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hen my older sister moved out on her own, my parents made sure she took a toolkit with her. It was ready-made, but it had most of the basics and got plenty of use. Eventually, when it was my turn to move, she handed it down to me. It was handy, but it wasn’t complete. Luckily my roommates brought toolkits of their own, and with our tools combined, we were able to tackle most projects. There is nothing more frustrating than when you are missing the right tool for the right job. While the fol-


lowing list won’t cover every tool you’ll ever need, it is a great start: 1. Utility Knife. Save steak knives for cutting steak. Also known as a box cutter, a utility knife with replaceable blades will come in handy. 2. Screwdriver set. Marshall Hickox of Homeworks Construction suggested getting a screwdriver with reversible flat and Phillips-head attachments in various sizes to accommodate different screw head sizes. 3. Drill. I opt for a corded

version over cordless. It costs less, weighs less and doesn’t require charging. 4. Hammer. Some people say you need a hammer and a rubber mallet, but when space is tight like it is at my house, you’ve got to be creative. If I need a rubber mallet, I simply cut a slit in a tennis ball, slide the hammer in, cover the head with a sock, and secure it

with a rubber band. 5. Scissors. Instead of using kitchen scissors for house repairs, designate a special set for those jobs. Nobody wants to cut chicken or herbs with the same scissors that were used for cutting grime and hair out of a clogged drain. Other handy essentials include measuring tape, an

extension cord, needlenose pliers, adjustable wrenches, screws and nails and a variety pack of batteries. As Hickox suggested, go for quality products. “Always avoid cheaply made tools,” he said. “Some break on the first use or are so poorly made they will damage what you are working on.”

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Construction loans Owner/builder construction loans are one of HCFCU’s specialty loan products, and they are becoming increasingly popular with both long-time and new members. This innovative loan program is one of the best options for homeowners planning to demolish their current home and build a new one. It can save tens of PHOTO COURTESY OF HCFCU thousands of dollars off what you might be paying through a bonded contractor. With different construction loan programs available, you also have the option of working with a bonded contractor. Once approved for the appropriate construction loan program, funds are disbursed as the work progresses and the borrower has the option of interest-only payments during construction. When dealing with new construction, it is essential to work with choose a land loan? Perhaps you have a professional who will be there for you found a vacant lot that is just the right size every step of the way. Your HCFCU home and location for your new home, but you’re loan officer will visit the site to oversee not ready to build. When the time is right each phase and make sure the work is to start construction, you can then apply moving along as scheduled. Also, all for an owner/builder construction loan. HCFCU construction loans are processed Since your documentation will already be and funded locally, meaning the needed on file, HCFCU will be able to streamline funds are provided in a timely manner. the application process and save you time. Since this program became available, HCFCU has provided financing for numerHome equity line of credit ous owner/builders islandwide. In many cases, your home’s built-up equity could be the best source of financing for Vacant land loans remodeling projects. With a Home Equity With just 20 percent down, you could Line of Credit (HELOC) from HCFCU, you qualify for a loan to purchase vacant land. are able to put that equity to work for you HCFCU is one of a few lenders that can and turn it into accessible funds. Instead of issue a land loan with these terms. Why limiting your renovation project to just cash

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Stone maintenance 101 n Hawaii, stone is a natural, beautiful building resource that is perfect for our indoor-outdoor lifestyle. And although it is among the most durable of materials, proper maintenance will help you enjoy your stone for a lifetime. “With the holidays approaching, many people will be hosting parties and family get togethers, which means more traffic in and around your home,” said Bella Pietra CEO Layla Dedrick. “Now is the time to protect your stone before the holiday season really gets into full swing.” Prevention is a piece of cake:


• Use coasters under glasses, particularly those containing alcohol or citrus juices. • Dust-mop interior floors using a clean, non-treated, dry dust mop. Sand,

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he five elements exist in nature and within us. Based on our personality, past and present circumstances, and complex life experiences, we tend to identify with and express certain elemental qualities more than others. Elemental personality traits Water people: Intuitive, imaginative, persuasive, competitive and good communicators who go with the flow. Wood people: Hard working, diligent, always busy, productive, cooperative types who, at times, tend to overspend. Metal people: Straightforward, intense, pursue goals with great focus, success-oriented and unwavering in determination. Fire people: Magnetic, happy, often the center of attention, risk-takers, leaders and always on the move. Earth people: Nurturing, caring, practical, logical, helpful, calm, responsible, reliable types who love stability. Looking back at your life, you may notice that you expressed one element more than another at different points. When you were in your 20s, you may have been bolder and more daring (fire); once you had children, however, you may have transitioned into the nurturer and taken on the role of stable parent (earth). Then the kids leave home and you find you’re more inter-

ested in time alone, deep conversations and quiet spaces (water). By recognizing the elements within us and in our lives, we gain insight into our present nature. I have created a series of questions about each element as it relates to where you are currently in your life. Take this mini-test to help you get a sense of which elemental traits are dominant or least expressive in your personality. (The full version of this test can be found in my book, Feng Shui Your Life!) What is your dominant element? Answer the questions below in terms of where you are in your life presently, not how you think you should be, or want to be, or used to be. Don’t peek to see what element you relate to until the end! Use the following scale of 1-5: 1. No! Definitely nothing like me 2. Not really like me 3. On the fence/not sure 4. Yes. Quite like me 5. Yes! Exactly like me MYSTERY ELEMENT 1 • Are you an achievement-oriented person? • Do you like environments that are active?

MYSTERY ELEMENT 2 • Do you tend to go with the flow when plans change? • Are you creative and imaginative? • Do you enjoy things that are offbeat and unique? • Do you prefer to stay out of the spotlight? • Do you have strong concentration powers? • Do you find large social circumstances intimidating? MYSTERY ELEMENT 3 • Do you like things to be precise? • Are you always on time for appointments? • Do you worry about things not going perfectly? • Are you picky about things when you travel or eat out? • Are you a perfectionist in some areas of your life? • Do you hate chaos and love organization? MYSTERY ELEMENT 4 • Are you just plain fun to be around? • Do others see your life as exciting? • Can you speak in front of people quite easily? • Do people see you as someone who is optimistic and enthusiastic about life? • Do you often invite your friends out to do something “fun”? • Are you impulsive and spontaneous? MYSTERY ELEMENT 5 • Do you love helping others out when they need it? • Are you a nurturer and a caregiver?

• Are you a “hugger”? • Do you like to be in charge but behind the scenes? • Are you the peacemaker of the family? • Do you love to be needed by those around you?

Your score Add up the total from each element and list the elements in order from your highest to lowest score. The element with the highest score is the dominant elemental quality you currently express in your life, and the element with the lowest score is the least expressed energy in your life. You may also find that you are balanced in all categories.

Mystery element key: 1 is Water, 2 is Wood, 3 is Metal, 4 is Fire and 5 is Earth. Do not judge your results as “good” or “bad.” If you desire to strengthen the element within you that received the lowest score, use more of that element in your environment as a reminder to balance and awaken your inactive traits.

Elemental representations Water: Fountains, fish tanks and images of water Wood: Plants, live flowers and wooden furniture Metal: Metal items, including home accessories Fire: Candles, sunlight, incandescent light Earth: Landscape images, pottery and solid-looking items

We all have a little bit of every element within us. If you want to stimulate a shift in yourself, activate the appropriate element by using it your environment for support!

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How to ‘green’ your home in 48 hours O ur lives are more hectic than ever. In addition to working more than eight hours a day and caring for others, the average person (ages 25 to 54) spends approximately one additional hour per day on household activities, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ American Time Use survey. With everyday maintenance tasks depleting your free time, you may think it’s impossible to fit in bigger home improvement projects. It’s time to change your mindset and reevaluate your home improvement to-do list. While it may seem overwhelming, one weekend is the perfect amount of time to tackle a few cost-effective and eco-friendly home-improvement projects that can add style and functionality ... and even save a little ‘green’ as well. The following projects will help to ‘greenify’ your home:

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hen you call Clinton Murakami’s crew at Murakami’s Roofing, it’s like having friends in the roofing business. Murakami’s crew is friendly, courteous and professional, and its members want to make re-roofing your house as easy and stress-free as possible. It all starts with a free roof inspection by a Murakami-qualified professional roofing expert. Depending on the condition of the roof, you may have to re-roof or repair it. Murakami’s Roofing will recommend the best course of action and provide a written estimate. Like a friend, the company’s employees take the time to answer all of your questions, tell it like it is and enjoy answering all of your questions until you are satisfied and confident in your decision. Right now, Murakami’s Roofing is offering up to 50 linear feet of free gutters with a complete re-roofing project. Give the company a ring at 348-8270. Even though it’s almost Thanksgiving, it’s still pretty toasty in Hawaii. Murakami’s can help cool you off with solar cooling solutions like solar reflective shingles. These asphalt shingles reflect the heat of the sun so that the inside of your house stays cooler. Plus, they help lengthen the life of your roof. Or ask about solar attic fans or roof coatings — Murakami’s is here to help. The company has received a lot of positive feedback. One customer said, “We are 110 percent happy for a job well done — beyond words.” Another satisfied customer noted, “Just want to say thanks to you and the crew for your excellent service.”


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A ‘great’ company with an exciting new name

here is some thrilling news in the Hawaii flooring community and you are the first to hear it! Pacific Imports International is proud to announce that it will now be operating under its new name — Kahala Pacific Floors. Everything else about the company is the same — same great products, same great service. According to president and CEO, Shirley Pai Hilton, the change came about with the desire to permanently emphasize its flagship product, the Kahala Floors line of fine wood flooring, and also let the world clearly know what business the company is in. “We kept the original name (Pacific Imports International) when we purchased the company a number of years ago, but there always seemed to be a lot of people who were confused about just what exactly we were importing,” said Hilton. That coupled with the fact that the company is known as the manufacturer of Hawaii’s best engineered wood flooring line, Kahala Floors, made it a logical change. The company star ted out with its Bayside brand of solid wood and bamboo flooring, but has added to its product offer-

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ings over the years and now features tile, stone, laminate, LVTs and carpeting from major brands such as Daltile, Mohawk, Columbia, Metroflor, Armstrong, Kardean, Royalty, UCL Carpets and so many more. Kahala Pacific Floors plans to add more products over the next few months to give its customers even more choices to pon-

der while they shop in the beautiful 3,000-square-foot showroom. In par tnership with Allen Canter, a 40-plus year veteran of the flooring industr y, Kahala Pacific Floors offers installation for all of the products it sells. Fantastic pricing is available for full product and installation packages. One of the most popular features at Kahala Pacific Floors is its monthly Wood and Stone Flooring 101 seminars. People

are blown away by how good the information is and how much they learn from the seminar. The next one will be held Saturday, Nov. 10 at 10 a.m. In addition to a continental breakfast, the 90-minute session features information on various flooring choices, their pros and cons, installation information and what might be right for your budget. Best of all, private sale pricing is available for seminar attendees only. Call 847-7711 to save a seat today.

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lite Design Group LLC strives to turn dream kitchens into reality by working hand-in-hand with its customers from day one. The Honolulu-based design and construction firm walks clients through the entire design process step-by-step, starting with an initial meeting in which Elite Design Group’s project managers will give a free estimate on the project based on each client’s personal budget. “Some people have $50,000 to work with, while others may have $150,000 to work with. So instead of coming to the client with a proposal right off, this introduction phase lets us know their budget so we can put together something that is affordable to them and that they’ll be happy with,” said owner Ray Adams. From there, Elite Design Group and the client work together over the course of several meetings to put ideas to paper and piece together what the final outcome of the project will be. “We walk the customer through every-


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thing step-by-step,” Adams said. “We come out and do measurements, we go shopping with them for materials ... there’s a whole process.” Clients remain closely involved even after the actual physical labor begins, as

Elite Design Group stays in daily contact to keep customers updated with their project’s progress. And should any unforeseen problems or setbacks occur, Elite Design Group’s team of competent, experienced workers inform homeowners immediately

of the situation and their proposed solutions. “A big part of the project is to make the client feel like they’ve actually done part of the work,” Adams said. “Overall, we make the customer feel like they’ve been part of the project.” Call Elite Design Group at 847-3888 to set up an appointment, or visit its showroom located at 570 A Dillingham Blvd. during normal business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

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Explore the option of painting ‘maintenance-free’ materials W

e often hear how certain exterior building products are maintenance-free. Once installed on your home, you can forget about them forever, the ads say. Vinyl siding, composite decking, fiberglass trim and factoryfinished aluminum are just some of the materials that fit the description. But what if you want to paint them — to change the color, freshen the appearance or simply provide an extra layer of protection? Can you paint something that doesn’t require painting? “Most of the time, you can paint these materials,” said Debbie Zimmer, paint and color expert at the Paint Quality Institute. “But it’s important that you follow the right procedures when doing so.” As with other exterior paint jobs, it’s important that you first make any repairs that are necessary, then thoroughly clean and rinse the surface before applying any type of coating, said Zimmer. If mildew is present, remove it using a three-to-one water/bleach solution, followed by a thorough rinsing. Another thing: It’s always wise to apply a coat of top-quality acrylic latex primer when painting maintenance-free materials. A primer will help the paint get a better grip on the surface, and give the finished paint job more uniform color and sheen. When it comes to the paint itself, it’s important that you use the right product. Zimmer said that high-quality, 100percent acrylic latex paint is a great choice for almost any type of exterior painting, but it’s essential when painting surfaces that are designed to be maintenance-free, which often are very smooth and slick.



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Open up a versatile living space

ith the active and bustling lifestyle families lead, it is no surprise that they frequently change the way they interact with, and in, their homes. Different stages of life call for different living spaces. Most homes are not equipped to offer this versatility. Outfitted with traditional swinging doors that squander space, standard-width doorways offer limited accessibility and restrictive living areas. According to a survey on homeowner and home buyer priorities, the ideal home readily adapts to a family’s changing room space requirements. For example, the addition, growth and departure of children or elderly relatives create significant demand for flexible floor plans. Make the most the most of your home and use Johnson Hardware’s ingenious Multi-Pass Pocket Door Hardware to optimize existing square footage. A home that is able to evolve with ever-changing families has functionality at the forefront of its design. Johnson’s MultiPass Pocket Door application enables up to three 400 pound doors to glide effortlessly into the inside of the wall. Since pocket doors do not swing open or close, you can reclaim floor space consumed by traditional hinged doors. Make high-traffic areas of your home more accessible with a large entryway that won’t inhibit wheelchairs, walkers or foot traffic. Whether it’s a play room for the kids or


living quarters for an elderly relative, the pocket door bottom track can be recessed in the floor for easy navigation through the entryway. With standard Multi-Pass Pocket Door Hardware, you can create up to 12-foot-wide doorways or wider openings with longer custom tracks. Reveal large open areas when the pocket doors slide back inside the wall. Now you have an expansive space for guests to socialize and mingle, an area perfect for family game night or a safe, open area for children to play. Pull the doors shut and the large space quickly transforms into two cozy and more private settings, such as an intimate

home theatre to watch the latest movie or a comfy, peaceful nook to catch up on your reading. The Multi-Pass Pocket Door Hardware allows for a level of versatility that standard doors and entryways cannot mimic. Johnson’s Multi-Pass Pocket Door Hardware is manufactured for superior performance and strength with up to 16 gauge steel components. Pre-packaged tracks made for three-door applications. Custom track lengths up to 192 inches are also available. Offered in both residential and commercial grades, the 111MD is capable to support doors up to 150 pounds, the 100MD handles up to 200 pound doors, and the heavy-duty 200MD hold doors up to 400 pounds per individual door. To ensure jump proof operation, the hardware is available with heavy-duty extruded aluminum one-beam tracks with four-wheel ball bearing hangers or aluminum box shape tracks with convex rails and three-wheel ball-bearing hangers. Manufactured and tested to exceed ANSI standards, all Johnson Hardware products are backed with a limited guarantee. For more information, visit www.johnsonhardware.com. This article is courtesy of Home Improvement News and Information Center.

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Keep your home ‘spotless’ with the latest window technology W

hen it comes to the best in window care, Discount Windows & Doors has always been at the forefront of new technological developments within the fenestration industry. In 2009, owner Jerry Griffin, who has more than 20 years of experience in the window and door industry, identified a need for a window system specifically engineered for Hawaii. Virtually every window being sold in Hawaii was designed on the Mainland, for


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the Mainland. The Makai Range of windows and doors was specifically developed for Hawaii using state-of-the-art technology to develop a window system ideal for this environment. The first consideration for the Makai Range was a glass suitable for Hawaii — something stronger and more thermally efficient than what is currently available, and something with the ability to repel salt, minerals and organic dirt common in Hawaii.The solution was Neat® glass from Cardinal Glass Industries. The standard glass in all of the Makai windows is Cardinal LowE 366 Neat®: Insulated self-cleaning, doublestrength glass with a Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) of 0.27 that reflects more than 90 percent of radiant heat, leaving your home significantly cooler.




These windows can almost clean themselves, which is pretty darn “neat.” And you get all of the performance benefits of Cardinal’s Low-E glass. Neat®’s naturally clean glass harnesses the sun’s UV rays to loosen dirt so water can rinse it away, leaving windows virtually spotless.Your windows will stay cleaner longer and be easier to clean. Homeowners and builders will enjoy the effects that a little sun, rain and Neat® glass bring to windows. It all starts with the sun The titanium dioxide layer of Neat® glass reacts chemically with the sun’s UV rays to cause organic materials that are on the glass to decompose. It works even on cloudy days, as 80 percent of UV radiation gets through the cloud cover. Thus when it rains,

the decomposed dirt no longer clings to the glass and easily rinses away.

Smoother glass is cleaner glass Neat® glass is ultra smooth. A thin layer of silicon dioxide makes it exceptionally smooth and hydrophilic — much smoother than ordinary hydrophobic glass.This allows water to disperse evenly, or “sheet off,” and evaporate quickly, greatly reducing water spotting. Easier-to-clean window glass just got better with Cardinal’s Neat® naturally clean glass. No manual activation is required, just a little help from the sun. The results are almost spotless windows, and you’ll spend less time cleaning and more time enjoying the view. For more information or a free estimate, call Discount Windows & Doors today at 673-6656.

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Satisfying clients with quality workmanship W

hether it’s constructing a brand-new home or implementing an addition to an existing structure, Hua Xia Construction is poised to handle the job. The family business is equipped to assist customers with everything from additions of full rooms or levels to kitchen and bathroom renovations, which represent some of the popular requests in recent months. By adding on to an existing structure or enhancing high-traffic areas such as the kitchen, homeowners can increase the value of their property while also supplementing their level of comfor t. In today’s tough economy, it may not be feasible to build a new home from scratch, but Hua Xia will work within customers’ budgets to find the best home improvement solution. Xiang Feng Cao got his start in the construction industry while working as a carpenter in China. He eventually opened his own business and workshop there before deciding to move to Hawaii in 2000. The skilled craftsman worked for various local companies until deciding to build his own construction team. Cao, with the help of his son, Andy, formed Hua Xia Construction in August 2008.The company draws inspiration from historic construction projects in China and Japan that have withstood the tests of time and remain solid structures today. Hua Xia

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aims to help its customers build or remodel their homes in similar fashion, and brings a desirable combination of style and durability to each job.

The duo, along with a team of experienced workers, has been assisting local home and business owners with their building and remodeling needs ever since. As Andy explained, Hua Xia receives a great deal of business via positive referrals and by prospective customers noticing other finished projects. “Most clients will see a house we’ve built or remodeled in the past as an example of our workmanship,” said Andy. “We feel confident working as a family to make our clients happy.” Hua Xia will handle the design and permitting process all the way through completion of the project, building quality struc-

tures from the ground up — or in some cases, from the inside out. The company also takes pride in its smooth finishing techniques, especially on various flooring applications, where experience and professional quality are vital. From minor renovations to multi-million dollar projects from scratch, Hua Xia is ready to handle the task. Cao and his staff stress customer service every step of the way. Hua Xia provides homeowners with detailed models to aid in the visualization process, and will work to incorporate materials that are both cost-effective and of the highest quality. “We provide customers with a 3-D layout of their project so they can visualize what their home will look like,” Andy said. “Customers appreciate the quality of work that we provide and a reasonable estimate beforehand that is usually met upon the completion of the job.” For more information, call Hua Xia Construction at 636-1888, or visit the website www.HuaXiaConstructor.com.


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