EP102: Journey to 17th Street, Dealing With Bats, and Color Muse!

Segment 1: Journey to 17th Street

We think each of our stores has something that makes them unique. Each one has something that sets them apart from other paint stores, so we’ve decided to give each of them a turn in the spotlight throughout the year. And the logical place to start is with our “factory store.” The original RepcoLite. They not only have a great store staff, but a chemical lab, a process stain matching lab, and, of course, the plant where RepcoLite paints are actually made and canned. It’s a very cool place worth checking out!

Segments 2 & 3: Dealing with Bats

According to the calendar, spring is officially here and that means bats are waking up from a winter of napping. This is the time of year companies like Rose Pest Solutions begin getting phone calls regarding bats in homes and businesses.

Because of this, we’re sitting down with Rose Pest Solutions’ District Manager, David Popp, and Regional Technical Manager, Dale Hodgson, who is a Certified Wildlife Control Professional. Dale is one of only 25 people in the entire country to have this credential! We are thrilled that he drove all the way from Ohio to come and tell us everything we need to know about bats.

Segment 4: Get Yourself a Color Muse

Sometimes we get excited about technology. And this is one of those times. We found one of the coolest gadgets for anyone choosing a paint color. Color Muse is a tiny version of the color matching computers we have in our stores. The best part is, it’s inexpensive and fits in your pocket or purse. And for only $60, how can you go wrong?

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EP101: Wet Basements, Roller Covers, and Coolest Tool Belt System

Segment 1: Wet Basements

Now, spring is right around the corner and we’re just coming off a VERY soggy week. It seems like a great time to talk about wet basements. We highlight what to do prepare for when or if your basement gets wet. And if you want to buy a portable submersible pump just in case you DO end up with water, this one has great reviews and is under $50 on Amazon!

Segments 2 & 3: Roller Covers

So roller covers….not always the most exciting paint tool but certainly one of the most important. And getting the right cover and a quality cover can actually make or break a painting experience. Now, because roller covers are so important, we decided to chat with an expert about some of the great covers that are available. Larry Schwartz, National Sales Manager for the  Wooster Brush Company. It’s a great interview and much hilarity ensues. It’s a miracle we stayed on track at all!

Segment 4: ToughBuilt Tool Belt System

To say we were excited about this product is a massive understatement. Our original plan was to do this segment about tool belts in general. We thought we’d review a few and then talk about what tools to put in them. All was going swimmingly until we happened upon the ToughBuilt Tool Belt System with ClipTech Technology. These are some of the most versatile tool belts we’ve ever seen! Simple to use but so many possibilities and configurations. There is a good chance it will actually solve a number of tool dilemmas with just one system. It’s totally worth checking out!

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EP99: Innerseal for Ducts, Betsy’s Dad, Home Repair Services, and Rick From Flowerland!

This particular episode was recorded LIVE from the show floor at the 2019 West Michigan Home and Garden Show. We had some great guests stop by to talk about new products, cool programs, to answer questions, and to just generally chat.

Segment 1: Innerseal for Ducts with Service Professor

Tony Krause, Vice President of Service Professor and HVAC Manager, Jason Wiltjer, drop by to talk about a great new duct sealing product, Innerseal. It will save you money and make your home more comfortable to live in.

Segment 2: Betsy’s Dad

This LIVE show happened to fall on “family day” at the Home and Garden Show so we thought it was only appropriate to talk with Betsy’s dad about the struggles of getting materials and supplies to Mackinac Island in the winter. And this year had been a doozy! People think of the island as a great summertime retreat, but it’s a whole different ballgame when snow flies!

Segment 3: Home Repair Services

We’ve talked about the many offerings of Home Repair Services in the past. We once again have Joel Ruiter, Executive Director of Home Repair Services, dropping by. We had to warn him ahead of time that we were not conveniently located by two bakeries for breakfast this time. Luckily, he still decided to come and talk about their great Remodeling Together program and some of the classes they offer.

Segment 4: Rick from Flowerland

As we got ready to hand over the microphones to the Flowerland Show, Rick Vuyst put on some headphones to answer an email question we got from a listener about pruning roses.

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EP100: Home Show Questions, Fire Extinguishers, Favorite Segments

Segment 1 Notes

The paper we spoke about is Anaglypta Wallpaper. It’s a heavily textured paper that can be painted and faux-finished for a wide variety of creative results!

Segment 2 & 3 Notes

Holland Fire Marshall, Bret Groendyke, walks us through the label on a fire extinguisher, how to tell what it works best for, and how much area it will cover. Bret also remind everyone that even if you THINK the fire is out, still call the fire department to come out and have a look. Sometimes the fire can spread to the interior of a wall where we can’t see it until it’s too late.

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EP95: Save Your Roof From Ice Dams, Universal Design, and Aging In Place

Ok, so we all made it through a week of major winter storms AND the frigid Polar Vortex. now it’s going to rain! How is that possible?! As impossible as it may seem, it’s true. We got dumped on with snow and now we’re going to add warming and rain to the mix. And that may cause ice and water issues with our roofs.

Because we’re concerned about the potential for leaks, we’re calling Matt Williams from Sherriff-Goslin Roofing to find out what we can do to avoid this. It looks like we have a project for our Saturday morning!

We’re also sitting down with Derek Anderson, Owner of Amber Valley Construction. Derek has an amazing story but, more importantly, his company strives to create spaces for people of all ages to thrive in. They create Universal Design spaces and help people age in place. And if you’re young, don’t tune out. You never know what life has in store. This is important information for people of all ages.

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