With summer in full force, now is the ideal time to throw open the windows and get home-care projects underway. Pick up a Stanley six-piece screwdriver set for $6.99, a VPT rip hammer for $8.99, and a whole bunch of screws, anchors, and bolts (prices vary), and you'll be ready to finally mount every buffalo nickel and steel penny in your coin collection. Illuminate the newfound décor with a 12-pack of Ace light bulbs ($19.99), the better to see by as you make use of a Purdy four-piece premium paint-tray kit ($19.99). If you need to match paint to a favorite coverlet or choose a hue that complements a pleather recliner, each store offers a paint-matching service free of charge. Get keys made for $1.49 a pop, or clean a barnacle-encrusted carpet with the help of a carpet-cleaning machine ($24.99 a day to rent).
Direct Tools Factory Outlet equips crafty builders with an ample supply of hardware, vacuums, grills, and table saws sourced directly from top manufacturers. Grilling and outdoor kitchen equipment from STOK provision barbecues and cookouts with juicy briskets and steaks through a steady supply of discontinued, reconditioned, and factory-overrun products—brand-new, unused equipment shipped directly from the assembly line after excess production or accidental cloning. Dirt Devil vacuums suction off contaminants from carpets and shop floors, while an arsenal of drills and table saws from Ryobi lends structural soundness to household projects with speedy efficiency and trusty precision.
"The Works" car wash provides cleansing care for the underbody and sides through two pre-soak passes, a bug wash, laser wash, tri-color conditioner, clear-coat protectant, spot-free rinse, and laser dry. Just roll up to Waterworks, clink in your token, and allow the powerful touchless technology to soak, blast, blow, and dry your vehicle to a shiny state unseen since it drove away from the automotive womb. All Waterworks locations operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, allowing you to revamp your ride whenever it needs it most. For an extra touch of interior invigoration, all locations host coin-operated vacuums, and most locations (excluding Market St.) offer carpet shampoo, fragrances, and jealous drivers within bragging distance.
Since 1972, The Mosaic Tile Company has been the distributor for all your ceramic tile and stone needs. As the largest independent distributor in the Mid-Atlantic Region, The Mosaic Tile Company offers ten Design Centers displaying some of the most diverse ceramic tile products from around the globe. mosaictileco.com
At New Era, textile technicians purify and mend delicate fabrics to ensure impeccable ensembles. Woolen winter coats shake off layers of sludge and stuck-on candy canes with a thorough cleansing ($5.75–$12), and shirts ($1.75) and sweaters ($4.90) shed noxious odors and stains. Skilled staffers lend patrons a sartorial edge by ironing creases into sleeves and collars and carefully preserving pleats. Silk, satin, or linen trousers enjoy gentle ablutions ($6.40), and even the most fragile beaded, sequined, or snowflake-trimmed ensembles regain their snazzy appeal.
TechShop RDU is a 20,000-square-foot smorgasbord of inventive creativity and tools for people of all skill levels. The DIY workshop offers dozens of different classes covering everything from metal welding to silk-screening to robot-building and laser engraving. The safety and basic usage classes will get you up to date on a specific tool or machine. Obsoletify regular visits to the mechanic with a one-hour class on changing your car's oil, or terrify tailors everywhere by learning how to fix and enhance your own clothes with a sewing or embroidery class. Other classes include laser cutting & etching, aluminum casting, and precision vector cutting of printed material from a digital file. The two-month membership allows for unlimited access to TechShop RDU's facilities, so you can breathe new life into old projects with tools not found in most private workshops. The TechShop includes full wood working and metal shops, with milling machines, lathes, and a 5' x 8' CNC ShopBot router. Neophyte inventors from ages 12–17 are welcome as well, but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to ensure they don't break physics.