The Nuts and Bolts: January 28, 2013

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A little DIY, FYI…

Get Fired Up for the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Expo!

Mark your calendars now and be the first to view thousands of innovations, new gadgets and cutting-edge technologies at the annual Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Expo, which takes place March 13-16 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Every year, hundreds of manufacturers and suppliers exhibit the latest indoor-outdoor living solutions from fireplaces, stoves and inserts to grills, smokers and tailgating accessories. Check out the new trends and highlights that keep the industry ablaze: New Product Pavilions — indoors and outdoors ; Annual celebrity chef cook-off competition; Home heating solutions from stoves and fireplaces to inserts and gas logs; Grills, grilling accessories and fully-equipped outdoor kitchens; Casual patio furniture and outdoor accents; Water and landscape features; All-weather entertainment products; Product demonstrations and much more! Visit for more information.

Britain Launches Green Deal

This week, the Coalition Government in the UK officially launched its home improvement energy-efficiency scheme, the Green Deal, tagged “energy saving for your home or business.” According to the Green Deal website, “You can make energy-saving improvements to your home or business without having to pay all the costs up front.” Energy-saving improvements listed on the site include: insulation – e.g. loft or cavity wall insulation; heating; draught-proofing; double glazing; and renewable energy technologies – e.g. solar panels or wind turbines. Through a 4-step planned outlined on the site, home and/or business owners go from assessment to work to payoff, all via the Green Deal. For more information visit

Lowe’s to Hire 45,000 Seasonal Associates

Lowe’s announced last week that the company plans to hire approximately 45,000 seasonal employees at its stores in the United States during spring – the busiest time of year in the home improvement industry. The company will also add 9,000 permanent part-time employees. Seasonal jobs available are focused on customer support and include cashiers, lawn and garden specialists, 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 20-25 hours per week. “We are focused on providing customers with outstanding service,” said Scott Purvis, vice president, human resources, operations. “We are looking for candidates who are experienced in any of the home improvement trades, and, most importantly, those who are committed to providing Lowe’s customers an exceptional service experience.” Available positions are being posted and applications accepted online at

Remodelers Forecast a Bright 2013

Earlier this month the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) released data from their analysis of current and future remodeling business conditions. The report showed significant growth across all indicators, with forecasting in the next three months hitting its all-time highest level. The significantly positive results, (according to NARI) have a lot to do with homeowner security. “Remodelers are indicating major growth in the future, with many saying that clients are feeling more stable in their financial future and their employment situations; therefore, they are spending more freely on remodeling needs,” says Tom O’Grady, CR, CKBR, chairman of NARI’s Strategic Planning & Research Committee and president of O’Grady Builders, based in Drexel Hill, Pa. To review the research in its entirety, click here.