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Instead, support the door by opening it wide and inserting a wedge under the latch edge. Then, remove the loose hinge-leaf screws and determine whether or not the leaf will accept larger-diameter screws. If so, install them and re tighten the hinge. Otherwise, you can reuse the original screws by widening the screw holes with a quarter-inch drill bit and then hammering lengths of quarter-inch dowel (coated with glue) into the holes. Work on one hinge leaf at a time. Finally, reposition the hinge leaf and secure it by driving the screws into the dowels. Is your door binding? If so, this is a fast fix that will dramatically improve your quality of life (no more banging doors). And we’ve got everything you need, from leaf-hinge screws and shims to dowels and glue. And our knowledgeable staff members will be happy to make sure you understand the procedure so you


Solutions for your HOME – CUTOFF DATES

Evergreen trees that need to be pruned are best clipped back in late spring or early summer. After that, they are not likely to grow much more. Evergreen shrubs can be pruned in early spring. Fruit trees should be pruned in early spring before the buds have appeared; berry bushes are typically pruned in late fall or early winter once the berries have been harvested. Rose bushes are generally best pruned in late winter, with early spring the latest cutoff time. Do you have any questions about today’s column or any aspect of outdoor maintenance? If so, you need to talk to an expert. Our staff members have been there and we know just how to help you. We can provide the great advice you need at the start of a project to prevent unhappy outcomes. And, of course, we have all the tools you might need. HINT: If you


Solutions for the HOME – LEDs LEAD THE WAY

While these types of bulbs are certainly more efficient than the incandescent they were made to replace, halogens emit considerable heat and compact fluorescent contain mercury, which can pose breakage and disposal issues. LEDs (light-emitting diodes), on the other hand, run cool, safely, and seemingly forever. In fact, LED bulbs are designed to last 24,000 hours. Moreover, according to the Department of Energy, with the rapid adoption of LED bulbs, electricity demand for lighting in the United States could be reduced by one-third by 2027. Choosing a light bulb used to be so simple. Now it’s a complex question of efficiency versus esthetics and prices versus environmental impact. Lucky for you, there’s expert help at hand. Our on-staff experts can help you navigate the now-complex matter of choosing a light bulb. Just like we can help you with anything in our extensive selection of hardware and tools. HINT: Because LEDs


Solutions for your HOME – NICE AND TIGHT!

Unfortunately, this leads to potentially disastrous results, from stripped threads to broken bolts to damaged equipment. A torque wrench makes easy work of tightening bolts, nuts, and plugs to the manufacturer’s torque value. The better torque wrenches hold their calibration longer and provide an audible “click” when the correct torque is reached. These tools are well worth their cost and should be treated with kid gloves in order to avoid repair or recalibration. The investment in money and care is well worth it. If a torque wrench is dropped, its accuracy may be compromised. We have all the hardware and tools you’ll need to get the job done right. But, more importantly, our expert staff members can give you the good advice that you need to make sound decisions early on. And don’t forget our extensive paint section, for once you’re done! HINT: Needless to say, never use a torque

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