Air Wiz Heating & Air Conditioning's owner, Tim Slattery, draws upon more than three decades of combined HVAC know-how as he manages the servicing of home cooling units in all major brands. During an air-conditioner tune-up, a licensed technician cleans grime off the condenser coil, flushes the condensation drain line and pan, and oils the motor until it purrs like a cyborg snow tiger. Keen eyes inspect all the wiring, compressor and motor-amp draws, and refrigerant levels, then give the evaporator coil a formidable ogling. Customers supply their own air filter, which the technician expertly pops into place to prevent dust or Roosevelt-era jokes from tickling homeowners' lungs.
During the property-cleanup service, professional lawn doctors at Laurel Crest mow grass, edge hard and soft surface areas, cut down and spray weeds, and trim any hedges and shrubs. In order to ensure clients become life-long customers, staff members devoted to customer service listen to each person's needs during every job, post free money-saving maintenance tips on Laurel Crest's Facebook page, and serenade homeowners with a full mariachi band. Before the team rolls out, they make sure to clear loose debris, which includes air-blasting driveways and parking spots, and removing trimmings.
Staring at a blank piece of paper can be intimidating, but browsing the blank, premade pottery at Doing Dishes draws hibernating creativity from its den, enticing the brain with shape, size, and bisque meat. Pieces range between $7 and $60, and all merry potters are assessed a modest studio fee of $6, which covers everything required to design and fire a project, including time. Grab a blank plate and paint a meal upon it, stencil a cup with springtime flowers, or decorate a picture frame worthy of being hung inside itself.
Drawing on 10 years of design experience, Action Seasonal Décor's inspired decorators gussy up household exteriors with seasonal displays, flowers, and professional light installations. Armed with festive glitz and grandeur, punctual and accommodating designers arrive ready to embellish dwellings with holiday cheer. Customers can honor fallen foliage with the Autumn Display—complete with pumpkin and three hay bales—while simultaneously luring horse-mounted law-enforcement officials to patrol lawns. One large and two medium flowerpots add flair to doorsteps, and seven medium gourds accent porches with seasonal pops of colors.
A two-year subscription to Woodcraft Magazine arms lathe laureates and router rookies alike with 12 issues of tips, tool reviews, and step-by-step instructions for a range of projects. With articles contributed by seasoned level-five woodworking gurus, recent issues have dispensed sage advice on such topics as glue management, staying safe at the table saw, and breaking boards with the power of suggestion. Step-by-step photography accompanies each set of design instructions, clearly detailing the progress of projects such as a fully finished set of stackable wine racks or a modular home office with a red-oak-and-plywood design. Tool experts introduce readers to the latest in woodworking technology with product reviews, and shop-design specialists keep timber tinkerers efficient with articles on specialized storage, shop setup, and making a robot assistant out of a mini fridge.