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Andy Darnell with Howard Brothers Demo NeverWet

We’ve been having a lot of fun with a new product that we’re selling in our hardware stores. You’ve probably seen the Rust-Oleum NeverWet commercials that are blitzing TV right now… but if you’re skeptical like us, you probably wondered if it really works as advertised.

We put together a very simple experiment and are convinced that it is! In fact, we’re already planning some new ways to test the product out. Check out this video that I created that simply shows off the water repelling qualities of NeverWet on a cinderblock.

Now the video quality isn’t that great… but the product really is incredible. You gotta see it up close to really realize how amazing it is.

Check out this video about some other products and surfaces that you could use NeverWet on.

Of course you’re probably not gonna use this on your iPhone, and it may not last forever, but think of the possibilities that you can use this on.

What would you like to try it out on?

 

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If you want something fun to do next week, come out to Blackshear Place Baptist Church in Oakwood, on Thursday night. Check out the details:

The 2013 Outdoorsmen’s Feast is going to be the ultimate event for every outdoorsman in Northeast Georgia! Join us on Thursday, August 22 on the BPBC campus for dinner, seminars, outdoors expo, and amazing prizes. Doors open at 5:15 pm, and dinner will be served in two seating times (5:30 or 6:30). We will feature three seminars: a hunting seminar by Mike Mayfield of Realtree Outdoors, a fishing seminar by Jimbo of Jimbo’s Guide Service, and a golf seminar sponsored by PGA TOUR Superstore. Our guest speaker will be nationally renowned speaker and outdoor enthusiast, Bob Reccord. Tickets can be purchased in the church office during the week or on Sunday mornings in the Main Lobby. Visit bpbc.com or call 770.534.7058 for information on this event.

You Could Win One of These Prize Packages:

Ultimate mountain getaway
Three days & two nights cabin rental in Pigeon Forge, TN, two day pass for four people to Dollywood, and dinner for four at The Apple Barn.

Guided bass fishing package
Day of fishing, pair of Typhoon polarized fishing glasses, St. Croix rod & Pflueger Presidential reel drop shot spinning combo, and fishing tackle from Zoom.

PGA tour Superstore Golf Package
One round of golf for four at Pawleys Plantation in Myrtle Beach, one round of golf for 4 at Willbrook Country Club, an overnight resort stay for four at Palweys Plantation in Myrtle Beach, SC, and custom set of irons for the winner from Martin’s PGA Tout Superstore in Myrtle Beach.

Half day striper fishing trip
Half day of fishing, pair of Typhoon polarized fishing glasses, rod and reel combo, and fishing tackle.

Outdoorsman Grilling Package
Big Green Egg grill and accessories, Yeti cooler, and more.

Shotgun & Dove hunt package
12 gauge Remington Express shotgun and hunting spot for two at the FCA Dove Hunt at Jaemor Farms on January 11, 2014.

Ultimate Shooting package
Ruger 10/22 rifle, Ruger rifle case, targets and ammo from Outdoor Depot, plus one-year membership at Trigger Time gun range.

Race Day Package-Road Atlanta
Petit Le Mans tickets for two, parking pass, and a 2 nights stay at Lake Lanier Islands Resort.

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We’ll be on site as folks are arriving. Stop by and check out the Big Green Egg Grills, Traeger Grills, YETI Coolers, and some outdoor power equipment. Perhaps if you win that Outdoorsman Grilling Package, you’ll be ready to jump right in and use it! Registration for the prizes above will be handled by the event.

We hope to see you there!

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Traeger Junior Tex - $299.00

This is one of those posts where I know that 3 to 6 months from now, we will be fielding phone calls and emails to find out if we still have any of these Traeger Junior Tex Grills for sale. From time to time we publish some pretty insane prices for a product that we have only a few in stock… we always sell them quickly because they are snatched up by those google searchers who are quick to the party. But it does not fail that 3 months from now, someone will call saying “I see this deal online…”

Traeger Junior Tex on Sale

Traeger Junior Tex on Sale

Hear me now. This is a LIMITED… While Supplies Last… Sale. We have 6 Traeger Junior Tex BBQ055 in stock and we are marking them down to $299.00!

It is perfectly sized for small households, tailgating, college living and as a second grill for your vacation home. It’s small but has it all!

The Junior features 292 square inches of cooking surface, along with our electronic autostart ignition and E-Z drain grease systems, the Junior is a perfect introduction to wood pellet cooking, creating great tasting food every time.

Specs
Model BBQ055
19500 BTU’s
3-speed (Digital Thermostat Control Available)
292 sq. in. (15″ x 20″) Grilling Area
Dimensions & Weight
Height: 38 inches
Width: 36 inches
Depth: 16 inches
Weight: 68 lbs.

If you’ve been wanting a Traeger, now is the time. Even though it is small, you can do A LOT with it. It is PERFECT for tailgating. Take the Jr Tex with you to the park or campsite.

Call our stores in Duluth (770-476-3006) and Oakwood (770-449-1819) Now if you want one. Get in quick and buy it now!

Traeger Junior Tex - $299.00

Traeger Junior Tex – $299.00

 

By the time you read this, the question will have been answered whether or not Major League Baseball decided to suspend Alex Rodriguez and several others due to their use of performance enhancing drugs. Specifically, these players have been tied to Biogenesis.

Frankly, I’m tired of hearing about it. I’m glad that no current players on the Atlanta Braves were linked with this scandal, and hopefully, we can concentrate on the Braves taking care of business for the next few months and win the World Series!

That being said, I can not let this “water cooler” current event pass without making some attempt to satire it in some way to our benefit. Surely there are some “Performance Enhancing Products” laying around our stores that we all should be using.

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Here in the Atlanta area, we’ve had so much rain this summer. If you believe some of the predictions that are being made about this fall, we could be in for a year of a lot of ice and snow. Your driveway is more vulnerable to the elements during fall and winter, especially if the ground is hard and frozen. Small cracks can become big cracks… even large sections of your driveway could break off.

Check out this great article that was found at startrightstarthere.com. It has good information about how you can tackle this seemingly overwhelming project. You can do this project yourself and show off to your neighbors and feel good about yourself at the same time.

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We recently added Clark’s Woodwork Dog (and cat) houses to our inventory at Duluth.

These are ‘old-school’ dog houses. You’re not gonna find these at petsmart or petco. These are handmade, but not only that, the lumber and materials used on them are hand picked! You’re gonna get the best dog house you can find at a very affordable price. These houses are made to last and they will.

Barry Clark is the “Clark” behind Clark’s Woodwork. He’s been doing this a long time. Much of his business comes from repeat sales and word of mouth. People will see them somewhere and purposefully ask where they can pick one up.

Howard Brothers has been selling  Clark’s Woodwork Pet Houses out of our Oakwood store for over 10 years, but now we can bring a premium dog and cat house to our customers in Gwinnett County and the surrounding cities of Duluth, Peachtree Corners, Norcross and Suwanee.

Stop by our store sometime and have a look at them. There are 7 sizes to choose from.

They range in size from 15″ wide up to 47″ wide. We’ve got a dog house for whatever size dog you have! (and cats)

Clark's Woodwork Dog Houses in Duluth, GA

Clark’s Woodwork Dog Houses in Duluth, GA

We’ve been a Big Green Egg dealer for over 3 years now.  This is the first time that we have been able to offer something like this. We’ve mentioned how the new True Value Credit Card makes purchases with us easier. Back then the deal was 0% interest for 6 months on purchases $299 and up… but from now until the end of August, 2013, you can get 0% interest for 12 months on purchases $699 and up!

So let me walk you through this.

You’ve wanted a Big Green Egg Combo package.

Maybe this one… of course you’ll have to add a few extra eggcessories to get it up to $699.

Big Green Egg Small Combo

Big Green Egg Small Combo

Or this one.

Big Green Egg - Medium Combo

Big Green Egg – Medium Combo

Perhaps this one.

Big Green Egg - Large Combo

Big Green Egg – Large Combo

Maybe even this one.

Big Green Egg - XL Combo

Big Green Egg – XL Combo

But you’ve also had your eye on this one.

Big Green Egg - Large Table Combo

Big Green Egg – Large Table Combo

You know that these prices aren’t gonna last long (they are subject to change), but you just don’t have the cash to make it happen right now. With this offer, you can go ahead and pick it up today and make payments for the next year and pay no interest as long as you pay off the card on time.

You’ll not only be cooking tonight on the grill, but you’ll earn on future purchases with the card. You can get 3% back on purchases made at any True Value, you’ll earn 2% on gas and groceries, and you’ll earn 1% on all other purchases. Check it out for more information.

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This offer is only good July 1 – August 31, 2013.

Come into either our Duluth or Oakwood store and let us know that you’re interested in applying for a True Value Discover Card today.

By the way, this card can be used on anything in the store that is $699 and up. Lawn Mowers, 2 cycle STIHL equipment, Honda Generators… Think about the options.

See you soon.

180 gallons of propane each time this guy comes in.

You’ve got your small group from church over and have 16 hamburgers on the grill and have the hotdogs on a plate ready to go as soon as the burgers are ready, and all of the sudden the flame goes out. Panic ensues. You immediately realize that your wife told you that you needed to make sure that there was enough propane in the tank, but you assured her that there was plenty of LP in the 20lb propane tank.

You were wrong.

These days it seems like you can exchange your empty propane tank just about anywhere. Gas stations, supermarkets, drugstores… they all seem to be getting in on the action of propane tank exchange. And for homeowners, this seems like the best solution for your gas/propane needs. Exchage service does make it quick and easy to get back to your grill, but are you really getting the most for your money?

The biggest issue with exchanging propane tanks is that you probably are not getting a full tank. Most cages will say that the tanks are filled to 15lbs. Standard “Gas Grill” propane tanks hold 20lbs. They tell you that the reason they only fill to 15lbs is for safety reasons. If that is the case, then why have the tanks always been safe at 20lbs. There is still about 20% space left for expansion at 20lbs.

Not only that… a few years ago the government changed some of the regulations and safety features on propane tanks that require a specific type of valve that ensures that overfilling is not possible. It shuts off if you try to overfill.

OK, but even with 15lbs, that isn’t THAT bad. We’re still getting 3/4 of a tank each time. Right?

Well, MOST people don’t wait until the tank is absolutely empty to go get it exchanged. In fact, most people will refill or exchange when there is about 5lbs left in the tank.

See where I’m going. You paid for 20 but got 15 and then you used 10 before you decide it is time to go back and buy 20 again…

The Math Don’t Add Up!

From our stand point, we fill your tank every time. Our trained employees will inspect your tank and make sure that it is still safe to use. Propane tanks are certified for 12 years. Even if it looks brand new, if the tank has gone past the date stamped on the neck of the tank, we will be unable to refill it. At that point, we DO recommend taking the tank to an excahange facility and exchange it out for one that you can have refilled. Try to find the newest one you can and then come back to us when it is time to have it refilled.

This whole article has focused on “gas grill” propane tanks, but being a refilling station, we also refill any size propane tank. We refill the 33lb “forklift” propane tanks (these tanks are actually being used on some commercial lawn mowers and tractors now… we get some of those customers.) We also fill RVs or Campers. We refill propane for roofing and asphalt companies who use the big tanks on their trucks.

Refilling propane is still very much needed. Can you imagine this guy having to go and exchange his two 100 gallon propane tanks everytime he needed a refill? That would be rediculous.

This is why we still fill propane at our Doraville, Duluth and Oakwood stores.

180 gallons of propane each time this guy comes in.

180 gallons of propane each time this guy comes in.