The Nuts and Bolts: Decks, Summer Prep, and More!

The nuts and bolts.

Don't Be "Board" With Your Deck

With the Memorial Day holiday right around the corner, you may have realized your backyard deck is a wreck. But even if you have no deck at all, it may be time to start dreaming of something bigger and better. Thompson's®WaterSeal® has launched its 2014 Deck of Your Dreams Sweepstakes to help transform your dull outdoor space into a vision of perfection, with a grand prize valued at more than $15,000. That includes $10,000 in cash for building or repairing a deck, $5,000 in gift cards from the popular Plow & Hearth ( of home furnishings and an in-person visit from HGTV/diy Network star, Jeff Wilson, who will offer his expert guidance throughout the design and building process. Enter at

Tips to Keep Kids Safe While Around Lawn Mowers

The lawn mower is one of the most dangerous household tools. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission 253,000 people were treated for lawn mower-related injuries in 2010, nearly 17,000 of them children under the age of 19. Most childhood injuries due to lawn mowers are related to riding mowers, and most are injured in their own yard.

Dr. Tamai and the American Academy of Pediatrics offer the following tips for staying safe around lawn mowers.

Safety Tips

  • Children younger than 15 should not be in the yard when someone else is mowing
  • Children younger than 12 should not use walk-behind mowers

Operating the Mower

  • Do not pull the mower backward or mow in reverse unless absolutely necessary, and carefully look for children behind you when you mow in reverse.
  • Always turn off the mower and wait for the blades to stop completely before removing the grass catcher, unclogging the discharge chute, or crossing gravel paths, roads, or other areas

Protecting Yourself and Others

  • Wear hard-soled, sturdy shoes around mowers (no sandals or sneakers)
  • Wear hearing and eye protection when operating a mower

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Just in Time for Summer – Cool Linens Debut in US Market

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LinenMe – makers of high-quality, luxurious and lightweight home textiles and garments – recently announced the introduction of the authentic Lithuanian-made linen to the US market, revolutionizing the way one thinks about and uses linen. And there is a DIY path behind it!

LinenMe's unique story began when owner Inga Lukauskiene's family bought the loom her great grandmother used three generations ago, and continued the family tradition of weaving linen products. “Over years I have come to the conclusion that pure linen, like any other natural fiber, has some sort of magic powers,” explains Lukauskiene. “I felt that linen and designing home accessories from linen was where I wanted to progress, and I never looked back!” Now LinenMe products are suitable for use all over the household – whether as bed linens, in the bathroom, as dining accessories or in the kitchen.

LinenMe’s products are durable yet soft, breathable, all-natural and hypoallergenic. Like cotton and terry cloth, its producers offers a wide array of uses, and actually improves in quality, softening over time. Check out all they have to offer at

Flow Wall Systems Wins Best of Houzz 2014 Award

Houzz users voted Flow Wall Systems 2014's Best of Houzz in the design category. Flow Wall has now won the award for design two years in a row. The Houzz community, which consists of approximately 16 million visitors every month, chose the wall storage and organization experts at Flow Wall from 230 million professional images submitted by industry experts from across the country.

"Flow Wall gives homeowners a fully customizable and interchangeable storage solution for their garage, office, laundry room and more," said Bill Apgood, CEO of Flow Wall and Red Star Traders. "Having a storage solution that can easily adapt and change with your lifestyle is essential for keeping things clean and organized, and that is exactly what our system delivers. We are thrilled the Houzz community has recognized the benefits of our system and chosen us as a 'Best of Houzz' winner in the Garage and Shed categories."

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