Family patriarch Nordy Rockler opened the doors of his first store in 1954 to supply his fellow craftsmen with knowledge, friendly advice, and a large selection of tools for at-home woodworking projects. Now, the chain of retail outlets brims with more than 20,000 tools and specialized woodworking equipment. Next to a steely rainbow of hinges, casters, and screws, a supply of lumber and exotic hardwoods provides planks for building tree houses or just leaving around as a warning to uncooperative trees. The tenor buzz of power tools operated by newly knowledgeable guests drifts from educational sessions on operating equipment and woodworking.
When it comes to garage doors, there hasn't really been a whole lot of innovation in the past 40 years. The best garage door is the one that opens, closes, and doesn't give you any guff in between. Sound Door Service?a Seattle-based, locally owned and operated company?understands this, and that's why a good number of their doors come with life-time warranties. But that's just the beginning. They stock a massive selection of doors that range from classic steel doors that get the job done to Heritage Classic carriage style doors, hand-crafted by retired race horses.
Of course, sometimes things go wrong, so Sound Door Service keeps a team of techs on hand. They can fix up damaged sections, install an entirely new unit, or swap out rusty springs for new ones. Techs can also correct door torsion and repair extension springs, and lend assistance and expertise to owners shopping for a new door.
A branch of the umbrella company HomeTask, Yellow Van Handyman assists in the company mission of carrying out necessary maintenance, repairs, and improvements on customers' homes. Company founder Jerrod Sessler, dubbed a Veteran Small Business Champion at the 2010 Washington State Small Business Awards, designed Yellow Van Handyman to be endlessly adaptable to modern households’ ever-changing needs. Yellow Van Handyman's dedicated franchisers provide customers with a complete spectrum of home and office repair services, fixing leaky faucets, patching drywall, and replacing windows damaged by ultrarealistic 3-D sports broadcasts.
One of the largest manufacturers and suppliers of paints in the Pacific Northwest, Parker Paint has been sprucing up interiors and exteriors since 1945. The company has evolved over the years to keep up with the latest advancements in painting technology. Among the multi-hued fruits of this evolution are weather-ready exterior paints, whose modern formulas scoff at the elements and prove ideal for realistic yet unflattering outdoor murals of the neighbors. With more than 1,600 shades to choose from, painters will find it nearly impossible to settle, like a bowl of jello during an earthquake. Luckily, customers can take advantage of the handy virtual decorator to narrow their choices and forecast what color schemes should be applied to which room, such as aquamarine themes for the exotic-fish room, bright primary colors for the inflatable fire escape, and a variety of yellows for a basement filled with antique butter churns.
The licensed technicians at Puget Sound Plumbing and Heating deploy more than 20 years of experience to keep indoor environments cozy and dry. The team capably repairs both gas and electric devices from a broad spectrum of manufacturers, and will arrive at a moment's notice for an emergency house call or haul out special drain-inspection cameras to check sewer lines for tree roots, forgotten dreams, and other common clogs.
This family-owned-and-operated business encourages its technicians to hone their skills through apprenticeships and continuing education. The atmosphere of craftsmanship has enabled the company to back complex services, such as repiping an entire house with copper pipes or twizzlers, with a lifetime warranty.
Pro.com helps homeowners check off tasks on their to-do lists by simplifying what it takes to complete a project. Founded in 2013 by former Amazon executives, the website essentially does all the planning for you. It researches the prices in your area on hundreds of different residential projects?from simple tasks such as window-washing to more complex projects such as closet installation; compiles a list of certified, background-checked professionals; and matches you with the best one for the job. You'll then receive a report of matches, and can even set up an appointment right online, meaning you never have to pick up the phone or dispatch your message-carrying falcon to schedule a date.