges will help with keeping your heat in.

Electrical Boxes

Another area in need of additional insulation is the electrical boxes for switches, phone and cable junctions. When they are located on exterior walls you can sometimes feel a cold draft coming through the box. Using low-expanding foam to fill the gaps between the box and the exterior wall surface will solve this problem with little need for expertise, just be careful not to spray foam inside the box.

If you’re new to expanding foam or want to know of other money saving uses for it click HERE for the blog post “17 Ways to Master Expanding Foam Insulation”.

Hoses, Water Pipes & Facets

A garden hose that freezes can actually burst an interior water pipe.  Freezing water causes expansion and increased pressure through the whole plumbing system. All hoses should be unhooked and stored away before the first hard freeze is forecast. Be sure and place a faucet insulator over the spigot after draining the faucet

Insulating the pipes under your home in unheated areas, will not only insure that they don’t freeze but will also allow warm water to flow more efficiently throughout the house during the colder months. This is a very easy and inexpensive fix that any homeowner can accomplish. Merely purchase some foam pipe insulation and wrap the pipes securing it with duct tape.

Emergency Kits

Finally, as you work through the winterizing projects on your list, remember to stock up on the things you will likely need in bad weather. Ice Melt, Snow Shovels and Tarps are the first items we stock that run out in anticipation for a winter storm.  We previously posted on our blog HERE about emergency kits for Earthquake preparedness and many of the items will work perfectly in case of a strong winter storm.

As Russell Wilson once said, “the separation is in the preparation”.  For your sake, I hope the preparation provides a warm layer of separation from the elements while you enjoy a good book and some hot chocolate.

FastenMaster In-Store Video Demos

In case you missed Mikhail from FastenMaster at Hartnagels, here’s two quick video demos on traditional lag bolts vs. FastenMaster LedgerLok and another on their HB220 Pro Adhesive Fastener or as he describes it, “a glue gun on steroids”!

Traditional lag bolts vs. FastenMaster LedgerLok

HB220 Pro Adhesive Fastener

Buy One Get One FREE! Trade-A-Blade UNI-FIT Oscillating Tool Accessories

Visit us today and take advantage of this great offer from Trade-A-Blade through Wednesday October 18th, 2017.  Buy ANY Oscillating tool accessory and RECEIVE A 2nd ONE FOR FREE!*

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Trade-A-Blade™ offers an extensive line of professional grade Universal Oscillating Tool accessories to cut, scrape, sand and grind.

  • Featuring UNI-FIT™ mounting system fits most major brands including…Bosch, Fein, Makita, Rockwell, Porter Cable, Black & Decker, DeWalt, Dremel and more!
  • Made from superior grade materials for extended life in all applications while delivering job-site durability.

*Of equal or lesser value/While supplies last

Paint and SAVE up to $29 per gallon with Pratt and Lambert Fall Savings Mail in Rebate

While supplies last from September 22nd through October 31st 2017 the time to take advantage of a huge opportunity to save is here! Freshen up your living space with that new color you’ve been eyeing and take on the biggest change for your home for the least investment!

With our close out pricing of Accolade premium paint AND the Pratt and Lambert mail in rebate you will save up to $29 a gallon! That’s a huge savings and a huge incentive to get painting!

Also with the Fall mail-in rebate save $5 on Red Seal and Aquanamel interior and exterior paint gallons also from 9/22/2017 through 10/31/17.

Our paint specialists are here to assist you in your next paint project with product suggestions, color matching and proper choice of paint accessories!

Paint Specialist, Denise Fox of Angeles Millwork.

Paint Specialist, Coy Shipley of Hartnagel Building Supply.

Pick up your rebate form when purchasing.

  • $19 OFF ONE-GALLON CONTAINER TAKEN OFF IN STORE AND $10 OFF ONE-GALLON CONTAINER AFTER MAIL-IN REBATE on Accolade® Products
  • $5 OFF ONE-GALLON CONTAINER AFTER MAIL-IN REBATE
    RedSeal®, RedSeal® Supreme, and Aquanamel
  • ***Mail-in rebate offer valid for purchases made between 9/22/17 and 10/31/17. Rebate forms must be received by 11/28/17. See rebate form for complete details. Save up to $80 total by rebate per household and/or address. Some products may not be available at every store. Quarts, Color Sampler, and Pro-Hide® products not eligible for rebate. ® 2017 Pratt & Lambert Paints

FastenMaster Demos at Hartnagels

Wednesday, September 13th @ 7:30am Mikhail Mikhailov from FastenMaster will be at Hartnagel Building Supply with some light breakfast fair while demoing the following revolutionary tools by FastenMaster. Come on by get a quick bite to eat and try out their great tools! 

Hartnagel Building Supply is located at 3111 East HWY 101 in Port Angeles, WA

  • The FrameFast Structural Framing System

The newest fastener system for attaching trusses and rafters to top plates, the FrameFAST system consists of the FrameFAST structural wood screw and the FrameFAST tool. The FrameFAST screw is a code-compliant replacement screw for hurricane ties. The screw’s unique and superior design provides ultimate uplift and lateral resistance. FrameFast eliminates the need for ladders or scaffolding, pneumatic nail guns and hoses. It is up to 8 times faster than traditional framing methods.

  • PAMFast AutoFeed Screw System

The FastenMaster PAMFast AutoFeed Screw System is designed for speed, precision and increased productivity. This system offers consistent drives without any bit grinding, cam-out or jamming on subfloor jobs. Paired with our fast-thread subfloor screws, you have a system designed for speed.  Also great for pressure treated decks, composite decking, roof tile and drywall installation.

  • Flex HB220 Remodel Glue Gun

The HB220 is not your typical glue gun – it is a professional grade adhesive system designed for all day use in a variety of flooring installation, remodeling, and repair applications. This system is designed for hardwood flooring start and finish rows, carpet tack strip installation, interior wood trim and moldings, and much more! The HB220 Pro Applicator combines an adjustable high temperature range with a powerful 220 Watt heating element that keeps up with heavy all day usage.

Get a FREE box of Flex Glue with the purchase of a Flex HB220 Remodel Glue Gun!

NPBA Launches New Membership Directory

The North Peninsula Building Association just launched its new Membership Directory and its now available at Angeles Millwork and Hartnagel Building Supply.

The directory is made up of the who’s who within the local building industry. NPBA members are vested right here in Clallam County, so you are best assured that the utmost care and concern goes into every project from the ground up. Members join because they are passionate about the industry they work in; they understand the collective influence of a local building association, as well as the value of the recognition and networking we provide.

Use this new directory as your insider’s listing to the vetted and local professionals who will bring your dreams into reality right here in Clallam County!

 

Angeles Millwork is Hiring a Full-time Yard Customer Service Professional

Angeles Millwork is hiring a full-time Yard Customer Service Professional to work weekends and provide assistance to customers in pulling their orders, inspecting merchandise,  loading orders onto delivery trucks and unload stock as it comes in.

The positive economic growth in the area has put us in a welcomed position to fill an opening for a Yard Customer Service Professional.

If you are dependable, hardworking, looking for full time employment and enjoy a fast-paced environment we feel that we have a great offer for you! Our team of employee owners make up a wide range of the most creative, knowledgeable and caring that the North Peninsula has to offer.  We consider our customers to be family with many we know by first name, so we are looking for the pinnacle of customer service in our hires.  Angeles Millwork & Lumber Co. and Hartnagel Building Supply have been community fixtures in the area for over 55 years and we offer the best in building materials to the industry professional and the do-it-yourselfer.  If the opportunity to be on our team is enticing to you then we encourage you to apply!

We are seeking to fill a full-time Yard Customer Service Professional with the following qualities:

  • Cares about your work environment
  • Excels at customer service
  • Building industry experience a plus
  • Must be detail oriented and organized
  • Able to work well independently but also with a team
  • Takes initiative but is also great at following directions
  • Can work full-time including weekends
  • 18 years or older
  • Full time with benefits
  • Pay DOE
  • Drug testing required

Download an application here.

Drop off application in person, or mail to

Angeles Millwork 1601 South C St.  Port Angeles, WA 98363 OR fax to 360-457-8896

Clean Burn Wood Pellets – We’ll keep you warm all season with these prices!

From now through the entire month of September Clean Burn Wood Pellets will be on sale at the great price of $200 a ton and $4 per bag! AND with the purchase of a ton or more we’ll deliver it for just $15!   

We even deliver to Forks and Neah Bay twice a week!

Web-BagsCLEAN BURN wood pellet fuel is clean, with none of the dirt, bark, or insects associated with firewood. More importantly — CLEAN BURN burns clean. The low moisture content results in nearly total combustion when burned in an approved pellet stove, reducing emissions and creosote buildup almost entirely.

For more info on Clean Burn Wood Pellets click HERE

Using Krylon’s New Sea Glass Paint

One of the greatest new DIY spray paints around is Krylon’s Sea Glass Spray Paint.  It’s not only easy to use but the amount of projects that can be created is endless!  Krylon Sea Glass spray paint will give any clear glass surface a refined, beach-inspired look while having excellent adhesion and durability. The finish after application will look as if your glass was tumbled smooth and matte by the seas waves.

Revamping vases bought at Goodwill and simply painting them is a great start and a perfect way to learn how to use the paint with little investment, but we aren’t happy with just painting a vase.  We have found a bunch of alternative ways online to use the paint and for you to add our own personal touches.

Check out the different projects below, find what intrigues you and drop on by one of our stores to pick up some Krylon Sea Glass Spray Paint.

Nautical Ornament

Frosted Glass Picture Frame

 

Painting Camouflage with Krylon Spray Paint

Don’t get spotted in the wild!  Just in time to prepare for the upcoming hunting seasons we have Krylon Camouflage Paint made with Fusion for Plastic® Technology that can assist you in staying out of sight and achieving your the best shot possible.

Available at both stores in 4 colors (Camo Green, Camo Khaki, Camo Brown and Camo Black) and @ $6.78 a spray can.

Camouflage is all about gaining an advantage over the target by blending into the environment, giving you the greatest advantage at being successful.  There are countless patterns of camouflage meant to blend into your terrain and vegetation but stick to mimicking the environment you’re hunting in.  It doesn’t make much sense to use camouflage on clothing and equipment but leave out  your gun.

Below is an easy way to accomplish a custom camouflaged gun for any terrain.

You can paint camouflage using the instructions on the video below from the YouTube channel InnerBark Outdoors to paint coolers, vehicles, firearms, and more! Want to know more about InnerBark Outdoors? Visit their website HERE and follow them on social media!

Camouflage Painting Tips

  • The best way to camouflage an object is to match it to the surroundings in which it will be located
  • Use colors in the same family that work well together
  • Start painting with the lightest color and move to the darkest color
  • Look to nature and use local tree leaves, ferns and branches as your stencils
  • Take your time. Let coats fully dry! Since there is a lot of overlapping, small mistakes won’t show
  • As with any spray paint, use several light coats instead of one heavy coat
  • Always read the directions before applying the spray paint