HANCOCK - Whether he's replacing the handle of an ax or roofing the garage, Wayne Siira of Franklin Township doesn't have to go far to find the necessary supplies.
"It has anywhere you'd really need to go to get what you need," Siira said while shopping in downtown Hancock. "The people are really helpful and they'll go the extra mile for you."
Like Siira, do-it-yourselfers will find Hancock offers an extensive variety of tools and supplies that are sure to complete any project - big or small. Offerings range from plumbing and heating supplies, automotive parts, electrical supplies, construction and carpentry tools, drill bits and saw blades. Shoppers will also find a full-service lumber yard, shelving, paint, stains, lawn and garden supplies, insect and rodent control products, cleaning supplies, sealants, housewares, concrete products, and much more.
Hardware employee Peter Curto mixes a gallon of paint.
"Everything in here falls in line with the do-it-yourselfer," said Risto Alholinna, owner of Risto's Hardware. "For anybody who is doing anything at home, we have something for them."
Alholinna said their plumbing department is the largest part of the store and offers a wide range of products such as drain pipes, faucets and fixtures for the kitchen, bathtub and shower.
"We have everything you'll need for installation or repairs," he said.
Do-it-yourselfers wanting to add an outlet or move an existing light switch will find Hancock offers a variety of electrical supplies from extension cords and cut-in boxes to light fixtures and bulbs.
An important component to any home improvement or construction project is the fasteners, and customers will find what they need in Hancock.
"We carry a wide variety of all different screws, nuts and bolts for just about everything you can imagine, whether it's mechanical repairs on cars or motorcycles or building wood projects, like decks," Alholinna said.
Homeowners looking to organize their living space can find shelving systems and dividers in a range of sizes and materials as well as brackets and supports for installation.
Refinishing antique furniture isn't too difficult a task as long as crafters have the right supplies and equipment.
Stripper gels, lacquer thinners and other chemicals for removing old finish creates a canvass for any color stain, creating a newly restored furniture piece.
One can also refresh their home, inside or out, with a fresh coat of paint.
"Everyday we're mixing paints," Alholinna said. "We can custom-color match even if it's a different brand of paint or if people don't know what type of paint it is. If they bring in a color sample, we can match it."
While Siira said he doesn't have to travel far to find the supplies he needs for his projects, there's another benefit he finds shopping locally.
"If you have any questions, they help you out," he said. "It's more like we're friends than like customers."
Downtown Hancock! It's all here!
The Do-it-Yourself businesses are:
McGann Building Supply, Gartners Gallery, World-of-Wood, J&M Locksmith, Salvation Army, St. Vincent DePaul, Kathy's Originals, Bob's Sheet Metal, Wilmer's Cooling & Heating, Superior Sand & Gravel, Wash-Tub Laundry Mat, Tire Shop Car Wash, Pat's Car Wash, Risto's Hardware, and Harrington Ridge Coal & Stove.
The businesses that have participated in the DIY week are:
Risto's Hardware, McGann Building Supply, Gartners Gallery, Salvation Army and St. Vincent DePaul
Editor's Note: This feature is part of a paid advertising package purchased by the Hancock Downtown Development Authority. Businesses interested in being featured on the Business page may call Yvonne Robillard at 483-2220.