The Mythical Double Male Electrical Plug

In our hardware stores we are fairly confident that in most repair and home projects, we have what you need. We can help you navigate the aisles and get you in and out so that you’re back to your project with a gameplan to success. Occasionally, we get stumped, but not too often. We have people who didn’t just get their apron this morning. They’ve been in the trenches of hardware for many years and often have real world expert experience whether it be plumbing, lawn and garden, paint or electricity.

This time of year, we send people away who think we don’t know what we’re talking about… but we do. It is unbelievable how often it happens. Every year we get several people looking for an easy way to correct a simple problem.

Don’t try to buy an item like this. It is NOT available. You will end up having a live wire somewhere down the line. It is extremely dangerous.

No matter how frustrating it may be, DO NOT attempt to make this ‘adapter.’ Just turn the string of lights around.


Honda (Black) Red Friday Deals at Howard Brothers

Hey Atlanta and North Georgia! Have you been thinking of getting a generator in case of storm or power outage?  Amazed by how quiet the RV is at the camp site? Now’s the time to act and get yourself a Honda Super Quiet Generator. Reliable power for work, home and play!

From now until December 2nd, you can “See Honda Red and Save Some Green!”

From now until December 2nd, you can get up to $100 off a Honda EU Series Generator . It is super quiet. Reliable Power for work, home and play.

But wait… there’s more.

Using the True Value Credit Card for financing, you can purchase the generator after November 27th and get no interest till January 2015!

Early Christmas Present?

Give us a call or email us if you are interested.

Howard Brothers Alpharetta – 770-754-4114

Howard Brothers Doraville – 770-449-6500

Howard Brothers Duluth – 770-476-3006

Howard Brothers Oakwood – 678-450-0500

Honda RED Friday Deals on Black Friday

Honda Red Friday Deals

True Value Hardware Black Friday Ads for 2013

It used to be that the after Thanksgiving sales were kept secret until the papers hit the street. I remember the excitement that used to be had when you could go through the paper on Thanksgiving day and see various stores’ sales. Now, there are a dozen websites that only exist to ‘leak’ these sales as soon as possible. They post PDFs of the ads and actually reward those who get the ads to them first. Now, however, I think it is the national branding’s purpose to get these ads out as soon as possible, and they take all measures to make sure that their ads are ‘leaked.’

You can check out the black friday deals that True Value will be having here.

Perhaps the best deal that I can point out in this black friday True Value ad, is one that you can only use here at Howard Brothers.

Note on page 4 the True Value Credit Card Advertisement:

true value credit card black friday 2013

true value credit card black friday 2013

So get this, when you use the True Value Discover Card between November 27 and December 15, your purchase of $299 or more will receive no interest until January 2015. You must make minimum monthly payments, but that is a fantastic deal! You can pick up the Big Green Egg you’ve been wanting, The Yeti Cooler, The Honda Generator, The Makita Cordless Combo Kit, The STIHL backpack blower…

Frankly, these are the unique and premium brands that make Howard Brothers who we are, and you can get the sale pricing and the financing option at the same time!

After the rush of Black Friday, think about us on Small Business Saturday and come Buy Local.



How to Kickstart your Composting Efforts this Fall

Whether you use a blower or a rake to get the leaves off your lawn this Fall, the dilemma will arise of what to do with all those piles of leaves. (You do know that you need to get the leaves off your lawn…right?)

One of the easiest and possibly the most beneficial thing you can do with the large piles of Fall leaves in your lawn (besides jumping in them first and/or taking your family’s fall pictures)  is to compost them. Composting is fairly simple and with minimal time and effort, can give you a rich, organic, and completely free soil amendment for your lawn, flower beds, and produce gardens.

This is especially helpful here in Atlanta and all of North Georgia, because our ground is mostly compacted clay. Once you have a good supply of compost, you can mix it in with your soil to improve plant growth and health.


Small Business Saturday 2013 – Think Outside the (Big) Box

It’s only mid-November, but “Christmas” has been in some stores since at least Halloween… or it seams like LAST Halloween 🙂

For most Americans, however, serious holiday shopping doesn’t begin until Thanksgiving Weekend. On Black Friday, the day after (or even on) Thanksgiving, stores will open early (or very early) with incredible bargains to draw customers to their doors. Although internet shoppers aren’t restricted by store hours, many wait until the Monday after Thanksgiving (dubbed Cyber Monday), to start online shopping – after having had plenty of time to compare prices in the local stores before deciding if online shopping really is the bargain it appears.

Small Business Saturday

Less familiar, but no less important, is Small Business Saturday®, observed this year on November 30. Established in 2010 by American Express, and now in its fourth year, Small Business Saturday® encourages Americans to support their small business community on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. It also reminds shoppers that their purchasing dollars are powerful! This annual event motivates holiday shoppers across the country to seek out local merchants during the Nation’s busiest – and usually most profitable – shopping weekend of the year. On Small Business Saturday® 2011, for example, approximately 100 million people shopped at independently-owned small businesses in the United States!

Small Business in America

This promotion is important because small businesses are the heart and soul of our communities. Local retailers are our neighbors, and active participants in the community. Small businesses sponsor school sports teams, participate in town festivals, act as collection sites for food drives, allow church groups to hold car wash fundraisers in their parking lots, and more.

Small businesses also drive the local economy. Over half of all Americans employed in the private sector work for a small business. Small businesses create jobs, and their very presence preserves, and revitalizes, neighborhoods. The U.S. Small Business Administration tells us that shopping at small businesses makes a definite impact on a local economy.

$10 Credit from American Express

As part of the Small Business Saturday® event, American Express has created a special $10 credit offer for their card members. Here’s how it works:

  1. Sign up at from November 24 – 30.
  2. Use your Amex Card to spend $10 or more at an approved American Express small business – like Howard Brothers Hardware – on Small Business Saturday®.
  3. A $10 credit will appear on your next American Express statement!

Registration is limited for this promotion, so don’t delay signing up!

This Thanksgiving Weekend, make plans to participate in Small Business Saturday®. Find your family and friends special, thoughtful gifts while supporting our neighbors in the small business community. Plus, you can earn a $10 credit from American Express!

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