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Chip and Joanna Gaines Reach Settlement in Lead Paint Case Worth $200K 'Fixer Upper' stars to do $160K in abatement work, pay $40K civil penalty. By Sean Wallisch HGTV stars Chip and Joanna Gaines reached a settlement with the EPA yesterday over alleged violations of the agency's Toxic Substances Control Act and Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP). The couple, which operates Magnolia Homes in Waco, Texas, agreed to pay $160,000 for the violations which stem from work done in 2015 on 33 properties in Waco. The EPA says video footage of Magnolia's renovations in the hit show 'Fixer Upper' did not depict the...

Tariffs on lumber, steel and aluminum have increased costs for single-family homes and larger projects By Ben Russell Published at 6:17 AM CDT on May 16, 2018 | Updated at 6:46 AM CDT on May 16, 2018 TRENDING STORIES Tariffs, Worker Shortage Raising Construction Co The cost to build a new home in North Texas continues to rise for a multitude of reasons: chief among them are a tariff on imported Canadian lumber and an ongoing construction worker shortage in the region. The National Association of Homebuilders estimates that the 20 percent tariff on Canadian lumber, which was instituted late last year, has added approximately $6,000...

From NRCA  http://www.nrca.net/   As more women enter construction industry, job sites and equipment are slow to adapt Although the percentage of women who work in the construction industry is below 10 percent, there has been a steady increase of women in the field during the past decade, and their search for construction jobs has been made a bit easier by the high demand for construction workers. Still, the industry needs to take steps to ensure safety for women on job sites, according to www.marketplace.org. Many women face warnings about the challenges ahead when they choose to enter the roofing industry. But Tamara Crooks...

PLANNING YOUR REMODEL Big Decision Time Should I stay or Should I go? 1) Ask yourself what you’re willing to live with and have a realistic view of what you’ll be living through. If you stay are you?: 1) Are you slowing down the progress – time = $. 2) Creating dangerous living conditions for your family? 3) Making the workmen uncomfortable by creating a tense environment? 4) Willing to live with the dust, noise, and constant inconvenience of a remodel. 5)Can the work be scheduled during a scheduled vacation time? Preparing the family- If you’re redoing your kitchen –create a temporary kitchen. Plan on eating out at least 1 or 2...