Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Maiximize your Outdoor Storage

If you are anything like my husband you have a little shop or a space to do little projects, big projects, or crafts.  This is the time of year that he is organizing and getting ready for indoor projects, so the shop gets a makeover.  Here are just a few ideas for helping you organize your area.

This is a good idea for all those shovels, rakes, etc. that you need to keep handy but don't want laying all over the yard or against walls.  As a klutz, I know if you lay it against a wall, you don't want it by a window.  My husband learned this the hard way this summer.  Luckily, windows can be replaced.  Try this cool little helper to save your windows.  Corner Tool Rack

For those of you who have the slotted board with hooks or just a wall that you use to attach tools to, these make really good tool hangers.  You may also want to try one of our other many Tool Hangers and brackets.  They can be used for your hammers, or mallets or anything else you can think of and come in many sizes and colors.  Maybe you like using a Magnetic tool hanger to keep your tools handy and up out of your way.

If you don't like the corner piece for large tools, a couple of eye hooks on either side of a wall is a good place to put a Bungee chord to hold the shovels, rakes, etc in a standing position and kept out of your way but still handy and easy to get to.   Of course they come in all types of lengths and colors.  They can also be used in a number of ways to keep items, like your kids soccer balls and basketballs, contained. carries many types of drawer organizers as well.  With  26 Drawer Organizers   to Stacking storage bins

or portable organizers that can go around the yard, house or even on the roof with you if necessary.  Portable tool organizer or Carryaway Port organizer

 Whatever job you are doing, or project you are working on, take a look at our Storage and Organization section at for all your organizational needs.

Christmas light safety tips

When you put up Christmas lights this season--or holiday lights during any season--be sure to follow these Christmas light safety tips. (

  • Choose Christmas lights that have been tested and deemed safe by a reputable testing laboratory, the best are UL or ETL. Christmas lights listed as safe by these laboratories will note that on the packaging.
  • Try to use the cooler-burning "mini" Christmas lights as opposed to the traditional larger bulbs. The older style burns much hotter and can start fires.  Take a look at the many types of lights we carry at and find the perfect lights for your decorating project  Celebrations-Holidays-Miniature-Lights
  • Only use Christmas lights that have fuses in the plugs.  Fuses
  • Inspect each set of Christmas lights--old or new--for damage. Return or throw out any set with cracked or broken sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections.
  • Replace burned out bulbs promptly with bulbs of the same wattage. Most strands of lights come with replacement bulbs to use.
  • Never hang Christmas lights on a metal tree. The tree can become charged with electricity and shock someone. The tree can also short out the Christmas lights and cause a fire.
  • Want Christmas lights outdoors? Use outdoor Christmas lights. The packaging will note whether the lights can be used indoors, outdoors, or both. Don't ever use indoor lights outside (using outdoor lights in the house is not a big deal). 

  • All outdoor electrical decorations should be plugged into a ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI).  An example of one type would be GFCI Outlet  
  • You can buy portable units for outdoor use, or you can have them permanently installed by an electrician.
  • Use extension cords properly. Outdoor cords can be used anywhere, but never use indoor extension cords outside. Do not overload extension cords--they can get hot enough to burn.  You may also want to protect your extension chord connections.  Try an extension chord safety seal lock.  Extension Cord Safety Seal Lock
  • Stay away from power lines or feeder lines (these go from the pole to the house).
  • Secure outside Christmas lights with insulated holders (never use tacks or nails) or run strings of lights through hooks.  All In 1 Clip
  • When you leave or go to bed at night, turn off your Christmas lights.
  • Never pull on a string of Christmas lights, it stresses the cords and can lead to fraying. Store Christmas lights loosely wrapped for the same reason.

We hope these tips help you safely enjoy your outdoor Christmas lights this year!  We wish you a very Happy Holidays!!

Monday, December 7, 2015

Bungee Black Microfiber Chair

Midland Hardware Are you looking for a comfortable chair that doesn't take up a lot of space? That's comfortable? Maybe for a dorm room or small kids room? The Zenithin Limited Bungee Black Microfiber Seat 360 Degree (model # IC524S-TV01) is the chair for you.

This seat comes with a black microfiber seat, has teal bungees and a steel frame. It can hold up to 225 lbs. in weight. It has been reviewed to be the most comfortable of other bungee chairs.

The Bungee Black Microfiber Seat has gotten rave reviews from our customers who have kids that play video games, or for dorm rooms where space is tight. They simply fold down flat and make it easier to fit in small and tight spaces, including under a bed! The Bungee Black Microfiber Seat assembled dimensions are 25.98" x 32.68" x 33.27 and weighs about 8 lbs.

Midland Hardware has a variety of Bungee Chairs Below!

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Our prices are always the best around and these new Bungee Chairs are going FAST!! So for a comfortable, and easy to store chair, pick one up today at today before it's too late!

 These also make fantastic Christmas gifts and sell like hot cakes during the holidays!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Dryer Vent - Fire Safety

Midland Hardware We had to buy a new dryer recently. While taking out the old dryer my husband inspected the dryer air duct that directs the deadly gases outside. And even after just replacing the vent last Spring it was pretty caked with lint. Rather then taking a chance. We decided to just replace the whole air duct.

 According to the National Fire Protection Association:
  • In 2010, an estimated 16,800 reported U.S. non-confined or confined home structure fires involving clothes dryers or washing machines resulted in 51 civilian deaths, 380 civilian injuries and $236 million in direct property damage.
  • Clothes dryers accounted for 92% of the fires; washing machines 4%, and washer and dryer combinations accounted for 4%.

  • The leading cause of home clothes dryer and washer fires was failure to clean (32%), followed by unclassified mechanical failure or malfunction (22%). Eight percent were caused by some type of electrical failure or malfunction.

    This got me to thinking.  What do we have that could help prevent this from happening in my own home, in the future? has a few good products that you can try. 

LintEater LintCatcher Dryer Vent Cleaner R-4203613

LintEater System LintCatcher, Captures Loosened Lint From The Dryer Vent While Rotary Brushing With The LintEater System, Attach To The Exterior Vent Hood, Turn On The Blower Or Dryer & Begin Rotary Brushing The Vent System, As The Loosened Lint Is Blown Out, It Is Collected In The LintCatcher, Works Great When Cleaning From The Outside Or From The Inside.

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Unger Exhaust Vent Brush 36 in. 962070 Unger Exhaust Vent Brush 36 in. 962070

36 in. , Exhaust Vent Brush, Ideal For Cleaning Lint Traps On Dryers, Air Conditioning & Heating Vents, Removes Lint & Fuzz Build Up That Can Cause Fires & Allergies, Flexible, Protective Coated Wire Shaft Prevents Scratching Any Surfaces Or Snags Inside The Vents, Comfort Grip Will Provide An Easy Feel Grip During Cleaning.

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LintEater Dryer Vent Kit Cleaning System RJR601

LintEater, 4 Piece, Dryer Vent Kit, Jr Cleaning System, Includes: 1 Each Of: Auger Brush, Lint Trap Brush & 2 Each 18 in. Extension Rods, Can Be Used With Drill Or By Hand, Lint Trap Brush Has 42 in. Reach, Dryer Exhaust Vent Can Be Cleaned With Auger Brush Up To 3 ft. From Each Side.

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Unger Dryer Vent Brush 30 in. 962680 Unger Dryer Vent Brush 30 in. 962680

30 in. , Dryer Vent Brush, Ideal For Cleaning Lint Traps On Dryers, Air Conditioning & Heating Vents, Removes Lint & Fuzz Build-Up That Can Cause Fires & Allergies, Flexible, Protective Coated Wire Shaft Prevents Scratching Any Surfaces Or Snags Inside The Vents, Comfort Grip Will Provide An Easy Feel Grip During Cleaning.

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It is also important to have your dryer serviced periodically to make sure all parts and wires are operating properly.  Please remember these tips to keep you and your family safe from preventable fires.  We at care about your safety.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Kingsford in Charcoal Kettle Grills

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When you think about summertime, one of the first things you probably think about is grilling out in your own backyard. When you think about grilling, you probably think about Kingsford Charcoal, the leading manufacturer of charcoal in the U.S. While there is nothing wrong with cooking inside on the stove, there is just something about grilling burgers over a Kingsford Charcoal Grill that says "summertime."

Kingsford has had a long and successful history in the charcoal industry. The company got it start in the 1920s as Ford Charcoal, a company that produced charcoal briquets for Henry Ford's Model T's. It was later renamed the Kingsford Products Company, after the person who brokered the site selection for the original plant, E.G. Kingsford.
Today, Kingsford turns more than one million tons of wood scraps into charcoal briquets, and Kingsford charcoal can be found nationwide at supercenters, home centers, grocery stores and drug stores. The name "Kingsford" is widely associated with quality charcoal grilling.

In recent company news, Kingsford has expanded its product line to include more than just charcoal. The company now also manufactures a great grill, the Kingsford Charcoal Grill. This grill, which can be found both in stores and online, comes in two sizes: 18.5 inch and 22.5 inch. It features a durable porcelain coating, stainless steel legs, an air vent for temperature control and a bottom rack for extra storage.

The Kingsford Charcoal Grill is similar in style to the Weber Silver One-Touch Kettle Grill. However, the Kingsford Charcoal Grill is cheaper, lighter, and it is made by the number one name in Charcoal, so it is a brand that buyers know they can trust.
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Kingsford This summer, don't just grill on any charcoal grill; choose the charcoal grill that is right for you. The Kingsford Charcoal grill is a great affordable, practical and convenient solution for your family grilling needs. Check out the Kingsford Charcoal Grill today.