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It’s easy to see why people are turning to Hawaii Home Expo for the latest in home design trends. As the state’s exclusive dealer of Stonepeak Ceramics, the company offers new lines of products derived from nature, including its mold- and crack-resistant porcelain panels, the Plane collection, ideal for any kitchen countertop or backsplash. See page 3

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When is it time to replace your galvanized pipes with copper?

alvanized pipes dominated as the material of choice for plumbing in the past. If your home was built before the 1960s, as 20 percent of the homes on Oahu, according to census data, you probably have galvanized plumbing. The pipes are made of steel, and then coated in zinc to protect against corrosion. The problem is, when they are used for plumbing, the zinc has a tendency to react to the minerals in the water. This can lead to plaque forming in the pipes, which means lower water pressure and possibly even burst pipes. The coating also tends to

To get started, first take a good look at what you have. Do all the pipes need to be replaced? Copper is a pricey material, and replacing all the pipes at once can be a costly venture. Copper may also not be the best choice for all of your pipes. PVC pipes may work better for drain and waste, while copper might fair better for water-supply lines. To help curb costs, consider using copper only where necessary. Just remember: If you are connecting


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copper pipes to galvanized pipes, you must use a dielectric union, which is a type of fitting that isolates two different metals to prevent corrosion. Without it, the copper and steel connection will produce a rapid corrosion, just the thing you want to avoid. You’ll need to solder the brass end of the dielectric union to the copper pipe and the steel end to the galvanized pipe in order to avoid this. While handy homeowners may be able to tackle this on their own, consulting a licensed and bonded plumber is always the pre-

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ince 1986, Marblehaus Hawaii has established a reputation for having the best selection and variety of natural stones for interior or exterior use. However, after merging with parent company T. Oki Trading to form Hawaii Home Expo, it became apparent that carrying only natural stone would not satisfy the needs of a diverse and knowledgeable clientele. While still a leader in the market for natural stone, Hawaii Home Expo has also gained a strong interest in distributing porcelain tiles. To that end, the company is constantly on the lookout for suppliers that care about quality as much as aesthetics. The latest triumph in that arena is that Hawaii Home Expo is now Hawaii’s exclusive distributor of Stonepeak Ceramics. Here is some helpful consumer information to understand before delving into the beauty and quality of Stonepeak material. Many people ask what the difference is between porcelain and ceramic. There is not much of a difference, except that the clays used to create porcelain tiles are more refined and purified than the materials used to produce ceramic. The end result is harder, denser and less porous. Since there are many similarities, people will often use the terms interchangeably. Don’t be confused, however, because the products at Stonepeak exceed the standard tests for any porcelain tiles on the market. Speaking of tests, the quality can be determined by the test results. A typical tile is tested for things such as water absorption, resistance to chemicals, hardness, abrasion resistance and breaking strength. A typical porcelain tile must absorb less than 0.5 percent of its volume of water. The Stonepeak material is tested to absorb less than 0.1 percent. Porcelains must be rated at least five on the Mohs scale of hardness. All of the Stonepeak material is a seven or higher. The breaking strength is listed at more than 400



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It’s easy to see why people are turning to Hawaii Home Expo for the latest in home design trends. As the state’s exclusive dealer of Stonepeak Ceramics, the company offers new lines of products derived from nature, including its mold- and crack-resistant porcelain panels, the Plane collection, ideal for any kitchen countertop or backsplash. See page 3

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pounds, whereas the standard is 250. The list could easily go on, but the main point is that this product is manufactured with quality beyond the “standard.” Another highlight of the products is that they are color body tiles. This means that the body of the tile is made to be a similar color to the surface. In the unlikely event that the tile were to be scratched, the abrasion would be much less noticeable because of the similar color of the tile’s body. In addition to this level of quality, it’s a green product with much of the tile produced from recycled content, and it’s made in the US. If all of that wasn’t enough to convince


Hawaii Home Expo to bring Stonepeak products to the local market, the innovative culture of the Stonepeak family certainly sealed the deal. Not only are the designs Italian-inspired, but the newest product coming out this year is incredibly inventive. The Plane series introduces tiles that are as large as 60 inches by 120 inch-

es (that’s five feet by 10 feet) in only a 1/4-inch thickness. They are perfect for shower surrounds or large areas where clients want to minimize grout lines. It’s sure to be as extraordinary as the rest of the Stonepeak Ceramics line. To learn more, please visit Hawaii Home Expo at 2933 Koapaka St. AUGUST 5, 2012 • 3

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A solar professional you can trust S ure, you know you can lower or virtually eliminate your monthly electricity bill with a solar electric system. What is involved with the design, build out and hooking it up to the electric grid, though? And how will you ever pay for this? With so many questions, Hawaii homeowners truly rely on their solar professional to lead them through the process. Beware of the solar company representative that hand scribbles notes and requires multiple visits to develop an initial cost quote. “At our first meeting with RevoluSun, they answered all my questions and even ones I hadn’t thought of. My wife and I immediately trusted our project developer, thanks to his expansive knowledge and professionalism,â€? said customer Andrew Gorman of Kaneohe. “He even generated us a custom quote while at our home. He was always available throughout the process, and we couldn’t be happier with the quality and service we received from RevoluSun.â€? RevoluSun’s proprietary software system developed here in Hawaii, RiSE™, allows project developers to generate a price quote

Come on down to the show RevoluSun will have a booth at the BIA Remodel it Right Show Aug. 10, 11 and 12 at the Neal Blaisdell Exhibition Hall. Attendees can work one-on-one with a trained solar project developer to zoom in on their home with satellite imagery and determine the optimal solar system for their specific home, location and energy needs. “Stop by the RevoluSun booth and quickly understand your home’s potential for solar savings,� said Eric Carlson, RevoluSun principal. “Bring your electric bill, and in just a few seconds, we’ll use our interactive software to design a customized solar system right at the show. This provides a homeowner immediate feedback on the solar power potential of their home.� With today’s solar products, systems are guaranteed for 25 years, but expected to last 40 years or longer. At current electricity prices, a solar system pays for itself within four to five years, depending on market conditions. For a typical Hawaii homeowner, every week without a solar system can be worth $50 or more in electricity costs that would otherwise be provided by the sun.

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Upgrade your outdoor space, increase your home’s value Whether you are looking for a way to increase the marketability of your home, or simply looking for a way to make your outdoor space more enjoyable, a deck remodel adds living space to your home and value to your house. ome remodeling is projected to pick up steam by the year’s end, according to a recent report by the Remodeling Futures Program at Harvard University. If you’re one of the many considering a home remodeling project, a deck remodel is a simple project that offers more than a 60 percent payback according to Hanley-Wood’s Remodeling magazine’s Cost vs. Value Report for 2011-12. You can either go all out with a complete redesign, or pick and choose a few small projects that can have big effects in upgrading your outdoor living space. Whichever way you slice it, a deck remodel usually ends up being a lot less expensive than remodeling your kitchen, living room or basement.


Where to start When you decide to remodel your deck, one of the first decisions you’ll make is what type of material to use for the job.

Composite decking offers a great way to add beauty, while reducing time you’ll spend on maintenance. While composite has always been a low-maintenance option, composite decking providers have come a long way since the last time you may have purchased decking materials. For example, Fiberon composite decking offers capped composite options that closely mimic traditional grains and exotic hardwoods, a far cry from the plain and plasticlooking composite of years ago. With options like these, you’ll get the gorgeous appearance of wood without splinters, twisted boards and rot. And you won’t be staining or painting it every two years. Plus you’ll have warranties against fading and staining. Whether you’re redesigning a grand deck that dramatically increases the footprint of your living space or simply resurfacing a small deck, composite is a great option. Once you’ve chosen your material, it’s

time to decide the layout. Do you like the existing design of your deck, or are you looking to add a level for a little more dimension? Meet with a deck builder who specializes in outdoor spaces to go over your plans and get a cost estimate, or visit the Design & Build section at www.fiberondecking.com to use its free tool that facilitates designing your own deck. Other updates to consider Updating the rails on your deck is another great option to add fresh life to your outdoor oasis. New railings offer a way to add color, dimension and character to your deck. Plus, quality railings are needed for safety around higher-level deck elevations. This can either be done in concert with a complete remodel, or as a smaller side project if your current surface is still in good shape.

Since your deck connects you to the outdoors and allows you to comfortably enjoy your backyard, consider bringing nature a little closer by adding plants. Deck builders are craftsmen who can easily add built-in planters, bench seating and lighting as part of your remodel. Then hit the garden store to browse their selection of potted plants, weather-resistant seating and umbrellas. If you already have furniture, adding colorful new pillows or painting wrought-iron furniture is often all you need to add new life to your space. Lighting makes evenings more enjoyable and promotes a festive atmosphere, or can set the mood just right for a peaceful, relaxing night on your deck.

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Need a style lift? Begin with neutral flooring for ultimate design versatility o you pin your favorite bathroom makeover ideas on Pinterest, look for inspirational kitchen designs or dream about new decorating styles for your home? If so, you’re not alone. Many homeowners are opting to makeover their homes this year instead of upgrading to a new one. According to a recent survey by Better Homes & Gardens magazine, consumers rank “style upgrades” as the most important component of their upcoming home improvement plans, followed by storage. For future projects, consumers said their top style upgrades include flooring, countertops, faucets and fixtures. Laminate flooring experts from QuickStep suggest beginning a style upgrade project by installing neutral-colored flooring. Neutral floors create the perfect canvas to help tie all of a room’s design elements together. What is a fresh, new and widely-popular neutral color within interior design circles? That would be gray. Some of the hottest hardwood flooring designs for 2012 offer traditionally American brown tones that are delicately infused with a gray influence. Quick-Step offers a variety of styles and options with gray under tones — from rustic oak plank designs and floors with wire-brushed detailing to the same visuals and charm of a hardwood floor constructed from reclaimed, vintage wood. QuickStep’s Reclaime Heathered Oak flooring complements a wide range of decorating styles. Gray-toned floors provide the ideal backdrop to let your style and favorite colors shine through, and they also transition well as interior design styles and trends change.


Gray is the new brown Gray is no longer viewed as a trend color in design circles, but is now viewed by professional designers as the new neutral. “Gray is the new brown,” said Erinn Valencich, interior designer and blogger for HGTV’s Design Happens. “I used a graybased floor in my new design studio because it goes well under a myriad of other wood tones. You don’t have to use gray-based furniture on top of it — gray looks great with all wood tones.” Another benefit to gray-based flooring, Valencich

added, is that it’s very forgiving. Just look to large furniture retailers to see how their offerings now highlight graybased tones. The bleached-out, weathered Scandinavian look is very popular right now, Valencich said. It’s perfect to pair with a new gray floor. Colors that complement Don’t be afraid of color when designing a room with a gray-based floor, Valencich said. She suggests one of these color palettes to make a room shine: • 50 shades of blue. Gray looks beautiful with any shade of blue, from soft-powder blue to vibrant turquoise to charming daisy blue. • Bananas Foster. A favorite color trio of Valencich’s is yellow, chocolate and cream on top of a gray-based floor. The subtle flooring highlights the rich colors for a bold, decadent look. • Lovely with lavender. Lavender is one of this year’s hottest colors and a long-time partner for gray. Valencich suggested adding any color of purple to a gray floor for standout results. “Consider creating a focal point around a muted lavender wall and add some deep, rich, regal purple accents to bring it all together.” Need help choosing your colors? Try out Quick-Step’s “Design A Room” online tool that allows you to select different flooring options and see how they look with hundreds of different Valspar paint colors. Or search “The Idea Galler y” on Valspar.com for ideas to spark your room makeover, like Valspar’s “organic elements” color trend. Inspired by the calming energy of nature, this palette of chalky hues, earthy browns and mineral grays creates balance and stability. Then add a bright honeysuckle beige for an unexpected pop. Getting started When beginning a room makeover project, the first step is choosing a clear color palette. Wall color is a great place to begin, Valencich said, but any object — a rug, chair or artwork — can serve as your inspiration.


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Aug. 10-12. And plan to attend the next Build New Or ReDo seminar at the Homeworks showroom from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21; for reservations, call 955-2777. Remodeling questions can also be called in to the Homeworks Build New Or ReDo radio show Saturdays at 9 a.m. on KHVH AM830 (521-8383).

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A Picture-Perfect Home The type of artwork you decide to hang on your walls can go a long way toward supporting a positive, harmonious lifestyle. left This landscape image symbolically “breaks down” blocked walls. CREDIT: ©Depositphotos/tobkatrina

s a client walked me through her home, she felt comfortable enough to discuss a topic that had been troubling her. “I feel as if I can’t get away from my inlaws,” she told me. “They drive me crazy and constantly meddle in our marriage!” Entering the master bedroom, I immediately saw why. On the walls, a series of photos of her husband’s family hung haphazardly — most noticeably, a large picture of his parents facing her side of the bed. The problem may seem obvious to you, but she did not see the correlation between the placement of the photos and her feelings. Family photos are fine, but the bedroom is your sanctuary, and in feng shui, the relationship area of your home is probably not the best place for pictures of your in-laws.

below This eye-catching picture of a water lily is perfect for a wall at the top of the stairs.


The chicken or the egg In instances like the one above, the question that always comes up for me is, “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?” Did my client always feel her in-laws were intrusive or did she hang the photos and consequently “invite” the in-law-meddling into her marriage? The photos were a visible clue to what was going on beneath the surface.

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bottom left This image of “pairs” supports relationships and works well in a couple’s bedroom. CREDIT: ©Depositphotos/olga-ruza

the water element with mirrors, images of flowing water or abstract art in an undulating shape, making certain that the images appear to be flowing into the home.

we consciously and subconsciously take everything in. In our home, the artwork on the walls “speaks” to us, constantly pouring the energy of what is depicted into the environment. When you want to improve the energy of your environment, make sure the pictures on your wall support, not work against you. Do the images in your home depict what you want in your life? If not, consider replacing them with images that make a positive, uplifting statement in line with your visions and goals. Where images are concerned, here are some general guidelines to follow: • Let go of old times. If the images on your walls remind you of a time you would rather forget or from which you would like to move forward, take them down.

Your pictures are “speaking” to you When we are out in the world, the sights and sounds around us “speak” to us, and

• Avoid violence and turbulence. Scenes of battles, storms and raging waters are unsupportive, unless you enjoy never-ending conflicts and chaos at home.


• Let go of fine art that is “negative.” If you have expensive art that has unsupportive connotations or an unpleasant past linked to it, ask yourself if sacrificing the energy of your home for this “investment in negativity” is worth it. • Use images that are positive. When in doubt, hang inspiring and uplifting artwork that has personal meaning — images that depict life force, abundance, vitality, peace, happiness and harmony. • Balance the size of the wall with the size of the image. The size of the image should be proportional to the area where it is placed, so place large paintings in areas with a lot of space or group small paintings to fill a larger wall, balancing the yin and yang, or the passive and dynamic energy in a room.

• Blocked walls. If a wall is within six feet of the entry to your home, open up the space with an image that has depth perspective. For example, landscape paintings draw the eye past the wall by symbolically “breaking it down.”

• Top of stairs. Use bright artwork depicting fire colors (red, bright pink, orange), on the wall at the top of the stairs, to help the energy “climb” the stairs easier. Frame your children’s artwork using bright colors and let the image “call you” up.

• Behind the bed. Mountain and nature scenes and stationary images depict stability and are supportive. Avoid too much moving water (represents emotions) in the bedroom and incorporate harmonious pairs for peaceful relationship energy.

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Our homes are a reflection of our inner selves. So bring your dreams and wishes from inside your heart and display them on the walls of your home to better support your life.

• Entrance. Water is associated with the entry because it enhances the flow of energy through the front door. Represent

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e spend hours in the kitchen socializing, keeping the family organized and, of course, cooking and eating. As the center of the home’s activities, the kitchen should be as fun as it is functional. With just a few supplies and a free weekend, you can cook up a whole new look for your kitchen.

Warm up the walls Changing the color and texture of walls is an easy way to add some spice to any kitchen. Paint the walls a deep red or blue for a dramatic look, or make your space feel light and airy with a coat of sunny yellow or subtle taupe. Feel free to experiment with decorative painting techniques such as stripes, geometric patterns or textured finishes. After you’ve freshened up the color and texture of your walls, express your personal style through a few new accessories. An antique clock, picture collage or shelves with colorful canisters can be a decorative as well as functional addition to the space.

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Go Ahead, Color Your World! By adding splash accents to any neutral room, you bring energy and depth to your home, and turn it into a place worth celebrating.

’ve always been the type to look for any occasion to celebrate. So when the Honolulu Star-Advertiser asked me to write this column for its publication Hawaii Renovation and I started thinking about a name for it, the answer wasn’t at all difficult. To me, celebrating style means celebrating your home, your office, your space — and doing it with your style. I want this column to be all about fun, approachable ways to design and decorate those spaces so that they reflect your style in ways that will make you want to, well, celebrate! In this first column, I’ll talk about some tips to liven up your space and bring a smile to your face with quick, simple touches. Probably the No. 1 issue I run into when giving workshops or designing for clients is color phobia. You know the scenario: rooms that are beige, boring and blah simply because neutrals are safe and easy to match. So how do you liven up a neutral room? Two words: splash accents. Splash accents are the pops and sprinkles of color that contrast with your dominant colors to add depth, drama and interest. They’re also one of the most effective ways to make a room look put-together and give it a designer touch. What goes great with taupes, browns and creams? Vibrant colors that stand out from those neutrals. To really give a neutral room impact and style, try adding some chocolates to those taupes and creams, and fill in with bold, vibrant accents. Accents don’t always have to be bold, however. You can create interesting, relaxing spaces by adding lavender, powder blue or apricot to neutral rooms. We’ll talk more about calming spaces later. It’s also important to remember that if you add that splash in a painting or new rug, don’t just leave it there by itself! Repeat it in a few other elements by adding cushions, vases or drapes in the same shade as your accent color. This will carry the color throughout the space and create a more cohesive look. In rooms that already have a lot of color, splash accents can introduce energy. For maximum impact, determine the dominant color in your space, then find a color wheel, either online or in a decorating book, and go to that color’s


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direct opposite. This will be your complementary, or contrasting, color. For example, if your main color is blue, you’ll get a dramatic pairing by choosing oranges like persimmon or tangerine. If you want just a little more energy without the drama, go to the color wheel and find the colors on either side of your dominant color. Harmonious color schemes look good because all the colors are close to each other. So for your blue room, you could add a little green or yellow to get some subtle ripples of energy going — or try adding both. And a final easy tip: Let’s say you already have a focal piece like a sofa or rug with a color that you want to repeat as your splash accent. Take a cushion from that sofa, or get paint swatches or a fan deck and try to match that color. Reds and oranges, for example, are great to work into an island-style home, but there are hundreds of shades of red, from cherry to brick to rose. If you only guess at the right

shade, you might go shopping for new accents, only to find when you come home that they’re not cohesive with your space. To save yourself some time and headaches, it’s great to have your color samples with you while you’re shopping. Have fun adding color! You’ll be amazed how splash accents can add the look and energy that will give you a space worth celebrating.

Cathy Lee is president and designer of Cathy Lee Style and Cathy’s Marketplace, a furniture and accessories showroom with design services at 1110 University Ave. in Moiliili. Lee’s interior design work has been featured in local and national publications, on HGTV and in her DIY design workshops that teach homeowners the basics of style. To find out more, go to www.cathyleestyle.com.

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Update your bathroom from boring to beautiful T he real estate market is still in a state of limbo, which has many homeowners staying in place and looking for ways to make their current abode the most comfortable it can be. Upgrading a bathroom is a great place to start because it’s a smaller room and is used by both occupants and guests. A remodel can also help you save money on your utility bills. Here’s how to change the bathroom of your home into a beautiful and comfortable space:

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• Walls. A fresh coat of paint can go a long way in changing the look and feel of a room. Don’t forget about the ceiling. Even if you only give it a new white coat, the fresh look can make all the difference. Choose a paint that handles high humidity well to give your upgrade a longer lifespan. • Toilet. The toilet tends to be the largest water consumption appliance in homes. But replacing your older toilet with TOTO’s 1G, a one-gallon per flush ultra high-efficiency toilet, can really affect your utility bills. This gravity-fed toilet uses Double Cyclone Flushing technology to provide excellent performance and exceptional bowl-cleansing action to create a green, clean-flushing system that saves you money, water and time cleaning the toilet, always a thankless task. • Flooring. High humidity often found in bathrooms can quickly age the flooring, causing dated linoleum to peel and

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used, value, visual appeal, workmanship, functionality and overall quality. The winning project, dubbed “La Pietra Circle,” a condominium unit at 3082 La Pietra Circle in Honolulu, was designed by architect Phillip Camp and features the development of integrated spaces that make it easier to entertain large groups as well as the addition of a loft area and a renovated structural glass staircase — the focal point of the project. “With so many great contractors in Hawaii, it’s nice to win awards, but having it come from your peers validates the hard work,” Holcomb said. “The BIA also has several other categories and we also won a specialty award for an architectural detail, which was a stairway that we designed with glass rails.” The awe-inspiring staircase links the natural stone on the condo’s ground level with the walnut wood flooring on the upper level. Cast-in-place concrete stair treads were painstakingly colored to match the brown

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Transform your home, business property with stone veneer BY CAROL JOHNSON

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walls of coral, lava and moss rock with several sample pieces to pick up and examine. Big Rock veneer is like an “anti-gravity” rock — it weighs so little compared to real stone. This is amazing stuff. Without lifting it, there was no way I could have known it was manmade stone. I could suddenly see the potential to make radical improvements to my own dreary property walls. I decided to learn more about Big Rock. Big Rock is Hawaii’s leading manufacturer and supplier of the world’s finest Hawaiian cast-stone products. Since its inception in 1983, the company has focused on and specialized in replicating stones indigenous to the Hawaiian Islands. These include Volcanic Lava, Moss Rock, Ocean Reef Coral, Blue Rock, Cut Basalt stone and Ulupalakua stone veneer. Each type of stone veneer has been cast from pieces of natural Island stone. It is manufactured daily on Oahu at Big Rock's factory under the watchful eyes of foremen Kalani and Ross, who have been with the company for many years. Big Rock sells everything you need to install its rock, eliminating running around to pick up additional supplies. If your project is

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something manageable like covering columns or facing a wall, just call Big Rock and the staff will calculate your needs. I wanted to see some commercial projects that Big Rock has done over the years. I visited Ala Moana Center, where the whole mall level and front entry is Big Rock, the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center in Waikiki, which features Moss Rock, and Disney Aulani Resort, where all the stone on the walls was manufactured by Big Rock. I was very impressed. Just think of the walls, columns or planters you could cover with a rich and warm rockwall look. Whether you are a novice or an experienced mason, the installation procedure is easy and you can use veneer anywhere. I started by covering my concrete masonry unit (CMU) property walls, and

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The way to green up your home for health, savings D id you know that indoor pollutant levels are often two to five times higher than outdoors? Using the principles of green design will significantly improve your home’s indoor environment, leading to better health and well-being for your family. Simple home improvements can make a big difference, and they can save you money. Here’s how:

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ayor Peter Carlisle joined the Department of Facility Maintenance and the Hawaii Asphalt Pavement Industry (HAPI) June 27 to demonstrate several pavement preservation methods the city will evaluate as part of its effort to improve road conditions.

More than 120 guests from city, state and federal government agencies, as well as contractors and consulting firms, attended the demonstration to observe the application of each of the four treatments. The goal of pavement preservation is to treat a road that is in good condition to extend the life of the asphalt pavement. Mayor Carlisle would like to “protect our roadways to help stop potholes and other problems before they even start.” The four methods demonstrated are as follows: 24 • AUGUST 5, 2012

Crack fill Crack filling is the most basic of the four treatments that were demonstrated. The mayor himself demonstrated the filling of a crack with CrackMaster PL hot-applied crack sealant. Once moisture penetrates the asphalt, it will deteriorate the underlying layers, eventually causing failure. SealMaster Hawaii provides cold- and hot-pour materials that can be used as a first defense against pavement deterioration and moisture seeping in. Fog seal A fog seal is a light application of emulsion sprayed onto an existing asphalt surface. Plasti-Pave Rejuvenator is an acrylic reinforced asphalt emulsion. It is used to penetrate old asphalt surfaces that have become dry and to seal very small cracks and surface voids. It also coats aggregate particles at the surface. This product was applied by the City and County.

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Seal coat A seal coat is an application of asphalt emulsion that is usually mixed with coarse angular sand and applied to an existing asphalt surface. In addition to providing a protective barrier to stop water penetration, MasterSeal Ready-To-Use or OptiPave Plus sealers will also protect against oxidation, oils and gases, and will beautify your asphalt by providing a uniform black color on the surface. This product was applied by Walker-Moody Construction. Slurry seal A slurry seal is a mixture of aggregate, emulsified asphalt (cationic quick-set emulsion, CQS-1h), fillers, additives and water. Like a fog seal and seal coat, it is a surface treatment for older pavements. It will fill the surface cracks, stop raveling and improve skid resistance. Additionally, it will waterproof the surface and reduce oxidation deterioration. This product was pro-

vided and applied by Alakona Corp., which is currently using the slurry method in Mililani Mauka.

All products used in the demonstration are available at SealMaster Hawaii. These pavement-maintenance techniques have been used in the private sector for a number of years and SealMaster is happy to provide its products to the city, county and state. For more than 40 years, quality-driven contractors have relied on SealMaster, the most recognizable name in pavement maintenance in the world. With everything under one roof, contractors save valuable time and money on products, tools and equipment needed to do the job right. Pavement maintenance is simple with the help of SealMaster Hawaii. Call 8392781 to talk with one of the company’s trained professionals or visit the showroom at 2927 Mokumoa St. in Honolulu.