The savvy staff of Roswell Do It Best Hardware–an authorized dealer of STIHL and Big Green Egg products–keeps shelves stocked with all the tools, supplies, and accouterments needed for a cornucopia of home-improvement tasks. Hardware-minded visitors can fill fists with a 16-ounce hammer ($8.49) or grab hold of a 6-pound, double-face sledgehammer ($23.49), which gives arms the oomph necessary to drive stakes into the ground or smash them into nail-size shards. Customers can peruse the hefty selections of nails ($15.99) and upholstery pins ($2.49), which come in handy for holding projects together, and 16-ounce bottles of exterior wood glue ($7.49) assist home-tinkerers in fulfilling hammerless home improvements. Two-pound chopping axes ($39.99) stand at the ready for chopping wood, overgrown trees, and those pesky telephone poles that get tangled in overgrown trees.
Family patriarch Nordy Rockler opened the doors of his first store in 1954 to supply his fellow craftsmen with knowledge, friendly advice, and a large selection of tools for at-home woodworking projects. Now, the chain of retail outlets brims with more than 20,000 tools and specialized woodworking equipment. Next to a steely rainbow of hinges, casters, and screws, a supply of lumber and exotic hardwoods provides planks for building tree houses or just leaving around as a warning to uncooperative trees. The tenor buzz of power tools operated by newly knowledgeable guests drifts from educational sessions on operating equipment and woodworking.
As its name suggests, Roof Care Group specializes in replacing, repairing, and maintaining a roof's every element. The team of Owens Corning, GAF, and CertainTeed installers channel more than 17 years of experience every time they equip a home or business with a new roof. Since roofs are typically dangerously high and trusted to protect their inhabitants, Roof Care Group employs a field inspector who visits every job site. The team also works to keep home exteriors healthy and clean by patching leaky roofs, freeing gutters of debris, and pressure washing homes’ side panels to remove grime and the initials of betrothed pigeons.
Old Hat Chimney Service’s CSIA-certified sweeps clean fireplaces and flues of debris and ensure year-round safety with camera and video inspections. The company's insured chimney sweeps prepare for a fireplace scrubbing by draping rooms with drop cloths to protect the home's furniture and surfaces and to give thrill-seeking sofas and chairs a taste of life in creepy long-abandoned mansions. During the cleaning, specialty tools such as high-powered HEPA-filtered vacuums target dirt and grime in fireplaces, chimneys, and dryer vents. Technicians then check inside chimneys using high-grade cameras to ensure that all structures are sound and free of flammable deposits, including stray matchbooks that may have fallen out of Santa’s pocket.
Sprawling out across 16 acres of verdant, wooded landscape, Smith-Gilbert Gardens is an ideal locale to sharpen green thumbs and other grass-stained digits. Amid a thriving assortment of 3,000 species, the garden's adult programming imparts introductions to handling hypertufa, orchids, bonsai trees, and vegetable plots. During a February 4 seminar, intrepid zoologists learn to court winter hummingbirds by knitting them sweaters and tuning love songs to the frequency of their buzzing wings. Late-spring classes herald the warmer weather with a March 24 seminar about preparing a garden of perennials and a May 5 class on summer arrangements in original floral garden containers.