I always bought rubber air hoses because of their durability, but they're heavy and seem to get hung up on everything. I've also tried lighter PVC hoses, which work pretty well, but cold weather makes them about as flexible as a Lally column. If you're looking for something better, the Flexeel Air Hose is a polyurethane hose that's durable, lightweight, and flexible down to ­40°F. A 100-foot 3/8-inch hose with 1/4-inch fittings (model PFE61004) costs about $130. Coilhose Pneumatics, 732/390-8480, www.coilhose.com.

Solid wood doors can be too dark for some spaces, but clear glass can be a little too revealing. For a happy medium, you might try the Sculpted Glass from JELD-WEN. Using what the manufacturer calls UltraGlas, this line of interior doors can brighten spaces but obscures the clutter commonly found in pantries and game rooms. Standard glass...

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