, the Fall Protection Experts, Offer Tips For DIY Roofers: Smart Steps To Take Before Starting – From Personal Health to Fall Protection Equipment

Mc Farland, WI (Vocus) July 6, 2009

Recently, a fall protection company who serves companies and individuals needing fall protection equipment, has developed a tip sheet to provide help and knowledgeable support for DIY Roofers. There are many different types of DIYers out there and before undertaking DIY projects they must analyze their project to see if it’s something they want to attempt after considering their ability, safety, cost and scope of project. Taking a comprehensive look at everything – from personal health to fall protection equipment means less unpleasant surprises later which cost time and money.

There is quite a bit of conflicting advice for DIYers who are considering roofing their own home. Some naysayers try to frighten with their advice while others go the other extreme, saying it’s easy. One Midwestern Roofing business said that 99% of DIY roofs have incorrect application and should leave it to the professionals. While incorrect application can cause roofing problems, this extreme advice doesn’t take into account the different levels of DIYers. Rick Hudson, a DIY who successfully roofed his own home, found that a team of friends, proper research, and hard work saved him at least two thousand dollars. “Like with any DIY project, the key is not being afraid of asking questions, even multiple times. Asking experts from where I bought my supplies and asking experienced friends was very helpful.”

One of the first questions a potential DIY roofer should ask themselves is have they considered ALL the costs?

Consider these three questions:

Safety: Can the project be done safely? Roofing a ranch style house verse a three story Victorian house is very different in safety requirements. This is not to say more complicated homes can’t be done, but different safety investments must be considered.

Health: Roofing is not rocket science but it is back breaking work. Up and down ladders, tearing off previous layers, scrambling across a hot roof and carrying heavy equipment. One must decide if their body is up for the challenge before proceeding any further.

Cost: Break down ALL the costs of the job. After proper research, DIYers can find all the hidden costs. Team of friends helping out? Great! But also consider how much it will cost to feed (and hydrate!) the team.

Equipment: Rent, Buy or Borrow?

Obviously, one can buy equipment, but if it’s only going to be used once it makes sense to borrow or rent. Many home improvement stores will rent tools by the hour, day, week or even month. Some equipment it makes sense to buy since it can be used in other capacities. If one plans on being on the roof again for cleaning eaves, chimney or the like, it may make sense to install a permanent roof anchor that can connect with fall protection equipment. Personal protection equipment, like safety glasses, are a mainstay for DIYers safety protection in most projects. Other items, like air compressors, may be better to rent or borrow unless there is a long term plan for other DIY projects.

A list (some optional) to be considered depending on the situation:

Safety Equipment: safety glasses, fall protection equipment (bucket of safety- lifeline, anchor point & harness), gloves, knee pads.

Tools: sturdy ladder, nail gun, compressor, roofers hatchet, nail pouch, flat shovel (if scraping off old shingles) chalk line, tape measure, utility knife.

Consider a powered staple gun that enables one to double their speed.

Materials: shingles, asphalt paper, nails, tubes of chalking (Blackjack)

There are a wide variety of shingles available so research this topic well. Asphalt shingles range from basically 20 year life to 40 year life. Consider how labor intensive replacing a roof is and consider higher quality shingles, unless planning on selling soon. Higher life shingles are thicker and not only wear better, but have more protection against punctures.

Other expenses to consider: permit, dumpster rental (if one doesn’t want to haul on own), plywood for rotten areas, food supplies for team, How-To book or DVD, tarps.

The Basic Process:

1. Remove all shingles. Some experts allow for two layers of shingles before ripping off. Don’t do this if shingles are curling up. Realize that this might shorten the life of the roof. However, for some home owners, this is a temporary solution that they are willing to do, knowing that the life of the roof may be shorter.

2. Make repairs on roof if necessary (e.g. replace bad wood with plywood)

3. Install ice dam protector

4. Put down asphalt paper

5. Apply chalk line at regular intervals to ensure a straight application of shingles

6. Apply Shingles – start at eaves and work up

7.Apply flashing

8. Seal flashing with caulking

9. Install ridge vent

Consider all resources. Friends who have equipment or experience with roofing. The public library is another free resource to try. Amazon has reviewed books and DVDs that deal with DIY Roofing.

As long as help and equipment are already present for roofing, some DIYers also decide to replace older, heavier, and smaller eaves and downspouts with newer, lighter, and larger eaves.

There is a wide spectrum of skills, abilities, resources and experiences for DIYers. DIYers should not attempt a roofing job until all costs are properly factored in and one knows if they can successfully accomplish the job.


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NYC Mesothelioma Lawyer Says Concerns Arising From Asbestos Exposure Scare at Queens School Are Justified

New York, NY (PRWEB) October 18, 2011

Although no contamination was found, the recent discovery of asbestos in a Queens elementary school reflects the potential for harmful asbestos exposure faced by many people who live and work in older buildings, New York City mesothelioma lawyer Joseph W. Belluck said.

According to a recent report in the New York Daily News, 100 students in five kindergarten classes at P.S. 143 in Queens were removed to other classrooms due to the threat that water leaks may have disturbed asbestos discovered in the roof beams of a school annex.

Although the report said that air tests failed to detect asbestos, several parents expressed concerns about their children?s health to the newspaper, while one teacher said she could not believe the children would eventually be returned to the building.

?I understand the concerns of those who work in the building, and those whose children attend school there,? said Belluck, a founding partner of Belluck & Fox, LLP, which has recovered millions of dollars in compensation on behalf of asbestos exposure victims and their families.

?Through the 1970s, asbestos was widely used in hundreds of building products, including roofing materials, ceiling tiles and insulation, and unfortunately, the risk of being unknowingly exposed to the mineral continues to this day,? Belluck said. ?The asbestos removal at this school must be done as thoroughly, safely and quickly as possible.?

Asbestos is a mineral that has been linked to lung cancer and mesothelioma, a malignant cancer of the lining of the lung and abdomen that is closely associated with inhaling microscopic asbestos dust. About 2,500 to 3,000 Americans die each year of mesothelioma and thousands more die of lung cancer related to asbestos, Belluck said.

One problem with asbestos is that signs of illnesses such as mesothelioma may not develop until many decades after one?s exposure. Additionally, family and friends may develop the deadly illness from being exposed to asbestos fibers on clothes, shoes, skin and hair.

The symptoms of mesothelioma include coughing, wheezing, difficulty breathing, weight loss, chest pains and a buildup of fluid in the chest.

?In our practice, we frequently assist workers and military veterans who were exposed to asbestos for years at their job or in the service, and they never realized it until they became sick,? said Belluck, whose law firm recently won separate verdicts that collectively exceeded $ 51 million on behalf of two workers who suffered from mesothelioma.

The cases ? Dummitt v. A.W. Chesterton, et al. (Docket No. 190196/10) and Konstantin v. 630 Third Avenue Associates, et al. (Docket No. 090134/10) ? both were decided in the Supreme Court of New York, New York County.

?When an employer, landlord, manufacturer or other party should reasonably be on notice about the presence of asbestos, however, those parties need to be held fully accountable,? Belluck said, ?and the victims and their families need to be compensated.?

New York law allows asbestos exposure victims to recover funds for medical expenses, funeral costs, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages, Belluck said.

?Mesothelioma lawsuits can be highly complex matters and require extensive investigation to determine the source of the asbestos exposure,? Belluck said. ?That?s why our law firm believes that we play an important role in helping mesothelioma victims obtain relief.

?Fortunately, we have been able to develop a great amount of expertise in this area, and we?ve been able to use our background and experience to help clients to move on with their lives.?

About Belluck & Fox

Belluck & Fox, LLP, is a nationally recognized law firm that represents individuals with asbestos and mesothelioma claims, as well as victims of crime, motorcycle crashes, lead paint and other serious injuries. The firm provides personalized and professional representation and has won over $ 400 million in compensation for clients and their families.

Partner Joseph W. Belluck is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell and is listed in Best Lawyers in America, New York Magazine?s ?Best Lawyers in the New York Area? and in Super Lawyers. Mr. Belluck has won numerous cases involving injuries from asbestos, defective medical products, tobacco and lead paint, including a recent asbestos case that settled for more than $ 12 million.

Partner Jordan Fox is a well-known asbestos and mesothelioma attorney who has been named to the Best Lawyers in America, New York Magazine?s ?Best Lawyers in the New York Area? and to Super Lawyers. On two separate occasions his verdicts were featured as the National Law Journal?s Largest Verdict of the Year. He recently secured verdicts of $ 32 million and more than $ 19 million on behalf of individuals who had contracted mesothelioma from asbestos exposure.

In September, Belluck & Fox, LLP, won a coveted spot on a list of America’s best law firms, which was published jointly by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers magazine. The listing showcased 8,782 different law firms ranked in one or more of 81 major practice areas.

For more information, contact the firm at (877) 637-6843 or through the online contact form.


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Protect Yourself from Costly Winter Damage; The Best Time to Prune is Now

New Rochelle, N.Y. (PRWEB) December 15, 2011

Almstead Tree & Shrub Care Co. offers tips to prepare your landscape for winter while saving time and money.

Winter is a season full of holiday cheer, festive gatherings and, in our part of the country, beautiful snow-covered landscapes. When it comes to outdoor maintenance, the image of a snow shovel most likely comes to mind before pruning equipment. Winter, however, is the perfect time to care for your trees. Preparing your landscape for the snow to come is especially prudent in light of the devastation caused by this year?s early snow storms. Thankfully, more and more people are realizing the importance of winter pruning ? while saving time and money along the way.

During the winter, deciduous trees are bare. With their entire branch structure visible, it becomes much easier to identify weak branch connections, cracks in limbs, inferior crossing limbs and dead wood. Pruning to remove these branches in winter can avoid serious future damage while improving the health and strength of your trees. The cold climate also means there are far fewer insects or disease pathogens around to affect the newly trimmed areas.

Identify Problems Early

Oftentimes, a tree?s survival may depend on the care you give it before the storm strikes. The high winds, heavy ice and snow of winter can cause a great deal of strain. Having your trees inspected before the worst weather hits can give you insight into potential problem areas and allow you an opportunity to prevent costly and potentially dangerous property damage.

Branches that hang in close proximity to your house, roof, driveway or nearby power lines should be cleaned up. Dead and decaying branches, particularly those at the top or ends of a tree?s canopy, are also potential hazards. Soil that?s newly raised or lifted around the trunk can be a sign of an unsound root system ? one that may give way in severe weather. Another sign of shifting is if canopies of trees are overlapping each other, which wouldn?t happen naturally. Oozing sap, stains or sawdust-like residue could mean disease or insects. Cracks, hollow or rotted areas should also be addressed; mushroom conks growing on or near the base of the tree are another warning sign.

Cleaning Up After the Storm

After a severe storm passes, trees should be evaluated for overall health from the bottom up. Although the ground may be clear, limbs damaged by ice or snow can still split and break high in the treetops. Inspecting the canopies of storm damaged trees is crucial to prevent branches from snapping and crashing down in the future ? especially during high winds.

Broken branches often leave behind stubs that are magnets for decay. Since trees do not regenerate wood, when a breakage occurs, the damage is permanent. An experienced arborist can prevent or stop the spread of decay, however, by pruning any stubs promptly with precise, clean cuts. Improper pruning can cause more harm and allow decay to spread to the trunk.

Restoration pruning, which involves pruning trees that have been damaged by storms, can also play a critical role in the long-term health and visual appeal of your landscape. Trees damaged by winter storms often respond to breakages by producing many new sprouts. This new growth isn?t structurally viable and must be carefully and selectively thinned to form the main architecture of the tree. Although restoration pruning may take several years as the new growth sets in, it is important to promote proper healing and reduce or prevent future rot and decay issues.

Save Time and Money

A frozen ground surface affords arborists the opportunity to use specialized heavy equipment such as a bucket truck and chipper that might otherwise cause damage to your lawn or garden. This equipment makes the trees more accessible and cleanup easier, which means a less expensive bill. In addition, greater flexibility in scheduling and seasonal discounts may be available since work is generally slower during the wintertime months.

Trust a Certified Arborist

A well-maintained landscape can increase your property value by up to 20 percent. Hiring a professional to care for your trees will not only protect your assets, though. Doing so may also help avert serious storm-related damage and injuries. Never attempt dangerous work on your own. Aside from preventing more long-term damage, an arborist with the proper knowledge and equipment can ensure the job is done safely and correctly.

When selecting an arborist, look for one who is certified by a professional organization such as the ISA or one licensed by your state. Request to see proof of insurance ? hiring someone uninsured could leave you liable for his or her mistakes. Take the time to do a little background research by checking out the company or individual?s website. Ask for references and gather several estimates to compare. Before simply settling on the lowest bid, consider which individual or firm offers the experience, credentials and breadth of services you need to best safeguard your investment. Also, there is a benefit to choosing an arborist and sticking with that individual over time since they will build a knowledge base regarding the particular trees on your property.

Ken Almstead, chief executive officer of Almstead Tree & Shrub Care Co., is an active ISA certified arborist with more than 23 years of experience. He is a Northeast Organic Farming Association Certified Organic Land Care Professional, holds a certificate from the Sustainable Studies Institute and currently serves as the Horticultural Chairman of the Cornell Cooperative Extension.

About Almstead Tree & Shrub Care Co.

Distinguished by its full line of traditional and organic services, Almstead Tree & Shrub Care Co. is a family owned and operated business founded by Richard E. Almstead in 1964. Today sons Ken and Michael Almstead oversee many of the daily operations, caring for residential, commercial, municipal, and school properties throughout the greater New York-metropolitan region. Almstead offers a full range of services to properly care for trees, shrubs and lawns, emphasizing scouting and diagnostics to help prevent problems. Offices are located in Hawthorne and New Rochelle, N.Y., Stamford, Conn., and North Halendon, N.J. For more information or to request a free consultation, visit Almstead at or call toll-free at 1-800-427-1900. You can also connect on Facebook or LinkedIn for the latest news, photos and promotions.

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Hanley Wood University Launches The Blueprint for Safety: Wind Mitigation from the International Code Council (ICC)

Washington, DC (PRWEB) November 21, 2011

Hanley Wood University announces the launch of a new online course, The Blueprint for Safety: Wind Mitigation, from the International Code Council (ICC). Developed to assist in all steps/codes for properly retrofitting an existing home to prevent wind damage, this course details critical home areas that should be evaluated and makes appropriate code-based recommendations for critical area retrofits. It also identifies ICC codes and best practices related to those recommendations.

?Hanley Wood University is excited about our new partnership with the International Code Council, and is thrilled to be the exclusive reseller of this particular course for remodelers, contractors and designers,? said James Bohi, Managing Director, Hanley Wood University. ?We are committed to providing quality, relevant programs for construction and design professionals. This course offers critical information about reducing damage during a significant wind event, and will be of great interest to our audience.?

?This course presents, in an engaging and interactive format, a series of code-compliant home retrofit recommendations, from the roof to the foundation,? said David Dufresne, Executive Director of Education & Certification for ICC. ?Making this course available both directly from ICC and through Hanley Wood University?s extensive channel will ensure the broadest possible audience for this timely and critical education.?

The Blueprint for Safety: Wind Mitigation is offered at The course fee is $ 99 and includes course content, knowledge questions, interactive exercises, and a final exam.

About Hanley Wood University

Hanley Wood University, a service of Hanley Wood, LLC, is the premier destination for building construction professionals seeking training programs and continuing education. It offers a robust platform of courses that serve multiple professions, fulfill association requirements, and cover a wide array of topics vital topics across the residential and commercial construction industries. Hanley Wood University serves the information needs of audiovisual professionals, builders, concrete contractors, interior designers, lighting designers, masonry contractors, remodelers and other industry professionals with a dynamic learning platform.

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From Burning Man to Berkeley – Revolutionary Construction Technology Gets First Real World Application

Berkeley, CA (PRWEB) July 14, 2010

After four years spent navigating the United States Patent and Trade Office and two years being vetted by the Berkeley Planning and Building Department, AVAVA Systems is currently building the first real-world application of their newly patented construction method. AVAVA Systems uses the mechanical properties of manufactured wood I-joists and interlocking joist-locksTM as the frame, combined with plywood sheathing to construct economical and sustainable buildings up to five stories high.

David Wilson, a civil engineer, and Michael Kozel, an architectural designer, both of Berkeley, California, originally designed and tested the system in 2006, the same year they created a Burning Man art project called the Sugar Cube. The Sugar Cube, a 20’ by 20’ by 20’ open-ended structure with ladders leading to a mezzanine and roof observation deck, was built once in a backyard in Berkeley, dismantled, shipped on a flat-bed truck to the Burning Man event, erected there using volunteer labor, and then disassembled to be used again.

This project proved the efficiency and elegance of the system, based on Stuart Brand’s (editor of the Whole Earth Access and author of How Buildings Learn) concept of separating buildings into various specialized layers with different life spans and functions. The frame and skin of the AVAVA Systems building can be erected by relatively unskilled labor using no more than ropes and power hand tools creating a free-standing building shell with completely open floor plans in days, rather than weeks or months. The plywood and I-joist materials are sustainably harvested or recycled wood and up to 90% of the concrete and steel traditionally used in building construction can be eliminated in this design, thus giving the AVAVA System home or building the smallest possible carbon footprint. This construction method also allows for insulation values up to R50 in the walls thus appealing to the most stringent green building requirements. The flat roof inherent to the design is ideal for the installation of solar panels thus further reducing the building’s dependence on the grid.

While the interest of many architects, builders, and developers has been stirred, mostly through word of mouth, the next step is bringing AVAVA Systems to the construction industry and to apply it to a real project. For this next demonstration David volunteered his home in Berkeley to be the test case. Luckily the proposed house, a mid-century flat-roofed home designed by Donald Olsen, has just the right architectural style to use as the base for a third-story addition essentially consisting of the upper half of the Sugar Cube. The design was simple, a master bedroom with glass at both ends and a closet and bathroom along the same side as the interior stairs. Half of the existing roof will be transformed into a large roof deck with panoramic views of the bay. Donald Olsen will be able to watch the construction from his famous glass house next door.

Permitting the project was especially challenging due to the recent enforcement of the Berkeley Creek Ordinance. According to David, this might have been one of the only projects receiving a creek permit in Berkeley in 2010. The city’s engineer also had to be convinced that the new system was worthy of a building permit as the first of its kind, using I-joists instead of traditional 2x timber studs for the walls. The joist-locksTM are precision components made of specially cut laminated veneer lumber called LVL with mortise and tendon joints. These were manufactured by a Canadian specialty wood shop that had one of the very few wood milling machines capable of creating the required shapes.

When the crew is ready, sometime in the next two weeks, the framing will be erected and sheathed with plywood in one day. The process will look like a very rapid tinker toy assembly that will be easily woven together. The process will be documented from start to finish and both photos and video will be available on the AVAVA Systems web site ( You will also find links to the company’s Facebook page and Twitter feed for instant updates.

Robert Criviner of San Francisco joined Michael and David in 2009 and became a partner in AVAVA Systems in 2010. He brought to the table the subsequent project that is now awaiting approval from the San Francisco Building Department consisting of an 800 square foot, 2-story rear house addition utilizing the joist-lockTM technology at all three levels; construction is currently scheduled to begin in late 2010).

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Schenectady, NY (Vocus/PRWEB) November 26, 2010 is pleased to announce its annual round-up of virtual door-busters for Black Friday travel deals and Cyber Monday travel deals. Avoid the crowded shopping malls and retail stores during the busy holiday shopping season, and find the best travel deals and discounts conveniently available online. Both Black Friday, November 26 and Cyber Monday, November 29 offer exclusive online specials you can’t get anywhere else.

Sample hotel promotions on Black Friday include offers from Shell Vacations and their Annual Black Friday Travel Sale, receive 50% off resort destinations across North America; Orchard Hotels in San Francisco feature prices that decline the longer you stay, rates start at $ 139 on November 26 and end at $ 109 on November 29; CheapOstay offers great discounts on 4-star hotels and resorts worldwide, with rates starting under $ 100; Travelocity’s one-day Black Friday Sale offers discounts on popular destinations, including 25-50% off hotels in Hawaii; Bolongo Bay Beach Resort on St. Thomas Island offers the Black Friday 24-Hour Sale featuring ocean view rooms for $ 139/night (regularly $ 265); and the Caribbean’s Elite Island Resorts feature 40% off last-minute bookings for December travel. Please note, these offers are available for purchase only on Friday, November 26.

Cyber Monday, November 29 features an array of sample hotel promotions, including huge discounts at the San Juan Marriot Resort. Buy two nights, get the third night free at Hotel Kura Hulanda in Curacao. Marriott Hotels across the world reduce their rates to $ 99 per night in Costa Rica, San Jose and Los Suenos. Book seven nights, but only pay for five, and receive an additional $ 250 food and beverage credit at Cuisinart Resort & Spa in the British West Indies. Red Roof Inns across the nation are offering 15 percent off their rooms for travel through December 30. These deals will be available for purchase for 24 hours on Cyber Monday, November 29.

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Orlando, FL (Vocus) December 11, 2009 with Joe Castello, the internet’s preeminent motorsports radio show, will broadcast on Friday, December 11, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., on location from the Red Line Synthetic Oil exhibit at the 22nd annual PRI Trade Show at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. To listen live, on demand, or to download, go to with Joe Castello on location at PRI, will feature a special edition of NHRA Tuesday, plus interviews and commentary with drivers, promoters, and media representing all types of motorsports.

The PRI show boasts exhibitors from over 1,200 racing companies, including over 100 new exhibitors for 2009. will broadcast live from the Red Line Synthetic Oil exhibit located at booth no. 2935 at the Orange County Convention Center.

Joe Castello, the creator of hit satellite radio shows Wide Open on NASCAR Radio and Power Shift, breaks new ground in motorsports radio with Through a user friendly, high quality experience free of charge to the listeners, is setting a new standard for internet based radio with opinionated coverage of NASCAR, NHRA, IndyCar, Formula One, ALMS and Grand Am racing. regularly airs live four nights a week, Monday through Thursday 7 – 8 p.m. ET (4 – 5 p.m. PT). NHRA Tuesday features interviews with the stars of the NHRA Full Throttle Series as well as expert analysis from veteran NHRA announcer Alan Reinhart each week.

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Green Roof Featuring KISSS Irrigation Wins Award From Green Roofs For Healthy Cities

Longmont, CO (PRWEB) December 8, 2010

Target Center, located in Minneapolis, Minn. and a KISSS™ Subsurface Capillary Irrigation (SCI) project, received a Special Recognition award from Green Roofs for Healthy Cities. The award recognizes the project for storm water control and urban heat island effect reduction. Green Roofs for Healthy Cities presented the 2010 award at the Cities Alive: 8th Annual Green Roof and Wall Conference and Tradeshow in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Irrigation Water Technologies America, Inc. (IWTA) designed and installed the KISSS SCI to provide sustainable irrigation using KISSS™ Below Flow™ Flat (BFF) on the 114,000-square-foot (or 2.5 acre) Target Center rooftop; a total of 62,976 linear feet of BFF was installed. The project was spearheaded by designer The Kestrel Design Group, Inc. and roofing and waterproofing systems manufacturer Sika Sarnafil on behalf of the Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development for the City of Minneapolis. Architect Leo A. Daly, roofing consultants INSPEC, Inc., and roofing and waterproofing contractor Stock Roofing Company, A Tecta America Company, all participated in the project.

“Green roof systems, such as the project at Target Center, really do benefit entire communities,” Dave Hunter, President and CEO of IWTA, said. “The City was troubled by sewer overflow and roof runoff from the arena’s old roof causing drainage problems into the Mississippi River. The KISSS irrigation system assists in controlling stormwater runoff and just made sense for a project of this scope.”

The KISSS, installed on the green roof system before application of topsoil and growing medium, works by pulsing water through lateral irrigation lines to a geo-textile fabric which, using capillary action, disperses water into the soil just below the roots. The geo-textile fabric maintains moisture uniformity along its length and allows soil to absorb water as needed at a slower and more effective rate. The polyurethane backing on the BFF also prevents water loss from downwards percolation. The capillary fabric also works to move water off of the roof during times of increased rainfall, helping to reduce oversaturation on the roof top.

For more information on KISSS, visit online

Irrigation Water Technologies America, Inc. recently introduced a revolutionary, patented irrigation technology to the United States, Canada and Mexico. The KISSS system utilizes capillary action to deliver water directly to the root zone in turf, gardens, and trees. As a result, the system uses significantly less water than sprinklers, and up to 30% less water than conventional drip irrigation, and wets more soil volume. In addition to using less water, the system makes it possible to add chemicals to the root zone only, eliminating run off and pollution from fertilizer. The KISSS system was used in the creation of state-of-the-art living roofs at the Target Center in Minneapolis and the William J. Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Arkansas. The Clinton facility is the first presidential library to earn an award from the U.S. Green Committee for environmental design.


Bringing Home the Business:The 30 Truths Every Home Business Owner Must Know. By Kim T. Gordon. The Indispensable Home Business Guide from the Nationally Known Columnist

(PRWEB) April 5, 2000

Kim T. Gordon, author of Growing Your Home-Based Business, is one of the nation’s foremost experts on the small office/home office market. Now, with BRINGING HOME THE BUSINESS (Perigee Trade Paperback; March 1, 2000; $ 13.95), Gordon reveals the 30 essential truths every home business owner must know, not only to survive, but also to flourish in today’s competitive market.

Thanks to today’s low-cost technology, it’s easier than ever to stay at home and work. Twenty-four million Americans own their own home-based businesses and millions more will start one this year. However, the greatest obstacles most home business owners face are making sales and finding new customers while also mastering the challenges of living and working under one roof. With BRINGING HOME THE BUSINESS, Gordon has identified the 30 truths that can make the difference between success and failure in a home-based business and has translated them into action steps business owners can take to increase their success. It’s ideal for busy entrepreneurs and presents clear advice, guaranteed to help home business owners win more business, and live and work successfully under the same roof. By reading just one truth per day, in one month, readers will master a complete course on home business success.

From formulas for positioning a business and creating an image, to new technologies, Internet marketing strategies and tips for work-at-home parents, straightforward truths are illustrated with real-life stories of successful home business owners in a wide range of fields nationwide. Following each truth is a checklist for readers to keep them focused on their goals