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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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    Electronic Hardware LTD
    13257 Saticoy St, North Hollywood, CA 91605
    Electronic Hardware, LTD. has been an authorized distributor for the electronics' industry since 1972. Providing automatic screw machine parts in both standard and metric such as standoffs, spacers, in steel, aluminum, brass, stainless steel, nylon, phenolic, Teflon, Torlon and Ultem.
    (760) 743-1192
    North Hollywood Hardware
    11845 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
    Stop by or purchase hardware items on-line at our Web-site ehardware2go.com. Full service plumbing, electrical, paint, pool, gardening, keys, etc!
    (818) 980-2453
    Universal Iron Doors & Hardware Inc
    8404 San Fernando Rd, Sun Valley, CA 91352
    MICA iron doors has been manufacturing and installing custom Iron doors and Iron Gates almost a decade already with many satisfied clients.
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    (818) 771-1003
     
    User Review: "Universal iron doors & hardware inc.Has done my building`s work recently and I must say that their work is excellent in..." - rickey (NY)
    Franks Paint and Hardware
    1026 E Main St, Santa Paula, CA 93060
    (805) 525-2213
    Ace Hardware
    568 W Main St Ste C, Santa Paula, CA 93060
    (805) 525-1346
    Michl Gauge Sales & Service
    141 E Harvard Blvd, Santa Paula, CA 93060
    (805) 525-3990
    Turner's Machinery Inc
    109 N Olive St, Santa Paula, CA 93060
    (805) 525-2171
    A & M Lawnmower Shop
    845 E Harvard Blvd, Santa Paula, CA 93060
    (805) 933-2015
    Fulkerson Hardware
    3403 Somis Rd, Somis, CA 93066
    (805) 386-5795
    Construction and Rigging Supply Inc
    1427 Los Angeles Ave, Ventura, CA 93004
    (805) 647-4792
    Accurate Air Engineering Inc
    Ventura, CA 93004
    (805) 642-1605
    Highway Technologies Inc
    10999 Nardo St, Ventura, CA 93004
    (805) 647-9723
    Ace Hardware
    7838 Telegraph Rd, Ventura, CA 93004
    (805) 671-5024
    All Phase Drywall
    203 Lakewood Ave, Ventura, CA 93004
    (805) 701-3108
    White Cap 0007-Ventura
    6086 Nicolle St Ste A, Ventura, CA 93003
    (805) 644-2226


    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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