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Home Painting by Todd

Todd painting a home

ToddSummer and fall are excellent times in the Bay Area to undertake a home painting project. If your home is in need of a paint job, consider Todd, a proud member of our Repair Referral Service. Todd began painting over 35 years ago while in college at the University of Vermont. After graduating with a bachelor of science degree in geology, he found himself in San Francisco, where he began working with a painting contractor restoring Victorians.
With an ability to finish difficult and daunting projects and a keen eye for detail, Todd earned a painter’s license and founded his own painting company in 1994. Todd’s philosophy for these last 22 years is based on providing a great product for a fair price. He understands the need for the right tools, the right paint, a great crew, and a clean, solid methodology. Todd knows that there is a big difference between “working harder and working smarter.”
Todd painting a home“Creating a great product in an efficient way,” Todd says, “involves building a solid foundation through great communication, thinking ahead, and completing a series of building blocks in a careful, efficient, and thorough manner.” All of Todd’s newly hired employees receive personal training and oversight in order to improve their skills and strengthen their contributions to the team effort. Todd hires and trains people who are able to think ahead, work conscientiously, and double-check their work at each phase, ending with great results.
One of the most common sayings in the painting industry goes: “Prep is everything.” On older homes, this often involves thorough removal of old, peeling paint before anything else happens. Fortunately, Todd is EPA-certified for lead paint removal and has decades of experience in keeping the work environment clean and safe. Once the paint has been removed, it’s time to apply wood hardeners or primers as needed, refasten any loose boards, replace any rotted trim, apply epoxy fillers, caulk, prime again, and then, finally, paint.
Todd works in both the City and the East Bay and can be reached through our Repair Referral Service at homerepair@colehardware.com or 415/753-2653 ext. 3.

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Blue Ribbon Brands

blue ribbonAt Cole Hardware, we believe in giving you a bang for your buck and, at the same time, providing a quality shopping experience and quality products as well. Buying high-quality goods is often less expensive in the long run, as a well-built product will last much longer, perform better, and can become an heirloom, handed down to the next generation. Look for these blue ribbon brands at our stores!

riedel logoRiedel Wine Glasses

Producers of fine Austrian crystal in the heart of Europe for over 250 years and through 11 generations, Riedel has perfected the design of crystal glassware to enhance the aroma and taste of wine.

miele logoMiele Vacuums

Known for their superb quality and craftsmanship, Miele vaccuums are built to last 20 years.

staub logoStaub® Enameled Cast Iron

Staub cookware comes from the Alsace region of France, an area rich in history, food, and craft and renowned for hearty one-pot recipes and fine enameled ceramics.

finex logoFinex® Cast-Iron Cookware

Visually stunning, yet rugged, Finex cookware sears foods beautifully and cooks evenly with no sticking.

aura waterborne exterior paintBenjamin Moore® Aura® Waterborne Paint

Quite simply one of the finest paints on the market, Aura, with breakthrough ColorLock® technology, creates a luxurious finish and a richer, truer color desired by discerning homeowners.

wellnessmats logoWellnessMats®

These revolutionary anti-fatigue mats are ergonomically engineered and medically proven to provide maximum comfort, safety, and well-being while you stand.

fermob logoFermob Outdoor Furniture

With its charm and wide array of hues—plum, poppy red, aubergine, verbena, honey, carrot, nutmeg, lagoon blue, and more, this bistro furniture made in France of lacquered stainless steel features an anti-UV powder coating, making it ideal for outdoor use. Add a splash of color to a kitchen or patio.

vitamix logoVitamix®

Much more than just a blender, a Vitamix allows you to whip up smoothies, frozen desserts, hot soups, ice cream, and juices, all with one machine. Grind your coffee beans or make fresh peanut butter with just-roasted peanuts.

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Kanberra® Tea Tree Home Products

Kanberra Wipes

Got Mold? Mildew? Odors? Stop the stink with Kanberra, a line of all-natural air purifiers made from pure Australian tea tree oils certified by the Australian Tea Tree Industry Association. Kanberra was first to create a water-based, chemical- and alcohol-free air purifier using these oils. Additionally, Kanberra can trace its oils from seed to sale— which means its products are safe to breathe!

Kanberra GelThe star of the Kanberra product family is the Kanberra Gel®, available in a wide variety of sizes for hundreds of different applications. As the water evaporates from the container, the tea tree oils enter your air and latch on to mold, mildew, fungus, bacteria, and more. And because there are no chemicals, you never have to worry about Kanberra products in the air you breathe. (2-Ounce Gel: Sku 106008, $19.99; 4-Ounce Gel: Sku 106009, $31.99)

Kanberra’s other products, Kanberra Spray® (Sku 106010, $8.99) and Kanberra Wipes® (Sku 106011, $8.99), do double duty! Kanberra WipesThey both clean your air and surfaces.

Kanberra SprayKanberra products can be used in numerous life spaces. Keep Kanberra in your car—whether it’s your everyday car or a classic car you keep in storage, Kanberra keeps it fresh and odor-free! Use it around your pets—did you know that insects dislike tea tree oil? Spray a few squirts of Kanberra Spray on your dog to help prevent fleas and ticks and keep the mosquitos from biting.

Kanberra Spray is also a great remedy for the “wet dog” smell that all dog owners are familiar with! In your home, keep a jar of Gel in your garbage can, diaper pail, next to a kitty litter box or dog kennel. In your RV or boat, use the Gel to prevent mold, repel critters (like mice!), and keep your space fresh all season long.

So, when you need a product that truly does it all—removes odors, repels insects, prevents mold and mildew— make sure you “look for the koala” with Kanberra!

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Amy Howard at Home® Hands-On Workshop

Amy Howard at Cole Hardware

Amy Howard at Cole Hardware

Wednesday, July 20, 5:00 pm–7:00 pm
All Cole Hardware Locations

We’ve been raving about this paint for its ease of use and ability to transform furniture or cabinetry without stripping, sanding, or priming. Here’s your chance to see for yourself at our hands-on demonstration! Amy Howard at Home One Step Paint™ is a water-based paint that adheres to most any surface. Paint directly on old wood finishes, concrete, iron, stone, Formica, and more. It dries to the flat, chalky finish that we covet on antique pieces found at a Paris flea market or our favorite second-hand shops. Wax and dusting powder finish off the furniture for an authentic vintage look.

We will go through the painting, waxing, and dusting processes, and all materials will be provided. The class is free, but please register so that we have enough materials and refreshments on hand. To register, visit colehardware.yapsody.com, e-mail service@colehardware.com, or call 415/674-8913 ext. 4.

We hope you join us for inspiration to take on a painting project at home!

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Finex Cast-Iron Cookware Comes to Cole Hardware!

Finex Cast Iron Pan

Finex logoHave you heard of Finex cast iron yet? Finex is a relatively new name in the gourmet cookware market, so there’s a good chance you haven’t. Luckily, Finex pans have just hit the shelves at all Cole Hardware locations, so you have the opportunity to be a trendsetter by getting this fantastic product into your kitchen before it becomes widely known as the standard-setting brand in cast-iron cookware. If this is your first introduction to the line, your reaction as you read on may be a bit of sticker shock: why should I pay so much for a pan? So, as an owner of a Finex pan, let me tell you why!

Finex Cast Iron PanFinex cooks like an absolute dream—it is truly a cooking experience like no other. The pan sears beautifully, cooks food incredibly evenly, and food slides right out of the pan when done—no sticking. All with zero effort.

Finex pans are also visually stunning—right away, you’ll notice the ergonomic spring handle, which is beautiful and, more important, keeps cool and allows you to more easily grip the handle while cooking at blazing-hot temperatures. The unique octagonal shape makes for easy pouring from any of the corners.

Finex pans are made by a small team of cast-iron specialists in Portland, Oregon, and intended to be “heirloom” pieces. They can be lovingly handed down in your family for generations to come—they only get better with age. As Finex puts it: “Good Forever.” Finex will replace any of its products that ever fail under normal use.

Despite their beauty, these pans are rugged! My friends who live in Finex’s backyard in Portland take their Finex pans with them on car-camping trips, so they can enjoy meals perfectly cooked over a fire in the open air. Pick one up in time for summer camping trips or just to have for everyday admiration and use at home. I promise you won’t regret it! (Skus 602051–6, $114.99–$239.99)
—AdriannaAdrianna

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Sewing Circle: How to Hand Mend

Sewing Circle: How to Hand Mend

Tuesday, July 12, 5:00 pm–7:00 pmSewing Circle: How to Hand Mend
956 Cole Street

It’s unfortunate that we live in such a disposable world these days. Oftentimes, it seems more convenient to toss something and replace it with a brand new item instead of trying to make repairs. We all probably have a piece of clothing that needs a stitch (or nine), but many of us seem to never get around to doing that mending. With home economics (wood shop and auto shop classes, too) no longer offered at many schools, some younger folks may have never even threaded a needle. We’re here to help!

Join us at our Cole Street store for a sewing circle on Tuesday, July 12, and learn how to hand stitch minor tears in clothing or sew a patch on jeans or a jacket. Just bring your clean clothing, and our friend Alicia Pucci from Sew-it-All will lead us in the repairs. A former home economics instructor, Alicia now teaches private sewing lessons, sewing classes, and specialty workshops in her charming Marina studio

Hand mending is a valuable skill for anyone. Who wants to go on a date or a job interview with a missing button that could have been fixed in a matter of minutes? Everyone is welcome to stop by and repair a few pieces of apparel, pillows, curtains, or other household items in need of mending. We’ll be serving tea and cookies.

The class is free, but please register by e-mailing julia@colehardware.com or phone 415/674-8913 ext. 4. (Children 12 years of age and up welcome. Clean clothing only. Needles and thread will be provided.)

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Tips for Home Safety and Accessibility

Safer Moss and Algae Killer and Surface Cleaner

Hazards in the home are responsible for about a third of the injuries suffered by older adults, and people with impairments may face difficulties—and barriers to independent living—in their own environments. It therefore makes sense to observe household habits, identify problem areas, and make changes that will help create safer, more accessible living situations. Since June is Home Safety Month, we’ve compiled a list of easy fixes to common problems. The products shown are samples of the many from which to choose at Cole Hardware.

 

  • Improve lighting, if necessary, both indoors and out, to add safety as well as security. FrogLeggs Night Vision LightTake special note of stairways, and don’t forget closets.
  • Night lights or motion-sensor lights should be put in hallways and bathrooms used at night. Entryways and stairwells should be well lighted, too. One of our favorite motion sensor lights is the Light It™ wireless LED porch light, which can stand on a surface or be mounted on a wall. (Sku 3266087, $31.99)
  • Key ring flashlights allow maneuvering through dark parking areas—or even to the bathroom. The FrogLeggs™ Night Vision light is small enough to attach to a key ring and features a long-life LED bulb. (Sku 9309501, $3.49)
  • Stair safety treads provide stability, and a contrasting color tread at the edge of a step gives a visual cue. Cole Hardware has assorted widths, colors, and textures available.
  • Handrails should be positioned about adult elbow height on both sides of staircases. Knobs at both ends will alert the user that the stairs end.Monaco Lok-Lift Rug Gripper
  • Grab bars should be situated vertically at tops of stairs, and bars or handrails should be placed in bathrooms where needed (towel racks should never be used for support).
  • A shower seat and a handheld showerhead will help avoid fatigue and eliminate bending. The Safety First™ nonslip seat has rustproof legs and fits in standard tubs and showers. (Sku 4017000, $44.99) The Oxygenics® handheld power massage showerhead has five settings, a 5-foot hose, and a stationary mounting bracket. Easy installation. (Sku 4495750, $39.99)
  • Nonslip coatings or safety mats or strips will guard against slips in tubs and showers. Bath mats should have nonskid backings.
  • Limit the use of extension cords and fasten them to baseboards. 3M Cord Clips hold firmly and remove cleanly with no surface damage. Each clip holds 1 pound. Package of four clips and five adhesive strips. (Sku 5095856, $4.99)
  • Throw rugs should be removed or secured to the floor with double-sided rug tape such as Manco® Lok-Lift Rug Gripper 2.5″ x 25′. (Sku 6016158, $11.99)
  • Lever door handles and rocker light switches are great for those with poor hand strength.Safer Moss and Algae Killer and Surface Cleaner
  • Relocate items in cupboards and cabinets so that they are low enough to be easily reached.
  • Lower closet shelves if necessary.
  • A long-handled pick-up tool can be used to reach objects that are on high shelves or on the floor. The Pik Stik pick-up tool has a 32″ handle and a 4″ jaw opening. It will hold a 3-pound object. (Sku 2114957, $29.99)
  • If a step stool is necessary, a sturdy one with side handles should be used.
  • Clear moss and mildew from shady stairs and sidewalks so that areas are not slippery. Water-based Safer® Moss and Algae Killer and Surface Cleaner will do the job—plus it’s noncorrosive to metals and will actually beautify wood. (Sku 7115991, $19.99)
  • Hose reels loop hoses out of the way.
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Mason Jar Candles

Mason Jar Candles

Mason Jar Candles - logoMason Jar CandlesA San Francisco–based company, Mason Jar Candles, Inc., has taken America’s most iconic jar and paired it with one of America’s top crops: the soybean. These soy candles will provide warmth to any room in the home or add a glowing ambience to any outdoor space. Candles are proudly made from 100% pure soy wax originating from farm-grown, organic soybeans. Each hand-poured candle contains a delectable scent, evenly distributed for a long-lasting, aroma-packed burn.

The classic 16-ounce mason jars are custom crafted and can be glammed and glittered up for any occasion, including weddings, parties, or romantic dinners. In addition to the joy you’ll get if you give these as gifts, you’ll also be helping those in need. For every candle purchased, a minimum of 10% of profits are donated to aid charities that support mental illness, education, hunger, and homelessness. Mason Jar Candles, Inc., is working to become a full-fledge not-for-profit company, out to support those in need. Choose from coconut mango, fields of lavender, French flower garden, jasmine, and red currant. 80–120 hour burn time. (Skus 622008, 35, 37–39, $14.99)

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Oakland Dust Spice Rubs

oakland-dust-logoThe story of Oakland Dust goes back to when I was a child sitting shotgun outside Flint’s BBQ in my pop’s idling ’75 Cutlass. Those summer days: the captivating Bill King on the radio, the scent of mesquite-fueled smoke billowing from above. Pop would roll to Flint’s on Shattuck just about every Sunday, pick up a full slab, hot links, and extra Wonder Bread to soak up all that goodness. By the time we made it home, half the links would be gone, and my lips would be on fire. This is where my love affair with pork, and all foods, began. I created Oakland Dust for my love of food and for the city I proudly call home.

Handcrafted, locally inspired spice rubs for all your favorite foods, our unique blends add flavor to all your creations. Try dusting on popcorn, roasted veggies, and salads. You’re the boss in the kitchen—we’re just here to add a little spice.
—Lloyd Ross, Founder of Oakland Dust

Our Rockridge store carries Oakland Dust in a pork rub, chicken rub, and curry rub. (Skus 869005, 097–8, $7.99)

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Big Green Egg EGGcessories

In addition to Big Green Eggs, our stores stock a variety of EGGcessories. These various specialty cookware tools will help you get the most versatility out of your EGG, allowing you to cook an entire meal without dirtying one skillet!

Big Green Egg - ConvEGGtorConvEGGtor®

The Big Green Egg is designed to work as a complete outdoor cooking system, producing unrivaled results whether grilling, roasting, smoking, or baking. Nothing contributes more to the versatility of your EGG than adding a convEGGtor, designed to facilitate indirect cooking by providing a heat-directing barrier between the food and charcoal, transforming your EGG into an outdoor convection oven. In conjunction with the thermal properties of the EGG, the convEGGtor efficiently radiates heat within the dome and prevents direct flames and heat from overcooking food. Available in all EGG sizes small to XL. (Skus 869011, 12, 69, 68, $64.99–$139.99)

Vertical Ceramic Poultry RoastersBig Green Egg - Vertical Ceramic Roaster

Using a vertical roaster on the EGG will produce the juiciest, most flavorful poultry you’ve ever tasted. Vertical roasters hold a chicken or turkey upright during cooking for even browning and easier carving when done. Ceramic roasters hold liquid such as fruit juice or beer to add even more flavor. (Sittin’ Chicken Roaster: Sku 869018, $18.99; Sittin’ Turkey Roaster: Sku 869019, $21.99)

Big Green Egg - Grill WokGrill Wok

Grill woks make it easy to cook vegetables, meat, seafood, or any other smaller pieces of food that might slip through a standard cooking grid. Heat and smoke circulate around the foods for even cooking and flavor absorption. Nonstick finish. (Sku 869042, $27.99)

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