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Kinds of Canning and Tips
Learn how you can improve preservation of food through canning. This process is the art of processing specific foods in sealed jars at high temperatures to let the heat deter spoilage and get rid impurities within.
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Prep & Paint
Planning a paint project? There are only a few paint supplies to gather before you even begin painting. Once you have the supplies, it is still not time to start painting, prepping the area before you paint like applying painters tape, covering things that you do not want paint on, and patching the walls will result in a paint job that will look like a pro finished it.
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Four Things To Learn About Remodeling Your Bathroom
There can be multiple reasons why people should renovate their homes. People may restore their house wanting to make a profit for selling purposes, whilst some other homeowners attain fixer-uppers and go all in to making major restorations before they even move their stuff in. Many owners also take on modernization adventures to make the home more up-to-date. Learn more about bathroom remodeling...
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3 Tips for Garage Door Care
Learn three pointers on how to maintain your garage door throughout the year and after certain weather elements have hit. There could be hints of squeaking or damage, or it could be the garage door isn't moving so smoothly any more.
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This is the Debate: Wood Pellet or Smoker Grill?
Get barbequing by contemplating which grill you would want to purchase; Smoker Grill or Pellet. There are good things and bad things about each depending on your taste of grilling. Review some things about each grill in this article and then speak to an associate at Crafty Beaver in Chicago and Skokie for help with your preferred grill.
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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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Time to Take Care of that Moss!
Green moss is a shallow-rooted plant that spreads by dispersing spores and growing root-like structures called rhizoids. The plant prefers to grow in wet and cool places starting in spring growing all summer long until it spreads beyond control.
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Milorganite Organic Natural Fertilizer.
Milorganite is a slow-release, non-burning, organic nitrogen fertilizer. Milorganite is composed of heat-dried microbes that have digested the organic matter in waste-water. Use on lawns, trees, shrubs, flowers, & vegetables for better results naturally.
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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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