The Nuts and Bolts: February 19, 2014 The Nuts and Bolts: February 19, 2014

Exterior Home Improvement Event Open to the Public

DirectBuy of Indianapolis is excited to be hosting an Exterior Improvements Event on Saturday, March 8th, 2014 from 10am-3pm at the showroom located at 8450 Westfield Boulevard in Indianapolis. This event is open to the public and not restricted to DirectBuy members.

The Kitchen Remodeling Event will feature some of their most popular DirectBuy of Indianapolis vendors. These vendors will be present to answer questions about their products and give suggestions and presentations that will guide one through the many steps of a variety of exterior improvement projects.

Safety Alert: Power Outages from Winter Storm PAX Increase Potential for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning and Home Fires

As evidenced by the more than 20 CO poisonings reported in the Philadelphia area after last week's snow storm, the winter months mark the peak time for house fires and carbon monoxide poisonings. Extreme weather pushes families to look to alternative sources to heat their home and prepare food. Improperly ventilated generators also pose a significant risk.

Carbon monoxide poisoning safety chart.

The experts at Kidde Fire Safety recommend these simple steps to help keep homes worry-free from fire and CO during the aftermath of PAX:

  • Make sure your home has working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms on every level and in sleeping areas. The only way to detect the presence of CO – an odorless, colorless and tasteless gas – is with a working CO alarm.
  • If the storm has yet to hit your area, visit your local home improvement center to replace non-working alarms or purchase additional units featuring a 10-year sealed-in battery. Kidde's Worry-Free alarms provide a decade of continuous protection with no low-battery chirps.
  • Review your fire escape plan as a family; know two ways out of each room.
  • Check fire extinguisher gauges and place the units within reach in the kitchen, garage and bedroom.

Make a pledge of safety for you and your family at

Spring Is Calling! Lowe's to Hire 25,000 Seasonal Employees

Lowe's announced it plans to hire approximately 25,000 seasonal employees at its stores in the United States during spring – the busiest time of year in the home improvement industry.

Seasonal jobs available are focused on customer support and include cashiers, lawn and garden employees, loaders, and stockers. The number of hours worked per week will vary based on the needs of individual stores, but, on average, seasonal employees could work an estimated 20 or more hours per week. Experience in any of the home improvement trades is a plus.

Available positions are being posted and applications accepted online at

BH&G Magazine Names Armstrong's Architectural Remnants Laminate Flooring One of 2014's 30 Most Innovative Products

BH+G 2014 award winner for interior design.

Architectural Remnants laminate flooring from Armstrong®, a leading manufacturer of flooring products for the home, was honored by Better Homes & Gardens Kitchen + Bath Ideas magazine as one of the "30 Most Innovative Products for 2014" in kitchen and bath design.

All 30 new products will be featured in the spring issue of the magazine (on sale March 11, 2014) and the full list of products can be found at The top 30 were selected by the editors for their ability to combine smart function, seamless style, and cutting-edge technology.

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