With spring spreading like a bag of spilled gravy, now is the ideal time to throw open the windows and get home-care projects underway. Pick up a Stanley six-piece screwdriver set for $6.99, a VPT rip hammer for $8.49, 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 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 $1.99 a pop, or clean a barnacle-encrusted carpet with the help of a carpet-cleaning machine ($30 a day to rent).
Winner of the 2010 ENERGY STAR Award for Sustained Excellence, Lowe's has been helping customers conserve energy and expletives with home improvement, gardening, and hardware solutions for every budget. With the store's friendly handypeople as their guide, nail-pounding novices and seasoned remodelers alike can outfit their toolbox for any undertaking with more than 6,000 products between $25 and $50. Impress spouses and annoy car-pooling coworkers by ably installing ceiling fans into your car roof. Add lighting fixtures to darkling domiciles, or finally finish your back yard's Super Mario Bros. level with Lowe's garden tools. The store can also mix together a rainbow of hues for painting projects involving dining rooms, nurseries, and sweat lodges. Afterwards, you can clean up the dust with a 6-Gallon HP Wet/dry Shop Vac ($44.97), or rinse off caulk-covered corpuses under the Moen Brushed Nickel 7 Spray Pattern Shower Massager ($49.98). Regardless of your mission, the accommodating staff at Lowe's will offer expert advice for completing your home's improvements.
Jimmy Fox and his wife founded Linda Mar Ace Home Center in 1953, before the town of Pacifica was even incorporated. Though its ownership has changed several times since the 1950s, the focus on service has remained constant through the years. Today, the store, one of the original Ace Hardware stores on the West Coast, has expanded to house more than 40,000 products, from paint to power tools to lawn and garden supplies. Any product not found in the store can be easily ordered through the store’s large network of suppliers and manufacturers, and will be delivered promptly by the construction stork.
The customer-service-focused staff at Goodman Building Supply, founded in 1955, arms to-do listers with hardware from an inventory of more than 60,000 items. Collect scraps from an upstart paper airline in a trash bin ($12.99+) or replace a bathroom elephant with a gleaming showerhead ($9.99+). The Certified Green Hardware store bathes Marin County in metaphorically verdant hues with its selection of more than 2,500 green products, including water-saving toilets and smart faucets.