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    Every Can Counts

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 12:17 PM Views: 384

    As U.S. military personnel continue to face difficult challenges transitioning back into the civilian workforce, WD-40 Company is introducing limited edition “Help Hire a Hero” WD-40® Smart Straw® cans to help support the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heroes® program. 

    For every “Help Hire a Hero” can purchased, WD-40 Company will donate 10 cents to Hiring Our Heroes. As these special cans are only available for a limited time while supplies last, make sure you pick one up at your local retailer today! 

    Read about the special “Help Hire a Hero” cans and how they help hire our military heroes in Industrial Machinery Digest or visit WD40.com/HireAHero for more information. 

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    Help Hire a Hero

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 2:42 PM Views: 770

    To help support the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heroes® program, WD-40 Company is introducing the limited edition “Help Hire a Hero” WD-40® Smart Straw® cans.

    For every “Help Hire a Hero” can purchased, WD-40 Company will donate 10 cents to Hiring Our Heroes, which helps military personnel transition into the civilian workforce. The special cans are available for a limited time, while supplies last, at retailers nationwide. To learn more about the promotion, visit WD40.com/HireaHero/.

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    April Showers Bring May Flowers (and Rust!)

    Friday, March 28, 2014, 4:55 PM Views: 513

    We’ve all heard the rhyme, “April showers bring May flowers,” at some point in time. However, these showers can also bring rust, sticky doors and clogged rain gutters. Here are some ways you can use WD-40® Multi-Use Product to help you get your house, car and tools ready for the first rainfall. 

    Use everyone’s favorite can-do can to: 

    • Protect garden tools from corrosion
    • Keep moving garden tools lubricated
    • Waterproof metal patio furniture
    • Remove soil and dust from rain gutters to prevent them from clogging
    • Protect rain gutters from rust
    • Lubricate sliding patio doors
    • Protect the outside of your car from rusting
    • Remove grit from windshield wipers
    • Protect power-coated metal 

    For more tips on how WD-40 Multi-Use Product can help you during the spring, and all year long, click here

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    Weekend Warriors: Give Your Bike a Tuneup

    Friday, March 14, 2014, 2:30 PM Views: 734

    Whether you ride your bike every day or twice a month, own a beach cruiser or a custom race bike, it’s essential to do monthly maintenance to keep it riding smoothly. Check out our three budget-friendly, DIY bike maintenance tips below.

    1. Clean Your Bike

    One of the easiest, yet most important ways to maintain your bike is to properly clean it. Read Bicycling’s article for some tips on how to wash your bike the right way, and don’t forget to pick up the WD-40® BIKE Foaming Wash. Its dirt-eating suds will help remove the most stubborn grime on your bike, leaving your bike sparkling clean and scratch free. 

    2. Check Your Bike’s Tire Pressure

    You should always check your bike’s tire pressure before you take your bike for a spin. Proper tire pressure ensures safer and smoother rides, and can help you avoid getting a flat tire. To check your tire pressure, make sure you have a standard pressure gauge that measures pounds per square inch (PSI). You can pick these up at REI

    According to Bicycling, narrow tires need more air pressure than wide ones: Road tires require 80 to 130 PSI, mountain tires require 30 to 50 PSI and hybrid tires require 50 to 70 PSI. To learn how you can check your bike’s tire pressure follow eHow’s step-by-step instructions.

    3. Check and Adjust Brakes

    Checking your bike’s brakes is a necessity. Popular Mechanics recommends first looking at the pads. If you can see lines or metal poking through the brake pads, it’s time to replace them. If the brakes are making a grinding noise after aligning them, they may need to be sanded down.

    The next step is to check your brake cable for wear and replace it if there are loose strands or rust. To learn how to replace a brake, watch this video from Performance Bike.

    Tip: Use WD-40 Multi-Use Product to remove gunk and grime from your bike’s frame. 

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    Weekend Warriors: Three Affordable DIY Storage Solutions

    Friday, March 7, 2014, 2:30 PM Views: 599

    Whether it’s the kitchen, garage or bedroom, almost every home could use a little more storage space. Combat clutter in your home and find some extra space by making sure you read our tips on how to keep your home tidy all year long here, and check out three easy and affordable DIY storage ideas below.

    1. Add Shelves to a Closet

    Create more storage in a closet with shelves. Thanks to this step-by-step guide from Lowe’s, adding shelves to a closet has never been easier. All you need is the right size plywood, square dowels and a poplar board, which are all available at big box retailers like Lowe’s and The Home Depot.

    2. Ottoman and Coffee Table Storage

    While the surfaces of ottomans and coffee tables offer plenty of functionality, why not make the most of it by building one that you can use to stash blankets, pillows, books or movies (without breaking the bank!).

    An ottoman doesn’t have to be just for setting your kicknacks on or kicking up your feet; it can also be a great solution for subtle storage. By building your own ottoman, you can choose if you’d like a lid that has safety hinges or lifts off, and you can customize it with your favorite fabric to make sure the fabric fits your household décor and needs (stain resistant, patterns, etc.). Follow This Old House’s guide to get started.  

    When it comes to building a coffee table with storage, the options are endless. Build one with drawers, tiers, or if you’d like a more unique design, check out DIY Vintage Chic’s wine crate coffee table here.

    3. Floating Wall Shelving

    One of the best ways to maximize your wall space is adding shelves to the walls. Wall shelves blend form, function and style, and can add a little personality to any room. To properly hang shelves on a wall, follow these instructions from Lowe’s. For ideas on how to make a bold statement with your shelves, check out these 10 DIY wall shelving and storage ideas from Apartment Therapy

    Tip: Use WD-40® Multi-Use Product to improve the cutting time for drill bits. 

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    Weekend Warriors: How to Reupholster Your Couch

    Friday, February 28, 2014, 2:30 PM Views: 818

    Is your couch outdated or worn? There’s no need to replace your aging couch – just give it a face-lift! Reupholstering your couch is a low-cost way of giving new life to an old piece of furniture. Before you get started, make sure you have all the tools you’ll need, which can be found here at DoItYourself.com.

    Choosing Your Fabric

    Choosing the right fabric can be daunting. When choosing a material, make sure you consider the couch’s location, how much you will be using it and if you have any children or pets. Check out this guide from About.com to help you choose the right fabric material and color. Once you know what type of fabric you want, we recommend checking out Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores’ options. To find out how much fabric you will need for your project, use Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores’ estimated upholstery yardage calculator.

    Off with the Old 

    When you start removing the old fabric, take the time to examine it and take note on how the fabric is sewn and attached to the couch. According to SFgate, you should remove the pieces you can access without ripping them. The article also recommends that as you remove the pieces, you should label the right side of the fabric with its couch location and number the pieces in order of removal. 

    Let the Reupholstering Begin!

    Once you’ve removed all of the old fabric, start tracing the outline of each section of the old fabric – including cushions – and start cutting along the outline. Once this is done, DoItYourself.com recommends using a staple gun to attach the fabric to the foundation of the couch, starting with the base, the back and the sides. Please note, that you should stretch the fabric out well so it will have a neater result with no creases. To upholster the cushion covers, sew the fabric according to the dimensions of the couch’s cushions. As cushions could be different sizes, make sure you slide each cushion cover over each cushion to confirm it fits. To add some additional character to your couch, don’t forget to change the legs or add upholstery nail heads.

      Tip: Before sewing the cushion covers, spray the sewing thread with WD-40® Multi-Use Product to prevent breakage.

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    Meet the Man Behind the Can

    Thursday, February 27, 2014, 12:17 PM Views: 398

    For Norm Larsen, it all started with a simple idea: if water causes rust, then a substance that displaces water can prevent rust. His simple idea turned into something perfect (after 40 attempts!) and WD-40® Multi-Use Product was born. Click on the photo below to watch the video from Stuff of Genius and meet the “can-do” man behind everyone’s favorite “can-do” can. 

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    Weekend Warriors: Three DIY Headboard Ideas to Transform Your Room

    Friday, February 21, 2014, 2:30 PM Views: 1263

    Are you looking for a way to spruce up your bedroom on a tight budget? Since a headboard is a key piece of furniture that completes a bedroom, why not start there? Check out three of our favorite DIY headboard ideas that can transform your room without breaking the bank.

    1. Make an upholstered headboard: With upholstered headboards, the opportunities are endless. These headboards are easily customizable by shape and fabric that sets them apart from a basic bedstead. With HGTV’s step-by-step guide on how to make an upholstered headboard, it’s easier than ever to give your bedroom a one-of-a-kind look. If you’re more interested in a more dramatic upholstered headboard, check out this step-by-step guide from HGTV.

    If you already have an upholstered headboard and the fabric is wearing out or you want a new fresh new look, follow these instructions from Sunset on how to update your upholstered headboard with a new fabric. Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores has some great fabric options that allow you to express your personality through your headboard.

    2. Make your headboard out of a door: Making a headboard out of a door is a perfect option for those on a tight budget. You can find a door at yard sales, antique shops or even in your own home. Check out Martha Stewart Living’s step-by-step instructions on how to make your own door headboard. To give your headboard a finished look, accent the top of it with a strip of crown molding (available at Lowe’s). 

    3. Paint your headboard: A fresh coat of paint is a great, budget-friendly way to add color to your headboard. However, before you start painting your headboard lime green, make sure you take all of your bedroom’s colors (walls, sheets, and other furniture) into consideration. For ideas on what colors work best together, check out these tips from Better Home and Gardens. It’s also important to start with the right primer (The Home Depot has some great ones) when painting furniture. To learn how to paint a wood headboard, watch this video from Better Homes and Gardens. Lastly, make sure you check out The Home Depot’s blog about five things every DIYer needs for painting furniture.

     Tip: Use WD-40® Multi-Use Product to keep the metal frames on your bed rust free. 

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    Weekend Warriors: Wake Your Walls Up with Wallpaper

    Friday, February 14, 2014, 2:30 PM Views: 618

    Wallpaper can change the visual appearance of a room in your home. Whether you’re looking to brighten a room or create a cozy atmosphere, wallpapering a room helps you make the most of a room and allows you to hide its weaker features.

    Choosing Wallpaper

    Before you head to your local design or hardware store, it’s important to consider the room you are wallpapering. For example if you were wallpapering a kitchen, you would want to choose a durable paper that’s easy to clean. To see what paper works best for your room, check out This Old House’s step-by-step method. The Home Depot also offers a Wallpaper Visualizer, which allows you to virtually hang wallpaper in a room of your choosing such as a bathroom, kitchen and bedroom to give you an idea of what your room might look like if you choose a particular pattern or color. For ideas on what designs are good for your space, check out these articles from Real Simple and Country Living.

    To determine how much wallpaper you need, check out Lowe’s easy wallpaper calculator tool. After entering the dimensions of the room, the calculator will provide you with the number of wallpaper rolls that you need for the specific job.

    Hanging Wallpaper

    How you hang wallpaper depends on the type of wallpaper that you decide to purchase. The three most popular types of wallpaper are:

    1. Pre-pasted

    Pre-pasted paper is pre-coated with and an adhesive on the back of the paper that must make contact with water or a manufactured activator to activate the paste. To successfully hang pre-pasted wallpaper on a wall (with ease!), check out this step-by-step guide from The Family Handyman DIY experts.

    2. Self-adhesive

    Self-adhesive wallpaper requires no glue, water or activator. All you do is peel the plastic backing off and stick the paper in place. According to this Yahoo! Voices article, self-adhesive wallpaper is great to use when wanting to add a small amount of wallpaper to a room. It’s also perfect for those who love the look of wallpaper, but don’t like to commit to a certain pattern or color for a long period of time. As the self-adhesive wallpaper is similar to the pre-pasted wallpaper, check out The Family Handyman article referenced in the pre-pasted wallpaper section for instructions on how to hang the wallpaper.

    3. Non-pasted

    Non-pasted wallpaper, also known as “dryback” wallpaper, requires an adhesive/paste (available here at Lowe’s) for hanging. DIY Network has a step-by-step guide on how to apply wallpaper like a pro.

    For information on what preparation, application and finishing tools you need when adding wallpaper to your walls, check out this buying guide from The Home Depot. 

     Tip: After you’re done hanging your wallpaper, use WD-40® Multi-Use Product on metal tools to help remove adhesive paste. 

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    Lucky Number 40

    Thursday, February 13, 2014, 5:19 PM Views: 395

    Do you know what WD-40 stands for? 

    Join Don Wildman, host of Travel Channel’s “Mysteries at the Museum,” as he takes a look back at the history of the blue and yellow can, and shares the story behind how everyone’s favorite problem solver was made.

    Click on the photo below to watch the story behind WD-40® Multi-Use Product. 

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