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Insider tips and tricks on Home Maintenance and Improvement

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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 both spaces.  There are so many fun styles, colors, materials and finishes in stone […] [Read More]
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Home Improvement is BACK

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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+) which posted a strong 9.6% increase. Home Depot’s management spoke of consumer spending in spite of the continued weak housing market suggesting a de-coupling of the […] [Read More]
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LED Lights – A Bright Spot!

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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 replacement option – let’s hope…since mercury pollution is whole other complication. Phillips predicts LED’s will account of 50% of the light bulb market by 2015. […] [Read More]
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Good-bye Thomas Edison technology – Hello EFCI

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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 when too much current is drawn.  This prevents the leading cause of house fires.  It is turned OFF until something is plugged in.  In turn, […] [Read More]
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Mushrooms instead of Styrofoam

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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 be grown into ANY shape. Thank great minds like Eben Bayer, the creator, and swing into action: lean on manufacturers and shippers to make this […] [Read More]
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Buying Power of Women increases for Home Improvement

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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 purchasing decisions around outdoor power equipment and 21% is purchased by women.   Tool manufacturers too are rapidly reshaping their tools to make them more […] [Read More]
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What Chemicals are in YOUR Water?

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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 don’t! But one things is clear: to keep water borne diseases in check water companies use various chemicals.  Percholate is a compound found in […] [Read More]
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Remove Snow & Ice from your Roof NOW?

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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 undercovering and flashing can be jarred just enough to spring leaks in future thaw and freeze cycles.  It is best just […] [Read More]
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Silent (!) Wind Turbines shown at CES

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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 read correctly. A 30% credit is available  from the Federal Government as well. Urban Green Energy, a New York City start up designs and manufacturers this innovative […] [Read More]
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Cold Weather Pipe Protections

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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 to freeze in sub-zero temperatures. Solutions: wrap exposed/ accessible pipes with heated wire and/or run a constant drip in a bathtub. […] [Read More]
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