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    How to Texture Drywall

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Texturing drywall is an easy way to add a decorative touch to a room. With the right tools, you can take care of it in just a few simple steps. This step-by-step video covers some of the basic equipment needed to texture drywall.

    After priming the wall for imperfections and making necessary repairs, a spray can of knockdown texture can quickly cover smaller areas. Knockdown texture can be flattened or removed with a drywall knife while it is still wet, but be sure to follow recommended drying instructions before painting over it.

    Get everything you need for your home projects, large or small, here at Mahan’s Hardware. We have been proudly serving residents of Essex County with an extensive selection of auto parts, boating supplies, and home hardware for years. Call (866) 901-5828 or contact us online today for specific inquiries.

    Tips for Organizing Your Tools

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Whether you’re fixing your roof or building a bookshelf, your home improvement projects will go much faster if you can quickly locate all the tools you need. The more projects you do, the more tools you will accumulate. Hammers, wrenches, pliers, and paintbrushes all come in different sizes for different purposes. Keep your tools organized so you don’t waste time rummaging around trying to find the exact drill bit or nail you need. Here are two different organizational ideas:

    Buy Different Containers

    Some homeowners don’t have the luxury of a separate workshop space. If this is the case for you, it doesn’t mean that you should just throw all of your tools into one big box in the closet. Invest in different containers to separate items. At a minimum, you will need a box with compartments to store nails, screws, washers, and other small bits of hardware—fishing tackle boxes work great for this. If you have several types of hammers or screwdrivers, you can store them in old shoeboxes. Make sure you clearly label each box so you know what’s inside.

    Hang Everything in Plain Sight

    If you have a separate workshop space in your basement or garage, you can store tools visibly for quick organization and easy access. Buy a large section of pegboard at your local hardware store and hang your tools up. It’s still a good idea to keep them grouped by type, so all the wrenches hang in one place and all the hammers in another. Take a marker and trace the outline of each tool on the board, and no one in your household will ever have to wonder where it goes again. Be sure to still have a container to store small hardware pieces.

    Whether you want to store mechanical fasteners or automotive parts, you can find all of the materials you need to construct your own custom tool organization solution at Mahan’s Hardware. Visit our store or call us today at (866) 901-5828 to find out more about our hardware selection.

    Safety Tips for Using a Jigsaw

    Last updated 1 year ago


    If you want to build pieces of furniture, such as shelves, stools, chairs, or tables, then you might need to use a jigsaw. This power tool can make many different types of cuts, and it can help you add high-end details to your projects. When outfitted with the correct blade, jigsaws can even cut metal.

    Because a jigsaw has a sharp, rapidly moving blade, you need to exercise extreme caution when using one. You will need to dress appropriately, wear proper eye protection and footwear, and operate the saw correctly. Avoid injuries by following the safety procedures outlined in this video.

    Mahan’s Hardware has everything you need to complete your next building project, including jigsaw blades for different materials. Visit our fully stocked, locally owned hardware store in Lynn, or contact us at (866) 901-5828 so we can find the tools and parts you need.

    The Dos and Don'ts of DIY Home Improvement Repairs

    Last updated 1 year ago

    For many home improvement projects, do-it-yourself solutions are much less expensive than hiring someone to perform the service. For example, with the right hardware and tools, anyone can install winter weather stripping or fix a leaky faucet, so there’s no need to make a call to a contractor or plumber. However, you should always know the limits of your time and skill so you don’t end up wasting time or damaging your home with a DIY project gone wrong. When considering a DIY solution:

    Do Complete Your Research

    Many websites offer step-by-step guides for easy home repairs or improvements. Even if you’ve tackled a project before, you can still benefit from a little reading before you attempt to complete the same project again—there may be an easy solution you hadn’t thought of yet. Be humble, and don’t attempt the repair yourself if research suggests that you should hire a professional.

    Don’t Attempt Structural Remodels

    You may think it’s a great idea to open up your dining room by removing the wall that separates it from the kitchen, but you need the help of an architect to determine if you can do so safely. You don’t want your ceiling to collapse because you unknowingly knocked down a structural wall.

    Do Collect the Appropriate Tools

    Never attempt a repair with an inappropriate tool. Just as you can’t use a Phillips head screwdriver in place of a flat one, you can’t use a metal hammer in place of a rubber mallet. Avoid expensive damage to your property by using the proper tools for each task, which you can find at your local hardware store.

    Don’t go to a big box store for your home improvement needs. Visit the knowledgeable professionals at a local business like Mahan’s Hardware. Our friendly staff can give you advice on anything from wrenches to car parts. Come by our hardware store or call us today at (866) 901-5828 for all of your DIY project needs.

    Mahan's Hardware and Auto Supply Can Help You Prepare for Winter

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Are you planning to upgrade your workbench or ger your car ready for winter? If so, Mahan’s Hardware has the supplies and resources you need. Check out these informative links below for more ideas about our latest blog topics:

    Are you working on starting a new toolbox or organizing your old one? If so, be sure to check out this list of essential tools from to stay prepared for virtually any project.

    Do you find yourself constantly sifting through clutter to find the right tools or supplies? If so, check out this article from for some quick toolbox organization tips.

    Mahan’s Hardware is an independently owned and operated hardware store based out of Lynn, MA. We carry a wide variety of automobile, marine, and home tools for any project, large or small, and our team is committed to providing helpful feedback for your DIY projects. Contact our associates at (866) 901-5828 for questions or concerns.


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