4. Everyone knows the frustration that can happen when clutter takes over the garage or when it's impossible to even open the door on the tool shed. No more unsightly pegboards or hanging tools from nails or screws fastened to the walls. The shelves designed for the home are really not strong enough to hold home and garden tools normally stored in a garage. These are all too common problems that can be easily solved with the storeWALL system. The wall panels and accessory shelves, baskets, hooks, totes and bins can be quickly installed to turn your chaotic garage or shed into an organized and accessible space. For information and pricing, go to www.storewall.com.
5. Outside air exhausts for bathrooms, kitchens and dryers and intake ports for high-efficiency appliances are always susceptible to pest infestation. A new and easy-to-install powder-coated metal product called The Defender can help protect your home from bird and rodent entry. The Defender comes in three sizes and several colors and sells for around $30. For more information and purchasing The Defender, as well as a variety of other venting products, visit www.betterventing.com/defender.
C. Dwight Barnett is a certified master inspector with the American Society of Home Inspectors. Write to him with home improvement questions at C. Dwight Barnett, Evansville Courier & Press, P.O. Box 268, Evansville, Ind. 47702 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.