Here at McLendon, we’re always talking shop. We're an eclectic bunch and someone always has a project going on. That’s what’s fun about DIY. Doing something for yourself feels good, even when it goes spectacularly wrong. We got this blog going to help you build on what you already know, and maybe learn something your grandma hasn’t yet taught you.Read More
Despite the popularity of celebrity rodents Mickey, Remy, Mighty and Jerry, mice and rats are not well-liked. On a popularity scale, rats and mice fall between spiders and snakes. And nobody wants them as roommates.
Yet this year, there seems to be a profusion of rodents taking residence in homes, garages and yards. Every day, dozens of people visit McLendon Hardware seeking a solution because we have the answers.
It’s the third and final installation of our three-part Puget Sound house painting blog! After covering lead testing and proper exterior preparation, it’s time to prime, caulk and paint.
These are the least-labor intensive steps of exterior house painting—and the priciest. Quality primer, paint and caulk cost more but deliver the longest-lasting finish that saves you time and money in the long run.
“I had the best weekend painting my house!” said no one, ever. Painting is hard work.
A few days of pre-paint prep will add years to the life of a paint job. Properly prep surfaces for lasting, professional results and rest easy knowing you won’t have to paint again for a decade.
Summer is great for DIY projects like painting, repairing and renovating. But if your home was built before 1978, it likely contains lead-based paint.
Here’s what you need to know about DIY projects and preventing lead-based paint exposure.
Well-loved mowers can last upwards of two decades, and a lot changes in 20 years. Check out McLendon’s top mower types and learn three questions to help you choose the right machine for your yard.
Cooking with fire is as old as human civilization. Today, meat masters and grill goddesses wear aprons in place of our ancestors’ animal-pelt loincloths, but their quest remains the same: Flame-crafting all things edible.
May is National Barbecue Month, a fortuitous time to consider a smokin’ hot new barbie. Find the grill of your dreams with McLendon’s Barbecue Buying Guide.
Sometimes late-night handstands go sideways and become a D-I-Y drywall patching project. That's the story behind this tale of gypsum board replacement, as explained by DIY Guy. This project took him about five hours and cost less than $50. Read on to discover drywall repair how-to.
The Best Indoor Plant for You (And How to Take Care of It): Part 5
The top five exotic, delightful and, let’s say, “somewhat more finicky than most” houseplants make this list. But all the extra spritzing, humidifying and care are worth it for these truly show-stopping plants.
And they’re really not that much extra work. Follow these simple directions and keep your peacock plants fully feathered and flourishing.
I was doing laundry when my nose detected an ominous odor: hot, burning and electrical. An ozone scent was wafting from my dryer. I could smell my D-I-Y destiny as I unplugged my dryer’s melted, charred plug. And the outlet? It was a dangerous, corroded mess just waiting to start a house fire.
Nine-InGREENdient spring cleaning: THE HOMESTEAD EDITION
In our final installation of this three-part green-cleaning blog, we’re taking on the rest of the home. Learn to concoct floor cleaner, window wash, an antimicrobial food-safe spray and more!