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The Home Depot
2400 Consul Street
Albert Lea, MN
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-9:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

Freeborn Lumber Co.
(507) 377-4284
971 Plaza Street W
Albert Lea, MN
Albert Lea - Auth Hometown
(507) 377-2500
2722 Bridge Ave
Albert Lea, MN
Store Hours
Hometown Dealers
Store Type
Hometown Dealers
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Northwood True Value
(641) 324-1763
96 Tenth St N
Northwood, IA
Gambles Our Own
(507) 465-3710
108 S Broadway
New Richland, MN
Fastenal- Albert Lea
1103 Sykes Street Albert Lea, MN, 56007
Albert Lea, MN
Raleigh's Ace Hardware
(507) 377-8636
Albert Lea, MN
(507) 448-3302
80860-110th STREET GLENVILLE, MN, 56036
Glenville, MN
Singelstad Do it Best Hardware
(641) 592-2800
202 N Washington
Lake Mills, IA
Ruskell Hardware
(507) 437-8249
1301 18th Avenue Nw
Austin, MN

Helpful Hints for the Handy Homeowner

by Special to Casa Latina on March 31, 2010

in You Can Do It!

Woman Drilling Homeowners across the country are loading up their tool belts and taking on home improvement projects on their own. This DIY crowd is looking for ways to make the home better while keeping expenses down.

The experts at Black & Decker have some tips and tools to make four of the most common projects a little easier.

Rejuvenate Cabinets. Instead of replacing your kitchen cabinets, stain them for a fresh, new look. Cabinet Sanding

  • Wash cabinets with mild detergent. Let dry, then scrape off loose paint.
  • Sand all surfaces. Try Black & Decker’s all-new Complete Sanding Kit with Smart Selectä Technology. Then wipe away sanding dust and prime all bare wood with sealer.
  • Paint cabinet interiors back walls first, then tops, sides and bottoms. Paint bottoms, tops, and edges of shelves last.
  • Paint both sides of doors, beginning with inner surfaces. With panel doors, paint in this order: 1) recessed panels, 2) horizontal rails, 3) vertical stiles.

Assemble Furniture Yourself. Adding even one new piece of furniture, like a bookshelf, can help transform a room. To help eliminate some of the frustration that can come with following assembly instructions, follow these tips:

  • Set aside a work area that’s big enough for unpacking and maneuvering the preassembled pieces.
  • Spread out all the furniture pieces and hardware. Compare what you have with what’s listed in the instruction manual. Make sure you have everything before you start.
  • Be ready with the basic tools. Some furniture is simple enough that no tools are required, but more complex pieces will probably call for a hammer, screwdrivers, wrenches and maybe even a power drill.

Install New Blinds. New blinds can help change the look of a room in no time. They also add privacy and can be an added form of measuring blinds insulation in the cooler months.

  • Take accurate measurements before you buy. Inside and outside mounted blinds are measured differently. You can find measuring guides online to help you get just the right fit.
  • Open the package carefully. Don’t use a razor blade or knife to open the boxes because you could accidently cut a cord.
  • Predrill pilot holes for screws to avoid splitting the work piece. Use a slower speed and moderate pressure. A steady and patient approach works best with wood, to avoid slipping and misaligning holes.
  • Screwdriving in difficult to reach areas is made simple with t...

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