Last May, a California painting contractor formed a company to sell two new tools: the Brush Flex and the Mini Roller Flex. Both consist of a roller or brush on a flexible handle. The handle screws on to the end of a telescoping pole so that the painter can reach awkward or difficult spaces. Now both tools are available in one package: The Flex Paint Kit accepts a range of large and small mini-roller and brush sizes and costs $30.

McCauley Tools, 800/685-4911,