Builders’ Tip: Two Strategies for Storing Parts and Tools
Keeping track of small parts and tools can be a bit of a challenge when you need them in a hurry, but I’ve come up with two simple solutions that make things easy-to-find and keep them clean.
- To keep track of small parts such as plumbing washers, steel nuts and washers, reciprocating-saw blades and other items that have holes in them, I use good old-fashioned shower-curtain rings.
Just spring open the loop, thread on the parts and you’ve got the parts corralled in an easy-to-access fashion.
- For tool storage, I’ve found that plastic storage tubs are the ticket.
I use two different-sized storage tubs for my tools — a large tub for my power saws, drills, extension cords, tool belt and small hand tools; and a smaller tub for my glue, caulk, caulk gun, sandpaper and sander.
Grouping the tools this way, at least for me, keeps things organized; and the tubs stack and store easily. The plastic lids also keep the tools and materials clean and dry.
When it comes to tub sizes, I have found the 10-gallon size to be the most useful.
— Bob Francis Napa, Calif.
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Tax Credit Web Site Looks at Opportunity of a Lifetime
Builders and other industry professionals can help spur home sales by referring prospective first-time home buyers to www.federalhousingtaxcredit.com. The NAHB Web site provides detailed information on the $8,000 federal tax credit for first-time home buyers included in the economic stimulus legislation signed into law by President Obama.
Consumers can use the Web site to find information on the tax credit — including a detailed question and answer section. It also includes information about other housing-related and small business measures in the legislation and a number of home-buying resources for consumers.
Spanish Version Also Available Online
A Spanish version of this increasingly popular Web site is also available to provide detailed information on the tax credit to Spanish-speaking first-time home buyers.
Industry professionals are encouraged to highlight either tax credit Web site when marketing to their potential first-time home buyer market.
Set Yourself Apart With CGB Designation
Join the ranks of the nation’s top building industry professionals with the Certified Graduate Builder (CGB) designation. The “Builder Assessment Review” (BAR) is your first step towards obtaining the CGB.
This comprehensive assessment measures your expertise in the four key areas of the building industry: building technology, business and finance, project management and sales and marketing.
Your results will show the areas where your knowledge is strongest and weakest and will help determine the courses required for you to obtain your CGB.
To learn where the next BAR will be held, visit NAHB’s education listings, or call the Professional Designation Help Line at 800-368-5242 x8154.
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