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The Garage: A Guy’s Refuge

The traditional “guy” - broadly defined as a man’s man who can take down a tree or change his own oil - faces extinction from threats ranging from reality television to couples’ baby showers. Garages are a guy’s refuge from these kinds of enemies. Guys’ appreciation for garages is fairly predictable. They are a place for welcomed solitude that is just steps away from the creature comforts of their home. Conversely, a garage can be a

grown-up clubhouse - a place to hang out with buddies. They, for example, often turn into galleries of keepsake art guys aren’t allowed to hang in their homes (e.g., beer signs and swimsuit calendars). A garage also is the place where guys keep some of their most prized tools, which help them get things done the right way. The condition of a guy’s garage reflects his personality as much as the truck he might park there. The only thing worse than a dull or uninspired garage is a messy one. With that in mind, retailers North-

ern Tool + Equipment and Kotula’s are offering the following tips for those in-

terested in improving most any garage while not taking away its utility. Trick it out

Introducing a few new gadgets to

a garage will pique owner pride. A revolving Ford Motors sign will bring old-school allure. Cool tools such as the Klutch Heavy Duty Air Impact Wrench also add to a garage’s cred- ibility. It uses 950 ft.-lbs. of torque to remove lug nuts, rusted bolts and more.

An upgraded garage will become the envy of the neighborhood guys and may just draw a crowd during the next reality TV marathon.

Regular maintenance Like anything in it, a garage needs to be maintained to operate at its best. Be realistic and purge items that are unnecessary or beyond repair. Plan cleaning days in advance and put them on the calendar. A Powerhorse Pres- sure Washer will help keep things tidy inside and outside the garage. Be the host with the most If enhancing a garage’s clubhouse feel is of interest, even small changes will make a big difference. The Harley- Davidson Oil Can Beverage Cart from Kotula’s will add heavy metal thunder to the otherwise ordinary task of mak- ing a drink.

- ARA Content Helpful Spring Cleaning Hints for Beautiful Baths

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April 13, 2012 Page 12

As the warmer weather approaches, so does the time for spring cleaning. While a head-to-toe, thorough cleaning of the entire house can be a major task for you and your fam- ily, don’t get overwhelmed just yet. Like any project, start with the expectation that it doesn’t need to be completed in a day, or even a weekend. Instead, start with a smaller room that can accumulate dirt and clutter - like the bathroom - and work your way to other areas of the home. Here are some tips that can make spring cleaning your bathroom less of a hassle.

Give cleaning a ‘Twist’ Ever notice those unsightly water spots or fingerprints on your brushed nickel faucets? No matter how many times

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white vinegar. This simple kitchen product is completely natural and won’t harm your bathroom surfaces. It’s even family and pet-safe. Simply pour a few cups of white vin- egar into a spray bottle with equal parts water and apply directly to the mildew area. Scrub the vinegar around, and you’ve got a mildew and mold-free bathroom in no time. Once you rid your bathroom of mildew, stop the build- up from coming back by increasing the air circulation. Turn the fan on during a shower and keep it running up to 30 minutes after. Additionally, air conditioners, dehumidifiers and an open window can help decrease the moisture that can lead to mildew. De-clutter and reorganize Vanities and sink countertops often become a catch-all for clutter. Everything, from towels to toiletries, curling irons to cotton balls, can take over and wreak havoc on your space and your cleaning time frame. Chances are you don’t use the multiple bottles of sample

and travel size shampoos, soaps or lotions you’ve accumu- lated. A few bottles on hand are helpful for trips, but acquir- ing a drawer filled with the miniatures is only taking up valuable space in a bathroom. Luckily, your clutter can help others. Instead of throwing the bottles away, donate them to a local shelter, where shampoos and soaps - no matter the size - are constantly in demand. Once you’ve purged your bathroom of unnecessary items, find a home for the true necessities by adding bath acces- sories. Items, such as shelves, towel bars or towel rings can keep items off the floor and countertop and add a stylish look to complement your new faucets and showerhead. Ad- ditionally, baskets or covered jars keep bathroom necessities neatly stored, yet within reach - and can be easily moved for quick cleaning. With these useful tips and products, you’ll have one

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