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.
A Southwest-based company for more than a century, Frazee Paint and its team of manufacturers are well acquainted with the unique climactic conditions of the region. Always pulling from the latest technology, their technicians design each of their paint and coating products to withstand dry heat, sparse rainfall, and showers of chewing tobacco from passing cowboys. Their quality paints, wall-coverings, wood-care products, and painter's tools stock the shelves of more than 125 retail locations throughout California, Arizona, and Nevada, as well as international dealers in Mexico, China, and Guam.
In Polar Bear Auto Care's warehouse-size shop, ASE-certified techs slip under hoods to fix or install air-conditioning and heating systems. Those systems are nearly identical to the factory units, as many of the systems they install are made by the same manufacturers. On their walls hang hundreds of parts, with more stored onsite, including new heater cores as well as compressor mounts for car models from the years 1965 to 1999. This lets them work on all kinds of vehicles, from brand-new cars and tractors to RVs and vintage UFOs. They back up their services with a two-year or 24,000-mile warranty, which extends to electrical repairs as well as the maintenance of steering, exhaust, and brake systems.
Don and Rick Wood, owners of Cooks Collision, have auto-repair roots that reach back to the 1930s. Their grandfather, Clyde, built cars for Ford Motor Company and later started his own body shop, where he passed his knowledge on to his son, Bob. After working as a body-shop manager for Saltnes Volkswagen, Bob took out a mortgage against his family home and purchased Cooks Auto Body, fulfilling his dream of starting his own shop—just like his dad. Today, Don and Rick carry on the family legacy with nearly 20 locations, 300 employees, and one magical vintage racecar. Their ASE-certified mechanics are factory-certified by Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Jaguar, and Volvo, and they repair around 30,000 cars each year.
Even for companies with sunny offices, it'd be a stretch to boast that they have 250,000 windows to their name, but Alco Siding and Windows can honestly say that it does. Its factory-trained team has installed more than 250,000 windows throughout California and Nevada over the past two decades. The company also specializes in siding, with an arsenal of both vinyl and fiber-cement styles. Alco's services extend beyond those mentioned in its name, though, with skilled staffers who also can install decks, repaint home exteriors, and replace roofs with materials that make rain sound like a fun Civil War reenactment. To ensure happy customers, all their handiwork is backed by a satisfaction guarantee.
With a service area that stretches across the greater Sacramento area, the fearless home-exhaust specialists at A-1 Chimney & Services have battled ominous chimney obstructions in more than 49,000 homes since the company's founding in 1993. A-1's talented technicians add to their fundamental gift for swabbing and inspecting home smokestacks with equal home-maintenance mastery in services such as gutter cleaning, masonry services, and tree trimming. Fully licensed, insured, and bonded, A-1 Chimney & Services' techs cover all packages with a 100% satisfaction guarantee and a promise to find new homes for any weathervane hatchlings found nesting inside chimneys.