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Three Reasons to Stain Your Deck


I think we can all agree that we’d much rather be BBQing on our decks than staining or sealing them. But taking a weekend at the very beginning of the warm season can save a lot of headache down the road. If you need convincing to throw even more items on your to-do list, I have three reasons deck treatment should be added:

1) Pre-emptive Care or “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
One of the first steps to finishing a deck is to go over the whole surface and look for loose screws and rotted boards and replace them. This keeps moisture from getting into and between boards. It’s also a good time to walk around and check the posts, joists, mounts, and brackets for structural integrity. No one wants to be “that” family riding the collapsing deck on America’s Funniest Home Videos.

2) Weather and Sun Will Damage Untreated Wood
Moisture can lead to mildew and rot during the spring/summer months and in areas with rough winters where moisture can freeze and cause even more damage.  The Sun in some areas can age a wood deck in a single season. Then you are left with a greyed dingy looking surface. Pretty soon the neighbor kids are telling stories about your house being haunted and your friends don’t want to come over for burgers and dogs. If people are turning down free food you know its gotten pretty bad.

3) Refinishing Your Deck Can Add to Your Homes’ Value and Curb Appeal
At least for the foreseeable future we are in a buyer’s market. If you are trying to sell your home you know the importance of getting the potential buyer to picture him or herself living their lives in the home. The backyard space is just as important as the inside for this, and the deck is a paramount part of the landscape.

Our Woodmates line of deck stain applicators can make this project a snap. From prepping with the TeleWash to blasting through the spindles with the Contour tool Woodmates will help from start to finish. To find further information click HERE


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An Extruded Aluminum Manifesto


In case you aren’t aware, Mr. LongArm is the World’s largest US manufacturer of telescopic extension poles and accessories, and we’re proud of this fact. Today I’d like to take a minute and explain why we are so adamant about using US made extruded aluminum in our 3ft. and longer extension poles.

National Hardware Show 2014 Wrap-up

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This year’s NHS 3 day event marked the 69th year that manufacturers and resellers of products were brought together under one roof…well, actually 2 roofs and an outdoor parking lot.  Held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, the line-up of exhibitors ranged from Home Improvement categories (like the painting tools MLA manufactures) to Lawn & Garden/Outdoor Living products (such as the hanging Wicker Chair that Linda Fore purchased after show hours then had to figure out how to haul back to KCMO).

Project Guide: How to Paint a Room


Painting may seem like an overly intuitive process, but there are a few pitfalls that can turn your dream of perfect living space into a nightmare. Follow our step-by-step guide can help you avoid common mistakes and help you get back to doing what you love… Faster. Safer. Easier.

Project Guide: How-to Clean a Deck

Deck Cleaning - Woodmates® Telewash® II Water-Fed System

When was the last time you washed your outdoor deck or patio? From backyard BBQs and spring rain to family reunions and summer heat, our outdoor spaces can take a serious beating. If you’ve ever replaced or built a deck or patio you know it can be an expensive and time-consuming process. This guide will give you a quick rundown on how to perform a little maintenance now to save you a big headache in the future. If you want to learn how to clean your deck, you’ve come to the right guide.

A Primer on Deck Treatment


Take a trip through your local hardware or paint store and you might be taken back by the wide variety of deck treating products on the market. What’s the difference between stain and a sealer? How do you know which product is right for your deck? This primer attempts to answer those questions, so let’s start at the biggest decision you’ll have in the deck treatment isle: “Do I seal or stain?” This choice is up to your preference, but they each have their own benefits and drawbacks.

Project Guide: How-to Paint a Closet


When you are in the throws of a remodeling spree it’s easy to bypass closets and leave them out of the makeover process. The humble closet has its own set of rules. It can be an extension of a room or an exciting pop of color. We’ll give you a list of needed supplies, and step by step instructions on how to paint your closet. This project is easy enough for a weekend, and can really change the entire look and feel of a living space.

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