Archive for September 2011


Byline: Tricks of the Trade by Professional Finishing Contractors

Posted on September 26, 2011 by Nora DePalma

Walls & Ceilings magazine features a Q&A by Ames Taping Tools.  The feature provides finishing contractors with a few tricks of the trade developed over the company’s 70-year history to help make wall finishing and taping less of a sticky situation.  Read more.


Go Hank, Go!

Posted on September 22, 2011 by Nora DePalma

We’re doing extra laps and push-ups today in honor of our friend Hank Darlington who pushed off this morning on his Maine to Florida bike ride.  Hank will be averaging more than 70 miles a day for the next 26 days.

In other words, averaging his age in mileage every day.

We want to take a nap on our couches just thinking about it.

Hank is ready to roll

Hank and our client, Mr. Steam, want us to get off our couches, however, and start actively pursuing wellness. Which is why Mr. Steam partnered with the Decorative Plumbing & Hardware Association (DPHA) to deliver regular updates on Hank’s progress, along with fitness tips from Fun and Fit, to get us all up and moving.

Follow along with Hank’s ride on the Mr. Steam Steamtherapy Facebook page or following the Twitter hashtag: #hanksride.

Hank and Mr. Steam are also working to raise money for the DPHA Scholarship Foundation, which provides two $3,000 scholarships to a child or grandchild of DPHA member companies for post-secondary education.

O’Reilly/DePalma kicked in $100. Surely you can do $10, $25, $50 or even a $100? It’s uber-convenient with Pay Pal and you don’t even need an account.

This contribution is tax-deductible as a charitable contribution, since DPHA is recognized as a section 501(c)(3) organization with the IRS.


And now, if you’ll excuse us, we’re going to get our workout done today.


Feature: Changing Role for HVAC Contractors

Posted on September 13, 2011 by Joel Williams

Mechanical Systems Integrator Albert Wallace discusses how HVAC contractors can rethink their roles from system installers to system integrators, and how doing so can help their businesses and their customers.  Wallace profiles the Uponor Climate Control Network as the preferred technology to enable such integration in this article that was featured on the cover of this month’s PHC News.


Let’s Blog Off - What’s Thumbtacked Over Your Desk?

Posted on September 13, 2011 by Nora DePalma


Today’s Let’s Blog Off topic is Thumbtacks.



I use thumbtacks for no other purpose than to post things I love over my desk. A boss once told me that it’s unprofessional to have a lot of personal things over your desk.

Maybe so. But I’ve tacked up precious memories for more than 25 years, and I really don’t think it’s really hurt my career. Enjoy the tour of my thumbtacked life:

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Years of holiday greetings from the inimitable Jim Zarchin of Scripps Media. These are not photoshopped.


Read more thumbtack thoughts from the clever Let’s Blog Off Community. Learn more about Let’s Blog Off.


The Beauty and Health Secret of the Ages

Posted on September 1, 2011 by Joel Williams

When you were sick, Mom advised steamtherapy, firing up the vaporizer and serving bowls of hot soup to help open up clogged nasal passages. When you were a teenager, Mom advised holding a towel over a steaming pot of water to moisturize and clarify the skin.

As with most things in life Mom knew best. “Unlike the dry heat of most saunas, steam soothes the nasal passages and respiratory tract, relieves congestion and clears the sinuses,” says Andrew Weil, m.d., the author of “8 Weeks to Optimum Health.”

If you’re planning on a bathroom remodel anytime soon, you can achieve health and beauty advantages of a steam room right in your own home for a lot less than you might expect.  “I have long recommended steamtherapy for its health benefits and use it frequently myself,” Dr. Weil continues. “It relaxes mind and body and neutralizes stress.”  Learn more here.


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