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.
Unfortunately, polluted air is much more difficult to scrub than a stained T-shirt or a dirty dish. But KleenRite of Ohio's seasoned technicians send a steady stream of clean air coursing through homes with their NADCA-certified services, which purge air ducts of the dust and dirt that force heating systems to work harder, contaminate the indoor atmosphere, and induce sneezing fits—much like living in a sailor's house when you're allergic to swear words. Technicians also clear potentially hazardous lint buildup out of dryer vents, service UV air-purification systems, and rehab moldy crawlspaces that can be the source of unpleasant odors or unhealthy indoor air.
Woodcraft and its dedicated staff have fulfillled woodworking needs since 1928 and now house an inventory of more than 20,000 woodworking tools backed by a 90-day guarantee. Whittlers with an eye for detail can carve delicate self-portraits into the undersides of neighbor's benches with the eight-piece detail-carving tool set ($23.50), outfitted with 5-inch handles for extra control. CAD-generated project plans such as the Curley maple rocking-chair plan ($19.95) prepare furniture makers with the necessary instruction to populate front porches with gently swaying accouterments. Dull blades get whipped into woodcutting shape with the Sharp-n-Easy two-step knife sharpener's ($4.99) coarse ceramic rods, which keep fingers and prehensile tails safe with a non-slip grip. Keep windpipes clear with a toxic-dust respirator ($39.99), which blocks 99.97% of toxic dusts such as lead and asbestos.
Five Star Painting's expert wall refurbishers de-stress home decoration with complete setup and teardown. Punctual professionals revamp the home's rugged exterior, scraping away loose layers and re-staining wood siding if necessary. Home husks sport lavish coats of 100%-latex paints with Emulsa-Bond, which helps paints adhere to surfaces and protects against UV rays and attacks by sentient sunlamps. Staining services stylize and weatherize decks and wooden fencing. Grime exterminators expunge mildew, algae, dirt, and salt deposits through a pressure-washing solution of 10:1 bleach to detergent. The all-around handypersons also wash windows and hang holiday lights or clean Santa impersonators out of chimneys during the holidays. Prior to painting interiors, Five Star's painters move or drape drop cloths over all area rugs, furniture, and indoor anthills and ensure a smooth finish by spackling tiny holes and cracks.
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.