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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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    Joe's Hardware
    25341 Railroad Canyon Rd, Lake Elsinore, CA 92532
    Joe's Hardware is proud to offer the best hardware store in Lake Elsinore, CA, with many different products and services ranging from outdoor paint to glass cutting.
    (951) 309-2906
    43174 Corte Almonte, Temecula, CA 92592
    CB Furniture Hardware sells furniture hardware such as handles, knobs, and kitchen cabinets in Temecula, California. CB Furniture Hardware sells furniture hardware such as handles, knobs, and kitchen
    (866) 206-7971
    Joe's Hardware
    640 S Main Ave, Fallbrook, CA 92028
    Joe's Hardware is a hardware and paint store in Fallbrook, CA, that believes in great service for our customers. We will provide you with the tools and knowledge to get your home improvement
    (442) 444-2089
    Curley Tool and Equipment LLC
    29050 Merjanian Rd, Menifee, CA 92584
    (855) 329-9951
    Sun City Hardware
    28250 Bradley Rd, Sun City, CA 92586
    (951) 679-3656
    Wildomar ACE Hardware, INC
    23881 Clinton Keith Rd, Wildomar, CA 92595
    (951) 834-9075
    Grove Lumber & Building Supplies
    27126 Watson Rd, Sun City, CA 92585
    (951) 928-4877
    Harbor Freight Tools
    40516 Murrieta Hot Springs Rd, Murrieta, CA 92563
    (951) 304-2714
    Air & Hose Source Inc.
    27271 Ethanac Rd Ste 101, Sun City, CA 92585
    (951) 928-0011
    Joe's Hardware
    25341 Railroad Canyon Rd Ste 600, Lake Elsinore, CA 92532
    (951) 244-3800
    Home Depot
    25100 Madison Ave, Murrieta, CA 92562
    (951) 698-1555
    Fastenal Company
    26540 Jefferson Ave Ste C, Murrieta, CA 92562
    (951) 461-8301
    Rancho Metal & Supply
    41400 Date St, Murrieta, CA 92562
    (951) 677-8586
    Dan's Feed & Seed
    240 E 4th St, Perris, CA 92570
    (951) 657-5111
    Highgrade Land LLC
    3175 Wilson Ave, Perris, CA 92571
    (951) 940-1214

    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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