The team at PPG Porter Paints has dedicated 90 years to sprucing up homes with the company's revered brand of vivid paints, stains, and primers. Silken Touch paint ($54.19+/gal.) stands ready to replace previous wall and ceiling embellishments, such as presidential murals painted in mustard. Permanizer ($67.65+/gal.), which carries a lifetime warranty against the development of flaking and other defects, helps to prevent al fresco fortifications from cracking and peeling during supersoaker season. Acri-Shield ($55.97+/gal.) lasts for long periods indoors and out, and coats outer walls easily in the hands of both professionals and casual painters. Amicable staff members roam New Pal Do-It Best Hardware & Rental's aisles and are eager to provide product recommendations for any home, office, or abandoned grain silo.
If its full name––Two Fat Guys Summerfield Ace Hardware––isn't a clue about this store's unconventional nature, maybe its pet shop is. Or perhaps that distinction belongs to its owners' related endeavor: not only do Rick and Smokey inspire ambitious homeowners with rows of home-improvement implements, but they also encourage handiness by taking to the airwaves with a weekly hardware radio show. Summerfield Ace Hardware also doubles as a U-Haul Center, and animals are welcome, especially if they're able to drive a U-Haul but also if they just want to sniff around the pet shop. Prepping for barbecue season is a cinch on these premises: in the words of Rick and Smokey, "With a name like the Two Fat Guys you might expect that we have a complete grilling center and we offer assembly and delivery." Salespeople are trained to answer nearly any home-improvement question their customers ask, and a wide selection of hardware, paint, plumbing, and electrical supplies shares space with gifts, home decor, and housewares.
Trained energy consultants from USA Insulation of Indianapolis carefully inspect homes to find ways to make them more energy efficient through proper insulation. Since 1977, the crew members have insulated more than 28,000 homes, aiming to increase R-values—a measure of the resistance to the movement of temperature through walls, ceilings, and secret lairs—and decrease heat and electric bills. To insulate drafty attics, crews blow in loose fill material that fills tough-to-reach areas. They can also apply the premium higher-R-value injection foam insulation designed for older homes, which conforms to fill all empty crevices and air seal homes without supporting mold, bacteria, or fungus growth.
In more than 20 years of working with wood and furniture, Greg Wright’s deft hands have refinished antique tables, rejuvenated Steinway grand pianos, and even tackled jobs for the Lucas Oil Stadium suites. The expert craftsman brings faded, stained, and scratched surfaces back to life, whether the wood belongs to a chair or the floorboards of a posh sandcastle. In addition to repairing and rejuvenating surfaces made of oak or mahogany, Wright reupholsters tired couches and frayed armchairs. When tackling a project in-shop isn’t convenient, he drops by homes to handle problems in person.