LED lighting in kitchen tops RICKI list of top 5 kitchen technologies

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Not surprisingly, homeowners most want technology to help with cleanup in the kitchen, according to the technology portion of RICKI’s research, “Consumer Kitchen Trends: From Remodeling Rates to Technology Trends.”

The Research Institute of Cooking and Kitchen Intelligence, or RICKI, asked homeowners to think about new technology and other ways to work better in the kitchen. Here’s what they said…

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23 Remodelers Offer Repeat & Referral Tips

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Effective and easy-to-apply strategies to increase your repeat and referral business in 2014.

For many remodelers, the lifeblood of their company comes in the form of repeat and referral work. In some cases, remodelers have reported that repeat and referral work makes up a significant portion of their business for a given year.

Because of the critical impact repeat and referral work can have on your business, Professional Remodeler interviewed dozens of remodelers by phone and e-mail to find out their go-to strategies for increasing repeats and referrals. Furthermore, they asked them to reveal any new tactics they plan to incorporate in 2014 to increase repeats and referrals.

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Creating a Custom Look with Cabinetry

Watch this informative video to learn how to create a custom look with cabinetry.

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Shop, Donate & Save at the Habitat Suffolk ReStore

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Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk opened the doors to it’s  ReStore to the public on September 04, 2002. The ReStore’s first “tag sale” response from shoppers was overwhelmingly positive.  The first ReStore on Long Island is not only raising money for building homes, but also providing low cost home improvement materials for people in our community and taking  perfectly good items out of the waste stream and putting them to good use.

Habitat Restore SuffolkReStore accepts donations of either new or very gently used building materials & supplies, appliances. These items are then sold to the general public usually at a 66% discount of the retail price. Continue reading ‘Shop, Donate & Save at the Habitat Suffolk ReStore’

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Benjamin Moore Color Capture App

benjaminmoorelogo Capture colors anywhere with Benjamin Moore Color Capture®. Snap a picture of any color inspiration that catches your eye and instantly get its match from Benjamin Moore’s more than 3,300 paint colors.

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EPA Lead, Renovation & Repair Certification Renewal Date Coming Up in 2015

EPA Lead RRP RuleIt’s time to start thinking about renewing the Environmental Protection Agency lead-certified renovator certificate to work on pre-1978 homes. For those who received the certification in the first year of the Lead Renovation, Repair & Painting program, 2015 is the renewal year of that five-year certification. In order to get renewed, remodelers will have to take a refresher course. Currently, that includes hands-on training, although the EPA is looking into removing that requirement.

For more information on the EPA’s LRRP program, to find a trainer or to download materials to share with your customers, visit the EPA’s website.

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The Value of Trade Associations for Pro Contractors

The Value of Trade Associations - LIBI and NARIGreg Hartmann, National Account Manager for FastenMaster asks: Do you belong to any trade associations?

As a sales person working for a manufacturer, Greg knows that by joining an association of builders he has the opportunity to connect with the people that use the products he sells. For him the value he receives is far greater than the annual fee. For builders, he says, the value can be even greater. Continue reading ‘The Value of Trade Associations for Pro Contractors’

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Falls in Construction/Fixed Scaffolds

This video by OSHA shows the importance of following OSHA’s fall protection standards. Construction deaths are preventable – are you protecting yourself and your workers from harm and a possible lawsuit?

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Understanding the Scaffold Law

Understanding the Scaffold LawAccording to Karl Silverberg, NYC/LI NARI General Counsel, there has been a buzz in the construction industry recently over New York State Labor Law § 240, commonly known as the Scaffold Law, and Labor Law § 241. Various contractor trade groups are calling for New York State to repeal Labor Law §§ 240 & 241. The recent action is the result of escalating insurance costs to cover Labor Law §§ 240 & 241 claims. Contractors are facing a threefold hit respecting these costs. First, recent large damage awards to injured workers have increased insurance premiums. Second, higher awards require contractors to carry higher limits. Third, there is word that certain carriers have left the market, thus decreasing competition.

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Noble Canary’s OSHA Audit App

Noble Canary's OSHA Audit AppNoble Canary’s OSHA Audit app allows builders to complete a full safety audit on their iPhone, iPad, or Android device. Contractors can take their phones to the jobsite and create a new guided audit — taking photos, adding notes — and email a copy of the full audit report to the agency when they’re done. The app offers complete coverage of the 29 CFR 1910 standard published by OSHA.

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