First Look: OdoBan Home Deodorizer & Disinfectant

Posted by: on April 1st, 2012 | 3 Comments

The nose knows, as do loyal OdoBan customers. When pleasant smelling scents like flowers, laundered linens or the kitchen at dinner time hit your nostrils, your olfactory epithelium alerts your brain, leaving your mood elevated and happy. However, when you take in foul smelling scents like ripe fish, skunk spray or mold and mildew, you cringe, your eyes water and your mood turns sour. When those horrible odors strike, you need a deodorizer to neutralize those odors…OdoBan. It’s also great for cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing your home.

Watch OdoBan’s Steve Davison and Home Depot associate Dahlan demonstrate the power of OdoBan as they contend with Steve’s funky smelling friend Ralph in this video:

 

Our First Look series highlights videos our store associates watch to learn about the new products and services available at The Home Depot. We share them here so that Home Depot customers, especially professional builders and serious do-it-yourself enthusiasts, can see what’s new in the aisles at The Home Depot.

 

First Home Depot on the Moon to Open April 2020

Posted by: on April 1st, 2012 | 7 Comments

home depot on the moon posterThe Home Depot announced today it plans to boldly go where no retailer has gone before by opening the first home improvement store on the moon. Plans for the lunar store, presently dubbed Home Depot X, have been on the drawing board for several years. Company executives say they expect the first Home Depot on the moon to open on April 1, 2020 on the Sea of Tranquility, just a short lunar rover drive from the location of the Apollo 11 lunar landing.

“The Home Depot has always been about anticipating customer needs,” says newly named Vice President for Lunar Operations Vernon “Jules” Bradbury. “We see big possibilities on the moon in the coming century, and we want to be up and ready to help the new inhabitants of the moon save more and do more. Opening a Home Depot on the moon is pretty much a no brainer. And setting up shop near the historic site of the first Apollo lunar landing, well, we’re just over the moon about that.”

Home Depot is prepared to commit billions to their lunar expansion. Certified Nursery Consultants in the garden center at Home Depot store #1859 in Webster, Texas  are working on a proprietary line of revolutionary new home improvement products that can be grown in petri dishes.

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Grill It: Do I Need a Side Burner?

Posted by: on March 31st, 2012 | Make A Comment

grill with side burner

Q: DO I REALLY NEED A SIDE BURNER ON MY GRILL?

A: That depends on just how much of a barbeque fanatic you are — and if you want your sauce for basting or topping at arm’s reach.

Consumer Reports found that while the side burner does a fine job of keeping sauces and side dishes warm, it isn’t a great option for actual cooking. Side burners take longer to boil water than a typical stovetop and tend to get too hot to simmer sauces, making them, well, not too hot as an all-purpose cooking tool.

You also might consider how far away your grill is located from the house.  If you have grill assistants willing to lug things back and forth from the stove or fridge, you might be good to go.

Grilling Tips is for all you grill fanatics out there. Whether you swear by propane, charcoal or gas, our BBQ tips have you covered. If you’re in need of an upgrade – shop Grills at homedepot.com. 

Spring Garden Project: Create a Container Garden

Posted by: on March 30th, 2012 | 61 Comments

A small container garden and wicker chair on a deck

Creating a container garden is a quick weekend project that provides lots of visual pay-off. Choosing the plant combinations is a fun, creative trip to The Home Depot and the project was easy for us to pull off in an afternoon (really!). Follow these step-by-step instructions to create these gorgeous containers that truly transform a patio. Also, find the Garden Club recipe card for this project here and check out this video before you get your hands dirty.

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Spring Garden Project: Herb Container Garden

Posted by: on March 30th, 2012 | 15 Comments

Container herb gardening works great for those who like to spend most of their time in the kitchen—or anyone who wants to add invigorating aroma and color to their outdoor space. Follow these step-by-step instructions to create your own herb container garden—and check out our downloadable Herb Container Garden recipe card from the Garden Club. Need more inspiration? Take a look at our Herb Container Garden how-to video.

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Painting Metal to Save Money On a Bathroom Update

Posted by: on March 30th, 2012 | 3 Comments

Painting metal (and lots of other surfaces) is easy with Rust-Oleum

 

 

Home Depot Community member fourkoals is faced with a common bathroom dilemma – mismatched bath metal finishes. He wants to unify and update the look of his bathroom without the cost of totally replacing his shower door frame. That’s where Forum associate PaintPro steps in to help with advice on painting  metal. Read on for PaintPro’s practical and cost-effective solution to this problem.

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Places: Outdoor Fire Pits

Posted by: on March 29th, 2012 | 2 Comments
Image of Chester Lit furniture and fire pit

Image of Chester Lit furniture w/fire pit via Uncrate

 

Oh how we love the spring: for its warm, temperate days and cool nights, when the air is all abuzz with sound of busy bees and song birds, and the world comes back to life again, bursting with color. Long sunny days slowly fade into late evenings, and we while away the hours chilling on rooftops and balconies, or in the backyards on patios and decks with good friends and family.

Wherever you’re hanging out this spring, a fire pit can provide a spark of warmth and intimacy, inviting guests to linger a bit longer. As you will see after the jump, many choices await you for enchanting spring evenings, perhaps not unlike this movie night by the shore we spotted on Uncrate, warmed by the glow of fire pits in an array of sizes, styles and features … so pull a chair and stay a while.

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How To Build A Raised Garden Bed

Posted by: on March 29th, 2012 | 2 Comments

Are you experiencing a little garden envy because your neighbors are beautifying their outdoor spaces and you’re stuck with a backyard that has inadequate drainage or hardened soil lacking proper nutrients? Don’t worry we’ve got the perfect solution – just build a raised garden bed!

Raised garden beds offer an ideal environment to grow a beautiful garden no matter what condition your yard is in and this video shows you how. It highlights your two options of either purchasing a raised bed garden kit from your local Home Depot store or constructing one on your own. No matter which way you go, the video helpfully explains how to choose the best location and proper height of the bed, how to level the frame if necessary, and how to till the high-quality garden soil you’ll need to get started. You can visit our Garden Center to pick up all the supplies you’ll need such as shovels, rakes and flowers, herbs and vegetable seeds.  Also, our associates on the How-To Community Forum have lots of other gardening tips and advice to get you through spring.

Check out more DIY and home improvement videos here on the Home Depot blog and on The Home Depot’s YouTube channel.

Meet the Material: Bamboo

Posted by: on March 28th, 2012 | Make A Comment

 

Bamboo helmet image

Image via Build Direct

 

What is bamboo? Bamboos are giant, woody grasses, members of the family Poaceae. The over 1,400 species of bamboos are further classified as being either woody or herbaceous. Woody bamboos have sturdy, resilient stems (also called culms), while herbaceous bamboos possess softer stems. [Wikipedia]

What are some of the cool properties of bamboo? Bamboos are among the fastest growing plants on earth – recorded growing up to 39 inches in a 24-hour period.

Bamboos are also considered the world’s most ancient grasses, dating back some 30 to 40 million years, according to Bamboo For Gardens. Capable of producing 35% more oxygen and absorbing 4 times the carbon dioxide of hardwood trees, bamboos are quite beneficial to the environment as well. [Bamboo Fencer]

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How To Prepare For A Painting Project

Posted by: on March 27th, 2012 | Make A Comment

Freshening up the home with paint is a very popular indoor spring project. This is an easy and inexpensive way to spruce things up – unless you don’t properly prepare! So it makes sense to take the time to do things right the first time to save yourself time, energy and money.

Take a look at this video for a comprehensive look at all of the steps you should take to best prepare for your indoor painting project. It covers everything from clearing the room and selecting the proper drop cloth to protect floors and furniture, to filling holes with caulk and using primer to ensure just the right paint coverage on your walls. The video also offers tricks of the trade like using a solution of bleach and water to treat mildew and using TSP to clean greasy wall sections. Don’t forget you can catch up with our expert associates for more DIY tips on the How-To Community Forum.

Check out more DIY and home improvement videos here on the Home Depot blog and on The Home Depot’s YouTube channel.