Tool School

We Sell Tools is a one-stop-shop for do-it-yourselfers.



photograph by Jamie Elkington

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Jean McGhee is no stranger to breaking out a set of tools and dirtying her hands while tackling her own home repairs. This wife and mother of three comes from a family that has been in the welding and tool-related business for years, and she undertook one of her first DIY projects in the ’90s after graduating college in Atlanta, remodeling her bathroom herself with the help of a local hardware store employee.

“So when you walk into the store, you don’t just get somebody who can tell you that what you’re looking for is on aisle eight,” McGhee says. “You can actually bring in a piece of your faucet and say, ‘OK, what do I need to replace this?" – Jean McGhee

Several years and several successful projects later, McGhee decided to open her own hardware store to provide men with the tools they need for projects, and also to help outfit women with their own toolboxes and to empower them to do simple repairs on their own. Located at Summer and Whitten, We Sell Tools is a haven for do-it-yourselfers and professionals alike. As its name implies, the store offers tools and hardware for everything from mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and painting needs to specialty automotive tools and landscaping essentials. What’s more, it also sells beer and has sports constantly streaming on flat-screen TVs throughout the store. A one-stop-shop, if you will.

McGhee employs trade experts: retired plumbers, auto mechanics, and painters. “So when you walk into the store, you don’t just get somebody who can tell you that what you’re looking for is on aisle eight,” McGhee says. “You can actually bring in a piece of your faucet and say, ‘OK, what do I need to replace this?’ Our guys have done it hundreds of times, so they can walk you through it. Even if you’ve done a project before yourself, sometimes you run into a snag, and it’s nice to be able to ask an expert.”

McGhee’s primary goal is to help people do their projects by themselves. And according to her, many times those projects aren’t nearly as difficult as one might think. In the interest of helping us to save a few dollars and revel in the sense of accomplishment after completing a home repair project, she has shared a step-by-step tutorial on a quick and easy upgrade that she recently completed at her own house.

By simply changing out the the faucet and adding new hardware to the cabinets, you can transform a dated or dingy bathroom or kitchen and achieve a fresh, personalized look. It’s a small expense and a small project that makes a big impact.

 

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