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Political Post? Nah… Let’s Talk BBQ

This morning, a few of us were talking about the craziness that is election politics. It’s been a constant conversation over the past few months, but as we edge closer and closer to November 8th, when we will discover who our next Commander in Chief will be, there is much uncertainty and angst.

But then someone said, let’s make election Tuesday better by cooking out that day!

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Benjamin Moore Arborcoat® Stain – Is It Still Stain?

Porches are a staple of any Southern Household. They hold the best friends, grills, and times from about May to August every year. They hold the necessities for a good barbecue or a family birthday party while the kids play down below. They’re almost part of the family.

At the same time, they take a beating from Georgia’s hot summers, raining streaks, and cold winters. We’ve all bore witness to some decks that have been.. erm… well-loved? Thoroughly used? It ain’t pretty.

That being said, you get to keep your porch a lot longer when you take care and protect it; Benjamin Moore has just the thing:

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Natura Zero VOC Paint by Benjamin Moore

Around our household we’ve got allergies. Not horrible mind you, but we’re all sneezing almost all the time. When I’m at the office and I’m talking to folks on the phone, I almost am always asked, “Are you sick?”

“No,” I reply, “I always sound like this.”

But even with all that, I have it easy. There are people who are severely effected by their allergies. Environmental allergens are a constant worry and concern. The addition of any fumes or smells are carefully considered.

Tonight as I was watching TV, I saw this ad.

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Take It Outside. Carbon Monoxide Kills: Generator Safety

As everyone knows, we carry generators at all of our stores, and they’re a nice thing to have. If you need light or warmth during a storm, or just need a couple of sockets over at the campground, generators will produce.

Their usefulness is easy to see, but can be dangerous if used the wrong way.

(editor’s note: as we were working on this article, the City of Duluth experienced a large power outage as a tree fell on a line, caught fire, and ultimately took a few hours to fix. We reacted by getting our generators out and running extension cords to critical computers and servers. Safety is always first. In our case, we needed to also be careful of extension cords which were running to generators strategically placed outdoors. There’s a lot to consider when it comes to generator safety!)

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Top 10 Yeti Gift Ideas for Christmas and End of Year For Your Clients and Employees

You’ve been tasked with locating and purchasing Yeti Products for your customers and employees. You’ve come to the right place!

Last year we experienced the end of year and Christmas craziness as people all over Atlanta and North Georgia were looking for Yeti cups, bags and coolers. Not only were individuals looking for these products, but many businesses waited until the last minute and wanted to purchase larger quantities of these Yeti products.

All indications tell us that it will be the same flurry of activity this year.

That being said, we want to offer our top 10 Yeti Items that you’ll probably be looking at for your business clients and employees.


Yeti Rambler 301. Yeti Rambler 30oz

This is by far the most popular end of year and Christmas gift that folks are purchasing from us. By the way, the Rambler product line comes in multiple sizes (which is why this is a top 10 list!) The 30 oz Rambler was the most sought after last year. It retails for $39.99, but if you’re looking for larger quantities, give us a call or email us below. Don’t wait as these will be sold out before Christmas Eve. Even though there are a bunch of knockoffs, you want your best customers and most valued employees to get the original Yeti Products.

Yeti Rambler 202. Yeti Rambler 20oz

As soon as the 30oz cups are gone, people start buying up the 20oz cups. These were also purchased in large quantities as complimentary gifts. Last year, many people got the 30oz cups for “more important” gifts, but then added some 20oz cups as a secondary tier of gifts. They retail for $29.99. Give us a call or email below for large purchase needs.


Yeti Rambler Lowball3. Yeti Lowball

We gotta admit, at first we thought the lowball was a little odd, but wow how we were wrong. Whether it’s holding your first cup of coffee in the morning or that last nightcap… they’re great products. Your customers will love them to keep beverages hot or cold. Retail is $19.99 on these. Give us a call or email below for large purchase needs.

4. Yeti Hoppers

Like the Lowball, we weren’t really sure about these cooler/bags at first, but they are here to stay and don’t stay long! We’re throwing all the Yeti Hoppers together in the number 4 spot… but there’s a good chance these could move up in the top 10 list.

Yeti Hopper 20Yeti Hopper 20

The Yeti Hopper 20, is the the original. Retail is $299.99. It can hold 18 cans, a limit of rainbow trout (what’s a ‘limit?’), or 20 pounds of ice. It comes in Fog Gray/Tahoe Blue or Field Tan/Blaze Orange. Let us know how many you need.


Yeti Hopper 20Yeti Hopper 30

The Yeti Hopper 30 is obviously a little larger than the 20. The Hopper 30 can hold 24 cans (with the suggested 2:1 ice-to-contents ratio), six footlong subs, or four tubs of ice cream — a pretty impressive haul for just one cooler. It retails for $349.99. Also in Fog Gray/Tahoe Blue or Field Tan/Blaze Orange.

Yeti Hopper 40Yeti Hopper 40

The Yeti Hopper 40… yep you guessed it. Larger than the 20 and 30. It has a carrying capacity of up to 36 cans with ice for longer excursions or larger groups. Take the Hopper 40 with you to the bonfire, to the mountains, on your next hunting trip, or anytime you need to carry a larger load in a portable package. It retails for $399.99. How many do you need?

Yeti Hopper FlipYeti Hopper Flip 12

That brings us to the the Yeti Flip. This is the newest Yeti Hopper. Its wide-mouth opening makes for easy loading and access to your food and drinks. Plus, its compact, cubed body allows for ultimate portability, never slowing you down. It retails for $279.99. Here’s the deal though… it is already selling well and selling out quickly. Right now, it only comes in Fog Gray/Tahoe Blue. If you think you want this one at all… DO NOT Delay!

Yeti Roadie5. Yeti Roadie Cooler

The Yeti Roadie is actually a part of the Yeti Tundra cooler line-up, but in my top 10 list, I think it is in its own category. Not really sure where it will land. It by far was the most popular Yeti Hard sided cooler purchased for corporate gifts last year.

It retails for $249.99 and comes in three colors: White, Desert Tan and Ice Blue. It may look small, but it people LOVE it. You won’t go buying this for your top clients and employees.

Yeti Tundra6. Yeti Tundra Coolers

If the Roadie is too small, take a look at the other size Tundra coolers. They come in multiple sizes from 35qt to 350qt! They also come in the same White, Desert Tan and Ice Blue colors as the Roadie Coolers.

And honestly, we didn’t see TOO many corporate gifts on all the Tundras, but we actually did see a fair number of 65qt Tundra’s sold (which are $399.99 each.) In fact, we sold a bunch of these to real estate and car dealers who were looking to create marketing/sales giveaways and freebies. Let us know if you’re interested in partnering with us on these.

Yeti Rambler Colster7. Yeti Rambler Colster

These Colsters probably should fall somewhere in the 4, 5, or 6 list, but for my purposes, I’ll leave them at 7.

The YETI Colster® is like a stainless steel bear hug for your standard cans or bottles. The Load-and-Lock™ Gasket secures your drink in place while the Colster’s double-wall vacuum insulation keeps your beer or soda frosty longer. Plus, it has a No Sweat™ Design, which means you say adios to damp or frostbitten hands. They retail for $29.99. They’re fun and they’re different. Perfect for that unique gift.

Yeti Rambler Bottle 188. Yeti Rambler Bottle 18

The next three items from Yeti are the sleeper items for this year. We actually think they may end up being some of the most popular items this year because they are some of the newest items.

The 18 oz. Rambler™ Bottle is a next-level insulated bottle. The perfect addition to your rough commutes, day hikes, or kayak sessions, this Rambler Bottle has the power to keep your water cold or coffee hot until the last sip. Like the rest of our Rambler series, the 18 oz. Rambler Bottle features a No Sweat™ Design to keep your hands dry with double-wall vacuum insulation to lock in temperature. It retails for $29.99 which directly puts it up against several of the other Rambler products. See… we said it’s gonna be popular!

Yeti Rambler Bottle 369. Yeti Rambler Bottle 36

The Yeti Rambler Bottle 36 holds 36 oz. of your favorite drink, whether it be water, coffee, or sweet tea. It retails for $49.99 and I think it will directly compete with the Rambler 30. If you got a Yeti Rambler last year, this is the next step up. The Rambler Bottles feature Over-the-Nose™ Technology for easy loading, drinking, and cleaning.

There’s lots of room on this guy for personalization.

How many can we get you?

Yeti Rambler Bottle 6410. Yeti Rambler Bottle 64

The largest Rambler™ to date, our 64 oz. Rambler Bottle takes insulation to the next level, complete with a double-wall vacuum to keep drinks cold or hot for hours. Perfect for remote campsites and harsh worksites alike. Unlike narrow-mouthed drink bottles that are a hassle to fill or rinse. This hydration behemoth is ready for anything.

The Yeti Rambler Bottle 64 retails for $69.99. It’s bound to turn heads!

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Top 10 Yeti gift Ideas for Christmas and end of year



Bargains Of The Month: October 2016

Well, October is here and Fall is following suit, which is quite a surprise after an interesting weekend at the Duluth Fall Festival where we had 5 or 6 festival-goers pass out from heat exhaustion. They claimed it was the hottest Fall Festival in 34 Years of existence, and after 12 hours in the Sun, we all believed it.

Regardless, the weekend following has definitely been showing up and making the temperature drop known. A couple of days of temperate behavior are sure to turn into half-past freezing after a brief recess. It’s appreciated nevertheless.

Back to Business.

Well, it’s fall. Things change, and we have just the stuff for you to get ready.

Kidde Digital Battery-Operated Carbon-Monoxide Alarm or Fire Alarmkiddecmalarm

Not messing around here, having a Carbon Monoxide Alarm is very important for houses. All Houses. (oh and you have some in your business too, right?)

Usually with these deals I’m a more light-hearted writer that just wants to inform about the products and grab a few laughs. I’m taking a brief hiatus to say that this is can be a life-saving appliance.

Carbon Monoxide can be produced from faulty heating units and is odorless and colorless. It is also a lethal toxin. If you don’t have one then please pick one up. They’re battery powered, inexpensive, and compact. It only makes sense.

Thank you for reading my spiel. They’re only $19.99 for either the Smoke or Carbon Monoxide Alarm. Grab 1 or multiple.

36-Ct. Lysol Disinfecting Wipes and 12.5 oz. Spray Comblysolcomboo

After our little serious endeavor, we can go ahead and start from a clean slate…

*Buht Um Tsss*

Lysol Wipes. We all need ‘em. They make the rocking world go clean.

Go ahead and clean up some surfaces before the cold makes you lose all feeling in your limbs and fingers. It’s not fun. Plus the spray comes with it!

A nice combo that everyone knows for only $5.97?  Deal.

8-lb. Bag of Birders’ Blood Premium Bird Food or 20-lb. Wild Bird Foodtvbirdfood

With times getting colder, we have to think of our musical neighbors that deserve a helping hand. After some serenades into our morning commute, the performers could use a couple of tips.

As we all know, everyone gotta eat. Therefore, stock up on some of this bird food and help a brother out. They’ll stay around a little bit longer and definitely be grateful.

Our fun friends’ month-long meal is only $4.99 a pop. Treat yo’ birds.

4-Pack of Long Life Light Bulbs4packbulbs

Along with the cold this Fall, we can also expect a lot less light with the shorter days. With more use of interior lighting, it’s about time to fix that light bulb in the bathroom you’ve been ignoring for the last 4 months.

Light bulbs are always something to have on hand, so save while you can! We have many different varieties for all applications of regular bulbs.

All varieties are available at $5.99 a pack!

1 Qt. of Pennzoil Motor Oilpnzoil

As we always say, regular maintenance is preventative maintenance, and regular oil changes become even more important when the lower temperatures start making a move on your engine block.

We like your things to run. Don’t get me wrong, we love to fix your stuff, but happy customers are our main goal. Take it from us, we love seeing your face, but we like to see it smiling too.

$2.99 a Pop. Whoop!

40-lb. Morton System Saver II Water-Softening Pelletsmortonwatersoftener

  • For use with most water softeners
  • High purity salt pellets with resin cleaning additives
  • Helps to extend the life of your water softener
  • Helps fight mineral build-up and prevent bridging, mushing and channeling
  • Designed to eliminate softener brine tank clean-out

A 40lb bag is on sale for $5.99. All month long.

I Want a Generator… How Much Power Do I Need?

When it comes to generators… It’s a question that we get asked ALL THE TIME.

How Much Power Do I need?

screen-shot-2016-09-29-at-1-53-40-pmThe answer isn’t really easy. It’s not the sort of thing where we can give one quick number and be able to recommend a specific generator. Generator transactions are the epitome of what makes Howard Brothers unique from other retailers. All our customers questions will not be answered by literature and signage. It requires conversation and understanding the full requirements of a given situation.

Before we even get to power needs, we often have to ask our customers how the generator will be used.

  • Is this a commercial or residential need?
  • Delicate electronics vs appliances (which… almost all new appliances could be considered high end electronics now!)
  • Are their sound requirements? How loud are you willing to put up with.

screen-shot-2016-09-29-at-1-53-49-pmFor this article, let’s assume we’re talking about a residential customer who wants a generator for backup purposes only. He’s not demanding that it kick on power immediately after power failure. He’s willing to run some extension cords from outside where his generator is sitting (Yeah… you can’t keep any gas powered generator inside where people will be.)

So let’s discuss some of the things our customers need to consider when researching generators and wattage requirements.

Wattage and Amps

It used to be easier to talk about power needs. In the past, most appliances did a pretty decent job of specifying how many watts it required to run. Over time, most appliances and electric motors started listing their power requirements primarily in amps.

screen-shot-2016-09-29-at-1-53-57-pmWhich means that you’ve got to get out your calculator and do some simple math.

  • Watts = Volts x Amps
  • Amps = Watts/Volts

If you’ve got a 6000 Watt Generator, you have to get all your appliance and electronic needs converted to watts first so that you can add them all up to ensure you don’t exceed your wattage needs.

Most household appliances (in america) use 120 volts, and for this example let’s assume the customer is only interested in 120volt power needs. So let’s assume you don’t know the watts used by your wife’s hair dryer. You see stamped to the side that it is 15amps. 15amps multiplied by 120volts equals 1800 watts.

This isn’t always perfect, and it is best to know the actual wattage specified by the manufacturer of the product, but it is a good starting point to determining your total wattage requirements.

Honda has created a great wattage calculator that you can plugin numbers from your home and see the overall requirements you’ll need for your generator. Also, when in the store, we have some good charts that we generally share with our customers that helps determine total need.

screen-shot-2016-09-29-at-1-54-20-pmStarting vs Running Wattage

Some appliances require extra power to start up, while others maintain the same power requirements constantly.

To calculate your power needs correctly, you need to know which kind of load you are dealing with. (A load is defined as the device that you are powering.) There are two kinds of loads:

Resistive loads – Resistive loads are pretty simple: they require the same amount of power to both start and run the equipment. Many resistive loads are involved in heating or making heat of some kind. Examples of resistive loads include:

  • Light bulbs
  • Coffee maker
  • Toaster

Reactive Loads – Reactive loads contain an electric motor, which requires additional power to start, but significantly less power to run once it gets going. Typically starting power is 3 times the amount of power to run the application. Examples of reactive loads include:

  • Refrigerators / freezers
  • Furnace fans
  • Well pumps
  • Air conditioners
  • Bench grinders
  • Air compressors
  • Power tools

screen-shot-2016-09-29-at-1-54-07-pmSome household appliances, like a furnace or refrigerator, have internal fans that come on intermittently. Extra wattage/power is needed to start the fan each time. Refrigerators also have a defrost cycle that requires power in addition to the compressor and fans. In these cases, we recommend that you allow the appliance to cycle for a while, but then unplug them during the temporary time that you are running other appliances. Once that temporary use is done, you can plug back in the refrigerator or freezer without having lost the temperature advantage from the closed appliances.

Reactive loads may also require additional power when the electric motor begins to work. For example, when a saw begins cutting wood, its power requirement will increase. This is not applicable for most household appliances.

Noisy vs Super Quiet Generators

screen-shot-2016-09-29-at-1-54-41-pmThere’s not a lot to say here except that there is a difference in decibels that everyone should be aware of.

Honda makes some of the quietest generators available today. It truly is remarkable how quiet they run and you’re able to have a conversation with someone while one is running feet away from you.

Something that not most folks understand or know is this. For every 10 db, the sound level (noise) doubles. 70 db is twice as loud as 60 db. 50 db is 1/2 as loud as 60 db. Again, this isn’t perfect and we all hear differently, but the best way for you to tell truly how quiet a generator is, is to have it running and you listen to it.

We’re happy to demo this for our customers and honestly, it often becomes the principle selling point. Most of our customers get a generator not only for emergency power needs, but for fun times too. Tailgating, camping or other outdoor events which require power are more and more needed. You want something mobile enough that gives you power, but also allows you to enjoy being outdoors at the same time. No noise = Happy neighbors.

So you see, the answer isn’t really easy. Each family and house has different expectations for when they’re power is down. If you’re more concerned with power to major appliances like freezers, refrigerators and stoves, then you’ll have different needs vs someone who wants to only power heaters in extreme cold weather.

Regardless, we love this stuff. We love to help and always look forward to educating our customers on it. We want everyone to be happy with their purchase and not be upset that they didn’t get what they needed.

Come into Howard Brothers at any of our five locations and we’ll get you set up on a Honda Generator which will last you years and give you comfort and reliability for the same time.

For more information, download this Honda Generator Brochure