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Bloggers face off at the behest of Troy-Bilt and Lowe’s

BY HBSDealer Staff

Troy-Bilt's new customizable FLEX yard care system has so much versatility up its sleeve, it's hard to resist the temptation to get creative with its various uses.

It's also easy fodder for a DIY blogging challenge, as Troy-Bilt and Lowe's recognized.

The two companies enlisted Jennifer Hadfield from Tatertots & Jello and Matt Knowlton from The DIY Village in the first FLEX Face-Off challenge, which challenged them to organize their garage spaces using FLEX products.

The two bloggers received a FLEX Power Base, FLEX Wide-Area Mower, FLEX Leaf Blower, FLEX Pressure Washer, FLEX Storage Rack and a Lowe's gift card to clean up and declutter their garage before summer.

Now, the bloggers are racking up votes online, where the public can vote up to once a day until June 28 and enter for a chance to win their own FLEX equipment.

According to Troy-Bilt, FLEX can allow homeowners to save up to 60% of their garage storage space.

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Survey: Millennials give renovating market a run for its money

BY HBSDealer Staff

This year's Houzz & Home survey pointed to one way in which Millennials are no different than their parents.

“While still a small group, Millennial homeowners are just as active as older generations when it comes to renovating and decorating,” said Nino Sitchinava, principal economist at Houzz. “Because of delayed homeownership, we have historically known very little about their preferences when it comes to their home updates. However our unprecedented data show that Millennial views on resale value, energy efficiency, healthy homes, and other factors are similar to those of older generations.”

According to Houzz's data, U.S. Millennial homeowners were just as likely to renovate their homes as other age groups in 2014.

Their reasons for doing so? Most of them were trying to personalize a newly purchased home (55%).

Kitchens saw the most remodeling activity, tackled by one-third of homeowners last year.

However, Millennials were still spending less on projects than the more established Baby Boomers: an average of $26,300 on major remodels of a large kitchen, and $16,100 on small kitchens. For Baby Boomers, these figures were $45,200 and $38,700, respectively.

Further findings pointed to a more enduring discrepancy between Boomers and Millennials: all homeowners generally have trouble finding products and professionals (33% for both groups), but staying on budget is challenging to 38% of Millennials, compared to 29% of Boomers. Additionally, 37% of Millennials say struggled with funding the renovations, compared with 19% of Boomers.

The survey polled more than 170,000 respondents in the U.S. and 260,000 total worldwide.

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Krylon appeals to the DIY crowd with new Sea Glass Finish

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Krylon has added to its repertoire with the addition of its Sea Glass Finish, a DIYer's solution to semi-translucent, frosty decorative effects.

“The Sea Glass Finish offers consumers an easy application with a unique finish, allowing crafters to create beautiful ocean-inspired projects without taking a trip to the beach,” says Rita Forman-House, Krylon product manager.

Sea Glass Finish is available in eight natural colors, such as  Ruby, Rose, Amber, Lemon, Sea Foam, Ice, Aqua and Cornflower.

The finish dries to the touch in 15 minutes and can be applied to various types of glass, such as bottles, vases, mirrors, windows, lanterns, candle jars and lamps.

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