Advice from Hank – Winter Myths

There are a few myths floating around about how to care for your car during the winter months. Below, we’ll discuss a few of them and give you the truth.

HAN_0010-shovelingCarrying sandbags in my trunk gives me much better traction during the winter.
Whether carrying sandbags really helps depends on what you drive. Older cars were front-heavy, and they had rear-wheel drive. In this case, it would make sense to have a few sandbags in your trunk to help you climb a snowy hill. However, most cars today are front- or all-wheel drive. They’ve even devloped more perfect weight distribution in big rear-wheel drive cars with better tires to improve traction. In this case, extra weight will only make it more challenging to control front-wheel drive cars in the winter. You may even over-steer on slippery surfaces. If you do want to add weight to a rear-wheel drive car or truck, add the weight as far forward as possible, so you’ll get the traction without the weight sitting so far back.

During my lunch break, I always run out to the parking lot to run my car for 10 minutes. I do that because I want to make sure it starts after work.
If a car starts in the morning after sitting in frigid cold temperatures all night, it should start after just eight hours in an office parking lot. However, if it doesn’t and you need to fire it up every four hours, check your plugs and get it running right. If you start a cold engine and just idle it for 10 minutes every day, you could dilute the oil with unburned fuel which could cause engine wear – and you’re needlessly burning expensive gasoline.

I’m really worried about my battery over the winter. It seems like batteries always die due to frigid temperatures. I know a few people who have had battery issues because cables came loose. 
Winter does challenge batteries for a couple reasons: (1) It’s more difficult to turn over an engine in cold weather because the oil has turned to molasses. So, it takes more current from the battery to get it going. (2) Moreover, the battery struggles to produce the extra current because it’s cold. Chemical reactions are slower at lower temperatures, so your battery is forced to work even harder to overcome the cold. Cables will loosen in the winter because it takes more current to start an engine. If the connection isn’t perfect, the clamps will heat up with more current pumping through them. Then, the connection will cool, and that heating and cooling creates a poor connection which could keep the battery from fully charging. With an uncharged battery, it’s more susceptible to freezing and damaging it internally. Aside from that, just watch your cable connection on your battery, and make sure they’re solidly attached. With that in mind, more cars won’t start on cold winter mornings, but more batteries fail in during the summer because the heat boils the battery dry.

My wiper squirters stopped working after a few days of intense snowfall. I thought they had frozen, but someone else told me the sediment in the tank clogged it.
If your washer nozzle froze, they would freeze almost immediately, not after a few days. Also, sediment would clog your nozzles all the time if that were the case, not just during winter snowfall. It’s probably snowmelt reflux. Most cars have a check valve in the washer-nozzle line to keep some fluid in the lines after washing the windshield. If the check valve malfunctions, the fluid will go back into the tank, so to speak. When the fluid goes back into the reservoir, it creates a suction and can bring melted snow or ice into the nozzle. Juse replace the check valve if your washer nozzles don’t seem to work correctly.

No matter how well I scrape them, my wiper blades always accumulate ice during extremely cold temperatures. I can even put the heat on high, and in the middle of my commute, the wipers start streaking greatly reducing visibility. I want to look into special wiper blades or a fluid additive to prevent this from happening. I’m not sure what to do.
Frigid cold weather can overpower the freezing point of washer fluid, which will turn it to slush on your windsheild. Just keep the windsheild as warm as possible. Turn up the defroster to the warmest setting at the highest fan speed. Fresh wiper blades could help too. You could also try cleaning the washer blades with a paper towel or treating the windshield with Rain-X because it’ll leave less washer fluid on the glass to freeze. Finally, if you’re desperate, put methyl alcohol in the fluid tank instead of washer fluid. Typically, washer fluid is 40 percent methyl alcohol and 60 percent water. Increasing the concentration of alcohol will bring down the freezing point. Visit your local hardware store for methyl alcohol. It’ll be in the paint department. Just get some and pour it into the the washer fluid tank.

With those tips in mind, we hope you find getting your car through a winter an easier proposition.  Find all your car needs at your local Hardware Hank, shop local.


Calculate Bulb Savings with GE Lighting

Do youGE_2 know how much you can save on your lighting bill?

Find out on GE Lighting’s website.


Federal legislation is currently phasing out general use incandescent bulbs in favor of more energy-efficient options. Count on GE to provide your home with energy-efficient light bulbs with similar brightness of traditional light bulbs.

Use GE’s comparison charts below to find the right option for you.
40w Replacement Chart    |    60w Replacement Chart    |    75w Replacement Chart    |    100w Replacement Chart

Stop into your local Hardware Hank and ask an expert how you can save on your energy bill.  Shop local and save!

Black & Decker Tips: Fall Garden Tips for a Simpler Spring

Take a look at these fall garden tips from master gardener, William Moss. Get a jump start on your spring garden season this fall with Black and Decker.

Looking for more Black and Decker How-to videos?  Check them out online on YouTube for all the tips and tricks you need for every season.

Stop into your local Hardware Hank and check out the wide selection of Black and Decker products. Find the right tool to get the job done. Shop local and save!

Transform your Home for Less with UGL Door Faux Finish

Watch how easy it is to take a painted wood door, and make it look just like wood, without removing the paint. Wood Graining the Door can gives your home the rich look of wood without the expense of buying a new door.

We are all trying to add more value to our homes at a cost-effective price.  Transforming your doors with UGL Door Faux Finish will add value to your home for less. Check out what else UGL can do for your home by checking out their website.  You can also find them on YouTube for more How-to projects.

You can find a wide selection of products from UGL at your local Hardware Hank.  Ask an expert and they will help you Do-it-Yourself Today and Save!

Decorate your home with Delta Faucet

13Embrace your personal style with Delta faucets and accessories that come in a variety of finishes to coordinate and enhance the look of your bathroom or kitchen. Check out Delta’s website to look at the variety from contemporary to traditional.



Add instant appeal and upgrade with a new faucet.  Here are six things to think about before buying a new bathroom faucet.

Check out the wide selection on Delta Faucet’s website. You can also check them out on Facebook.

Find everything you need for your kitchen and bath at your local Hardware Hank.

Organize your way back to school with Honey-Can-Do


Stay organized and start the new school year off right in your own home.  By organizing your personal space, it will help you with the daily routines of getting the kids on/off the school bus everyday.

Find your own unique style of organizing by visiting Honey-Can-Do’s website for a wide selection of products with a splash of color to keep you inspired.  You can also find them on Facebook to stay updated with the latest and greatest products.

Find everything you need to get your kids back to school at your local Hardware Hank.

How To: Kill Weeds with Ortho® GroundClear®

Ortho® GroundClear® Vegetation Killer Concentrate

Looking to get rid of those weeds in your yard?  Check out Scott’s website to solve every weed problem this summer.  Find them on Facebook to stay updated with the latest tips, tricks and ways to save.


Overview & Benefits

    • Kills weeds and stops new growth for up to 1 year
    • Eliminates unwanted vegetation from driveways, walkways, patios, fence rows and other areas for up to a year
    • Easy to apply with a sprinkling can or a tank spray

How to Use

Measure area to be treated. Calculate square feet by multiplying length times width.

Pour one quart into sprinkling can and add 1 gallon of water. Water evenly over 75 sq. ft.

Allow to soak into the ground, avoiding runoff to nearby desirable plants.

11When to Apply

Apply to bare ground or when weeds are actively growing.

If weeds are taller than 6 inches, cut down and remove before application.

For best results apply on a sunny day with temperatures above 60 degrees fahrenheit.

To block the growth of weeds under asphalt driveways, tennis courts, play areas and parking areas, apply before laying surface materials.

If the area is not evenly covered, there may be some germination of weeds.

How often to apply

When properly applied, one application will kill weeds for up to one year.

Where to Use

Eliminates unwanted vegetation from driveways, walkways, patios and fence rows

Where Not to Use

Do not use anywhere that you plan on planting or seeding desirable plants for at least a year.

Stop into your local Hardware Hank for all your lawn and garden needs this season!