Affordable Tools was started eight years ago by an energetic local West Texas entrepreneur. Our business philosophy is simple, "Treat your customers right and they'll keep coming back."
By doing this we have been able to grow the store and our customer base a lot of the last 8 years. Affordable cuts out the middleman and buys direct from the supplier to bring the savings to our customers. Our prices are competitive and the store offers a quiet clean relief from the crowds and roaming the Big Box stores looking for knowledgeable salespeople.
If you're in Midland Texas looking for tools to use in the oil-field and need to outfit your roustabout or welding truck or need tools for your mechanics, you will find the enjoy the personal service from a small shop that knows you by your first name. We offer a great inventory of high-quality tools at competitive prices.
Your home winterization can save energy and prevent cold weather disasters. Here is a quick checklist to help you prepare your home for the cold, and help you feel cozy during the upcoming season.
Save up to 10% on your energy bills by caulking and adding weather stripping to your windows. Caulking is very easy to do yourself, and will stop the cold drafty air and moisture from penetrating your home. Caulking the seal from the outside of your home is simple. Scrape away the old caulk from the area where the glass meets the frame of the window, and run a new line of caulk. Once sealed and dried, go back and check for shrinkage of the caulking and make sure there are no spots missed where moisture and wind can enter.
Check doors with a thick piece of paper such as cardstock. If there is enough room to slide the paper under your door, you will feel the cold. Small gaps such as these allow insects, cold air, moisture, dirt and dust into your home. Two remedies exist, the first is adding a simple door sweep to the bottom of the door. These easy to install, and will create a secure seal under your door. Another remedy would be re-leveling or replacing your threshold plate. Both solutions will stop the draft you feel at floor level in your home.
Pipes and Outdoor Faucets
The outdoor faucets you use to water your lawn in the summer, can rupture during a deep freeze. Styrofoam covers are made to protect these faucets. These covers simply slip right over the outdoor faucet. If you have pipes under your home that you can access, you can cover them with pre-slit tube foam in minutes. If your water heater is located in a place facing the exterior of the home, use a water heater blanket to protect it and reduce your energy costs.
Window air conditioners can be a huge source of escaped heat and added draft in your home during the winter months. Cover these units with air conditioner covers and weather seal any gaps or cracks with foam or weather stripping. This will stop the cold, and preserve your unit for the next season.
Self Stick Weather Tape
Weatherstip tape is a foam tape that is fun to use, and only takes minutes to install. Foam weatherstripping comes in a variety of sizes and thickness. Simply line doorways to create a tight seal when you close the door. You may find yourself searching for more areas to use this wonderful tape once you realize how fun, quick and easy it is to use.
Affordable Tools in Midland, Texas can help you with any questions you have about winterization.
Stop by today at 908 S. Garfield in Midland and let us help you prepare for winter!
Fall marks the time to take a look in your garage or tool shed for items that need winterizing. Preparing your lawn mower, weed eater, and other garden tools can save grief when the spring comes. Here’s a few simple tips that will help you protect the investment you have in your yard and garden tools.
Lawnmowers, leaf blowers, weed eaters, and trimmers that use gas can really benefit from winterization. Oil tends to thicken to a sludge state when left stored for lengths of time. Start with draining the oil from these items. Check for any signs of cracking in seals and gaskets to make sure there is no way for moisture to enter during the cold season.
Fuel does not store well, so take the time to add a stabilizer to your larger gas tanks. For small tools and machines such as weed eaters, go ahead and drain the gas completely. Make sure to run the tool in choke mode for a few seconds after draining to release inline fuel. Pumping the primer will help evacuate the leftover fuel. If the fuel is not mixed with oil, go ahead and use it in your car. Never store the fuel during the winter, as moisture and time will lead to breakdown of the stored gasoline.
Gardening tools simply need a good cleaning and oiling. Anywhere dirt or grass clings to a tool, it will attract moisture and rust. Small gardens tools can be oiled to protect them from rust. For Lawnmowers, make sure to clean and oil the blade. Taking the time to spray blades with a rust inhibiting product or enamel will protect them from the cruel winter. For wooden handled garden tools, use a tung oil to keep the handles from splintering during storage.
Affordable Tools in Midland, Texas wants to help you protect the investment you have in your tools. Stop by today and let us help you with all your tool needs!
The leaves are coming, fall is here. Cleaning up those pesky leaves can be easy this year with the right leafblower. Why work harder than needed? Every year advancements are made in technology. Here’s some great tips for selecting your new leafblower.
Have fun without disturbing the peace! When selecting your leaf blower, keep in mind how close your neighbors are, and how to keep noise pollution to a minimum. Disturbing the neighborhood with your lawncare equipment is a thing of the past. The newer electric leaf blowers are quieter, and some even have settings for noise. Reducing noise without reducing performance is one of the perks of owning a newer electric leaf blower.
For the big jobs, you can go lighter than you thought! When using a high performance leafblower, keep in mind that electric is the lightest. There is no need for large motors and tanks on electric leaf blowers, which reduces the load you have to carry. With electric consider the weight of a battery vs. straight electric. Always use a shoulder strap with your leaf blower, no matter what type of motor you have. You will find it much easier to handle.
MESS AND GRIME
Consider the mess when you're dealing with a gas blower. Consider whether you mind getting dirty with gas, oil and grime. Also think ahead about where you will be storing it during the year, and if you have a well ventilated storage space. With electric, you’ll have very little mess, and can be stored almost anywhere.
Better performing motors are being designed all the time. You can now find smaller, more powerful blowers than ever imagined. Both gas and electric offer better performance than in the past. Make your cleanup time shorter, and actually fun, when cleaning up those tough jobs!
Think about having to go for gas and oil every time you use your leaf blower. If you’re trying to save time, an electric leaf blower is for you. The electric motor need less maintenance, and doesn’t require a last minute trip to the gas pump every time you want to use it. You will also spend less time with electric, since they start right up every time you need them. No cords to pull, no gas, no priming, etc.
With all the new options out there, make sure you take the time to stop by AFFORDABLE TOOLS of Midland, Tx. Let us show you what's new, and help you select the perfect blower for the needs of your household!