Thomas Richard has one boss—the client. The owner of TRS Designs, Inc does everything he can to bring each client's vision for their home to life, from helping to select materials for a project to completing a full kitchen remodel. He also offers homeowners a list of cabinetry products that are tested for their quality, value, and ability to transport pots and pans to the past through built-in wormholes.
The Gutter Brothers’ expertise runs the gamut of roof irrigation services, from professional cleaning to installation and replacement. The full-service gutter cleaning clears debris from up to 100 linear feet of guttering, purging homes of accumulated leaves and recovering long-lost frisbees fashioned out of leaves. In addition to the cleaning, abodes will also undergo a gutter inspection and alignment. The overhang experts will grill gutters for any signs of crooked behavior, then set them straight where necessary to ensure they hang properly and can adequately support holiday decorations well into March.
Opening its doors more than 90 years ago, Ricklin’s Hardware and its knowledgable retailers facilitate DIY projects and home renovations with a wide range of supplies. Friendly staff members help visitors to navigate bustling shelves that include 27-piece sets of Great Neck tools designed to help homeowners to maintain their nests ($24.99) and 8-pound jugs of pet-safe ice melter designed to keep sidewalks safe for pedestrians and stray rollaway beds ($16.49). Nontoxic cans of Mythic paint (prices vary) rejuvenate domestic interiors with eco-friendly luster that's free of strong fumes. Grill gurus can abadon old-fashioned tubs of shoe polish to blacken steaks within the newfangled green, black, or copper confines of a Weber Genesis EP-310 grill ($749) or sizzle kebabs on a Weber Spirit E-320 ($499).
By blasting a combination of solid CO2 pellets and compressed air, the technicians at Advanced Dry Ice Cleaning Solutions safely clean commercial, residential, and industrial surfaces. This dry ice technique, which was initially employed by the aircraft industry, is said to be more effective than power washing and more feasible than dunking your entire house in a bubble bath. Plus, dry ice works safely on everything from electrical components to automotive systems and is able to repair smoke damage, remove grease, and even kill off microscopic invaders such as mold and bacteria. And since the process produces no waste and involves no chemicals, it also packs the added benefit of being environmentally friendly.
New Castle Hardware displays a large selection of products for cleaning, organizing, and maintaining interiors and exteriors of domestic domains. Inner painting projects get a solid foundation with a gallon of Kilz primer ($22.99), boasting a low odor that dries to the touch in about 30 minutes so that painters can apply a topcoat or resume high-fiving the wall in no time. A 16-ounce bottle of Armor All protectant ($7.99) helps shine and fortify automotive rubber, plastic, and vinyl surfaces. Gardeners can irrigate thirsty vegetation with the 25-foot Colorite Swan garden hose ($22.99), featuring a double-reinforced construction that resists abrasion and subzero temperatures, ideal for watering plants or adding an icy windbreaker to an underdressed snowman.
Now that it’s winter and your family is no longer starring in its own sitcom, you’ll need to follow through on your New Year’s resolution to build a fourth wall for your house. Today’s Groupon gets you $20 toward anything your home project requires at 10th Street Hardware for $10. The Center City handymen and women at 10th Street can help you pick the perfect painting supplies, tools, home and garden supplies, electrical equipment, and plumbing parts for your life-sized Statue of Liberty barbecue pit. City Paper readers named 10th Street Best Hardware Store in 2007.