Drill bits twist, measuring tape unfurls, and saws chomp through two-by-fours in ACE Hardware, where shelves dangle with scores of tools and other home-improvement essentials. Wall pigment by Ace Paint and Benjamin Moore beams across the color spectrum as faucet parts and cabinet hardware retool aging abodes and jury-rigged time machines. Large appliances, such as Honeywell space heaters, Perfect Aire air conditioners, and Cadet thermostats, keep indoor air at a comfortable temperature. Outside, bags of seed and compost join charcoal grills to brighten backyard celebrations as rolling hand trucks heft heavy lumber purchases or prefab doghouses for socialite canines. Tools, electrical tape, and other handyman essentials round out each location's array of fixative and creative supplies.
Krystal Klean sanitizes and spruces up homes with its slew of window-cleaning, power-washing, and painting services. During each power-washing session, rivulets of refreshing water blast across flat surfaces such as sidewalks, driveways, and siding ($0.10/sq. ft.), obliterating mold, mildew, and Christmas lights run amok. Technicians lovingly wash windows with gentle but powerful equipment and solvents, expunging hard water and mineral deposits to leave home portholes sparkling ($5 outside; $8 inside and outside; $1 extra for screens; double for new constructions and French windows/doors). Krystal Klean also refreshes interiors and covers up Dawson’s Creek murals with its professional painting services, which imbue one room’s walls with bright new hues ($0.60–$1.30/sq. ft., depending on type of paint and number of coats).
Pinnacle Maintenance Services brightens home interiors with expert painting services and quality materials chosen to suit the needs of each room. Prior to painting, the fully licensed and insured staff prepares each room by performing any minimal drywall repairs such as patching and sanding small cracks and imperfections. Once all areas have been examined, the bedroom beautifiers cover furniture items and jealous houseplants before setting to work.
The chromatic champions at Color Wheel Paint dispense distinctive pigmentations in more than 1,600 colors, along with providing the necessary tools to complete any painting project. Coat abashedly naked walls with a gallon of flat Hi-Hide interior paint ($19.86/gallon) or Optima Satin Supreme ($31.73/gallon), which can colorize anything from bedroom walls to the picket fence marking the boundary of your office's cubicles. Drab exteriors receive a tinting treatment with a gallon of Tropicoat 100% Acrylic Latex Paint ($30.65/gallon), primed with a coating of Quick Cure Acrylic Conditioner ($25.16/gallon), ideal for previously painted surfaces. Home tidiers can also aid the spreading process with Master Choice tools, such as the Klondike 3-inch angle sash brush ($14.72), with a soft bristle for ticklish walls, and the 12'x15' canvas drop cloth ($20.43).
A two-year subscription to Woodcraft Magazine arms lathe laureates and router rookies alike with 12 issues of tips, tool reviews, and step-by-step instructions for a range of projects. With articles contributed by seasoned level-five woodworking gurus, recent issues have dispensed sage advice on such topics as glue management, staying safe at the table saw, and breaking boards with the power of suggestion. Step-by-step photography accompanies each set of design instructions, clearly detailing the progress of projects such as a fully finished set of stackable wine racks or a modular home office with a red-oak-and-plywood design. Tool experts introduce readers to the latest in woodworking technology with product reviews, and shop-design specialists keep timber tinkerers efficient with articles on specialized storage, shop setup, and making a robot assistant out of a mini fridge.