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Welcome to Lowes Employees.com™

Welcome to Lowesemployees.com™. The number one site for Lowes employees, shoppers and everyone who loves Lowes Home Improvement! Our advice and information is for everyone! So if you enjoy shopping at Lowes, we’re glad you’re here. Perhaps you’re just looking for some home improvement project advice.  Maybe you are looking to start a career at Lowes and want some more information from the employees that work the front lines of retail?  We have some great articles and product reviews too.
We are not an official Lowes site. You can find lowes employeesLowes Home Improvement at www.lowes.com. We are not affiliated with Lowes Home Improvement, but we do work at Lowes. And everyone can subscribe to our newsletter and have a chance to win our monthly Lowes Gift Card giveaway!
You have probably heard the saying that ” you don’t choose retail, retail chooses you”.  That’s us!  None of us planned a career in retail, but working at Lowes has made many things possible for us.  The hours are long and you have to work nights, weekends and holidays, but in the end, it is well worth it. Take a moment to look over our site.  We also have helpful resources, hints, product reviews and some great information.  Read more from Lowes Employees.com

Lowes 4th of July Sale 2015 Grills, Patio, Garden and Tools

Lowes helps you throw a 4th of July 2014 bash in style right in your backyard. Here’s a three-step plan for throwing a Fourth of July grill party decked out in red, white and blue.  There’s no better day to bask in the sun and show some patriotic pride than Independence Day. Celebrate the red, white and blue. Fly the American flag to show your love for Old Glory and our country. The custom of flying the U.S. flag daily is from sunrise to sunset.

Once your American Flag is displayed proudly, transform your backyard scenery to show your patriotism.

  • Plant red, white and blue assorted annuals in colorful containers.  Regular $2.78, now 2 for $5.00
  • Spruce up the garden area by adding a simple yet elegant Patriotic Lady Bug Flag, item 566841. $7.98 or a traditional USA Flag for $14.97. Item 102773.
  • Light up the backyard with Tiki torches, item 397040, 42201, $3.98 each and Tiki torch fuel 157706, $9.98

Entertain in comfort and style with Lowes Fourth of July sale items

lowes fourth of julyGuests will naturally gather on the patio, so create comfortable spaces for entertaining and catching up with friends and family. Update your outdoor furniture to a coordinated, conversation patio set with all-weather wicker materials that are durable enough to withstand the elements and beautiful enough to create a trendy outdoor space.

  • Grill in style by placing a Master Forge grill on your patio. This affordable backyard addition allows you to create your favorite summertime recipes with ease, spicing up family gatherings.
  • Add plush red and navy accent pillows for a festive upgrade to your current patio furniture. For additional seating, select Adirondack patio chairs in a festive red or white finish.
  • Update the space underfoot and add a splash of color with an outdoor accent rug.
  • Create a relaxing place for family and friends to enjoy long after sunset by installing landscape lights and outdoor lamps.
  • Finish out the perfect barbecue with a patio fire pit. Roast marshmallows and enjoy the company of friends and loved ones. Read More…

Compare Home Depot and Lowes July 4th Sale 2015

Home Depot and Lowes will be  celebrating the July Fourth holiday with summer savings.  Home Depot roles out its Red, White and Blue Savings Event which runs until July 7th.  Savings up to 30% on major appliances. Ugh. why would you want to go to Home Depot and not Lowes?  Well, the reality is you will probably be going to both.

One of the most popular holiday shopping weekends in the summer is the weekend of July 4th. In 2015, Independence Day will fall on a Saturday which means many Americans will again take a three day weekend.  Some will seek out Lowes and Home Depot July 4th sales and deals in 2015 in hopes of getting a new lawn mower, grill, new appliance or outdoor patio furniture. So before making a final purchase decision remember to check out the competition.

Like Lowes, The Home Depot offers a  Military Discount.  At Home Depot it is a 10% off a single-receipt purchase at The Home Depot U.S. stores.  The discount is available on Memorial Day, the Fourth of July and Labor Day to all active-duty, National Guard and reserve, retiree and disabled service members, honorably discharged veterans, and their spouses and dependent children. The customer’s valid military ID card or a valid DD214 Form must be presented at the time of purchase. Read More…

Lowes Air Conditioners, Portable Box Fans and Window Fans

Using a fan to cool your home is energy efficient and you can enhance the effect of air conditioning with the use of fans. When choosing fans or A/C, always check for efficiency ratings. With summer here, you may think its time to turn up the air conditioner. Or is it? We love our air conditioning.  A comfortable temperature is essential for every home.
If your home is too hot in the summer and your cooling bills are out of control, you probably need an air conditioner or fan. For some it is not even a luxury anymore to have air conditioning, it is required in homes, offices and even your car.  What’s more effective at cooling indoor living spaces? A whole house air conditioner?  A room air conditioner or an electric stand fan or window fan?  Lowes has the perfect choice for fans or air conditioners.

Window Air Conditioner.  Perfect for cooling smaller rooms, and today there are many energy-efficient models. Air conditioners now have many features to make them even more convenient.  Portable air conditioners can also allow you to turn down your central A/C unit and only cool the room you’re using to save you money and energy cost.  Average cost is around $179 for a 5000 BTU window air conditioner.  Always look for the ENERGY STAR label.

Top Pick: Frigidaire 6,000-BTU 250-sq ft 115-Volt Window Air Conditioner. Item 530382. $189.

Central Air Conditioner Units.  Whether you’re a new homeowner or looking to make an upgrade, a new central air conditioner is an investment and requires a lot of research.  Central AC units are manufactured in very specific sizes ranging from 1.5 – 5 tons of cooling capacity. central air for a 2,000-square-foot home costs $2,500 to $4,000.  Today’s best air conditioners use 30% to 50% less energy to produce the same amount of cooling as air conditioners made in the 1990’s.  Central air conditioners are rated according to their seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER). SEER indicates the relative amount of energy needed to provide a specific cooling output. Many older AC systems have SEER ratings of 6 or less. The minimum SEER rating allowed today is 13.  Also look for the ENERGY STAR label for central air conditioners with SEER ratings of 13 or greater.

Top Pick: Lowes stocks Kelvinator Central Air Units which are available by special order only.

Lowes air conditioners and fansPortable Fans. They come in all shapes and sizes.  Window fans, tower fans, oscillating fans, stand fans and box fans.  This is the least expensive way to cool your home.  With many models costing less than 2 cents per hour to run, Lowes fans provide high-performance air flow for a great value. Fans also feature quiet speeds, easy-carry handles, and no-tools-required assembly. The room temperature will not drop like air conditioning however.  A  summer fan basically keeps moving the air around so it feels somewhat cooler.  On days when the temperature is only in the lower 80’s, fans are a great way to cool off your home.  Its when the temperature gets warmer is when fans lose their appeal.  Most fans will cost between $15 and $45.

Top Pick Portable Fan: Utilitech 20-in 3-Speed High Velocity Fan. Item 416724. $39.98
Top Pick Box Fan:
Lasko 20-in 3-Speed Box Fan Fan. Item 95021. $16.96
Top Pick Oscillating Fan: Lasko 18-in 3-Speed Oscillation Stand Fan. Item 333651. $32.88
Top Pick Window Fan: Utilitech 8-in 3-Speed Window Fan. Item 416726 $44.98

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Compare Sears and Lowes July 4th 2015 Sales Event

Time to compare Sears and Lowes July Fourth Sales Event.  We will be looking at three departments at Sears that compete with Lowes for your purchases.  Tools, Appliances and Lawn and Garden Outdoor Power Equipment.  Now Sears is certainly not the retail giant it was, but in these three areas they do offer some great products with very competitive prices. No official start date on the July 4th event yet, but Sears will generally start their sale events two days before the actual sale date.

Compare Lowes and Sears Appliances, Garden and Tools.

Though Lowes and Home Depot have taken some market share recently, Sears is still the leader in appliance sales in the country with about 24% of all appliance purchases according to a 2013 trade publication report.  Sears number one asset in this market is the Kenmore Appliance Brand. In 1927, Kenmore first appeared on a Sears laundry wringer washing machine. By 1936, Sears had sold 1 million Kenmore laundry items. Today the Kenmore brand is usually ranked number one or two in name recognition for every major appliance category.

Even though I’m still somewhat impressed with Kenmore appliances, Sears tools and power equipment has lost most of its former glory.  Where Kenmore continues to be a great product, the Craftsman line of tools and garden equipment is well below what Lowes or Home Depot offers. Sears has always used OEM manufacturers to make Craftsman outdoor power equipment to their specifications. Today, Craftsman mowers and tractors are produced by MTD and Husqvarna.  Beginning in 2010, hand tools are manufactured by Apex Tool Group. This includes ratchets, sockets, and wrenches, which are produced overseas, mainly in China, while tools produced for Craftsman by Western Forge such as adjustable wrenches, screwdrivers, pliers and larger mechanic tool sets remain made in the United States.

But the real issue with Craftsman is the lifetime replacement warranty for tools. I’m not that old, but I do remember my Dad walking into Sears a few times a year with a bad wrench or some other tool.  They simply gave you a new one. Now they will sometimes give you a repair kit, or ask for a receipt.  It’s just a hassle and if you do get a replacement, it’s not as good as the original.  Lowes Kobalt and Home Depot Husky brand offer lifetime guarantees. Neither one compare to the quality of the original Sears Craftsman, but both beat out todays version of Craftsman tools.

When To Apply Weed and Feed- Scotts and Sta Green

As a Lowes garden manager, one of the most asked questions I get is about healthy, green, weed free lawns. Here are my tips and directions for Sta Green and Scotts weed and feed fertilizer for 2015 that will help improve your lawn.

The number one question: When is the best time to apply weed and feed fertilizer to my lawn?  Well…it depends really. Where you live, whether you have sun or shade, and lots of other things make a big difference in what your lawn needs.  Most regions in the United States can apply weed and feed from March till November.  A well-fed lawn is healthier, which means it has a better root system to combat heat, cold, drought, mowing, foot traffic and other stresses.
There are some simple rules to follow when choosing and applying your weed and feed products. Lowes can help you build a successful program specifically for your lawn with  Scotts Turfbuilder and Sta-Green Fertilizer programs.  And while fertilizing even once a year will improve the condition of the lawn, a well-fed lawn that receives 4 feedings a year will do much better.  Use a 4 step program of feedings for best results, and follow the guide below.

Weed and Feed Basics and the 4 Step Process

Ok, this is my disclaimer: This is my version of the 4 step program that I have used for years. It works! Make sure you always follow instructions on the bag and use the correct settings on your spreader.  You will find many different versions of weed and feed programs out there.  They all will be some variation of the following:

Step 1. Crabgrass Preventer
Step 2.
Weed and Feed
Step 3. Summer Fertilizer with Insect Control
Step 4. Fall or Winter Fertilizer

The #1 Mistake: Skipping Step 1 and not using a crabgrass preventer.  The best looking lawns don’t have crabgrass for a reason; they use a crabgrass preventer every year! You can skip it if you want, but I don’t recommend it.  Most people don’t realize this, but Scotts Halts and Sta Green Crabgrass both have fertilizer as well in the bag.  So take care of the crabgrass and get in that first application of fertilizer. Read More…