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Brought to You By - TOTAL AIR AND HEAT - WWW.TOTALAIR.COM Remodelers Pile on HomeAdvisor Suit, Add Their Own Gripes About 'Bogus' Leads Reader responses to our first story echo complaints made in civil suit. By Sean Wallisch Contractors are voicing their support for a recent lawsuit against HomeAdvisor, which alleges the company misrepresented its services, provided illusory leads, and engaged in deceptive and fraudulent sales practices with home service provider members. "I got the same treatment. Would love to join the group!" said Mark Pelletier of M.V. Pelletier Inc. The class-action lawsuit was filed by home improvement companies in eight states earlier this month, and...

GREEN TIP – brought to you by Hargrave Foundation Repair “The Original Hargrave” Established in 1968- Hargravefoundation.com give my friend Randy Hargrave a call at 972 442 3415. With all the additional people moving into our area it is critical that we protect our environment as much as possible. Properly disposing of hazardous waste is a huge problem in our landfills. Everything that goes in that landfill ends up in our soil and water eventually. But you can do your part by taking your hazardous waste the Dallas County Hazardous Waste Collection Center located at 11234 Plano Rd. in N.E. Dallas. Check...

In 1977 or so I was invited by some friends to help rebuild a lodge in the mountains near the small town of Gold Hill, Colorado. Since I had nothing better to do and was wasting time and my mothers hard earned money screwing off in junior college in Tyler, Texas, I jumped at the chance. So off I went to live in an old abandoned ski cabin, with no water or electricity on an old abandoned ski run on what would become the turning point in my life. My 1st job as grunt and sacrificial "helper" was to scale to...

Today was the start of a dream for me. I finally have a professionally designed and managed show that I can call my own. Although I have been on air for several months and have really enjoyed it, there was something definitely missing. AM Radio is fun but the audience is small and shrinking, the real audience in my opinion is social media but that is a big broad medium. I had lots of pieces started non of the pieces were tied together, the dots didn't connect, there was too much potential that wasn't being utilized. The beautiful thing about...

Chip and Joanna Gaines Reach Settlement in Lead Paint Case Worth $200K 'Fixer Upper' stars to do $160K in abatement work, pay $40K civil penalty. By Sean Wallisch HGTV stars Chip and Joanna Gaines reached a settlement with the EPA yesterday over alleged violations of the agency's Toxic Substances Control Act and Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP). The couple, which operates Magnolia Homes in Waco, Texas, agreed to pay $160,000 for the violations which stem from work done in 2015 on 33 properties in Waco. The EPA says video footage of Magnolia's renovations in the hit show 'Fixer Upper' did not depict the...

Tariffs on lumber, steel and aluminum have increased costs for single-family homes and larger projects By Ben Russell Published at 6:17 AM CDT on May 16, 2018 | Updated at 6:46 AM CDT on May 16, 2018 TRENDING STORIES Tariffs, Worker Shortage Raising Construction Co The cost to build a new home in North Texas continues to rise for a multitude of reasons: chief among them are a tariff on imported Canadian lumber and an ongoing construction worker shortage in the region. The National Association of Homebuilders estimates that the 20 percent tariff on Canadian lumber, which was instituted late last year, has added approximately $6,000...

From NRCA  http://www.nrca.net/   As more women enter construction industry, job sites and equipment are slow to adapt Although the percentage of women who work in the construction industry is below 10 percent, there has been a steady increase of women in the field during the past decade, and their search for construction jobs has been made a bit easier by the high demand for construction workers. Still, the industry needs to take steps to ensure safety for women on job sites, according to www.marketplace.org. Many women face warnings about the challenges ahead when they choose to enter the roofing industry. But Tamara Crooks...

PLANNING YOUR REMODEL Big Decision Time Should I stay or Should I go? 1) Ask yourself what you’re willing to live with and have a realistic view of what you’ll be living through. If you stay are you?: 1) Are you slowing down the progress – time = $. 2) Creating dangerous living conditions for your family? 3) Making the workmen uncomfortable by creating a tense environment? 4) Willing to live with the dust, noise, and constant inconvenience of a remodel. 5)Can the work be scheduled during a scheduled vacation time? Preparing the family- If you’re redoing your kitchen –create a temporary kitchen. Plan on eating out at least 1 or 2...

Endorsing a charity that's sole focus is support of the children of broken families is a no brainer for me. As we witness our society struggle with the breakdown of the family unit and the children that are victimized by it, there's no place to turn, no where to hide, we must become involved. The volunteers of CASA some of whom I know, are a special kind of dedicated , a special kind of good. Our children are our future, our future depends on them 100%, their survival depends on our guidance and love 100%. Cars for Casa makes the...