Not all Ice Melters Work the Same.

December 2014

The performance of an Ice Melter is affected by particle shape, size, heat of solution and ability or inability to attract water plus the temperature of the surface & air.  Practical temperature  is the very lowest level at which a product will melt ice in a reasonable time.  Practical temperature is a more accurate prediction of how ice & snow control products perform in actual weather conditions.  Clarke’s Hardware offers a variety of products to meet your needs.  Understanding your individual applications allows us to recommend the correct ice melt that will work most effectively for you. Many sizes are available for your convenience.

Independent & Local Businesses Strengthen Our Community Fabric

December 2014

The whole is only as strong & complete as its supporting parts.  A smooth running machine only operates well when all its components are maintained and serviced.  A community will only continue to prosper as long as all of  its fabric is constantly strengthened.  The three elements are the identification, action & result of a community supported commerce.  By just thinking about the businesses in our town that we are fortunate to have is time well spent for everyone.

3 is just a starting point.  It can be three or even thirty three community businesses that we each can identify that would be  true losses if they were not able to remain in operation.  Not only would we lose the ability to quickly run uptown to buy that one item we need but we would also lose their financial support to our special interest groups.  Ever asked for support to a golf tournament and been turned down by any community business?   Think about that little extra effort that was done the last time we needed a little extra help;  staying open a little later so we can pick up that one item to finish the project or get to the social gathering with the clean suit.  How about the knowledge of the staff  who has first hand experience with the item or has read the book you are looking for?  How about the time they let you borrow the item instead of buying it for that quick fix or really listened to you when you felt the price of an item was out of line, or when the purchased item failed and they took it back with no questions asked?  More importantly is the fact that we can talk with the owner of the business almost any time and they will say ‘Thank you, we appreciate your business’. These are just a few threads of our community fabric which makes our town so special.  I am sure you can think of your own experiences that bring a smile to your face.

50 dollars, 200 quarters, 500 dimes, 1000 nickels or 5000 pennies sure is not a lot when compared to the big picture of our financial month.  By just spending $50 a month in our local community we are investing in the future of our town.  Buying an extra coffee, filling up our car’s gas tank or being sure our medical prescriptions are filled in town assures us that these businesses will be around for another day.  It is just like that penny jar we all have on our bureau that we add the pocket change to every day.  Over time those little increments add up to a huge contribution.  By investing in our community’s businesses we are investing in ourselves and our town’s fabric is staying strong.

68 may just seem like a number but in this example it is the amount from 100 that is returned directly and indirectly to our community.  Through taxes, payroll and other expenditures of our businesses $68 of each $100 purchase stays here.  In addition to this, think about the fact the bank deposits of independently, locally owned businesses are kept in the local banking system so they can use the money for mortgages, personal loans & local investing.  Now think amount the money trail of a national chain: their nightly deposits are sent right away to the corporate office, where ever that might be, but most likely not in the town where the store operates.  So nothing is left behind for the banker to use in our community.  Pretty grim tale.  Buying online ?….enough said.

1 is the number of persons needed to keep the momentum of this concept going.  Community Strength involves all of us;  Consumers, fellow Businesses, Institutions and Municipalities are all in this together.  So next time we are writing a product requisition or looking for a little help think about our town’s quilt.   By supporting our independently owned business our community’s  fabric will remain and continue to be strong & healthy.

Pick 3.  Spend 50.  Support our local economy.  Join the project today.

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Buttermilk Paint Arrives in New London

August 2014

ov_counry_living_adWe have expanded our paint offerings to include the buttermilk paint reproduction colours from Old Village Paint Company.  These clearly demonstrate the ingenuity of Early American painters and stainers.  It is well documented that buttermilk and other milk products were used for the decoration of furniture and housing of old.  The traveling painter turned to an old country custom of using farm products. earth colors and brick dust to make their paint colours.  Old Village has reproduced these products using modern raw materials.  They have kept the spirit of the Colonial American Craftsman in producing these paints with which to achieve the lovely effects and colours of Pre-Revolution America.  Buttermilk paint may be used on interiors of homes and drys to a beautiful matte finish which does not destroy the texture of the wood.  Multiple coats will build a longer lasting and a more opaque film.     Stop by soon to discuss this fabulous product with Kevin.  He is sure to help with your home decor project.

Vermont Natural Coatings are Made Green

July 2014


Finally, a premium product that is durable and safe.  You no longer have to choose between a wood finish that is high quality, professional grade and green.  Vermont Natural Coating uses local resources and Vermont craftsmanship to create premium products.  No other similar items are as safe for the environment and manufactured using environmentally sustainable processes.  Whey proteins are the naturally durable ingredient that makes this product different and better.  Whey is a by-product of cheese-making and is harvested from farms to make a odor free, great coverage, quick drying, durable coating.  Available in three finishes and offered in four size containers Vermont Natural Coatings is ready for your next project.  Stop by today and talk with Kevin for more details.   At Clarke’s we are always searching for more green oriented products

Stop the Itch, The Poison Ivy Itch

July 2014

Poison Ivy Soap is the perfect combination of pure soap made with animal oil, spring water and the herb Jewel-weed.  Animal oil will not spread the invisible Urushiol, the oil of the poison ivy plant, while the Jewel-weed, its natural antidote, washes away the invisible poisonous oil.  It is safe for use by  the whole family.  Poison Ivy Soap does not make any medical claims to cure or heal poison ivy but it will stop the itch.  Stop by today.

Blue Rhino Propane Tank Exchange in New London

July 2014

Blue Rhino

We have expanded our propane service to include Blue Rhino exchange for quick & easy service to you.  Nationally recognized as the leader in propane tank exchange, their fleet of trucks will keep us well stocked for your barbecuing needs all season long.   Now you can look no further then Clarke’s for your one stop shopping for all your grilling.   See you soon

Weber Grills with Sizzle both Gas & Charcoal

July 2014

Weber Sizzle

Emergency Light Batteries Now available in New London

March 2014

With the correct  product number of the battery we are able to order for you the proper battery for all your emergency lighting needs.  These special batteries are available in a variety of sizes, voltage and amperage to meet the requirements of all state and local codes.  No need for you to search any further than right here at Clarke’s Hardware.

Don’t let poor air quality slip through your dirty filter

September 2013

     To ensure that your heating system is operating at its peak performance this time of year, changing the air filter regularly is very important. Standard fiberglass filters need to be changed at-least every thirty days. 3M brand Filtrete pleated filters are 10 times more effective and will last up to 3 months. We offer both the Micro Allergen and the Ultra Allergen  Filtrete filters with their electrostatically charged fibers that will outperform other pleated filters in capturing allergens like pollen, mold spores, dust mites, smoke, pet dander, household dust and smog. The Ultra Allergen also attracts and captures bacteria and particles that can carry viruses. With more time being spent indoors during this cold season, you will be more comfortable knowing the air your breathing is pollutant free.  Stop by soon and pickup the proper size filter for your home.  

WEST SYSTEM Epoxy products

February 2013

For all wood, boat and construction repairs and fills  WEST SYSTEM epoxy is the professional product of choice.  Come see the full line of fillers, hardeners and tools available  here at Clarke’s Hardware.