Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Hardware Store Clinics

Warm weather is both a blessing and a curse. Yes, it's great to spend time outdoors. But it's also time to stop procrastinating and get some home improvement projects done, like building a flower bed or redoing your master bathroom.

If you're not the handy type, the two major hardware store chains offer free in-store clinics to get you started. Both Lowe's and Home Depot post their clinic calendars online. While the Lowe's calendar is looking a bit paltry (some random wood-working projects), Home Depot is offering a few useful-looking classes in May. They include:
  • Container Gardening and Hanging Basket Arrangements (10 a.m. Saturdays)

  • Installing a Deck (1 p.m. Saturdays)

  • Tiling Floors and Walls (11 a.m. Saturdays)

  • Combining Annuals and Perennials in your Garden (1 p.m. Sundays)

Home Depot is also offering "Landscaping and Outdoor Water Conservation" as part of its Do-it-Herself series. The class meets at 7 p.m., Monday, May 19, at least in my ZIP code. Check the Web site to confirm the date and time at your nearest store.

I know, I know, I'm neglecting the many great non-chain hardware stores in town, but there are simply too many to call. Please send their class schedules along if you have them, and I will gladly post them.

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