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BUSINESS BUILDING COACH HENRY GOUDREAU POINTS TO MARCH RISE IN HOUSING STARTS

SARASOTA, FL, 2014-4-22 —/EPR Construction News/ — Business building coach to contractors Henry Goudreau, pointed to the rise in housing starts for March,  as evidence that any stall in the housing industry may not be realized at this time.

“With the backlog not set to run out for a couple of months, and interest rates still low, we are seeing improvement in new housing starts for the spring season,” said Henry Goudreau, Founder/CEO of contractorcoaching.com. “The severe weather we have been experiencing for the past couple of months, has played a serious role in impacting sales for contractors. We can now look towards the remainder of the spring season to get back on track.”

Led by a 6 percent rise in single-family starts, nationwide housing production rose 2.8 percent above an upwardly revised February rate of 920,000 to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 946,000 units in March, according to newly released figures from HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau.

Goudreau offers a report for contractors on how to increase sales and drive more money to their bottom-line. It is free for contractors by going to http://tinyurl.com/me78v37.

Henry Goudreau is known as the most sought-after business-building coach, speaker, and author for contractors. He is famous for turning around the problem plagued construction business, building profits, freeing up the owner’s time, and streamlining processes that build success, brand, and loyalty.

He offers business-building advice to contractors at his web site, and works with owners mastering and implementing his proven business model. This virtual roadmap for contractors helps them to build powerful niches and a true understanding of what it takes to be profitable.

Goudreau can be reached at (941) 377-1254.

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Contact Info:

Henry Goudreau

HG & Associates, Inc.

5824 Bee Ridge Rd., #316

Sarasota, FL 34233

PHONE: 941-377-1254

FAX: 941-377-8761

EMAIL: henry@hgassociates.com

WEB SITE: www.contractorcoaching.com

A-Quick Pick Crane Service Provides Crawler Crane on Stamford, CT Project

A-Quick Pick Crane Service CT recently started to set a parking garage on the corner of Washington Blvd and Pulaski St in Stamford, CT. The parking garage is part of the 20 story Gateway Office project. Quick Pick and Baker Concrete chose Manitowoc’s 888 crawler crane to perform the heavy picks, and it is scheduled to be there over the next year.

The Manitowoc 888 on site is a 230 ton crawler crane with 270′ of tip height which includes a 40′ offset jib.

A-Quick Pick Crane Service is based out of Derby, CT and provides all trades in the construction industry with hydraulic truck cranes, rough terrain cranes, crawler cranes, tower cranes, rigging, trucking, and industrial storage.

Contact Details: A-Quick Pick Crane Service CT
205 Water St
Derby, CT 06418
203-924-2000
http://www.aquickpickcrane.com

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Grecoa.com Wants to Empower Homeowners & Change How Homes are Built

The Founders of Grecoa.com have launched a campaign on indiegogo.com to raise the funds they need to build a free, online database of ideas and products capable of making our homes more energy and resource efficient. Grecoa.com will offer product specific information on everything from roofing materials to appliances to finishing materials and everything else that goes into a home. The focus of the website will be providing in-depth comparisons of the products that might fit a homeowners needs so that the homeowner can chose the product that works best for them.

“Typical ‘green’ home building websites are either directory listings, collections of articles, or product specific websites,” says Taylor Reynolds, Co-Founder of Grecoa.com, “We want to take all the great features of the existing sites, and build on that by creating a database of products with information on cost, performance, warranties etc. We want to empower homeowners by harnessing the power of the internet to condense massive amounts of information into a single source, easy to use website.”

According to Google’s Keyword Tool, over 3 million searches are performed every month on topics relating to green building materials, improving energy efficiency in the home, and sustainable building practices. Grecoa.com aims to become the site du jour for those viewers who are ready to take action. Mr. Reynolds continues “While having lots of educational information is important to the scope of the website, the real emphasis is going to be placed on connecting users with the product that most closely matches their economic, project specific, and sustainability needs; then giving them everything they need to act on that information.”

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iPhone-iPad App Brings Mobile Technology To Construction Industry

If you have ever been involved in a construction project, chances are that you have celebrated the day that you can walk through and create a punch list of items that await final completion. Construction Punch Lists mobile application by Moore Quality Apps now allows anyone to create and e-mail a professional punch list directly from the job site.

“For years the construction industry has used pen and paper to create punch lists and the process may take several days before it’s distributed. From home building to commercial construction, mobile technology now allows the process to be easier and faster” said Josh Moore, owner of Moore Quality Apps. “I recently used the Construction Punch Lists app on a large office project and realized that this dream had become a reality.”

Construction Punch Lists by Moore Quality Apps is now available worldwide on iTunes. Features include multiple project lists, integrating pictures and contacts directly from the device, and sorting items before sending. The application can be used on an iPhone or iPad and can be purchased in English and Español. For more information, visit www.constructionpunchlists.com.

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Tool-NET Sales Heat Up This Spring

Online tool superstore Tool-NET has reported that the unusually warm spring weather caused a spike in product purchases from their range of DIY tools. With an unseasonably hot March, Tool-NET has experienced significant growth in sales of gardening and DIY tools and accessories. This is largely thanks to UK householders shaking off their winter inertia and starting projects in the home and garden.

The hot March weather appears to have encouraged a lot of fair-weather spending. The British Retail Consortium claim retail sales across the board were up year-on-year by 1.3% in March, with clothes, barbecue foods and gardening goods as the most popular products. Online retailers saw rises of 13.9%, and Tool-NET saw an even stronger sales rise.

Tool-Net has developed a strong customer base among trade tool purchasers, DIY fanatics and casual purchasers of tools for the home and garden. Offering a no-nonsense returns policy and dispatch times where 98% of orders are sent out the day they are received, Tool-NET also offers strong savings with discounts of up to 70% off list prices. These are available on a wide range of more than 6500 power tools, gardening accessories, fixings, fastenings, hand tools, ancillaries and consumables.

Another factor which has helped Tool-NET sales heat up this spring is an ever-growing catalogue. With new lines being added daily it has never been easier for customers to find the right tool at the right price.

Among the new gardening lines which are proving popular is the innovative cordless gardening multi-tool from CEL-UK. The PS1 Powerstick dispenses with the hassle and trip hazard of a cord while adding an unrivalled versatility which allows it to convert effortlessly from a grass trimmer to a hedge trimmer to a garden rake and broom.

More traditional brands continue to fare well in the fair weather, too. Black & Decker’s reputation for performance and reliability at an attractive price has been continued in its latest range of gardening tools, including chainsaws, hedge trimmers, line trimmers, blower/vacs and lawn mowers.

With its ever-expanding catalogue, competitive pricing and fast dispatch times Tool-NET is continuing to help fuel the UK’s spring clean of gardens and homes.

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Tool-NET Advises Homeowners To Get Ready For Summer Now

Leading online garden and power tool retailer Tool-NET.co.uk today urged homeowners that in the run-up to spring now is the best time to get those outside spaces ready for summer.

Tool-NET has highlighted five jobs that should be an essential part of summer preparations this spring:

Clean gutters may not be the first thing commented on by summer guests, but nonetheless, spring is the best time to get those gutters clear of the leaves, twigs, and debris left in winter’s wake. Failing to do this can lead to clogged water being driven under the eaves of the house and ultimately into its walls.

Decking that has been scrubbed down and protected with decking oil will not only look a lot better and help frame your outdoor space, it will also last a lot longer.

Sorting your shed out will make storing gardening equipment, along with barbecues and chairs, so much easier. First, throw away or recycle what you do not need. Next organise what is left into groups and then store it in boxes, on shelves or on hooks. Try to keep things off the floor to maximise your space.

Now you can turn your attention to the garden. Rake your lawn to remove dead growth, stray leaves and twigs. This will give the soil the light and air it needs to support grass growth. If you spot bare or damaged patches of lawn, spring is a great time to reseed them before the garden gets heavy use in the summer.

Finally, weed your beds before unwanted plants become established. Now is the time to move any shrubs you wish to relocate so they can establish themselves in their new location. Use an organic dormant oil spray to remove pests who have overwintered in your fruit trees, magnolias, crab apples and shrubs.

Tool-NET is currently offering discounts of up to 70% off the list price of gardening tools and other power and hand tools so that, whatever tool you need for your garden, it needn’t cost the earth.

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Tool-NET: The Best New Tools And Accessories Available

Since the start of this year the team at Tool-NET.co.uk have been adding innovative new products to its already extensive range of power tools, hand tools, accessories, site equipment and consumables. You can now browse and order more than 6500 products from big name brands and hard-to-source specialist suppliers alike.

The buying team at Tool-NET have taken a short break from their endless search for the latest and greatest tools and accessories to rate and review the latest products to appear online and pick their favourites.

First up is the small but perfectly formed hammer drill from Bosch (GBH18VLI-CP). A plumber’s or electrician’s dream come true this tiny hammer drill weighs in at just 1.9kg and measures just 278mm. Like a champion flyweight boxer, however, this incredibly light tool packs a punch much more powerful than you may expect. It is capable of delivering an unrivalled power-to-weight ratio of 1.7 joules to 2.6 kg. Small, light and strong and perfect for those working in confined and cramped conditions.

Keeping with the small but perfectly formed theme is the latest cordless Jigsaw from Makita. The JV100DZ delivers the sort of power you would expect from a much heavier, corded model but weighs only 1.7kg. With a list price of £80.00 Tool-Net customers need puzzle no longer about this Jigsaw purchase as it is available from Tool-NET at only £44.40.

The Sliders are the latest offerings from Van Vault and they offer all the safe, secure, strong and convenient tool storage that has come to be associated with this manufacturer. These ultra-strong tool drawers will slot into the floor-space of any commercial vehicle and are tough enough to take the heaviest load piled upon them. With a list price starting from £319 exc. VAT Tool-NET customers can safely expect to pay no more than £274.86.

With hundreds of new products being added to the Tool-NET catalogue there are many other great new products at fantastic prices available on Tool-NET. Tool-Net can help you find the right tool for the job at the right price.

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Brits Enjoy Best Choice of Home Improvement Companies Thanks to Doubleglazinglocal.co.uk Local Search

Doubleglazinglocal.co.uk is helping more UK consumers to source the perfect locally-based home improvement company thanks to the website’s dedicated local search facility.

Powerful local search capabilities like that available through Doubleglazinglocal.co.uk allow consumers to quickly and conveniently source the best locally-based home improvement company for their needs – whether they are looking for windows, solar panels or double glazing doors.

Peter Jakubek, Interactive Director at DoubleGlazingLocal.co.uk, says, “We are able to help our site users source the ideal home improvement company in their vicinity thanks to the power of our local search functionality. We want to help UK consumers continue to learn the lessons of unscrupulous traders – there are far too many cold-callers and dishonest suppliers around these days.”

“Our site and local search functionality only ever offer our users approved companies which have adhered to our strict standards and guidelines. Local search has helped us to build lots of new business and leads recently, with suppliers listed able to give quotes on everything from standard patio doors through to sash windows prices.”

Google continues to dominate the online local search sector, and is being joined by other services this year including those offered by Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus. Companies are today aware that local search gives them enhanced exposure and access to new customers all over the country.

Peter Jakubek goes on, “Local search has helped us to build our own business and to offer better, approved companies to our users. Consumers know that they can trust Doubleglazinglocal.co.uk to put them in touch with the most trustworthy local suppliers in the home improvement space – for all solutions from standard windows through to even triple glazing.”

DoubleGlazingLocal.co.uk reports that consumers are now more aware of the tricks utilised by rogue salesman and cold callers, and third party recommendation is enabling them to make more informed choices of suppliers.

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Tool-Net: Making Winter Easier

This chilly time of year can be very difficult if you work outdoors as a builder, joiner, mechanic or another type of labourer. If you shop with Tool-Net, you can find a whole world of products which make these winter months a lot more straightforward.

Icy conditions, freezing temperatures and dangerous weather conditions are just some of the things that you will have to combat over the next few months, so it is important that you take care and make your job easier. There are many products and items available in the Tool-Net catalogue that can help you do this.

Some of these include:
• How annoying can it be having to take your tools and equipment home with you every night? If you leave them on site they are prone to weather damage, especially at this time of the year. The Van Vault Site Store Strong Box therefore is an essential item; designed to store and protect tools, flammables, chemicals and other substances. Available for £662.40 (RRP £790.50).

• Another product that could come in handy includes the Clarke air compressor. This is perfect if you are looking to apply pressure to any number of devices. This air compressor is known for its durability and has a reputation for high performance. Yours for just £662.22 (RRP £1,120.74).

All you need to do to make your winter months a lot less complicated is log on to the easy to use Tool-Net website. Soon you could be performing your day-to-day job in a much more straightforward manner. If you struggle to get online when at home, you can access a mobile-friendly version of the website from your smartphone. On top of the wide range of items in the store that can make the next few months a lot more bearable, Tool-Net give you seven days to return your products. So if you are not happy with what you have bought, you get a ‘no fuss’ returns period.

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Gamma Continues Momentum – Opening Five New Offices In North American By End of 2012

Gamma U.S.A., Inc. and Gamma Windows and Walls International Inc. (Canada) – -divisions of the Far East Global Group Limited and ranking among the largest curtain wall, window wall and recladding companies in North America and the world – – announced today North American expansion plans over the next 10 months.

According to Gamma Chairman Elliot Kracko, “the company is growing and is scheduled to open five new North American offices in the next 10 months – – by the end of 2012. These include offices in Chicago, Boston, Washington, D.C., Texas and Toronto, Canada.”

Today, the company has 200 employees in operations located in New York City, Miami, Quebec City and Montreal. Gamma’s fabrication facilities are located at its North American, state-of-the-art plants – – the 160,000 sf fabrication plant in Miami and the 85,000 sf plant facility in Quebec City, Canada. Gamma also offers fabrication, at customers’ choice, at one of Far East Global’s three major plants in China which exceed 1 million sf of plant area.

“Gamma is known for ‘Performance Assured,’” explains Kracko. “For clients, this means three key things: the highest level of client responsiveness and certainty that the complexities of a project will be anticipated and addressed; that the job will be ‘done right’ in terms of quality, scheduling and budget; and the highest level of predictability for a smooth construction journey with minimal impacts to performance.

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Gamma Named To Engineering News Record’s (ENR) 2011 Lists Of Top Speciality Contractors And Top Glazing And Curtain Wall Companies

Gamma U.S.A, Inc. – – a division of the Far East Global Group Limited and one of the largest curtain wallwindow wall and recladding companies in North America and the world – – was named for the first time both to ENR’s annual listing of specialty construction contractors and top 20 glazing and curtain wall companies in the field for the year 2010. ENR published the lists and story in its issue of October 17, 2011.

Gamma was listed as the number 5 glazing and curtain wall company and number 257 among specialty contractors.

According to Elliot Kracko, Gamma Chairman, “we are proud and delighted to be included in these ENR prestigious listings of leading companies. It reflects our momentum of the last 12 months.”

About Gamma
Today, the company has 200 employees in operations located in New York City, Miami, Quebec City and Montreal. Gamma’s fabrication facilities are located at its North American, state-of-the-art plants – – the 160,000 sf fabrication plant in Miami and the 85,000 sf plant facility in Quebec City, Canada. Gamma also offers fabrication, at customers’ choice, at one of Far East Global’s three major plants in China.

Gamma has a 40-plus year track record in aluminum and glass products, curtain wall, recladding and window wall. Kracko and his 25-year management team have installed curtain wall on notable buildings for the most respected commercial and residential high rise owners, developers, general contractors, construction managers and public entities along the eastern seaboard from Canada to New York City and South Florida.

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Gamma Adds New Senior Curtain Wall Construction Executives In U.S. and Canada

Gamma U.S.A., Inc. and Gamma Windows and Walls International Inc. (Canada) – – divisions of the Far East Global Group Limited and ranking among the largest curtain wall, window wall and recladding companies in North America and the world – – announced today the appointment of two new executives as the company continues its development and expansion in North America – – a new Canadian President and a new Director of Operations.

According to Elliot Kracko, Gamma Chairman, “To help manage our expansion and momentum, I am absolutely delighted to announce the appointment of James G. Mitchell as President of Gamma Canadian Operations. Jim will be headquartered in Toronto and report to me.” Jim Mitchell succeeds Gamma’s Louis Fortin, who will now lead engineering and production for Gamma in Canada.

Jim Mitchell is a respected senior executive with over 30 years leadership experience in international markets, Canada and North America in the specialty construction, curtain wallwindow wall and recladding industries. Combining experience in leading corporate development, sales and manufacturing, Mitchell previously was Executive Vice President of Oldcastle Building Envelope, Executive Vice President/Owner of Anatamex International (which was purchased by Old Castle) and Director of Sales and Marketing Canada for the Kawneer Aluminum Building Products Division of Alcoa.

“I could not be happier to be with Gamma as it continues to build on its record of ‘Performance Assured’ for clients in North America and now around the world. With this record and with Gamma’s global flexibility in fabrication options and its world-class cost-competitiveness, I am eager to help Gamma extend its leadership,” notes Jim Mitchell.

Gamma also is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark I. Ospala as Director of Operations, headquartered in Gamma’s office in New York City, according to Kracko.

“Mark brings more than 33 years of U.S. and international construction and program/project management experience, having managed the lifecycle of projects from the conceptual stage, design management, construction and closeout. Mark has helped manage the construction of noted projects in both the private and public sectors – – including for the last three years the World Trade Center Project in New York City and previously such projects as Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport, Ritz-Carlton Hotel in New York and Tiffany’s Customer Fullfillment Center in New Jersey, to name a few,” says Kracko.

“It’s a professional pleasure to be working with Gamma, an industry leader. It is exciting to be a member of the team as we expand in North America across the U.S. and Canada,” states Ospala.

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DIY Becomes More Popular

Continued economic difficulties have placed severe constraints on the budget of the average UK family. Today, most families look for ways to reduce their monthly expenses.

In addition to cutting out luxuries – such as satellite TV and high speed internet connection – many families are also looking for ways to reduce the cost of maintaining their homes. Homeowners can no longer afford the inflated charges levied by tradesmen. They have therefore resorted to DIY methods in order to repair small problems around their homes.

Until now, people have been hesitant to resort to DIY methods because they were regarded as too difficult. The current economic climate has left many families with no choice but to try their hand at DIY.

The internet, YouTube in particular, has become a popular reference guide for people interested in DIY. It is has become easy to find step-by-step instructions on how to repair almost any problem in the home.

The technological advancement of tools has also made it easier for the average person to build or repair household items. Older power tools were difficult to control, but this has changed. Today’s tools have versatile, user-friendly designs, suitable for any amateur.

In addition, DIY has also become easier because of multipurpose tools, which can complete a host of tasks. A modern Bosch power tool can often fulfil a variety of functions, making it unnecessary to invest in many new tools. The development of tool technology has resulted in affordable tools, which enable more people to attempt DIY projects.

DIY has become popular because it is easier and more affordable than it has ever been. Technological advancements and the internet have combined to make it possible for any person to complete a DIY project. Today, you no longer need to pay the exorbitant fees charged by a tradesman, because you have the option to do it yourself.

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In Difficult Construction Market, Gamma Continues North American Momentum With Five New Curtain Wall Wins

Gamma U.S.A., Inc. and Gamma Windows and Walls International Inc. (Canada) – – divisions of the Far East Global Group Limited and ranking among the three largest curtain wall, window wall and recladding companies in North America and the world – – has added five new private and public sector curtain wall projects totaling more than $30 million in construction costs and more than 530,000 square feet in three Canadian cities. Two projects are in Gatineau, the fourth largest city in Quebec Province and immediately across the Ottawa River from Ottawa City; two are in Montreal; and one is in Toronto.

According to Elliot Kracko, Gamma Chairman, “We are delighted to be selected as the curtain wall contractor for these projects which represent prestigious names. In Montreal, the jobs are being constructed for:

•  the 40 storey Marriott Courtyard Hotel and condo residences for Canvar Construction of Montreal (Brian Elsden Architects – Le Groupe Architex, also of Montreal).

•  the 12 storey Ritz Carlton condo residences for Pomerleau Construction of Montreal (Provencher Roy + Associes Architects, also of Montreal).

In Ottawa/Gatineau, the jobs are for:

•  two different office buildings for the Government of Canada, one 13 storeys and one 16 storeys, both for Broccolini Construction of Montreal (DCYSA Architects and Design – – Desmarais, Cousineau,Yaghijian, St Jean & Associates of Montreal).

And in Toronto, the project consists of:

•  a low rise, prestigious headquarters office on behalf of the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario for Bird Construction of Toronto (KPMB – – Kuwabara, Payne, McKenna, Blumberg Architects, also of Toronto.)

For all the projects, Gamma is designing, fabricating and installing unitized curtain walls, fenestration, aluminum paneling and entrances, with the addition of skylights for the Elementary Teachers Federation Building in Toronto,” Kracko explains. He cites the ability to manage projects with complexities as a key reason why Gamma was awarded these contracts.

“Gamma is known for ‘Performance Assured,’” explains Kracko. “For clients, this means three key things: the highest level of client responsiveness and certainty that the complexities of a project will be anticipated and addressed; that the job will be ‘done right’ in terms of quality, scheduling and budget; and the highest level of predictability for a smooth construction journey with minimal impacts to performance.”

New Senior Executives
“To help manage our expansion and momentum, I am absolutely delighted to announce the appointment of James G. Mitchell as President of Gamma’s Canadian Operations. Jim will be headquartered in Toronto and report to me.” Jim Mitchell succeeds Gamma’s Louis Fortin, who will now lead engineering and production for Gamma in Canada.

Jim Mitchell is a respected senior executive with over 30 years leadership experience in international markets, Canada and North America in the specialty construction, curtain wallwindow wall and recladding industries. Combining experience in leading corporate development, sales and manufacturing, Mitchell previously was Executive Vice President of Oldcastle Building Envelope, Executive Vice President/Owner of Anatamex International (which was purchased by Old Castle) and Director of Sales and Marketing Canada for the Kawneer Aluminum Building Products Division of Alcoa.

“I could not be happier to be with Gamma as it continues to build on its record of ‘Performance Assured’ for clients in North America and now around the world. With this record and with Gamma’s global flexibility in fabrication options and its world-class cost-competitiveness, I am eager to help Gamma extend its leadership,” notes Jim Mitchell.

Gamma also is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark I. Ospala as Director of Operations, headquartered in Gamma’s office in New York City, according to Kracko.

“Mark brings more than 33 years of U.S. and international construction and program/project management experience, having managed the lifecycle of projects from the conceptual stage, design management, construction and closeout. Mark has helped manage the construction of noted projects in both the private and public sectors – – including for the last three years the World Trade Center Project in New York City andpreviously such projects as Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport, Ritz-Carlton Hotel in New York and Tiffany’s Customer Fullfillment Center in New Jersey, to name a few,” says Kracko.

“It’s a professional pleasure to be working with Gamma, an industry leader. It is exciting to be a member of the team as we expand in North America across the U.S. and Canada,” states Ospala.

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San Diego Heating Air Pro Celebrates Eight Years in Business

Gabriel Carini, a San Diego heating air expert, marked his eighth year in business with a new, larger office for his company, Carini Heating and Air Conditioning.

“As our business quickly grew, we realized we’d outgrown our previous location and needed to increase our square footage in order to better serve our customers,” said Carini, an expert in all brands of heaters and whole house air conditioners. The new location, a house turned office, has a much larger shop area.

Carini said the primary goal of the company has always been to provide excellence in allair conditioning and heating service, repair and installation. He specializes in retrofitting the HVAC system in older homes in historic neighborhoods, such as Kensington, North Park, Mission Hills, South Park, Hillcrest and Bankers Hill. Carini and his team of technicians also work with property managers in large developments and rental properties, as well as contractors in new construction, for service and installation of heating and air conditioning units.

Carini Heating and Air Conditioning has been an Accredited Business of the Better Business Bureau since 2008, which means that the BBB has determined that they meet their accreditation standards. Carini has maintained an A rating, on a scale from A+ to F. The rating standards are based on 16 factors, including complaint history, time in business, background information, commitment to BBB standards and no known issues with licensing, government or advertising.

“Right from the beginning, we made a point to offer the highest-quality service and most-competitive pricing in the area,” said Carini. “Over the years, that has paid off, and we want to thank all of our customers and friends who helped us get there.”

Learn More
For more information about the services available from Carini Air Conditioning And Heating, please call the office at (619) 843-0997 or visit this page:http://www.cariniair.com/Commercial.html.

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Let Tool-Net Warm You Up

Winter has well and truly arrived. As chilly Brits up and down the country look set to spend the next few months up to our eyeballs in snow, rain and cold weather, Tool-Net offers up a solution with a fantastic range of heaters.

It’s no fun working in cold conditions – productivity levels drop and it’s certainly no good for your health. This year, why not pick up a heater to help you through those chilly winter months? With the aide of a heater your workshop, factory, garage, office or home will be transformed into a much nicer place to work. If you’ve suffered with these problems in the past, then you should waste no time in getting in touch with Tool-Net as soon as possible.

The catalogue contains many different types of heater – from affordable budget options through to more high-end, professional models. There are many different choices and Tool-Net looks to offer something for everybody. With offers and discounts on some of the world’s leading brands and manufacturers, it is easy to see why customers keep flocking back to Tool-Net as the cold sets in.

There’s lots of choice in the Tool-Net store, with many different models and brands on offer. It’s worth doing a bit of research to make sure you purchase the perfect heater for your needs, so why not take a look at the different styles in stock such as: Butane and Propane, Ceramic, Diesel and Paraffin, Electric, Infra-Red and Halogen, and Oil.

Tool-Net also offers its customers lots of other products with both power and hand tools, DIY accessories, garden equipment and much more. It’s a great place to stock up on essentials for your business, build up your reputation as a handyman and find those perfect presents for friends and loved ones. The website also offers up-to-date industry news and a blog featuring all the latest products and offers.

So whether you’re looking to buy site lighting, a Bosch drill, an outdoor heater, some new gardening equipment or anything else tool-related, chances are you’ll find it at www.tool-net.co.uk. The best news is, everything is competitively priced too, with new offers and deals becoming available all the time.

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Tool-Net Urges Power Tool Users To Be Safe

Nearly every home in the country has an electric drill but today the power tool experts, Tool-Net, suggested that very few users are aware of basic safety precautions that should always be taken when using their drill. Those who do not follow these precautions run the risk of having an accident that could hurt them or damage their drill.

Tool-Net highlighted the risk that loose clothing, jewellery or long untied back hair can pose. Any of these can easily be snagged in the drill as it rotates. Whilst these should be avoided safety goggles should be worn as these help prevent damage to your eyes caused by filings or shavings that are created by drilling. Whilst the heat of a drill bit can burn hands those who choose to wear gloves should make sure they are tight fitting.

The main area of risk when drilling is that caused by the drill slipping. Tool-Net outlined five simple steps that will greatly reduce this risk. First is to use a centre punch to start your drilling and to apply even pressure throughout. Second is to secure the material you are drilling in a vice. Third is to use a drill frame if you are drilling harder materials such as metal. Fourth is to make a pilot hole if you are drilling a screw into wood. The fifth rule is to always double check that the drill bit you have selected is sitting correctly and is held tightly by the chuck.

Both corded and cordless drills have specific rules that Tool-Net urged users to follows. A common way that corded drills are damaged is through careless treatment of the electrical cord which can be damaged if strained through being tripped over, used to pull a plug out of a socket or used to carry the drill itself. Cordless drills can easily be damaged if the incorrect charger is used to charge the drill or if it is charged in temperatures beyond those recommended by the manufacturer.

A Tool-Net spokesperson commented that “drills are an essential power tool and following these simple rules will help users avoid the risk of accident, injury or damage to their drill”.

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STAR Concrete Pumping Hires New General Manager

STAR Concrete Pumping Company is pleased to announce the promotion of Mr. Barclay Branch from Regional Sales Manager to General Manager. Mr. Branch is a native Houstonian with 22 years of experience in the concrete industry providing STAR with a wealth of practical experience as it continues its expansion into new and challenging markets. The responsibilities of the highly coveted leadership position include strategic planning, corporate team building, equipment delivery logistics, and organizational accountability, while focusing on improving company services, growth, and sustained profitability.

Since its acquisition by Abacus Financial [http://www.Abacus-Financial.net] in early 2011, STAR Concrete Pumping continues its pursuit as a national leader in the concrete delivery and placement services industry. Mr. Branch will champion the company’s rapid growth while continuing its transition into new industry technologies. STAR Concrete Pumping is the 3rd largest concrete delivery and placement service in the United States.

At STAR Concrete Pumping, Mr. Branch has served various leadership positions in sales, operations, and management, excelling in every field throughout the entire organization.

Upon acceptance of his new position, Mr. Branch stated, “I am humbled to have been selected to this leadership position of trust. It is my personal goal to further organize and develop STAR into America’s single source concrete placement provider, while pursuing the highest levels of professionalism and technology within the concrete pumping industry.” With Mr. Branch’s years of experience, leadership, and talents, STARmay now focus on capitalizing and sustaining its vertical growth success.

His passion for the industry started while working part time for his father Clair Branch at Hydro Conduit during summers throughout high school and college. In 1989, he relocated to Delaware to assist with the construction of Middletown Concrete Products and managed production of the small bore machine. He returned to Houston in 1993 and held various positions with increasing responsibility and developed a specialty in the concrete pumping industry. In 1998 he started Branch Concrete Pumping, LLC with Gary Nichols and Rusty Hicks and served as managing partner and General Manager until 2005.

Mr. Branch maintains strong ties with the local community, devoting personal time and precious resources to a variety of needed charities. He is a lifetime member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, a Vice Chairman on the Breeders Greeters Committee and Committeeman on the Speakers Committee with his wife Lauri. He is an avid horseman and enjoys riding with his daughter Shelby Claire.

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Tool Company Helps Build Better Environment

Businesses generate approximately one quarter of all waste in England, according to the Department of Farming and Rural Affairs. To help reduce this figure, Tool-NET has introduced a company-wide environmental policy that targets any inefficient use of resources.

A spokesman from the company said that it is “committed to treating the environment with consideration and respect, particularly in the way it affects our staff, our customers and the local communities in which we operate.”

The most sustainable of waste management techniques is to avoid the creation of waste in the first place. With this in mind, the company does not to buy in materials for packaging its products ready for shipping, choosing instead to re-use materials from deliveries made to it.

Staff are encouraged to re-use paper whenever possible. Used paper is saved and collected by contractors for recycling, as is a variety of other unavoidable waste. Waste bins are collected for controlled disposal as required by the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

The company invites its customers to return old batteries. These are then sent out to its manufacturing suppliers for safe and environmentally friendly disposal. Tool-NET has a policy to minimize the disposal of waste electrical and electronic equipment as unsorted municipal waste and to achieve a high collection of WEE for treatment, recovery and environmentally sound disposal.

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Japanese Disaster Sparks UK Nuclear Fears

The controversial debate concerning the UK’s dependence on nuclear power has been reignited. In the aftermath of Fukushima, many UK citizens have grown doubtful of the safety of nuclear power.

Certain branches of the public have called for a re-evaluation of the UK’s safety measures in the event of a nuclear disaster. Some people are even beginning to take matters into their own hands by investing in nuclear bunkers. Online companies, like Tool-net, have noted an increase in the number of portable generators sold as people prepare for potential power cuts.

Some experts claim that the concerns are unwarranted, because the United Kingdom is not susceptible to severe earthquakes. The worst earthquake ever recorded in UK history only measured 5.75 on the Richter scale. This is comparatively mild when placed next to the 9.0 rating afforded to Japan’s disaster in March.

Approximately 15% of the United Kingdom’s electricity is supplied by 19 nuclear reactors in various locations. Nuclear meltdown at any of these reactors would leave thousands of UK citizens without electricity. This fear, when coupled with risk of radiation poisoning, has left many wondering whether the UK’s reliance on nuclear power is a good idea.

UK nuclear history has been marred by three accidents. In 2005, 20 tonnes of Uranium leaked from a cracked pipe at the Thorp nuclear processing plant. Although no radiation reached the environment, the British Nuclear Group was fined £500 000 for a breach of safety regulations.

This recent case illustrated that design errors pose as great a risk as natural disasters. Even if the UK is safe from devastating earthquakes, there is no guarantee that plants have been designed perfectly.

Many members of the public refuse to remain complacent and have chosen to protect themselves from the danger of nuclear fallout. Small portable generators, like the Clarke IG1000, can already be found in nuclear bunkers throughout Europe. The Cold War may have ended, but the fear of radiation remains as real as ever.

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