Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Hardware Trumps Home Improvement

The market is chock a block with minor accessories that are at the minimum worth ten times their price in improved function and aesthetics. Edison base high intensity spots turn ordinary pendant shop lights into beautifully focussed pools of work light.
A five foot Doug fir two by four fitted with hooks at five inch intervals and suspended from the ceiling with steel chain makes a convenient pot rack that accelerates cooking procedures. Magical sliding castors protect furniture joints and housekeeper's backs.

Surge-protective extension cords in varying lengths relieve stress, as do ordinary extension cords. Dimming accessories amplify the range of illumination one bulb can provide. Spring-loaded curtain rods turn an afternoon's fiddling into one swift gesture. A free-standing heated towel rack dries laundry, heats a room, and doubles the interval between washings.

It's worth investing an hour or two to cruise offerings in a hardware store or big box specialty  boutique.


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