Ace Hardware's well-stocked aisles abound with home goods, tools, and furnishings for nearly any home-improvement project. Pick up a Steel Grip six-piece screwdriver set ($8.49), a Stanley rip hammer ($9.49), 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. Home improvers can illuminate their newfound décor with a 6-pack of Ace bent tip light bulbs ($17.94), the better to see by while making use of a Purdy four-piece premium paint-tray kit ($19.99). For those who need to match paint to a favorite coverlet or choose a hue that complements a pleather recliner, most stores offer a paint-matching service free of charge. Keys can be copied, and barnacle-encrusted carpet cleaned with the help of a rented carpet-cleaning machine (inquire about pricing at your preferred location).
Utopia Tools’ selection of handyman utensils and crafting instruments makes it possible to pursue a wide range of home repairs and hobbies, including woodworking, watch repairing, and gunsmithing. The precision jewelry tools, such as the 15 in 1 interchangeable screwdriver set ($2.99), give respite to opposable thumbs trying to fasten microscopic screws, and the premium glues, such as MxBon 105 ($11.24 for a 50g bottle), help seal hard-to-reach sink valves or firmly fashion cell phones onto cheeks for hands-free communication while driving. While perusing the aisles, feel free to extract wisdom from the professional craft crackerjacks whose guidance and expertise can help bring your project to fruition.
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.