Rootcups help to start roots in water for plant clippings, seeds such as avocado, and bulbs. Cutting roots are protected from light, which aids growth. Leaves are held above the water to prevent rotting and the lid captures evaporation so cuttings need little attention. The raw material is common beach sand, which after processing results in a durable, non-toxic flexible elastomer. Rootcups are available in two sizes and in three colors: gray, green, and clay. (Small: $4.99; Large: $13.99)
Pest insects have always been with us and so have beneficial insects to help maintain the balance of nature. Beneficial insects fill two main roles in the garden ecosystem: pollinators of plants and predators of pest insects. Ladybugs add attractive color to a garden while fighting pests! Release them at night (so they don’t fly away), at the base of plants. They naturally climb up plants and will eat aphids, mealy bugs, leaf hoppers and other destructive insects. They continue until the bad guys are gone, laying their own eggs in the process. When new pests arrive, fresh ladybugs will be waiting. Enjoy ladybugs indoors and out with a fun assortment of products, including these plates and platters, at all of our locations. Perfect for Mother’s Day!
Wet & Forget no-scrub weekly shower spray takes the work out of cleaning your shower. Simply spray Wet & Forget once a week to clean and prevent the build-up of soap scum, grime, oils, mold, and mildew stains. No more scrubbing and no more having to spray every day like with other spray-on shower cleaners! Wet & Forget contains no bleach, ammonia, dyes, or irritating fumes and leaves your shower or bathtub with a pleasant vanilla scent. The 64-ounce bottle lasts up to 12 weeks. (Sku 1501477, $19.99)
Solid Step Cote represents the most advanced technology available on the market today in non-slip floor coatings. A water-based solution that dries crystal clear and creates an invisible anti-skid finish, it creates a lasting bond that does not require maintenance and does not attract dirt. Solid Step Cote creates a protective barrier against stains and spills and prevents grout from soiling and discoloration.
Cole Hardware offers a tub and shower kit for use on porcelain, fiberglass, acrylic, tile, slate, concrete, and metal. This non-slip solution features incredibly low VOCs and no fumes or odors. Application takes a matter of minutes and the tub or shower is ready for use within four to six hours. Cleaning simply requires a mild detergent or soap and water.
Consider Solid Step Cote for baths and showers used by children or seniors especially. The 4-ounce kit will treat one standard tub or shower with two coats. With proper care, a treated tub should last between three to five years before requiring reapplication. (Sku 131131, $19.99)
Based in Sepastopol, California, EcoForms is a family founded business that grew out of the desire to find an alternative to plastic pots. These attractive and durable pots are made from renewable grain fibers and are biodegradable, to support sustainable garden practices. EcoForms’ commitment doesn’t end with their products: their facility is solar powered and their delivery trucks run on 100% bio-diesel fuel.
Internal tests have shown that plants grow better in EcoForms pots than in traditional plastic pots due to their insulating design, which leads to thriving, healthy plants. EcoForms pots contain no wood or petroleum ingredients and do not deplete natural or edible resources. When used outdoors, EcoForms pots will last at least five years and even longer when used indoors. They are intended for use above the ground, and show no damage when exposed to freezing or thawing conditions.
Our garden centers offer an assortment of pots and saucers in various shapes and sizes, in a palette of rich, earthy tones. The warm hues create a stunning monochromatic display or the colors mix and match to blend into any room’s décor. ($ .59 – 14.99)
Cook your Easter eggs in a matter of minutes! Eggs are arguably the most indispensable ingredient in the kitchen. A great source of protein, iodine, and essential vitamins, besides being a breakfast staple, many recipes call for eggs. The new Dash Rapid Egg Cooker lets you cook eggs in a variety of ways: hard, medium, soft boiled, poached, or scrambled—in only minutes. Eggs are cooked to perfection every time too. Cook up to seven boiled eggs at a time or poach up to three at a time. This compact egg cooker is ideal for cooking eggs in the morning for the family on the go, preparing hard boiled eggs for potato salad, or making delicious deviled eggs for a holiday appetizer. Dimensions: 7.5”W x 7.5”H (Sku 645074, $24.99)
Sugar & Spice
For a special Valentine’s Day, share a heartfelt baked treat for that special friend, colleague or loved one in your life. Our Cole Heart-ware selection of products will give you some ideas for sharing your affection. This is also a fun family activity that children will enjoy.
The possibilities are endless for decorating sugar cookies and it’s a fun creative outlet. Recipes for sugar cookies are very basic. We offer assorted Valentine cookie cutters.
HydraBarrier water tubes are a new alternative to sandbags for diversion and containment to protect homes from water damage due to flooding. The innovative sandbag replacement is convenient, easy-to-use and less expensive than heavy sandbags. Lightweight and extremely durable, the HydraBarrier is reusable – simply fill with water from a hose. When not in use, each tube lays flat and folds up for easy storage. One HydraBarrier is six feet in length and equals the protection of four sandbags. (Sku 5466321, 16.99)
Veteran Tahoe travelers know that tire chains, also known as tire cables, are sometimes necessary when crossing the mountains in winter. These are sold by the pair and help car or truck tires get more traction in conditions where snow and/or ice have accumulated on the road. Four-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive vehicles with snow tires used to be exempt from chain controls, but no longer. All vehicles must now carry chains to enter a chain control area.
Our Cobra™ cable chains feature tough carbon steel rollers that provide traction and long wear. The low-profile steel rollers allow increased tire-to-road contact, resulting in better stability, plus a considerable reduction in noise and vibration, and they are galvanized for rust prevention. All Cole Hardware locations stock four of the most popular sized cables for cars (Skus 818818–21, $46.99–$49.99) and a popular truck size (Sku 818822, $99.99). Just bring in your specific tire size as set forth by the ISO metric tire code. Virtually all tires have this information molded into the sidewalls, or you can refer to the factory specs for tires if the tires have not been changed on your car since you purchased it.
How to Read Your Tire Size
The tire code consists of a leading letter and a string of numbers. The leading letter “P” correlates to a passenger car; the leading letters “LT” correlate to a light truck. (Please note that European car models may not have a letter.) After the letter (or lack of letter), there is a three-digit number (tire width in millimeters), followed by a slash, with an addition, two or three numbers (the aspect ratio or a percentage of the total width of the tire that the sidewall would cover if placed directly over it). There may also be an additional “B,” “D,” or “R” after the last series of numbers (representing bias belt, diagonal, or radial). Finally, the tire size will terminate with another twodigit number, which is the wheel diameter the tires are designed to fit.
A tire with the code P285/40R15 indicates the following:
* The P means the tire is for a passenger vehicle.
* 285 is the width of the tire in millimeters.
* 40 is the aspect ratio and stands for 40%, or a percentage of the total width of the tire that the sidewall would cover if placed directly over it.
* R means the tire uses a radial fabric construction of the carcass of the tire (radial is the standard tire on most vehicles).
* 15 is the number of inches in the diameter of the wheel the tire is designed to fit.
What If We Don’t Carry Your Size?
No worries! We can special order the chains for you. Just come in with your tire size by Monday, and if we don’t have the size you need, we’ll order them and have them in our store for you by Thursday of that week.
IMPORTANT! If you buy a pair of Cobra cable chains, you must use a pair of tensioners with them. These are essentially six small rubber bungee-type cords, bound by a circular rubber piece in the center, and come two to a bag. (Sku 818823, $12.99) This is an integral part of the Cobra and cannot be omitted.
All of our stores offer a selection of gifts with a San Francisco flair! The fun family game Spot It! now offers a San Francisco limited edition, featuring City landmarks. Check out our new line of Liberty water bottles – one bottle features a Bay Area Bart map. Green Toys, all made of recycled milk jugs, introduced a new submarine, airplane, and seaplane recently.
The Chinook Book, full of deals at local businesses, is specially priced through Christmas Eve. The mobile directory is just $11 (reg. 14.99) and the directory is just $16 (reg. $20).