Laying ceramic floor tiles

Great Home Project: Install a New Tile Floor

Is it time to replace your tile floor? Here’s how to get it done and what it will cost

A fresh new floor is one of the most popular ways to update a bathroom. In fact, floors are among the top three features to upgrade during a master bathroom remodel, with about 91 percent of renovating homeowners making an improvement to this area, according to But what’s involved? And can you do it yourself?  For some homeowners, laying tile that you’ll walk on for years to come can elicit a great sense of pride. Others may find the process a bit overwhelming.

Project basics. Installing tile involves stripping the floor down to the substrate, installing a backer board or underlayment, adhering the tile to the floor and grouting it. Depending on the material, sometimes a sealer is needed to protect the material from stains or damage.

Things to consider. Think about the pattern you want to install. Is it basic and fairly straight? Then you might be just fine trying your hand at a little tile-laying. Going for something more complex, with angles or curves involved? You might want to leave the headache to a professional. The idea here is to match your skill level, DIY confidence and tolerance for imperfections to the task.

Basic steps. Decide what type of tile you want to install. You can get ideas in tile showrooms, magazines and photos and tile product experts at MWP Supply.

Next, consider the steps that will be involved, from demolition of the existing floors to any work that may need to be done to prep them for new tile installation. Leveling the floors and assessing any substrate issues is likely to be the most technical part of this project.

How. It’s critical that you don’t install tile on old layers of linoleum, Harper says. Remove any old flooring and get down to the substrate. Needed repairs or leveling of the bare substrate come next. Once the subfloor is ready, the next basic step is installing cement backer board or an uncoupling membrane. Both materials serve as the underlayer to the tile floor and help prevent cracks. Joints should be staggered, not all lined up in a row, to make the floor more stable. Once it’s all down, it’s a smart thing to go back and check everything and make sure all of those boards are secure by walking across and checking and making sure you have screwed things to the floor appropriately.

Next, mark out the tile layout. Pro tip…Don’t start with the tile against one wall and go across the room.  It’s better to start from the center of the room and work your way out. The layout of the tile is typically marked in chalk. The width and color of the grout are part of the aesthetics. The tile layer can use spacers to keep the tiles evenly apart as the pattern progresses.

Finally, the tile may be set with mortar. Different types of tiles need different types of mortars or adhesives, so DIYers will need to research this and not grab the first can of mortar on the store shelf. Typically, you need to let the mortared tile set for a day before grouting it. But there are some fast-dry adhesives that, if appropriate for the type of tile you are using, can speed up the process.

MWP Building Supply provides tools and the expert advice to help you prepare for any project.  Come in to the showroom today!  322 Washington Street Madison, Virginia 22727


Snow Shoveling Tips

Winter is here and we may not have snow now, but it certainly could happen again before the winter is over.  Snow shoveling can be very dangerous on your body.  Using the wrong shovel and bad shoveling techniques can put a serious strain on your back and even your heart.  MWP Building Supply is here to give you snow shoveling tips to make shoveling easier and safer.

When buying a new snow shovel, common sense says that the larger the shovel scoop, the quicker the work. But that doesn’t mean you should automatically shop for the biggest bucket. Snow, particularly wet snow, is heavy, and the bigger the scoop, the more strain you’ll put on your neck, shoulders, and back.

Keep the dimensions moderate. A good size for most situations is 18 to 22 inches wide.

Material of Choice

  • High-strength plastic shovels are strong, lightweight, and easy to use. Because they’re less prone to freezing, they release snow better than metal shovels. However, constant scraping against concrete walks and driveways can wear out the leading edge in a single season, and they’re not good for removing ice.
  • Steel shovels are hard to beat for durability — they’ll outlast all others. But they’re the heaviest models out there, and require more energy to use. They’re also the most expensive. Steel shovels are useful for removing both snow and ice.
  • Aluminum snow shovels are more durable than plastic, and lighter and less expensive than steel. However, aluminum may bend when it comes in contact with a stubborn ice chunk or a crack in a driveway. Once bent, they’re difficult to repair.

Getting the Shaft

It doesn’t matter how strong a shovel blade is if the shaft twists, turns, and bows while you’re trying to use it. Look for shovels with a sturdy steel, aluminum, or wooden handles. With their high strength-to-weight ratio, fiberglass and resin handles are the premium choice, although you’ll pay up to 20% more than other types of handles.

shoveling snowWhat You’ll Pay

Prices for snow shovels range from as low as $15 for a flimsy plastic model on up to $125 for a solid steel shovel with wooden or fiberglass shaft. Most good-quality shovels, however, fall in the $30 to $50 range.

Ergonomic Ease

The snow shovels with the funny-looking Z-shaped shafts are billed as “ergonomic.” They’re designed to ease the strain on your lower back by reducing the amount of bending you’ll do while scooping snow. Prices for well-built ergonomic shovels range from $25 to $75.

Another version includes a large wheel attached to the handle. The wheel supports all the weight of the snow and acts as a fulcrum for lifting snow and helping you move it out of the way. You’ll pay $130.

When Push Comes to Shove

When it comes to physical exertion, it’s always better to push the snow rather than lift it. Push-type snow shovels or plows are great for driveways and walks where you can simply shove the snow off to the side.

Because snow pushers are large in size — anywhere from 24 to 36 inches wide — they aren’t great for when the snow is deep or has to be thrown over a snow bank. Make sure the width of the snow pusher isn’t wider than your narrowest walkways.

Snow pushers and plows usually have large, U-shaped handles. Expect to pay $25 for a plastic 24-inch plow and up to $80 for 30-inch heavy-duty aluminum models.

Safety First

It isn’t just a myth that many people get injured from the simple act of shoveling snow. In fact, according to a study by the Center for Injury Research and Policy, there are more than 11,000 medical emergencies each year related to shoveling snow.

The study found that just two minutes of shoveling snow can stress your cardiovascular system and raise heart rates past recommended levels. Singled out for blame: the non-ergonomic design of many snow shovels.

To reduce the risk of injury, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons suggests you do the following:

  • Check with your doctor to make sure you’re healthy enough to shovel.
  • Dress appropriately in layers of light, water-repellent clothing. Don’t forget the hat, gloves, and slip-resistant boots.
  • Clear snow early and often. It’s easier to remove large snowfalls in multiple phases than all at once.
  • Warm up before starting. Stretch or perform light exercise for 10 minutes before shoveling.
  • Pace yourself, take frequent breaks, and stay hydrated by drinking water throughout.
  • Push, rather than lift, the snow whenever possible.
  • When lifting snow, bend at the knees with a straight back.
  • When moving snow, walk and dump it as opposed to throwing it.

Alternatives include safely using a snow blower or hiring a snow-removal contractor. When doing the latter, the Better Business Bureau recommends that you get multiple estimates, understand the difference between per-season and per-incident pricing, discuss what’s included (shoveling the front walk?), request references, and get it all in writing.

MWP Building Supply provides tools and the expert advice to help you prepare you with any project.  Call today 800-844-9234

9 Ways to Lower Your Energy Bill This Winter

Like it or not, Winter is here!  It’s never too late to start thinking about cutting cold-weather energy costs. Taking some time to weatherproof your home and maintain or upgrade appliances can result in significant savings when the snow starts falling. And making a few small lifestyle changes can help both the environment and your bank balance.

  1. Bundle Up

Don’t shed that sweater when you get home. Instead, wear warm clothing inside and turn your thermostat down. You can save 5 percent on heating costs for every degree you drop your thermostat in the 60-degree to 70-degree range. Unless you have a heat pump, consider cranking the thermostat setting down to 55 degrees when you’re sleeping or away from home for an extended period, as well. This small sacrifice can slash 5 percent to 20 percent from your heating bill. And if you want to take the strategy to the next level, turn the temperature on your water heater down to 120 degrees, which is safe and sanitary for most households, according to the U.S. Department of Energy

  1. Smart home control technology. Remote automation system Get Smart

Smart home systems can adjust the thermostat for you — and cut your residential energy costs. According to Energy Star, a programmable thermostat can save households up to $180 per year in heating and cooling costs,. These devices optimize your energy use by heating your home only when you’re there — or awake — to enjoy it.  The Nest Thermostat, for example, automatically adjusts the temperature after users set it manually for the first few days to establish usage patterns and preferences. It can also adjust according to factors such as draftiness or how long a home takes to get warm.

  1. Upgrade Kitchen Appliances

Replacing old appliances can cut energy bills across the board. In fact, 20 percent of our electricity bill’s balance comes from running appliances. However, opting for Energy Star-qualified dishwashers, washing machines and refrigerators can dramatically reduce that percentage.  For example, Energy Star refrigerators use 50 percent less energy than those manufactured 15 years ago and 15 percent less than fridges without the efficiency rating. Moreover, Energy Star washers are 40 percent more efficient than their conventional counterparts lacking the Energy Star label.

  1. Look at Other Major Appliances

Considering water heating costs account for 11 percent of your utility bills, switching out your water heater can drastically cut energy bills. Consider gas and solar options, many of which are tankless to maximize efficiency.  Traditional water heaters maintain a full tank of warm water, which requires constant energy to keep warm. Tankless water heaters, on the other hand, only heat water on demand. That way, you do not have the extra energy consumption occurring when hot water is not being used.  Additionally, homeowners should assess the condition of their furnaces. The average life expectancy for a gas or oil-fired furnace is 15 years to 20 years, according to This Old House, and an aging, inefficient model could be inflating your energy bill. On the other hand, an Energy Star-certified furnace is at least 15 percent more efficient than a standard model and can save you up to 20 percent on heating costs. Although replacing major appliances can be expensive, doing so will probably pay off if you plan to stay put for several years.

  1. Decimate Drafts

There are many ways to keep out the cold, including insulating windows with clear plastic sheeting and installing insulated window coverings, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, which offers tips on detecting and sealing air leaks. Detect drafts around chimneys, in unfinished spaces behind cabinets and closets, and in other areas and seal them. Additionally, lose your fireplace’s damper when it’s not in use, and apply weather stripping or caulk around drafty doors and windows to stop cold air in its tracks.

  1. Set Home Health Resolutions

Take the beginning each year as a time to take care of many routine home maintenance tasks, such as changing the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, vacuuming the refrigerator coils and checking its seals to improve efficiency and changing refrigerator water filters and furnace air filters. Regularly changing filters can be a big energy saver and improve air quality in your home.

  1. Schedule a Furnace Physical

Arrange for an HVAC professional to give your furnace a once-over before the cold kicks in. Consider having your furnace inspected before you need to run it daily. IN most cases, for under $100, you can get your system examined by a professional who can spot air duct leaks, intake blockages, mechanical failings, electronic failings and more. A pre-season tune-up can also help prevent breakages during periods that require emergency repairs, when service calls can cost considerably more.

  1. Start Small

Even apartment dwellers can cut their average energy bills by turning off and unplugging unused electronics and small appliances. According to EPA estimates, idle gadgets waste more than 100 billion kilowatt hours of electricity annually — costing consumers $10 billion a year.

  1. Opt for LEDs

Replacing conventional bulbs with LED alternatives can add up to significant savings. Residential LEDs — especially Energy Star-rated products — use at least 75 percent less energy and last 25 times longer than incandescent lighting, according to the Energy Department. And savings-savvy homeowners can even upgrade their holiday lights.  For example, the estimated cost of electricity to light a 6-foot tree for 12 hours a day for 40 days is $10 with incandescent C-9 lights, compared to just 27 cents with LED lights of the same size.


MWP Building Supply provides tools and the expert advice to help you prepare you with any project.  Call today 800-844-9234

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The Importance of Checking Washing Machine Hoses

Have you checked your washing machine hoses lately??  

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

  • age of the hose (over five years is cause for concern)
  • manufacturing defects in the hose
  • poor water quality creating deterioration inside the hose
  • installation error

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:

  • Make sure that the hose connections – including the drain hose – are secure. They can become loose anytime a washer is moved or becomes severely off-balance.
  • Look for rust on the connectors and any cracks or bulges in the hoses
  • Any dampness indicates a small leak and replacement should happen immediately

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.

Swirl of water going down the sinkWashing Machine Hose Selection

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

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.

  1. Build a fire pit

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.

  1. Paint your home’s exterior

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.

  1.  Paint your home’s interior, too

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 paint chipsout the paint fumes. Best of all, this is something you can do yourself without fear.

  1. Take care of your roof

“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.

  1. Insulate the attic

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.

  1. Seal windows and doors

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 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

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Avoid Costly Winter Mistakes

10 things you need to do in the fall to avoid costly winter mistakes

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.

  • When the mower is cool, remove the spark plug and pour a capful of engine oil into the spark plug hole.
  • Pull the starter cord a couple of times to distribute the oil, which keeps pistons lubricated and ensures an easy start come spring.
  • Turn the mower on its side and clean out accumulated grass and gunk from the mower deck.

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.

  • Turn off the water to the system at the main valve.
  • Shut off the automatic controller.
  • Open drain valves to remove water from the system.
  • Remove any above-ground sprinkler heads and shake the water out of them, then replace.
  • If you don’t have drain valves, then hire an irrigation pro to blow out the systems pipes with compressed air. A pro is worth the $75 to $150 charge to make sure the job is done right, and to ensure you don’t have busted pipes and sprinkler head repairs to make in the spring.

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.

Leaves in rain gutter.De-Gunk Your Gutters

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.

Prune Plants

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

winterizing pool

Pool Closing Tips

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:

  1. When should I close my pool??

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.

  1. Cleaning now will save you time later!

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.

  1. Fall leaves floating in swimming pool waterTest the waters

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!

  1. Add the chemicals

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:

  • A pH increaser and/or an alkalinity increaser.
  • Sanitizer, such as Chlorine or Bromine.
  • Chlorine shock.
  • Winter algaecide.

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.

  1. Time to check the filter and pump!

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.

  1. To drain or not to drain?

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.

  1. Cover it up

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

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Why Choose Stihl Power Tools

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 Leaf-blowerSTIHL MS 261 C-M – Light to hold, tough on wood.

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.

Clearing Saws and Brushcutters

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.

Leaf/Rubbish Blower

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,


Group Of Friends Having Outdoor Barbeque At Home

Outdoor Party Ideas

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.

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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!



Beat The Heat Hacks

Beat Heat Hacks

Heat got you down this summer?

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 🙂

  • Keep your food cool and don’t use your oven when possible.  Have salads, fruits, vegetables and other cool dishes.  Keeps the house and you cool.
  • Close those curtains and blinds to keep the blaring sun out.  It will help keep your rooms cooler.
  • Drink lots of water.  You need to replenish all you sweat out.  Keeping hydrated will help you feel better too!
  • Wear breathable cotton clothing.  Nothing holds in the heat like synthetic clothing materials.
  • Run your ceiling fans counter-clockwise in the summer for optimal cooling.
  • Having a hard time sleeping in the heat?  Try a cooling pillow or a cool (or even frozen) washcloth on your forehead.
  • Dip your feet in icy cold water to cool your body down.  This may not appeal to everybody but it does the trick!
  • Don’t forget your canine friends.  You can create a treat-sicle for them by freezing water, dog treats and chicken broth in a bucket and then put it on a stand or small table for them to enjoy!
  • Products with aloe vera can be very soothing to sunburn and don’t forget your sunscreen.
  • Have a water balloon fight.  It’s fun and cooling.
  • Shut your fireplace damper.  Leaving it open can suck hot air into your home.
  • Carry around a small spray bottle with water.  Just a little spritz can make a difference.

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.