Water damage from a burst washing machine hose is one of the leading insurance claims in North America. I must admit that I am one of those statistics. If a hose burst you may face an entire floor full of water… It is amazing how much water can pour out of a hose in a short amount of time.
Why Washing Machine Hoses Fail
Washing Machine Hose Inspection and Care
Most home insurance agencies recommend that washing machine hoses be inspected regularly and replaced every three to five years as part of a regular home maintenance program. Inspection points include:
There should be at least four inches between the water connection in the wall and the back of the washing machine. This space will help reduce the chances that a kink will eventually cause hose failure.
Make sure that everyone in your household knows where the water shutoff valve is located and how to open and close it. You may want to consider having a professional plumber install a single-handled value to make turning off the water supply to the washer easier.
The plumber can also install a water hammer arrestor, which may lessen the chances of washing machine hoses breaking. The arrestor absorbs the increased water pressure that occurs when the electric valve in your washing machine shuts off.
There are two basic types of hoses available – reinforced rubber and stainless-steel reinforced – which can be purchased at MWP Supply
Rubber hoses have been around for decades but today’s rubber hoses are reinforced with a braided rayon or polyester mesh to increase strength. If you select this type of hose (which is usually less expensive), be sure the label says “reinforced” for best quality.
Stainless steel braided hose is actually a very flexible plastic hose encased in a flexible mesh of stainless steel wire. This type of hose is more durable to physical damage (cutting and twisting) than rubber hoses. Many are labeled as burst-proof; however, no hose is completely failure-free.
Washing Machine Hose Installation
First and foremost, turn off the water supply. Then set your washer to start a cycle and turn it on for a few seconds. This will relieve the pressure in the hoses and prevent much of the spillage.
Keep a bucket and some old towels handy to catch any drips.
Unplug the washer and pull it away from the wall far enough that you can work or reach behind it. You will see three hoses – two water hoses for hot and cold water and the larger drain hose. If you disconnect the drain hose for more access, remember – it will have water in it so have a bucket ready!
Before disconnecting the water hoses, you may find it easier to cut them shorter at the connectors (have the bucket handy) rather than deal with the longer hoses. If there is rust on the connectors, you can spray them with WD-40 before attempting to unscrew the hoses. Allow the oil to work for ten or fifteen minutes. A pipe wrench or a pair of pliers is usually needed to break the seal of the connection and un thread the old hoses.
To install the new hoses, put a dab of plumber’s silicone grease on the threads of the water faucet, the connector and on the hose’s rubber washer.
Make sure the rubber washer is fully seated inside the hose connector. Thread the connector onto the faucet fully. Then, give it another turn with your pliers until strong resistance is felt. Complete all four connections; slowly turn on the hot and cold water and check for leaks. Re tighten the connections if necessary.
Do not twist the hose during installation and make sure it does not become kinked when the machine is pushed back to the wall. If your washer is in a tight space such as an shallow laundry closet, there are hoses available that have right-angle elbow connectors. They allow the washing machine to be placed closer to the wall without putting extra stress on the hose.
MWP Building Supply provides tools and the expert advice to help you prepare you with any project. Call today 800-844-9234
Best Home Improvement Ideas to Try This Fall: Have You Done Them All?
Sometimes, the very best home improvement ideas come down to timing. And what better time for a refresh than the arrival of fall (Sept. 21, for those keeping track)? In addition to being a great season to go apple picking and admire the foliage, it’s also the perfect time of year for making a number of home improvements. Check out these 7 Best Home improvement Ideas to try this fall.
Like the idea of being able to hang out and roast marshmallows in your backyard this winter?
According to the American Society of Landscape Architects, fire pits are among the most popular outdoor design elements. You can even build one yourself. You’ll want to choose a flat, level spot in your yard that you can comfortably circle with seating. If you plan to grill hot dogs and watch the flames dance, a standard 36-inch-wide pit will do fine.
If the outside of your home is long overdue for a paint job, fall offers the best weather conditions, says Bruce Irving, a renovation consultant and real estate agent. “You don’t want to apply paint in the blazing sun, and you don’t want to paint your house in the winter,” Irving explains. Since this is a huge undertaking, you’ll likely want to hire a professional painter. Prices are based on square footage. Painting an average home between 500 and 1,500 square feet can cost between $1,000 and $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor data, but some materials cost more to paint than others because of their texture. For example, stucco siding costs anywhere from $700 (250 square feet) to $2,000 (1,000 square feet) to paint, compared with between $400 and $1,500 for metal siding.
Want to give your bathroom, bedroom, living room, or, well, any room in your house a face-lift? Fall is the best time to apply a fresh coat of paint, says Brian Kelsey, a licensed contractor and host of an online video series. The humidity is lower in fall (when the air is humid, it holds too much moisture for the paint to dry properly), but it’s still warm enough that you can open your windows to air out the paint fumes. Best of all, this is something you can do yourself without fear.
“If you need to fix part of your roof or replace it, fall would be the time to do it,” says Irving. Indeed, winter weather—specifically snow and ice buildup—can put extra stress on your roof and even cause it to cave in if there’s pre-existing damage. You should hire a professional inspector to check the condition of your roof. A roof inspection costs on average $218, according to HomeAdvisor, and assesses the level of wear and tear on a roof, how much life it has left it, and whether any repairs are needed.
Sick of drafts and high heating bills? They only get worse during the winter, which is why you should insulate your attic in the fall. On average, hiring a contractor to apply insulation onto the floor of your attic will cost $1,343, but home buyers are willing to pay an average of $1,446 extra for your home if your attic is insulated. This means you get back all that money (and then some) once you sell! If you want to save money, you can go the DIY route, but materials still cost around $580 for a 500-square-foot space.
Another way to slash your heating bills is to seal the windows and doors throughout your house. This can cut your energy costs by 10% to 20%, according to Energy.gov. More good news: Finding air leaks and then caulking and weather-stripping windows and doors is easy to do on your own.
MWP Building Supply provides the building supplies, tools and expert advice to help you prepare your home for the Fall. Call today 800-844-9234
When the last of summer’s heat is a faint memory, and you’re pulling out your hoodies more than your shorts, it’s time to tackle a few simple chores that’ll make winter more pleasant and prevent some nasty surprises next spring.
Clean and Stow Your Mower
If you’re not familiar with fuel stabilizer, get to know it. If your mower sits for months with gas in its tank, the gas will slowly deteriorate, which can damage internal engine parts. Fuel stabilizer ($10 for a 10-ounce bottle) prevents gas from degrading. Add stabilizer to your gasoline can to keep spare gas in good condition over the winter, and top off your mower tank with stabilized gas before you put it away for the winter. Run the mower for five minutes to make sure the stabilizer reaches the carburetor.
Remove Garden Hoses From Faucets
Leaving hoses attached can cause water to back up in the faucets and in the plumbing pipes just inside your exterior walls. If freezing temps hit, that water could freeze, expand, and crack the faucet or pipes. Make this an early fall priority so a sudden cold snap doesn’t sneak up and cause damage. You should also consider turning off any shutoff valves on water supply lines that lead to exterior faucets. That way, you’ll guard against minor leaks that may let water enter the faucet.
Drain Your Sprinkler System
Even buried irrigation lines can freeze, leading to busted pipes and broken sprinkler heads.
Seal Air Leaks In Your Home
Grab a couple of tubes of color-matched exterior caulk and make a journey around your home’s exterior, sealing up cracks between trim and siding, around window and door frames, and where pipes and wires enter your house. Preventing moisture from getting inside your walls is one of the least expensive — and most important — of your fall maintenance jobs. You’ll also seal air leaks that waste energy.
Clogged rain gutters can cause ice dams, which can lead to expensive repairs. After the leaves have fallen, clean your gutters to remove leaves, twigs, and gunk. Make sure gutters aren’t sagging and trapping water; tighten gutter hangers and downspout brackets. Replace any worn or damaged gutters and downspouts. If you find colored grit from asphalt roof shingles in your gutters, beware. That sand-like grit helps protect shingles from the damaging ultraviolet rays of the sun. Look closely for other signs of roof damage, it may be time for a roofing replacement.
Eyeball Your Roof
If you have a steep roof or a multistory house, stay safe and use binoculars to inspect your roof from the ground. Look for warning signs: Shingles that are buckled, cracked, or missing; rust spots on flashing. Any loose, damaged, or missing shingles should be replaced immediately. Black algae stains are just cosmetic, but masses of moss and lichen could signal roofing that’s decayed underneath. A plumbing vent stack usually is flashed with a rubber collar — called a boot — that may crack or loosen over time. They’ll wear out before your roof does, so make sure they’re in good shape.
Direct Your Drainage
Take a close look at the soil around your foundation and make sure it slopes away from your house at least 6 vertical inches over 10 feet. That way, you’ll keep water from soaking the soils around your foundation, which could lead to cracks and leaks.
Check Your Furnace
Schedule an appointment with a heating and cooling pro to get your heating system checked and tuned up for the coming heating season. Change your furnace filters, too. This is a job you should do every two months anyway, but if you haven’t, now’s the time. If your HVAC includes a built-in humidifier, make sure the contractor replaces that filter.
Late fall is the best time to prune plants and trees — when the summer growth cycle is over. Your goal is to keep limbs and branches at least 3 feet from your house so moisture won’t drip onto roofing and siding, and to prevent damage to your house exterior during high winds.
Give Your Fireplace a Once-Over
To make sure your fireplace is safe, grab a flashlight and look up inside your fireplace flue to make sure the damper opens and closes properly. Open the damper and look up into the flue to make sure it’s free of birds’ nests, branches and leaves, or other obstructions.
MWP Building Supply provides tools and the expert advice to help you prepare your home for the winter. Call today 800-844-9234
It’s that time of year again. Time to start thinking about closing your pool for the cooler months ahead. Properly preparing your pool for the winter will lengthen its life, and it’ll also make things easier when it’s time to open it again. There’s a lot more to it than just slapping a cover on and calling it a day. Let’s take a look at what you’ll need from MWP Supply to do to get your swimming’ hole ready for its long winter’s rest. Here are some great pool closing tips:
Closing your pool too early can encourage algae growth and make your job a whole lot harder when it’s time to reopen in the spring. A good rule of thumb is to wait until the water is consistently lower than 65 degrees.
Brush the sides and bottom of your pool and then vacuum it. A thorough cleaning before closing for the season will help to prevent algae growth and lighten your workload when it’s time to open it back up.
It’s best to take a sample of your pool’s water to us to have it tested. Our team can test your water to ensure the pH is between 7.4 and 7.6 and the alkalinity to be between 100 and 150 ppm. Just bring a sample by and we’ll get you set!
We stock all the chemicals you’ll need to winterize your pool, here’s what you’ll need when you stop in at MWP Supply:
Keep in mind that the chlorine shock will destroy the algaecide. The best course of action is to add the shock five to seven days before closing your pool, and then waiting to add the algaecide until right before you put the cover on.
Remove the drain plugs and allow the pump to drain. Next, remove the pump and all the hoses that are attached. If you have a chlorinator, that should be removed at this time as well. A good tip is to keep all the drain plugs in the pump basket, you’ll know right where they are and you won’t risk them getting misplaced. The hoses, pump, and chlorinator will last longer if you store them inside during the cold winter months. No matter what type of filter you have, it will need to be removed and cleaned before storage. Filters should also be stored inside, with the exception of a sand filter, which may be too large and/or heavy to take indoors.
There is some debate about the validity of lowering the water level for the winter. This issue revolves around protecting the skimmer from cracking due to freezing temperature. For an above ground pool, removing the hose from the skimmer and using a winter skimmer cover plate will remove the need to drain the pool at all. The normal level will actually be better. An inground pool is a bit different.Your best bet is to call MWP Supply to come and blow out the pipes. We’ll insert a rubber piece that will protect the skimmer from damage in the freezing cold. If this is done, you won’t need to drain the pool. If you have tile on the sides of your pool, we’ll lower the water level to about 4 inches beneath the tile. This will prevent it from possible damage. At this point in the process, it’s also the best time to remove ladders and any other accessories that can be stored.
An above ground pool will need an air pillow beneath the cover.
You can use clips and cables to secure your cover. An inground pool doesn’t require an air pillow but should use clips to secure the cover.
The long wait for spring….
You’ve cleaned and scrubbed, added chemicals, and covered up your pool. Following these maintenance tips gives you the best chance of not having any unwelcome surprises come spring.
MWP Building Supply provides expert pool closings and treatments for cold-weather maintenance so when the summer comes back again, your pool will be ready! Give us a call to set up your maintenance appointment 800-844-9234
Recently, we were lucky enough to become an official Stihl Power Tool Supplier. We’re proud to be experts in Stihl’s high performance tools and to have suck a great variety of them in our MWP Building Supply Showroom. Why choose Stihl Power Tools? Many reasons:
Stihl’s founder Andreas Stihl developed his first chainsaw in 1926. His incentive: “To ease peoples’ work with and in nature”. This guiding principle is still of cardinal importance today. They design products to match our customers’ needs and requirements.
Since its foundation more than 90 years ago, the company has grown from a one-man business into a global chainsaw and outdoor power equipment manufacturer. Innovative ideas, in-house know-how and meticulous craftsmanship have resulted in a broad and steadily expanding product portfolio.
STIHL has been the world’s biggest selling chainsaw brand since 1971. Their outstanding innovations have set the benchmark for the industry time and time again. They want to continue growing and maintaining their values in the future. Lasting success can only be achieved by adhering to solid principles, and Stihl certainly does that!
STIHL has recently further optimized its MS 261 C-M chainsaw. The power output is noticeably higher, despite the reduced weight, which will allow you to carry out the most demanding work with impressive ease.
STIHL is also offering several new clearing saws and brushcutters that are suitable for all kinds of work, regardless of the size of the plot, or how overgrown it is. With new technology and improved guidance and maintenance, we make your work even more powerful and more comfortable.
Soon, you’ll definitely need the STIHL BGA 100 cordless blower for your yard. Whether you’re removing leaves, rubbish or cuttings, the new STIHL BGA 100 will clear the way thanks to its enormous blowing power. And it’s so quiet that you don’t need to worry about needing ear protection. There are many more tools that will suit your Fall outdoor needs as well!
Get your Stihl Power Tools right here at MWP Building Supply. We are trained and knowledgeable on all of their sensational products and we’ll help you choose one that is right for you! Visit the showroom today,
With August in full swing, nothing says summer like memorable get-togethers with friends and family. Here are some outdoor party ideas to help you get started in creating the perfect outdoor summer party.
Outdoor Burger Bar
Creating an outdoor burger bar for your guests is the perfect way to let them easily build personalized burgers that will please everyone’s tastes.
Sunscreen and Bug Spray Station
Keep your guests sunburn and insect free by creating a sunscreen and bug spray station at the entrance to your venue. This serves as a fun way for your guests to stay protected from the elements.
Hanging Photo Booth
Have any old picture frames lying around the house? These can be hung outside for a quick and easy photo booth that everyone will love!
Repel Mosquitos with Herbs
To keep those pesky mosquitoes at bay, place Sage, Rosemary, and Lavender in flowerpots around your venue. These herbs smell incredible, look great as centerpieces, and keep your guests from getting bitten.
Create fun games for your guests to play outside, like giant scrabble, corn hole, and giant Jenga!
Spread Food Between Different Tables
Spreading different food items such as entrees, sides, and desserts between tables around your venue helps encourage guests to walk around and mingle.
Tea Lights in Mason Jars
Create easy D.I.Y lighting by simply putting tea lights into mason jars. These adorable lights will add playfulness and a comfortable glow to your venue.
Mobile Drink Station
Consolidate all of your drinks to a cart that can be easily moved around the venue so a delicious drink will always be within arm’s reach!
Consolidate Utensils by wrapping them in Napkins
Wrapping your utensils in napkins makes it easier for your guests to grab everything they need in one trip to the food tables.
Utilize Popsicle Sticks for Easy Labeling
You can easily label all of the foods at your party with Popsicle sticks. Also use Popsicle sticks to differentiate between more rare and well-done burgers!
By following these outdoor party tips, as well as adding your own personal touches, you’re sure to have a summer party that everyone will be talking about for the rest of the season!
Try a couple of these summer beat heat hacks and you’ll cool off in no time! You might just save on your energy costs too 🙂
If you have to be outside, try to do it early or later in the day when the sun is lower in the sky and the temperatures aren’t as high. Wear sunscreen and a hat and don’t forget your shades! Have a safe and cool summer from MWP Building Supply.
Is your home a showplace, but your outdoor entertaining area look a little blah? We want to share some new design trends that can really enhance your outdoor entertaining area. Is your deck/patio furniture showing wear and tear? Are the cushions faded and threadbare? Does your furniture match? Below are some Tips For Updating Outdoor Entertainment Space.
One of the latest design trends in outdoor décor is giving your space an indoor look. Let the design elements flow from inside to the outside. Use throw pillows to enhance the look and comfort of your outdoor space. You can even add an outdoor rug to give it a new look.
Another trend is using fancy furniture. If you buy a quality outdoor furniture, it will show and it will last longer. Get something weather-proof that doesn’t need repainting every season. Just because you are outside doesn’t mean it has to look like you are outside.Think about adding brightly colored planters with exotic plants. Just adding a bit of color and foliage can really enhance the quality of your outdoor look.
Who doesn’t like a good porch swing? This design element adds both look and functionality to your outdoor space. Encourage guests to sit down and relax a while with the addition of a porch swing to your outdoor décor.
Light up your area for an elegant and functional look. Gone are the days of a small single bulb outdoor light fixture on your patio or deck. Add some colorful LED strip lighting or deck lights to jazz up your space.
If you have a big open wall space in your outdoor area, why not consider some nice artwork. Just make sure it is outdoor ready so it doesn’t get ruined in the first summer thunderstorm. Artwork can add to the ambiance of your outdoor entertainment area.
We hope this has given you a few good ideas to get that outdoor party space ready for your next gathering. Come in to see us at our MPW Building Supply showroom and we’ll help you get started today!
Whatever task you have, we have a power tool to get the job done. STIHL is the #1 selling brand of gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment in America. An accomplishment that’s even more impressive when you realize none of our products are sold in big box stores. STIHL is only sold by servicing Dealers. People who are professionals in the use of outdoor power tools. So you talk to someone who truly knows this stuff. MWP Building Supply is proud to be an authorized retailer of Stihl Power Tools, an honor not given to any of the big-box stores. Our team is trained and ready to help you pick out your Stihl Outdoor Power Tool today!
STIHL tools are German-engineered, and a majority of them, built in America. So it’s no surprise that we spec the highest-quality metals, innovative polymers and other materials you simply won’t find on a lot of other brands. But that’s what you do when you build products people depend on.
From legendary chainsaws, dependable trimmers, powerful blowers and industry-leading construction tools, a STIHL is designed for reliability. And built for the long haul. And that’s why so many people recommend them, and use them.
Check out Stihl’s website for many how-to videos and information on these reliable tools. https://www.stihlusa.com/information/how-to-guides/
We have the tool you need for your next big or small job. Come into the showroom for a demo today and we can help you get started!
Summer cookouts, parties, family gatherings. If any of these are on the horizon for you, now is the time to get your deck ready for all that Summer entertaining. Winter can be very hard on decks, especially wood ones. Is your deck summer ready? Let’s find out!
First thing you should inspect your deck for any rotting wood, damage, loose boards, popped nails, sagging or loose railing. The damage needs to be repaired first before getting it looking great again. MWP Building Supply offers Weyerhaeuser Framer Series™ Lumber to repair any deck damage you may find. Weyerhaeuser Framer Series™ Lumber is protected with an effective anti-stain agent that provides sapstain and mold control, giving the product a freshly milled appearance. Although this lumber arrives untreated, MWP Building Supply is one of only a few companies that is able to have the lumber treated locally before it is sold making it the perfect choice for your deck repair project.
Once you’ve inspected your deck and made any necessary repairs cleaning is the next step. Make sure to remove everything from your deck including furniture and make sure there aren’t any clogs between the boards. You want the cleaning solution to flow through the space between boards. To clean your deck, you can use a mild bleach solution or purchase a product specifically for deck cleaning. Test the surface first to make sure the cleaner won’t discolor your deck.
Now that your deck is clean, decide if it needs a sealant or new stain. Decks should be re-sealed or re-stained every 2-4 years depending on use and weather. There are many stains/sealants on the market to choose from including clear to adding some color to your deck. At MWP Building Supply we have a wide variety of sealants and stains and all the tools you’ll need to make your deck look fabulous for your next gathering.
Once you’ve finished getting your deck ready, you might want to consider adding some new furniture or décor to your deck to give it that polished look. New cushions for existing outdoor furniture can give your outdoor space a whole new look. You can add patio lights, planters or even add a built-in bench.
Make your deck stand out this Summer! If you need the materials to get your deck summer ready, just come by MWP Building Supply’s showroom or order online. Happy Summer!