The Nuts and Bolts: April 9, 2014

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eaRain Bird Launches New Easy To Install In-Ground Automatic Sprinkler System For Homeowners

Say goodbye to hassling with hoses and dragging sprinklers around the yard. Rain Bird is helping homeowners achieve a lush, green lawn with a new in-ground automatic sprinkler system that installs in one afternoon and does not require tapping into underground water lines.

"We are excited to bring this easy-to-install, affordable and effective automatic sprinkler system to homeowners," says Ray Peppiatt, Marketing Manager, Rain Bird Consumer Products Division. "This new system offers do-it-yourselfers a more efficient, automatic way to achieve a beautiful, green lawn without having to drag out a hose or remember to move a sprinkler around. Now they can spend the weekend enjoying their yard instead of worrying about watering it."

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Survey Shows Homeowners Will Liven Up Their Spaces With More Painting Projects

Colorful home improvements are planned across the country this spring as homeowners look to create dream spaces with paint. According to a new National Home Design and Color Survey from Sherwin-Williams, seven-in-10 homeowners plan to undertake a house-related project in the next six months.

Of those homeowners planning house projects, painting tops the list with 42 percent wanting to liven up their space with color, followed by landscaping (39 percent) and redecorating (30 percent).

This year, design inspiration is available during Sherwin-Williams National Painting Week. Each day, features painting ideas, expert tips, product information and one-of-a-kind projects from top DIY design bloggers.

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AIA Kicks off National Architecture Week With the Unveiling of the 2014 Housing Awards

As part of National Architecture Week, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected the recipients of the 2014 Housing Awards. The goal of the program is to recognize the best in housing design and promote the importance of good housing as a necessity of life.

Categories for the Housing Awards include; single family, multifamily, and special housing, which includes housing that meets the unique needs of the disabled, residential rehabilitation programs and domestic violence shelters. The list of projects awarded and the architects who designed them can be seen via the link below. You can also see images and learn more about these projects at

Weekend Weed Warriors Wage War

The war on weeds is a battle that anyone with a yard can relate to. We’re always looking for an edge in the fight, so when we find a new product that helps destroy weeds, we figure it deserves a look.

Weed Zinger is an eco-friendly tool that allows your yard to be chemical free and your hands to stay clean. Operating the Weed Zinger is pretty easy due to its "step, twist and zing" methodology.

The Weed Zinger grabs the weed and its roots from all types of soils, even heavy clay. Packaging even includes a large tri-fold backstop with a "bulls-eye" in the middle allowing the operator to "Zing" the weed up to 6' away into a waste container.

The Weed Zinger is a new take on an old chore. "We want to make weeding fun for everyone," says President Andrea Watros. "When I got my first sample from the factory, my kids followed me outside to see what it was and then proceeded to actually pull weeds for me.

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