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Get ready for winter with a walk through Ace

Take time now to ensure a cozy, snug house this winter

Photo Credit: STAFF PHOTOS: VERN UYETAKE - Ace Hardware manager Stuart Dunis knows mice like to come inside during the winter. You will find mice and rat traps and baits on the shelves at Ace.

Just last week Lake Oswego and West Linn residents were enjoying Indian summer weather. Crispy cool mornings gave way to summer swelter only to dip low enough by evening to warrant tossing another blanket on the bed. Chilly rain and wind will be the norm soon.

Stuart Dunis, manager at Ace Hardware in Lake Oswego, says just a few simple maintenance and prevention tactics can make all the difference in how cozy and comfortable your home will be this fall and winter. On a quick walk around the store he was able to fill a cart with many items renters and homeowners could use to ensure hearth and home are snug and dry.

Here are some of his suggestions to use this fall.

The gutter rake has been a popular item for the past eight years. Besides being a handy tool to remove leaves from gutters it can be used to hang Christmas lights.

The leaves are going to fall — there is no denying that. Naturally the most essential tool for raking leaves is a rake. To get the leaves into the leaf bags, another essential tool, Dunis suggests you use Leaf Scoops, plastic rake-like disks that make gathering leaves very easy and keep your hands clean and dry.

“The gutter rake has been the top seller for the past eight years,” Dunis said. “It is locally made and makes getting leaves out of the gutter easy. You can use it to hang Christmas lights, too, or to pull snow off your car or roof. You can use it anytime you need a little extension.”

Leaf Scoops make getting that pile of leaves into the bag easy.

Water channels are another piece of popular equipment. These wire baskets fit in gutters in the downspouts, keeping them clear of debris. The gutter rake and water channels should eliminate you having to go outside in the pouring rain to unclog gutters.

Faucet beanies are another locally made product that is essential. These beanies fit over faucets, insulating them from freezing temperatures. You will want to plug foundation air vents with Styrofoam blocks, too.

Faucet beanies protect pipes from freezing. They come in a variety of sizes.

“Antifreeze is a good thing to use in your irrigation system or if you have an outbuilding with plumbing,” Dunis said. Ace carries several types of antifreeze solutions.

Drafty windows can be sealed quickly and easily with weatherization window kits.

“These really do work,” Dunis said. They come in a variety of sizes. Ace also carries covers for air conditioning units.

Just like humans, mice like to come indoors when the weather turns cold. Ace carries a variety of mouse and rat traps, including the original Victor brand traps and baits. Mouse Magic, an all-natural product made of herbs, is also carried.

“It smells good and works great,” Dunis said. “It does keep mice out.”

One final item Dunis reminds people they will need is a new ice scraper for each car.

Lake Oswego’s Ace Hardware expanded this summer, which allowed more space for every department, plus a seasonal product section, currently filled with Halloween and Christmas items.

“We added 300 more SKUs (stock keeping units) in the paint department alone,” Dunis said. “We want to be the place you think of first whenever you need something. Just know Ace will have it.”

Ace Hardware is located at 55 S. State Street in Lake Oswego.

The hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The store’s phone number is 503-675-9600.

Contact Barb Randall at 503-636-1281 ext. 100 or email brandall@lakeoswegoreview.com.

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