Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity aims to eliminate substandard housing by building, renovating, and repairing homes in partnership with low-income families. As part of the process of receiving a Habitat home, these partner families commit to 500 hours of sweat equity, helping to build the homes and then making zero-interest monthly mortgage payments. Cincinnati Habitat volunteer crews build about 20 homes a year in the Cincinnati area.
Ace Hardware stockpiles a bevy of tools, lawn and garden accouterments, housewares, and other handy items at two local, independently owned storefronts. While merchandise varies by store, customers encounter items such as a Cooper Lighting halogen work light ($17.99) to illuminate outdoor projects or a DeWalt two-in-one power-tool tote for carrying mighty drills or escape-prone tape measures. The eminently wieldable Dremel rotary-tool kit ($49.99) comes complete with two speeds and 15 accessories, and the Wen electric engraver ($18.99) makes a fitting gift for artistic loved ones or meticulous housecats practicing their calligraphy skills.
Sam Richardson's father taught him many things, including drywall at age 10 and power tools before his 12th birthday. But the most important thing Sam learned was honesty and professionalism. Today Sam is a master carpenter operating under the name Polis, the Greek word for community. Homeowners can solicit his expertise for simple landscaping or for more complicated projects such as flooring, painting, or deck repair.
PPG Porter Paints' team has dedicated 90 years to sprucing up homes with its revered brand of vivid, low-odor paints, stains, and primers. Multiple lines and sheens of interior paint offer to protect walls from presidential portraits painted in mustard ($25.79+/gal.). Eco-conscious shoppers can snag gallons of Pure Performance color, designed to thwart mold and mildew without angering Mother Nature's overprotective rottweiler ($33.39+/gal.). Peruse exterior paints if looking to prevent al fresco fortifications from cracking and peeling during super-soaker season ($25.79+/gal.). Effective on most surfaces, Porter's acrylic, synthetic, and alkyd Seal Grip primers also help house-wide paint jobs to stay put ($40+/gal.). Amicable staff members roam each locale's voluminous aisles and are eager to provide product recommendations for any home, office, or abandoned grain silo.
The Woodcraft name stretches from coast to coast with locations peppered throughout the United States, ensuring that Americans are well equipped with the brand-name tools and woodworking supplies needed to pursue handyman endeavors. At Woodcraft of Birmingham, a collection of hand tools waits patiently to hammer down nails and saw brave magician assistants in half, and a variety of power tools—including drills, sanders, and grinders—adds electric oomph to construction projects. In addition to performing in-store demonstrations of new products, the shop’s wise whittlers call upon more than 80 years of collective knowledge to lead various crafts classes, in which participants learn how to carve sophisticated pens, assemble wooden step stools, and use table saws.