The first official day of spring is only eight days away, and here in Meadville, we can’t wait to get outside and tackle our to-do lists and start on all the projects we planned during winter! So to help get CHANNELLOCK® Nation excited for the change of the season, we’ve put together a list of a few spring projects that are easy to do yourself, and best of all, can be accomplished with a pair of your favorite blue-handled, American-made pliers!
Replacing a leaky pipe or faucet: In the winter, if your home has leaks in its plumbing then ice isn’t far behind. Well in the springtime, you’ll most likely find puddles of water near a leaky pipe. So throw your trusty 440® Straight Jaw Pliers on the pipe and swap it out for a better fitting.
Check your gutters: When water freezes in the winter, it expands. Check your gutters in the spring to ensure that they aren’t loose and are free of debris. You can use the 528 Slip Joint Plier to bend, tighten and reshape your gutters.
Install a new heating system: This might sound like a winter job, but you’ll be wishing you had done it in the spring if your house isn’t ready for the next arctic blast. If your furnace or boiler were on their last legs this past winter, it may be time to install a new one. No matter what choice you make, you can be sure that at least one pair of tongue and groove pliers will be needed!
Mend your fences: Winter brings various storms – wind, rain, hail, sleet, snow and more – and fences often times need a tune-up in the spring. So for all of our ranchers and farmers out there, take time to carefully walk along your fence lines, looking for areas that will need to be fixed. Just make sure you bring your 85 Fence Tool with you, it’s perfect for barbed wire and high tensile fences.
Bonus project: Sit back and enjoy the warm weather. This one is a must, especially for all the tradesmen who work outside even during the winter. After all, everyone could use a BOCB Bottle Opener for their “me time.”
Communications and Training Manager