The insured professionals at Garage Doors & More of the Piedmont see to it that garage doors move up and down with ease. During routine tune-ups, they inspect 50 moving parts—including springs, rollers, drums, and teams of miniature draft horses—to make sure everything runs safely and efficiently. If inspections reveal damaged components or structural issues, technicians can replace parts or install brand-new doors. To help homeowners select doors that fit their aesthetics and budgets, the specialists make house calls and give free installation quotes.
The fireplace experts at The Chimney Masters aren't just in business to sweep away soot—they handle all aspects of chimney and fireplace maintenance to help customers prevent fires before they start. Leaks, poor mason work, and animal infestations are just a few of the common chimney conundrums easily remedied by the smokestack pros, who can also move indoors to flush airborne contaminants and napping HVAC technicians out of dryer vents. Beyond tending to Santa chutes, the crews can also be prevailed upon to help homeowners with a variety of domestic chores including power washing, gutter cleaning, and waterproofing.
As leaf-quitting season approaches, now is the ideal time to shift home-care gears from outside to inside. Pick up a Stanley six-piece screwdriver set for $6.99; a VPT rip hammer for $6.29; 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 3-way soft white light bulbs ($21.48), 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 $2 a pop, or clean a barnacle-encrusted carpet with the help of a carpet-cleaning machine ($25–$27 a day to rent).
Supplying contractors and do-it-yourselfers for almost nine decades, the family-owned Little Hardware Company stocks a complete selection of high-quality tools, hardware, and hard-to-find items. Customers can protect fingers from jobsite hazards, home-remodeling incidents, and roving gangs of manicurists with a wealth of insulated and regular gloves ($0.99–$36.99). Carve manifestoes into tree trunks with an assortment of pocket knives ($6.99+) such as the Kershaw Oso Sweet model ($23.89), or complete toolboxes with Little Hardware's full line of Irwin vise grips ($5.99–$44.79). Timberland boots enclose feet in stylish comfort ($85.49–$99.99), and power tools from DeWalt, Bosch, Makita, Milwaukee, and Festool supply wielders with more might than the enchanted screwdriver King Arthur used to install Camelot's spice racks.
The scent of freshly popped popcorn fills the air as customers carrying complimentary paper bags of the buttery kernels meander through aisles of birding supplies, gardening tools, home décor, and eclectic gifts from around the globe. Eighty employees advise customers on home projects and purchases such as gas and charcoal grills from brands including Big Green Egg and Weber. Before new grills fire up hamburger patties or outstanding parking tickets, the kitchen department's wall of gadgets, serving ware, and party supplies completes any checklist of barbecue necessities. The home-repair and project areas include a Benjamin Moore station with custom paint-blending services to mix up sample colors to find the perfect hue. Outdoors, the garden area encloses a hand-selected assortment of leafy green plants in a natural, garden-like setting alongside birdbaths and fountains. The birding department carries more than 100 different feeders and specialty seed blends to attract tiny hummingbirds or tiny bee-riding knights.
Classical Glass Cleaning's uniformed technicians ascend ladders to service windows, clean crowded gutters to prevent damage to a home, and power wash away accumulated grime. The window specialists follow an exacting, multistep process while cleaning all windows: first dusting with a freshly caught bird before scrubbing the glass, screen, and adjoining sill with soap and water. They then dexterously squeegee away all traces of cleaning materials.