The 2008 International Builders Show

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    Tickets are now on sale for the 2008 International builders show in Orlando Florida. The event will be held from February 13 to the 16th and includes 300+ educational programs and 1,500,000+ net sq. ft. of exhibits.

    Early Registration discounts end 10/26/07 withe on-site registration for people that don’t make it by 1/4/08.

    There are hundreds of exhibitors that range all areas of the home building industry.  If you are in the area or willing to travel it is worth the time to …

    Home Builder Stocks up while sales keep dropping

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      Industry Analysts are exclaiming a change in the Home Builder Market shows increases in some Home Builder Stocks while nationally the trend for new homes is still falling.

      So, what does this mean for investors and the industry?

      Well truth be told the increases in home building stocks is not an overall increase it is only a short term bounce from a seriously low level.

      Toll Brothers one of America’s largest builders is still showing quarterly losses but its stock is showing a 2.9% …

      Respirators and Dust Masks – Know the Difference

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        How often do you see someone wearing a pair of gloves to protect their hands or steel toe boots to protect their feet but when it comes to working in dusty or toxic conditions they seem to think its ok to not wear lung protection.

        As someone that use to paint Cars and Airplanes for a living I can’t tell you how many shops I have worked in or visited where employees think its not …

        Painting a Room

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          Interior home finishes have come a long way and there are many choices to make when you are renovating a room in your home. Paint color is one of the most important aspects to interior design because it adds or takes away from the rest of the items (furniture, carpet fixtures) you may have.

          Here we will cover the mechanics of repainting or painting new construction. For the …

          Installing Vinyl Siding

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            One of the fastest ways to update the exterior of a home is to install vinyl siding. Although the steps to perform the task are simple you will need both basic building skills and a limited fear of heights. Have you ever walked on the roof of your home or cleaned your gutters well that’s about as high on a ladder as you will get.

            If you think you …

            Carpet Care

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              Good Carpet can be one of the larger investments in your home with proper care it can last you 10 years or more however it only takes a couple accidents to ruin it past repair.

              The first thing you need to realize is that no matter what the warranty or special protection all carpet can and will get stained. Small amounts of dirt, grass and asphalt tar will remain on …

              How To – Preparing for New Carpet

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                Installing new carpet in your home is often a task that is left to professionals but sometimes you can improve the experience and lower your cost by taking some easy steps.

                First you should measure your room and make a floor layout of where you want the carpet. Most companies will charge you a $50 or more measure fee even if they do offer free estimates.  Make sure that any measure or estimate fee is …

                Installing a Sillcock – Outside Faucet

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                  Most homes will have an outside faucet to hook up your hose in the front and back of your house but sometimes the faucet is not in a good location for watering your garden or washing your car.

                  Here we will cover the steps needed to install a Sillcock.

                  You should have a good understanding of basic plumbing. 

                  If you feel this job is outside your basic abilities then you may want to ask a friend to help or have …

                  Installing a Drywall Access Panel

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                    Sometimes there is a need to have access to pipes or other things that hide within our homes walls. The easiest way to provide a clean looking solution is to install a plastic access panel.

                    They come in a variety of sizes.
                    Install with only a few simple tools.
                    Can be painted to match your wall.

                    In our example we are building a basement wall. Behind the wall is our waste line clean-out.

                    To be able to access the pipe at a …

                    How To – Using Span Charts For Framing

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                      Framing is the process of building the supporting structure of a project whether it be a home or a deck or a shed.

                      To build your project correctly so roofs can support snow, walls can withstand wind loads and your floor system can support the extra weight of the whirlpool bath you installed it is important to choose the correct sized lumber when building. For this reason architects and engineers take special care when they are selecting the …

                      Tankless Hot Water Heaters – The future of hot water

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                        The newest innovation in water heaters is a tankless system. The first versions of these appliances were found in point of use installs. Point of use water tanks only support the sink or appliance they are connected to. Some point of use water heaters still have a small tank of under 10 gallons and may be installed in out buildings like a detached garage or in cabins or other low volume demand areas.

                        The difference between a small tank system and …

                        Plumbing Products

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                          Drano www.drano.com Chemical Drain Cleaners
                          Oatey www.oatey.com Plumbing parts and pipe fittings
                          Nutone  www.nutone.com Bath Fans