Do you bleed orange, or would you rather get whacked with a 2-by-4 than step into a Home Depot (NYSE:HD)? This week's bout is all about the country's leading home-improvement chain.

These are tricky times in the housing industry. Lennar (NYSE:LEN), Beazer (NYSE:BZH), and KB Home (NYSE:KBH) all warned last week. Can a hardware retailer be immune to that kind of malaise?

Home Depot shares have certainly been stung in recent years, so it's probably the ideal time to discuss the investment potential of one of the great growth stocks of the 1990s for 2006 and beyond.

We know where some value investors are hanging out. Home Depot is an Inside Value recommendation. In fact, you may be surprised to find that both of our Dueling Fools this week own a piece of Big Orange, too. However, that doesn't mean that they see eye-to-eye here.

Ryan Fuhrmann thinks the shares offer a compelling value at this point, while Seth Jayson believes that the company can use a little sanding down before investors begin to handle it.

Is a home-improvement titan like Home Depot worthy of portfolio improvement? That's what this week's Duel is all about.

Duel on!