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Hardware Store Terminology for Beginning Handymen

Given the current economic condition in most American households, it's not surprising that more and more people are taking on home improvement projects themselves. But even simple tasks like replacing the hardware on kitchen cabinetry or putting in a new door can be very challenging for beginners. You not only need the right tools, you need to know how to use them. And, oftentimes, going to the hardware store or other retail outlet can only add to the confusion when the clerk starts speaking in home repair jargon. If you're a beginning handyman, you'll want to learn the following commonly used home design and construction terms.

  • Framing - The wood elements used in the construction of a home. When a real estate agent refers to a home as having "good bones" this is what they are talking about.
  • Mill Works - This term refers to pre-made wood products like doors and kitchen cabinets. Wood flooring, however, is generally kept in a different department at most retail outlets.
  • Plumb - This term has a few different meanings in the world of home repair and tools. It can be the vertical version of level, or it can refer to plumbing equipment.
  • Primer - A paint like substance that is applied to a fence or wall before the actual paint is put on. Primer helps keep the paint from getting absorbed into the surface of whatever is being painted.
  • Sheet Rock - Sometimes called "drywall" these slabs of gypsum rock are the core of almost every wall in most homes. They are normally painted or covered with paneling.
  • Studs - These are the wood pieces of framing that are covered with drywall. Because drywall is not strong enough to be hit with a hammer, any nails driven into a wall should be driven into the studs.
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    North American Retail Hardware Associaiton
    Indianapolis, IN 46278
    If you are a professional in the hardware retail, manufacturing, or wholesaling industry, make sure you have a valid membership to our association. Dedicated to providing the industry with resources.
     
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    O'Neal Flat Rolled Metals
    1229 S Fulton Ave., Brighton, CO 80601
    At O'Neal Flat Rolled Metals we are a leading processor & distributor of non-ferrous & carbon flat-rolled metal products, headquartered in Brighton, CO.
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    (303) 654-0300
     
    User Review: "It's always a pleasure to work with this company everyone is very nice and helpful I highly recommanded this company to all."
    Distributor Wire & Cable
    14300 E 35th Pl Ste 104, Aurora, CO 80011
    Hardware retailer that provides cables for audio and visual needs. Some of our specialties include copper, steel, aluminum, and silver wire and cables. Also sell hammers, wrenches, paint and drills.
    (720) 317-2277
    Rocky Mountain Forest Products
    11722 W 44th Ave, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
    Full line of specialty lumber for decking, fencing, siding, timbers, beams and doors.
    (303) 422-9786
    Foothills Concrete Pipe & Products
    427 Front St, Platteville, CO 80651
    (970) 785-6066
    Fluid Compressor Partners
    107 1st Ave, La Salle, CO 80645
    (970) 284-6881
    Higgins Hardware
    1114 28th Ave, Greeley, CO 80634
    (970) 352-7493
    Ace Hardware
    3540 W 10th St, Greeley, CO 80634
    (970) 353-2851
    Red Man Pipe & Supply Co
    1501 43rd St, Evans, CO 80620
    (970) 330-3142
    Downhole Tool Service
    4200 W Service Rd Unit 1, Evans, CO 80620
    (970) 339-9500
    Harbor Freight Tools
    2430 W 10th St, Greeley, CO 80634
    (970) 356-3677
    Northern Colordo Property Preservation
    4132 W 30th Street Pl, Greeley, CO 80634
    (970) 515-6620
    Union Colony Lockworks
    1110 28th Ave, Greeley, CO 80634
    (970) 353-0550
    Johnstown Ace Hardware
    9 S Parish Ave, Johnstown, CO 80534
    (970) 587-4476
    Ace Hardware of Greeley
    2626 11th Ave Ste A, Greeley, CO 80631
    (970) 378-0801
    Ace Hardware
    1722 9th St, Greeley, CO 80631
    (970) 353-1416


    Hardware stores provide many important products and services to homeowners and construction workers around the world. Whether you need to replace your kitchen cabinets, or complete any number of restoration projects, these retailers provide the knowledge and tools necessary to accomplish many tasks. Professionals and amateur remodelers equally rely on these shops to help them renovate, improve and restore their residences or businesses. Hardware retailers supply a wide range of tools for individuals and contracting companies. For instance, hammers, wrenches, nails and screws are regularly carried at these stores. In addition, stores will often carry wood, metal, stone and plastic materials. These materials are regularly used in a wide range of building and design projects. Other common materials include drills, painting materials and glue. A handyman regularly depends on these items to repair a wide range of doors and fixtures. Most stores provide important information about their products and services online. Construction workers and homeowners can regularly check their local hardware store’s website for product availability. Some shops may also allow their customers to order parts and tools directly from their website. In addition, most store websites typically contain other important facts and information such as their hours of operation, contact information and location details. In general, it is typically a good idea to speak directly with a member of a store’s sales staff in order to confirm that the products you need are currently in stock. From assembling new kitchen cabinets, to installing new doorways, hardware stores are essential to helping individuals obtain the products they need to accomplish their goals.
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