With humble beginnings in 1924, Ace Hardware now comprises 4,600 stores in all 50 states and in more than 70 countries, guiding everyone from seasoned do-it-yourselfers to novices through its massive inventory. Enlist the aid of a knowledgeable pro while sifting through tools, lawn and garden supplies, electrical equipment, and outdoor-living accessories that simplify the hosting of backyard barbecues and the hanging of Christmas lights on zoo animals. Holiday accessories such as 100-count lights ($9.99) and portable fireplaces ($29.99) aid and imbue celebrations with seasonal spirit. During any time of year, a hatchet ($18.49–$36.99) helps forest visionaries see the wood for the trees, and a second mailbox ($13.99–$84.99) doubles the amount of fan mail homeowners can expect to receive.
Ace Hardware's project people assist and advise on a gamut-running range of home- and garden-oriented endeavors. The 20-pound propane-tank refill will pump up a deflated cylinder with the energy to grill juicy burgers, cook corn on the cob, or blaze a flame that can be used as a nightlight for adults locked out of their own houses. Like a roaring campfire or a solar panel, the propane-tank refill can also be used for outdoor heating.
On Target Pest Control’s team of exterminators is helmed by an industry veteran whose past experience includes solving the bug problems at the New York Stock Exchange, Rockefeller Center, and The Waldorf Astoria hotel. He lends his big-city expertise to homeowners for work on a domestic level as his technicians deploy patented EcoSmart botanical products in their quest to rid their clients’ abodes of such unwanted pests as ants, spiders, and cockroaches, and using eco-friendly methods for removing larger vermin such a mice and other rodents. The team uproots infestations by first investigating the sources of a home’s pest problem and locating entry points, which can include pipes, the chimney, or the ant farm in someone’s briefcase. For infestations that also require the removal of fine debris, they then use a vacuum system with HEPA filters to make the removal complete.
Inspect-All Services, founded in 1984, is a pest control and home inspection company. Trained technicians at Inspect-All Services travel to homes throughout the metro Atlanta area to help homeowners live bug-free. The award-winning company steps up to obliterate pests?such as termites, rodents, mosquitoes, spiders, ants, and roaches?with an arsenal of environmentally friendly products.
Winner of the 2010 ENERGY STAR Award for Sustained Excellence, Lowe's has been helping customers conserve energy and expletives with home improvement, gardening, and hardware solutions for every budget. With the store's friendly handypeople as their guide, nail-pounding novices and seasoned remodelers alike can outfit their toolbox for any undertaking with more than 6,000 products between $25 and $50. Impress spouses and annoy car-pooling coworkers by ably installing ceiling fans into your car roof. Add lighting fixtures to darkling domiciles, or finally finish your back yard's Super Mario Bros. level with Lowe's garden tools. The store can also mix together a rainbow of hues for painting projects involving dining rooms, nurseries, and sweat lodges. Afterwards, you can clean up the dust with a 6-Gallon HP Wet/dry Shop Vac ($44.97), or rinse off caulk-covered corpuses under the Moen Brushed Nickel 7 Spray Pattern Shower Massager ($49.98). Regardless of your mission, the accommodating staff at Lowe's will offer expert advice for completing your home's improvements.