The Nuts and Bolts: April 16, 2014

The Home Depot Hosts Water Conservation Workshops Nationwide

The Home Depot®, the world's largest home improvement retailer, today announced a nationwide effort to help educate and enable residents in drought-affected areas and elsewhere to conserve water inside and outside the home. On Saturday, April 26, The Home Depot will host Water Conservation Workshops at all 1,977 of its U.S. stores.

The announcement of the workshops is one of several measures the company is taking to assist homeowners, particularly in the West where many face water restrictions due to current dry conditions.

Workshop leaders will cover ten home improvement projects which help conserve the most water, such as converting to a dual-flush toilet, switching to EPA WaterSense® labeled showerheads and faucets, installing drip irrigation and rotary nozzle or dual spray sprinklers and more.

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Wagner's New SMART SideKick Multi-Room Powered Roller Provides Continuous Painting and Fits Any Size Container

The new SMART SideKick powered roller, from Wagner SprayTech, enables continuous painting by eliminating the roller tray by feeding paint to the roller directly from the paint container. SideKick dramatically reduces the time to finish big painting projects like tall entryways, large family rooms, and great rooms.

Introduced in time for spring and summer home improvement projects, the SideKick is the latest in a growing line of SMART powered rollers from Wagner, a market leader in advanced paint applicators.

"Homeowners are looking to complete their painting projects faster," said Eric Julstrom, Wagner product manager. "So, we designed the Sidekick powered roller to help them paint large or multi-room projects fast and reclaim time they would have spent finishing the job with traditional rollers and brushes. In tests comparing the SideKick with a manual roller on similar projects, it was two times faster."

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Season Two of Interior Design Web Series Retire My Room Kicks Off in July

Giving back to the community is central to the mission of Retire My Room, the room makeover web series for retired seniors. The upcoming second season will see the show working with the St. Bernard Project and Friends of Rockaway to gift two disaster survivor families with new furnishings and total makeovers for their bedrooms.

Established in 2006, the St. Bernard Project has helped rebuild homes for almost 700 families in storm-ravaged New Orleans and Joplin, Missouri. The organization has recently turned its attention to New York and New Jersey, where many residents are still reeling from the effects of Hurricane Sandy. SBP has forged relationships with several community-based organizations in the region, including Friends of Rockaway, a New York-based nonprofit group. Together, SBP, Friends of Rockaway, and Retire My Room will bring good news and kindness to two families who have survived these life-changing events.

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Energy Efficiency through Insulation Key to Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

As the 44th anniversary of Earth Day approaches on April 22, the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA) reminds the public about the key role of fiber glass and mineral wool insulation in achieving greater energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. "Buildings account for 40 percent of energy use worldwide," NAIMA Interim President and CEO Angus Crane said. "Reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions are global priorities and among the easiest, most impactful ways to do that is ensuring all buildings are energy efficient. Properly insulating and air sealing buildings is critical to optimizing energy efficiency and reducing costs to building owners."

This winter, which saw many states break decades-long records for cold temperatures, reminded many homeowners of the costs of under insulated homes – high energy bills. NAIMA estimates that some 40 million U.S. homes are under insulated and adding insulation is a relatively simple, low-cost home improvement that offers benefits that are friendly to the pocketbook and the planet. Additional insulation can reduce utility costs by as much as 30 percent and overall energy use by 50 percent when compared with an uninsulated building.

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