Yearly Archive for 2011

: 2011

Spring is in the air – time to freshen up your home. Most homeowners think of painting a room to bring in a “fresh” look.  But when it comes to kitchens and baths, take a closer look at the tile in
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Home Improvement is BACK

Both Home Depot and Lowe’s delivered better that expected earnings in Q4 2010.  This suggests the home improvement sector is back.  Especially noteworthy are Home Depot’s high-ticket sales ($900+)
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LED Lights – A Bright Spot!

With the looming phasing out of incandescent light bulbs manufacturers are stepping up.  Viable LED options will soon be available so dreaded mercury-filled energy efficient bulbs will not become the
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Good-bye Thomas Edison technology – Hello EFCI

The number of truly revolutionary inventions soon to be on home supplier shelves is remarkable. EFCI stands for “Electrical Fault Circuit Interrupter”.  It is an intelligent outlet which shuts down
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Mushrooms instead of Styrofoam

Bio-degradable vs. toxic waste….this should not even be a discussion. Packing material to compost and create new topsoil from vs. Styrene, a known cancer causing material. This mushroom product can
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Buying Power of Women increases for Home Improvement

Home Depot just announced its expansion of their relationship with Martha Stewart.  A recent survey from Troy-Bilt, a manufacturer of outdoor power equipment, shows 44% of women now are influencing
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What Chemicals are in YOUR Water?

EPA recently announced “…an extensive review of perchlorate and other toxic substances.. in city water supplies.” Do you know what chemicals are in your water – municipal or well?  Most people
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Remove Snow & Ice from your Roof NOW?

It is tempting to want to remove ice build-up on roofs.  Weight from heavy snow is always a concern. Future ice-damming is another. However, this can cause damage to the roof.  Layers of protective
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Silent (!) Wind Turbines shown at CES

Reportedly, municipalities around the country and in countries like Australia, Korea and Poland  have been installing silent wind turbines on municipal buildings in street and traffic lights.  You
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Cold Weather Pipe Protections

This winter seems to continue to have extreme weather patterns.  Think about where and how your water pipes are running. Frozen pipes create a big mess every time. Pipes in unheated spaces are likely
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