Archive for March, 2012

Driveway Home Improvements – Do It Yourself with Fremont Plaza Ace Hardware in Stockton, California

Written by Stockton Hardware Store on March 30th, 2012. Posted in Blog

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When you need a contractor, you should not hesitate to call one. Trying to tackle a large or complicated home improvement job with a professional contractor can quickly end in disaster and cost you more. But why spend a lot of money for a contractor to complete simple home improvement projects in Stockton, California when you can complete them yourself?

Enhance the visual appeal of your property while at the same time increase your home’s value.

With a slowly rebounding economy and many people spending more time around the home, a great number of opportunities abound for home improvement projects in Stockton, California.

You should considering taking on a do-it-yourself project.

Why not? A bit knowledge of the technical elements combined with the eye for creativity is more than enough to complete a simple home improvement project with help from Fremont Plaza Ace Hardware.

Why are homeowners considering to do-it-yourself home improvement projects?

You do not always have to rely on and pay someone to improve your house. If the job is relatively simple, then why not attempt to do it yourself?

For example, you can enhance your home’s existing concrete surfaces with acid stains, acrylic stains and epoxy paints. Learn a few, simple scoring methods and you are well on your way to having what you need to complete a visually appealing and popular home improvement project.

If you are like many homeowners in Stockton, you may be tired of looking at dreary gray concrete. At Fremont Plaza Ace Hardware, you will find some easy projects from the novice to hard core home improvement do-it-yourselfer. Whatever your skill level, you can have the confidence to provide your patio, driveway or garage floor with a refreshing new appearance in as little as 60 minutes.

Decorative concrete can cost double or even triple that of normal concrete. This is why many home owners in Stockton can not afford it to upgrade their concrete.

At Fremont Plaza Ace Hardware, you can find all the right tools and applications to safely and quickly decorate your concrete flooring surfaces. For this type of home improvement project, you can get by doing the work yourself and may only need to engage skilled tradesmen for the more delicate or detailed aspects of the project.

The skilled tradesmen will be glad for the work and while he is visiting your home, you may consider hiring him for a more involved project.

Acid based concrete stains are becoming more and more popular for coloring concrete surfaces. The acid chemically reacts with the concrete to produce a beautiful color combination that may even react to produce an appearance like that of marble. This results in a natural, elegant looking surface for your garage floor.

Water based concrete stains are an alternative to acid stains and are a lot more user friendly simply because they are less toxic. These stains do not chemically react using the concrete; they are absorbed into the surface pores and act like a dye. The big advantage of using water based stains instead of acid based stains is that water based stains are available in a wide variety of colors.

If you wish to venture beyond the basic staining of concrete, think about using some scoring techniques to create patterns on the surface.

You can make your concrete appear like a tile floor for example. You are only limited by your own imagination. An angle grinder with a four-inch grinding or cutting wheel will be the perfect tool for this. Everything you need is available at Fremont Plaza Ace Hardware.

The important thing to remember when scoring is to draw the pattern on the concrete first and make sure you are satisfied with the way it looks ahead of time, because scoring is irreversible. Plan your work and work your plan.

Epoxy paints make an excellent coating for garage floors and basement floors. Numerous commercial floors have epoxy coatings due to their durability and resistance to chemical spills. Garage floors coated with epoxy look great and are very easy to apply.

The key to most any of these projects is surface preparation.

Epoxy paints are available in a water based form making it easy to work with for the do-it-yourselfer and perfect for indoor applications. Epoxy paints cost a bit more than stains. For a 400 square foot garage, you would probably only need about $200 for all of the materials required for this project.

Well there you have it.

You do not need to spend a fortune to improve the appearance of your home. And you have the ability to do most if not all of the work yourself. With some more quick tips from Fremont Plaza Ace Hardware, you will be quickly turning boring concrete slabs into a beautiful surface, adorned with a unique design and brilliant color.

Man identified in deadly snowmobile crash near Tahoe City

Written by Stockton Hardware Store on March 30th, 2012. Posted in News

According to the California Highway Patrol Valley Division, 55 year-old James Edgar Darnall of Stockton, California died in a snowmobile crash near Tahoe City.

Associa Cares Aids California Family

Written by Stockton Hardware Store on March 28th, 2012. Posted in News

STOCKTON, Calif.—-Associa Cares, the philanthropic arm of Associa, recently donated $1,500 to a Stockton, California, family after a garage fire nearly destroyed their home February 1, 2012.

Duke's Chelsea Gray Returns Home To The Central Valley

Written by Stockton Hardware Store on March 23rd, 2012. Posted in News

Duke's sophomore Chelsea Gray returns home to play in the sweet 16 at the NCAA tournament in Fresno.

Calpers, Wells Fargo Among Creditors to Negotiate With Stockton

Written by Stockton Hardware Store on March 22nd, 2012. Posted in News

The California Public Employees? Retirement System, the largest U.S. public pension and Wells Fargo & Co. are among 18 creditors that have agreed to mediation with Stockton, California, as the city makes a last-ditch effort to avert bankruptcy.

Fremont Plaza Ace Hardware and Education Across Africa

Written by Stockton Hardware Store on March 20th, 2012. Posted in Latest

Fremont Plaza Ace Hardware owner Bill Stoermer

Fremont Plaza Ace Hardware has partnered with Education Across Africa and Stockton Unified School District to recycle used text books scheduled for shredding.

Ace collects the used textbooks and stores them until Education Across Africa can arrange shipping to impoverished villages in Africa.

Education Across Africa then partners with major corporations such as Shell Oil Corporation who agree to ship them for free.

Very few school books are available throughout Africa; making these textbooks once scheduled for the shredder truly priceless.

Pictured: Fremont Plaza Ace Hardware managing partner, Bill Stoermer, and Ace warehouse supervisor Damon Peoples stand amidst the thousands of used textbooks donated by Stockton Unified School District (SUSD).

Staples gets FDA warning on California warehouse

Written by Stockton Hardware Store on March 20th, 2012. Posted in News

U.S. health regulators issued a warning letter to Staples Inc, the largest U.S. office supply retailer, for violating certain manufacturing practices related to food products stored in a company facility in California.

W. Tennis. The Lobos are About More Than Just Scores

Written by Stockton Hardware Store on March 20th, 2012. Posted in News

The Lobos may have come out of this weekend 0-2, but scores are not all that matter. Many of the players have shown improvement, according to Head Coach Roy Canada.

W. Tennis. The Lobos are About More Than Just Scores

Written by Stockton Hardware Store on March 19th, 2012. Posted in News

The Lobos may have come out of this weekend 0-2, but scores are not all that matter. Many of the players have shown improvement, according to Head Coach Roy Canada.

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to skip two debt payments

Written by Stockton Hardware Store on March 16th, 2012. Posted in News

Pennsylvania's distressed capital city, Harrisburg, will skip $5.3 million of debt payments due next week, the first time the city has defaulted on its general obligation bonds, to ensure there is enough cash to fund vital services.