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How to have the best lawn on the block!
Green-Up Lawn Food with Crabgrass Preventer is the first application in Jonathan Green's New American Lawn 4-Bag Annual Program, the ONLY one on the market that feeds the lawn...AND THE SOIL®! The New American Lawn feeds lawns with slow-release lawn fertilizers, controls weeds with superior herbicides, and enhances sub-soil with a unique "soil" fertilizer called Mag-I-Cal Plus. Mag-I-Cal Plus, the third step of the program, adjusts soil pH, loosens hard soil, and bio-stimulates the soil microbial...
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Power Equipment Tips and Upkeep
Doing some necessary power equipment upkeep now, will benefit you, the owner, because you will know that your machinery runs safely and guides in getting the job complete.
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10 Power Tool Safety Rules
Regularly use your power tools within their design limitations. Always be sure to view the manual from the company who made it, to make sure that you are using it accurately. Make sure you have the appropriate footwear, eyewear or gloves for insurance...
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Leinweber Jif-Set floor patch
Jif-Set® is a fast setting gypsum based two part, powder and liquid, floor patch / underlayment used for patching, smoothing, or leveling interior subfloors prior to finish floor covering. May be used over sound above grade concrete or wood subfloors. When mixed with Leinweber's Liquid Latex, Jif-Set® is self-bonding with a compressive strength of 2,800 psi after 7 days and 4,600 psi after 28 days. Place up to a maximum of 3/8" per lift.
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LP Top Notch 350 Sub-Flooring
Performance: Incredible strength, stiffness and moisture resistance. Easy Installation: Self-spacing tongue and groove design speeds installation. Innovation: Designed for optimum moisture resistance. RainChannel® Technology: Unique RainChannel notch system to help drain rainwater away during construction. Sustainability: Wood sourced through programs certified under the Sustainable Forestry Initiative®.50-Year Transferable Limited Warranty with 200-Day No Sand Warranty:...
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Insta Flo Drain Opener
Insta-flo is the Sixty-Second non-acid drain cleaner for sluggish or slow drains. It also works great for root control, grease traps and septic systems. Just mix it with hot water to activate and within sixty seconds the drain is cleared without harming fine fixtures, porcelain, chrome trim, polished brass, plastic or metal pipes.
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Smoke Your Holiday Turkey
Smoking your holiday turkey is in! Watch this video from Weber Grills on how to get the juiciest turkey and most flavor you can get!
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Five Ways to Check Your House for Safety and Security
Since the weather is getting a bit colder in Chicago and Skokie there are some places in the home to check out that should be something that is on our mind. Our store has a full-service hardware store carrying all you need for security and safety in the home.
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Gorilla Wood Glue
Gorilla Wood Glue is an adhesive that woodworkers, carpenters and hobbyists trust for their woodworking projects. Gorilla Wood Glue, a PVA glue, offers the benefits of an easy-to use, water-based adhesive, with Gorilla strength. This PVA glue is incredibly water resistant and dries a natural color that offers an invisible bond line for your projects. Watch this video.      
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Fall Grass Seeding from Crafty Beaver
At Crafty Beaver in Chicago and Skokie we favor seeding at the end of summer or autumn. The right moment to establish grass seed and apply fertilizer in in autumn will amend the lawn for a delightful lawn in the spring and summer months.
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Tough Rock Lite-Weight Drywall
LIGHTEN UP YOUR PROJECT WITHOUT LOSING STRENGTH. NOW Stocking 5/8"-4'x8'  Toughrock Lite-Weight Drywall. Features 60 minute fire rating.  
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Learn A Little About Spray Paint
Aerosol spray paint is an awesome product! It is so versatile and painless to use. It unquestionably cuts painting time in half, specially if you are doing a smaller project. Often the head brands in spray paint are innovative better ways to use it.
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Tips for Smoking Food on your grill!
1.    Soak the chips in a bowl of warm water for 20 minutes. Making sure that they are completely submerged. 2.    Fire up the coals. 3.    Drain the water from the chips once the coals turn grey. 4.    Smoke the food! Add chips to the charcoal grill or smoker. If it is a gas grill add chips to a smoker basket. 5.    Close lid and smoke food as desired.
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Not All Treated Lumber is the Same!
Crafty Beaver carries Wolmanized Outdoor Wood. Crafty Beaver treated lumber is KDAT (kiln-dried after treatment) which provides the ability to paint immediately, increased stability and reduced weight. Crafty Beaver carries #1 grade stamped dimension (2x4-2x12) and timbers (4x4, 4x6 & 6x6), D-select grade boards (1x4-1x8) and premium decking (5/4x6). Wolmanized Outdoor Wood is the fifth generation micronized copper azole treatment which has a Limited Lifetime Warranty against...
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Make Your Own Fresh Cut Flower Preservative
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (if you dont have lemon juice you can replace it and the sugar with lemon-lime soda, approx. 2 cups) 1 tablespoon sugar A few drops of household bleach 1 quart of warm water
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Sliders are just the right size snack for a Bloody Mary adventure. Make 3-ounce portions of ground chuck, season with salt and pepper, and grill them 6 to 8 minutes over direct medium-high heat. It is also a good idea to toast the buns, as it helps keep the sliders on the skewers. Jumbo shrimp take 5 to 6 minutes. Leave the tail attached and grill them early. They are perfect for dipping. A grilled shrimp on a skewer is effortless snacking. Needing only 3 to 4 minutes on the grill, eat the...
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Its Never Too Late To Put In Heat Tapes Around Your Pipes:
Some of the worse things that can happen during bitter cold duration is having your water shut off due to your pipes getting so frigid they are frozen. This might be momentary and your pipes might warm up on its own with not much hardship. Still though if the pipes are ice-cold for a honest span of time, there is a hazard of them totally fracturing, resulting in an expensive pipe restoration job. Among other things the stream of flooding that may occur damaging lots of types of floors and...
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5 Helpful Tips To Stop Ice Damming
An Ice dam is a large block of Ice that forms behind a typical set of Icecicles. When this Ice melts, the water can gather behind and seep into and under the shingles. Eventually, that water can leak through your ceiling, causing damage and other issues to the roof and interior walls. We here at Crafty Beaver in Chicago and Skokie want to help you prepare and prevent this issue. Armed with a little more knowledge, you will be ready to conquer the ice, once and for all.
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