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  1. How to Age Metals for that Distressed, Vintage Look

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    These days, it’s next to impossible NOT to find dozens of DIY methods of decorating, designing, updating or changing metals like brass, copper and pewter to achieve the desired look on furniture, lamps, doorknobs, drawer pulls – and just about anything else.

    Some techniques involve the use of toxic materials such as acetone; while others rely solely on natural ingredients such as vinegar, salt and lemon juice. The more natural methods may take a little longer. But, if you don’t like having things like acetone and chemical-based “agers” in the house, it might be worth the wait.

    Here’s a simple method for “aging” brass, bronze and other metals naturally.

    Step 1:
    Using a very fine steel wool pad or fine sandpaper, first remove the shiny finish from the metal. Once the metal has been dulled, wash it thoroughly in hot soapy water, then rinse well and dry thoroughly.

    Step 2:
    Using a large glass bowl or container that will hold your brass pieces, use a solution of vinegar and salt (3 parts vinegar to 1 part water) and fill the glass container. Add the brass pieces and soak them for about an hour or longer (don’t worry if you have to leave in the middle of your project to do some errands – allowing the metal to soak for longer periods of time in the vinegar/salt solution will not damage it).

    Step 3:
    Preheat your oven to about 450 degrees and place the metal pieces on a cookie sheet in the heated oven for about 15 minutes. Be sure to keep an eye on it while it is heating. The longer you leave it in, the darker the metals will become.

    Step 4:
    Remove the pan from the oven and allow the brass to cool completely. If you still want a darker look, you can repeat the soaking and heating process. Once you are happy with the color, use car polishing wax and massage it into the brass with a soft rag. Note: car wax will not give the brass a sheen, so no worries there.

    Other Methods
    You can also use acetone (nail polish) and brass ager, which you can find online or in most stores that sell home cleaning products.

    Step 1:
    Place the acetone in a glass bowl and submerge your brass pieces into it. This will remove any lacquer that may be on the brass. Once you see the lacquer begin to get sticky, remove it from the acetone and rinse the remaining lacquer off in water.

    Step 2:
    Using a clean dry cloth, apply the brass ager and allow it to dry.

    Step 3:
    Use a fine gauge steel wool and gently rub the entire surface of the brass piece. If you want a more weathered look, simply add more ager and gently wipe with the wool.

    There are lots of other ways to age or weather your metal lamps, fixtures, and hardware. But, there’s only one place to find all the rigging equipment and hardware you’ll need for your business, your farm, or for your boating needs.

    Henssgen Hardware has a complete line of the highest quality snap hooks, clips and other rigging hardware. We carry hardware in all types of metals and galvanized steel for all types of jobs, from hauling heavy loads to quick-release panic snaps.

    Visit our website today and check our online catalog.

  2. The Latest News From Henssgen Hardware Online and Henssgen at the Tradeshow

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    Although we’ve been around for nearly 40 years, we’re not the best retail and wholesale hardware distributor because we’re one of the oldest. We’re one of the oldest because we are the best.

    We got that way by not resting on our laurels and always partnering with the highest quality manufacturers of rigging hardware in the world. We’ve also kept up with the times, when it comes to online technology and customer service.

    Our easy to access online catalog and our pain-free online membership enrollment page make becoming a customer, establishing a line of credit, and placing orders easier than ever. And, because we know that customers are increasingly turning to online procurement, we have just added Paypal to our list of services, and we are planning on adding other payment options – such as Venmo – in the very near future.

    Why online ordering helps your bottom line

    When you become an online customer and begin placing orders electronically, you will quickly discover that you are saving your company money by cutting down on administrative costs, unnecessary additional paperwork and red tape.

    Remember all those checks you used to write at the end of the month? Just think about the printing costs, the costs of the checks themselves, and the labor costs associated with accounts payable. Now, you can quickly place your order, review it, confirm it and pay for it – all in a few easy steps.

    Services like PayPal and Venmo are convenient, secure and cost-effective. You know that your order has been placed and paid for and is on its way to your shipping dock.

    So, keep up with the times by shopping for your hardware inventory from Henssgen – where we sell rigging hardware – and offer procurement software – that you can rely on!

    Keep track of where we’ll be this Fall

    From September 12-14, Henssgen Hardware will be in Atlantic City, NJ for the annual Bradley Caldwell Show. Bradley Caldwell, Inc., is one of the biggest dealers in equipment for farmers, equine and livestock, backyards, pet supplies, barn and veterinary products, and more. From there, we’ll be in Alabama for the HDW tradeshow, followed by a stop in Orlando to attend the “Go for the Greens” conference for women entrepreneurs seeking supplier diversity opportunities through exclusive access to companies, government agencies and non-profits.

    So, it’s going to be a busy month for us at Henssgen. But, thanks to our commitment to the highest level of customer service and support, you will have 24-7 access to our product catalog and customer service representatives when you need it.

  3. Getting Your Summer “Toys” Ready for Storage with the Right Snaps and Hooks

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    If you’re asking, “Where did the summer go?” you’re not alone. We’ve already had early glimpses of autumn with cooler evenings and early mornings. If you live further north, some of the leaves may already be changing. If you’re a boat owner, you’ll want to take advantage of every sunny day before it’s time to store your summertime home away from home.

    If you’re a new boat owner, it’s very important for the life of your boat that you perform key maintenance tasks. Here’s a handy list of “To Do’s” to check off:

    • When hauling your boat out of the water, be sure to have the hull cleaned, maintained and painted annually. Some people think they’re saving money by having these jobs done once every two or three years. However, that could really cost you in the long run.
    • If you’re a DIY boat-owner, make sure your rope lines are in good shape and showing no signs of fraying or separating from their metal fastenings.
    • Inspect your pulleys, snap hooks and clips to be sure they are also in good condition and free of rust.
    • Once your boat is out of the water, be sure to check your running gear, propellers, wiring, drains, bilge and through-hulls for wear and corrosion.
    • Once your boat is cleaned and serviced, you may also need to get the bottom re-painted to ensure your boat’s longevity and efficiency.
    • Check your canvas boat covers and tarps to make sure your snaps and clips are in good condition.
    • If you are a sailboat owner, check all lines, rigging and masts.
    • Check your canvas boat covers and tarps, as well as your rope lines and other hardware.

    Knowing that you have a game plan in place for your fall maintenance and storage of your boat will allow you to enjoy these last few weeks of summer on the water with your favorite toy. When September or October arrives, you can rest assured that your boat will make it out of the water and safely on to dry land, instead of having no plan and a possible “dry dock” disaster!

    Henssgen Hardware has a complete online catalog, with a comprehensive inventory of marine hardware and rigging equipment. Visit us at www.henssgenhardware.com/catalog/

  4. Swinging Through Summer

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    When it comes to summertime backyard entertainment for kids, there are so many more options than there were even ten years ago. The standard swing set and slide have taken a back seat to more creative equipment and backyard fun is only limited by your imagination. There are a ton of online resources for finding – or building – your kid’s favorite backyard jungle gym, swing, ropes course or tree house.

    Some of the coolest designs are hanging swings shaped like boats, motorcycles, airplanes, skateboards – the list goes on. Why not toss out that old tire swing and replace it with a space rocket?

    Of course, the most important common denominator with all these creative playthings is securing them with sturdy, rust-resistant hooks that are carefully anchored into place.

    If you are planning to hang a swing from a tree, be sure – first of all – that the tree can handle the combined weight of your child and the swing itself. The last thing we want is our little space explorer to plummet to earth in his space capsule.

    Heavy duty swing hangers, firmly embedded in a beam, will ensure that your child is safe as she soars along on her imagination.

    If you already have a swing set or a jungle gym, try switching out the swings for rings and watch your child test the limits of his strength and agility. Stainless steel S hooks or snap hooks are the best choice because they will not rust and they can handle weight and motion. For kids who really put their equipment through a workout, you may want to choose heavy-duty cast-iron swing hangers.

    Other choices are brass or die-cast zinc. But, while they are rust-resistant, that does not mean that they won’t eventually rust. You don’t want to be rifling through your medical files to see when your child had her last tetanus shot as she accidentally cuts or scrapes herself on a rusty old hook or snap.

    And don’t forget – as your kids grow, so does their weight and the need for sturdy hooks, bolts and snaps that will accommodate their rapidly growing young bodies. You should check each piece of equipment at the beginning of the season, making sure it is rated for your child’s weight and level of physical activity.

    If your swing has seen several seasons of sun and fun, be sure to test the chain links for signs of rust or wear. Same is true for the S-hooks that make it so easy to interchange your jungle gym equipment. Always err on the side of doting parental caution. Visually and manually inspect all outdoor equipment before junior takes his swing on a ride around the moon and back.

    If you have a ropes course, it’s also important to check for fraying or looseness. If the rope looks like it’s starting to pull out of its hardware, best to invest in some new equipment.

    Your local hardware store should carry most of the items you will need to ensure that your backyard remains a safe and fun place for your kids this summer.

    Henssgen Hardware, located in Glens Falls NY, has been supplying snap hooks and other rigging hardware for 39 years. Visit their website and their online catalog for more information.

  5. Have the Right Hooks on Hand for Those Lazy Hazy Hammock Days

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    Believe it or not, summer is just around the corner. That means hardware store owners should be stocking up on the right S-hooks, rings, quick-release snap hooks, swivel hooks and chain links for hanging hammocks, kiddie swings, porch swings and planters.

    Before you can say Memorial Day, customers will be coming into your store looking to replace or repair broken or rusted chains, S-hooks and snap hooks for their toddlers’ swing sets. They’ll also be eager to get that hammock unrolled and suspended between two trees in the shade of the backyard. And don’t forget about the chains and hooks for hanging those cascading petunia planters.

    How to hang your hammock

    Find two sturdy oak, beech or maple trees that can support your weight and be the right distance apart; too close together and you’ll be scraping the ground; too far apart and you’ll put too much strain on the hammock and cause tears.

    Most hammocks come with straps that wrap around the tree. The straps are made of sturdy nylon and have a Dee-ring that is used to connect the S-hook or the snap hook to the ring on each end of the hammock.

    Before you get that hammock hung up and ready to hop into, be sure the rings aren’t bent or damaged. It’s also a good idea to check the straps for wear and tear. Also make sure that the chain links on the ends of your hammock aren’t bent or broken.

    Getting the backyard swing set ready for your kids

    Before you hang those swings back on the jungle gym equipment do a careful inspection of the parts. Make sure there are no rusty screws or chain links that can scrape and hurt your kids. As children get bigger, they put more strain on the hooks that keep the swing securely connected to the overhead bar. Make sure to replace any chain, links or S-hooks that look as if they’ve been bent or have become misshapen from wear.

    Have the right hardware on hand for DIYs

    The local neighborhood handy men and women, who like to make their own repairs, will be happy to see that your inventory includes the widest and best variety of hardware in an assortment of rust-resistant and sturdy metals, sure to keep that hammock properly suspended between your trees, or hold that hanging hammock chair suspended from the porch ceiling.

    A local resource right at your fingertips

    The benefit of having a major wholesaler of hardware like Henssgen right in your backyard is that you can still place your order and have it in your store’s inventory in time for the busy upcoming season.

    Henssgen purchases only the highest quality hardware for backyards and boat docks, dairy farmers and  trainers, and backyard volleyball nets and batting cage nets. So, whether you are a hardware store owner looking for the best supplier of hardware for a range of industries and uses; or, if you’re a homeowner who likes nothing better than to lounge in your hammock after a busy day of yardwork,

    Henssgen Hardware has the hooks, snaps, and rings you need to keep your backyard safe, secure and ready for summer. Download our catalog for all our product offerings.

  6. Before It’s ‘Anchors Aweigh’, Get Your Boat Ready for Summer Now

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    It looks like Spring has finally sprung in the Northeast. Crocuses and daffodils are beginning to submerge from their long subterranean slumber and soon gardens will be showing off their warm weather colors.

    Before you can say “April showers bring May flowers,” it will be time to get the boat ready for the water. Before you go ahead and launch your sailboat or power boat for a season of swimming, sunning and snorkeling, it’s a smart idea to make a pre-launch checklist and follow it carefully. Don’t have a list? Here’s a basic one that will cover most of the important components of your boat.

    Electrical system

    • Check your batteries.
    • Clean the terminals and connections.
    • Wear safety glasses and gloves to protect against marine battery acids.
    • Check your boat’s running lights.

    Safety equipment

    • Do an inventory and inspection of your life vests and flotation devices.
    • Check your fire extinguisher and get it re-charged if necessary.
    • Make sure you have at least one, if not two working flashlights and place them in readily accessible compartments on your boat.
    • Check your anchor. If it’s a motorized anchor, make sure the system is fully functional and the lines are in good condition and not frayed.
    • Check all your buoys.
    • Inspect ropes, lines and rigging.
    • Replace any frayed lines.

    Equipment and hardware

    • Open and close your seacocks to be sure they’re working properly and no water has seeped in and frozen over the winter.
    • Make sure the hoses are double-clamped. If the clamps look rusty, replace them.
    • Replace broken, rusty or damaged hardware on your tarps and awnings.
    • Check any pulleys, boat hooks, and quick links to make sure they’re working and free of rust or corrosion.
    • Inspect all rope cleats to make sure they are properly secured. Replace any loose screws and bent or damaged cleats.

    Swab the deck…and underneath too

    • Thoroughly wash the exterior of your boat before putting it into the water.
    • Check all crevices, including the propeller and other hard-to-get-at areas for any possible algae, mold or organisms. Most lakes, like Lake George, Lake Champlain, and other smaller lakes, will not allow you to launch your boat if they discover any suspicious algae or organisms on the hull of your boat.


    • Check your boat registration to make sure it is current.
    • If you trailer your boat, check that registration as well and check the wiring so other vehicles will see your brake lights and turn signals.
    • Make sure you have the proper launch stickers for whatever body of water you’ll be putting your boat in during the summer. If they’re expired, you can usually buy a new one right online.

    A few hours of inspection, inventory and maintenance and repairs can save a whole lot of headache and frustration in the middle of the lake or stuck on the launch. Getting your boat ready now ensures that you and your family will have a safe, secure and fun season on the water.

    Henssgen Hardware, located in Glens Falls NY, has been supplying rigging, boat hooks, snap hooks, pulleys, rope and other rigging hardware for the marine industry for 39 years. Visit their website and their online catalog for more information.

  7. Don’t Wait for Spring Thaw to Plan Your Outdoor Awning Installation

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    Even though it’s too soon to call winter officially over, it’s not too soon to start thinking about awning installation season. Once the snow starts to melt off the roof and the deck flooring begins to emerge from beneath the frost, our thoughts turn to long summer afternoons relaxing under the shade of an awning or canopy.

    If you’re a DIY kinda guy or gal who wants to expand your outdoor living space, you should start thinking now about what type of awning you want. These days, there are many different types of awnings to choose from. But the common denominator is that they all need the right kind of hardware.

    The first thing to consider is what type of awning you want for your house. Is it going to be stationary or retractable? If it’s retractable, will it be motorized or manual? How big do you want your awning to be?

    Once you’ve answered those questions, you can figure out what kind of rigging hardware you will need. Mounting brackets that you can install on your siding is the first important consideration. You will need to select brackets, mounts and connecting fittings that will work with the type of siding you have on your home.

    If your awning is retractable or movable you will need to select swivel eye pulleys and snaps that will allow your awning to move smoothly and with a minimum of effort. Stainless steel hardware will offer the best protection against the elements, as will rot-resistant rope and cords.

    If you are planning to install a larger awning that will span large outdoor deck or patio spaces, it is very important to look at large harness swivel-eye pulleys and fixed-eye trigger snaps.

    Maybe your backyard or deck calls for a smaller portable awning? It doesn’t really matter what size or shape it is. It’s just as important to have hardware that won’t weigh your awning down or make it difficult to move or rotate. Using stainless steel, swivel eye pulleys and weather-resistant cords and roping will make relaxing under the shade of your awning a breeze.

    Regardless of the size or shape of your awning or canopy, Henssgen Hardware supplies the best snap hooks, pulleys, quick links, and rigging and mounting equipment to get the job done right and make your summer outdoor space hassle-free.

    Call us at 1-800-833-9598, contact us online and check out our amazing selection of industrial rigging hardware in our product catalog.

  8. Don’t Find Yourself on Thin Ice with the Wrong Equipment

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    As winter descends upon us and the days and nights grow colder, fans of ice fishing are getting out their gear and preparing to reel in plenty of fish from nearby lakes, streams, and rivers.

    For those who are new to this chilly winter sport and excited to get out on the ice, you’ve probably already got your augurs, chisels and special rods, reels and lures. And, your ice shanty is sitting in your garage, all ready to be loaded onto your pickup.

    Think you’ve got everything? Well, before you head out onto the ice, don’t forget the other gear. You’re going to need sturdy rigging hardware to pull that shanty onto the lake or river. And, once you’re all settled on the ice, gear like D rings, double end bolt snaps and quick links are indispensable items for hanging your gear inside your shanty and keeping your reels and lines untangled and organized.

    It’s also a good idea to have snap hooks linked to your fishing vest and other outerwear, giving you easy access to lures, jigs and other items that you’ll need to get your hands on in a hurry.
    If you’re really diving into the ice fishing experience, chances are you’re going to cook your own food while you’re out there. Did you bring a cooking pot to hang over your campfire? Don’t forget to also pack some S-hooks for hanging the pot and other galley gear. Henssgen Hardware has a complete line of the best pulleys, hooks, all-purpose snaps and quick links in Stainless Steel, brass, die-cast zinc and other metals that won’t corrode when exposed to the water and the freezing elements.

    Be sure to browse our extensive online catalog before you finish packing for your first ice-fishing trip of the winter. Otherwise, you could find yourself fishing on thin ice without the right equipment

  9. 3 Tips for Leash Training Your Dog

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    You’ve just brought your new dog home from the shelter and you can’t wait to make him a part of your family. After you’ve played with him, given him toys and treats, and gotten him familiar with his new home, it’s time to take him out for a walk.

    This is where things can get a little dicey. Whether your dog is a puppy, who has no idea what a collar and leash are, or an older dog who has already developed bad leash behaviors, there are a few things you can do to get you and your wonderful new pet on the right track.

    1. Make sure your dog’s collar is the right fit.

    Having a proper fitting dog leash and collar for your dog is one of the most important things when you’re getting Fifi or Fido accustomed to “polite” leash walking. If the collar is too tight, it will choke the dog and make him or her not want to participate in whatever you have planned next. If the collar is too loose, the dog will be able to slip his head out of it – and you’ll be running frantically down the street after your cavorting canine!

    Rule of thumb is, you should be able to insert two fingers between the collar and your dog’s neck. If you are using a prong collar or a choke collar, please make sure that the collar you have chosen is of the highest possible quality and made of the best materials. Many professional trainers use these types of collars all the time. They insist that the reason these collars have a bad reputation is because there are so many low-end products out there that are poorly made and can be harmful to your dog. So, make sure you are consulting an expert and buying your leash, collar, snaps, rings and clips from a reputable manufacturer.

    1. Get your dog accustomed to wearing the harness or collar inside first.

    Put your puppy’s harness or collar on inside and be prepared to spend time playing with him and rewarding him while he is wearing it. This will teach him to associate the collar with fun, attention and rewards. Remember: in order to get him to do what you want, reward him with things that he wants, whether it’s a toy, a treat or a pat from a favorite family member. Once he has begun to associate the collar and leash with fun, it’s time to take him outside.

    1. Don’t let your walk turn into a tug of war.

    It’s time for that walk in the park and your dog wants to investigate every smell, sight, and sound. The trick to having everyone enjoy the trip is to patiently, but persistently, set the rules. It’s important to remember that dogs will instinctively fight against restraint. If their wild ancestors allowed themselves to be pulled back and restrained, they’d end up as a tasty meal for a larger predator. So, the more you pull back on the leash, the more your dog is going to pull you in the opposite direction.

    While some trainers recommend that, when your dog pulls and strains on the leash, you should immediately stop dead in your tracks, others say you should turn back and walk a few steps away from the smell or object that your dog is so eager to get at. They call this the “penalty rule.” You can practice this at home first by placing a treat or a favorite toy several feet away from where you and your dog are standing. If your dog starts to pull on the leash, you can make him go back a few steps and immediately give him the command to sit. Once Fido has gotten the idea that he isn’t going to get where he wants to by pulling, you will both be on the path to loving your time together outdoors.

    Henssgen Hardware has been supplying rings, quick release snaps, leather, and chain hardware to dog leash and collar manufacturers since 1978.

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