HBA Member Top Master Is Acquired by Clio Holdings

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Clio Holdings, LLC of Birmingham, Mich., has acquired Top Master, Inc. of Kansas City, Kan., expanding its footprint of leading regional countertop fabrication businesses to eight states. Top Master, a portfolio company of CID Capital, Inc. of Indianapolis, Ind., is a designer, fabricator and installer of a comprehensive line of custom countertop products, including granite,… Read more »

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BALA Forecasts Design Trends for 2017 and Beyond

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There were 127 single-family, multifamily, remodeling and community projects honored at the 2016 Best in American Living Awards (BALA) ceremony Wednesday night at the NAHB International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Fla. That means there were 127 examples of the top design trends that home buyers expect to see over the next several years in your… Read more »

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DIY Scrap Wood Modern Mountain Art

One of the things I hate most about woodworking projects is throwing out the scraps that I’m left with when the project is completed. I always try to come up with fun and different ways to make good use of the pieces. Since scraps are usually pretty small, the projects have to be small, too….

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Why Pre-Approval Should Be Your First Step

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Why Pre-Approval Should Be Your First Step | Simplifying The MarketIn many markets across the country, the number of buyers searching for their dream homes greatly outnumbers the amount of homes for sale. This has led to a competitive marketplace where buyers often need to stand out. One way to show you are serious about buying your dream home is to get pre-qualified or pre-approved for a mortgage before starting your search.
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Micro Apartment With Sliding Furniture And An Open Design

When downsizing became popular a while back in Hong Kong, the houses and apartments started getting smaller and smaller. Soon after that, a micro apartment became a dream home for most people and interior designers and architects became specialized in how to save space and to squeeze as many functions and features in a tiny…

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5 Staging Props You Need to Stop Using … Now!

By Justin M. Riordan, Spade and Archer Design Agency There is good staging. There is bad staging. I mean, like really bad staging. In an industry with no regulations, no standardized accreditation system, and tons of “hobbyist professionals”, one gets what one pays for. The problem here is not if that inexperienced or bargain basement
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How to Install a Wireless Light Switch

How to Install a Wireless Light Switch
Ask This Old House master electrician Scott Caron uses wireless technology to install a light and new switch.

Watch the full episode: https://www.thisoldhouse.com/watch/ask-toh-workshop-light-switch

Time: 1-2 hours

Cost: $100, excluding the light fixture

Tools:
Screwdriver
Pliers
Level
Drill/driver

Shopping List:
New light fixture
Wireless light switch
Line voltage receiver (module)

Steps:
1. Before doing any electrical work, always turn off the power at the circuit breaker.
2. Disconnect and remove the current light fixture.
3. Attach the the ground wire of the new fixture to the incoming ground wire, and if using a metal box, to the ground screw on the electrical box.
4. Splice all the neutral wires together- from the power supply, the white from the fixture, and the white wire from the wireless module- and cover with a wire nut.
5. Then, splice the black wire from the module to the black wire from the power supply and cover with a wire nut.
6. Finally, splice the black wire from the fixture with the red wire from the wireless module and cover with a wire nut.
7. Attach the light fixture to the electrical box following the manufacturer’s instructions.
8. The light switch mounts to the wall at 48” to center, preferably inside a doorway. It does not require any wiring or batteries.
Restore power at the circuit panel and test.
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The Story Behind Antique Bath Fixtures

The Story Behind Antique Bath Fixtures
Ask This Old House plumbing expert Richard Trethewey gives a history lesson on bath fixtures and piping.

Watch the full episode: https://www.thisoldhouse.com/watch/ask-toh-workshop-light-switch

Steps:
1. Richard explains the current system most homeowners have in their bathrooms. It’s a bath, waste and overflow system. There is a drain which includes a stopper, activated by either a lever or a foot pedal in the drain. The system also includes an overflow. That is a hole above the drainage pipe in the side of the tub. If the tub ever gets too high, the water will begin to seep down the drain and not flood the house. Richard then shows Kevin the P-Trap. A bit of water sits in the trap at all times to keep sewer gas from flowing into the house.
2. Next, Richard goes back in time to see how one of the first plumbed bathtub functioned. The spout, hot and cold valves sat on a claw foot or Essex tub. Richard shows Kevin how the drain worked by pulling up a stopper at tub level.
3. Richard then shows Kevin a drum trap. The drum trap works on the same principle as the P-trap. A bit of water stays inside to prevent sewer gas from coming back inside. However, it was so large and inaccessible, hair and other debris could fill up inside. Using a snake would not be able to clear it out either. A drain snake may actually pope a hole in the lead-based drum trap because lead is so soft. Richard goes on to explain the fittings on the drum trap were also made with lead and actually melted and hardened onsite in the homes.
4. Finally, Richard shows off old piping. Lead pipes were once very common in plumbing. Lead was followed by brass fittings and eventually the more modern copper and PEX tubing.
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How to Set Up a Garage Workshop

How to Set Up a Garage Workshop
Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva heads to Chicago to transform a garage into a woodworking shop.

Watch the full episode: https://www.thisoldhouse.com/watch/ask-toh-workshop-light-switch

Cost: $2,000-3,000

Skill Level:
Moderate

Tools:
Miter saw
Table saw
Drill/Driver
Sander
Planer
Jig saw
Pocket hole jig

Shopping List:
2×4 lumber
Sheet of ¾” Birch plywood
Window Fan
J Hooks
Table Saw stand

Steps:
1. For the folding workbench, build a frame out of 2×4 lumber approximately 4 feet long by 3 feet wide. Include two additional 2x4s for center supports.
2. Attach a 2×4 leger to the long side of the workbench using hinges. This leger will screw into the wall.
3. If you’re also using the workbench as an outfeed table, it should be slightly lower than the top of your table saw. Once you know that height, cut two 2x4s to serve as legs and attach them to the inside of the front of the frame using hinges.
4. Use a masonry drill bit and concrete screws to fasten the leger of the folding workbench to the wall.
Cut ¾” plywood for the bench top, and allow 1 1/2-2” around three sides for an overhang for clamping. Attach the workbench top to the frame by countersinking screws.
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