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Home Show provides answers to questions inside, outside and under the house

March 24, 2013|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com
  • Coby Rubeck, 11, of Hagerstown works on his fun house mirror project with a hammer Sunday morning during the annual Home Show at the Hagerstown Community College's Athletic, Recreation and Community Center.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

Problems with leaves in your gutters?

The 28th annual Home Show at Hagerstown Community College had the solution with products like the Leaf Filter.

A little chilly on your patio recently?

Shawley’s Superior LP Gas was there to help on over the weekend with a Napoleon-brand outdoor heater that also served as a light. The device shot a column of fire up a tube and could be fired with a 20-pound barbecue grill gas tank.

Old rusty iron sinks and bathtubs got a new look with the Miracle Method Surface Refinishing and Mark VanMetre of VanMetre Truck-N LLC could assist visitors with sand and gravel needs.

There was help for geothermal systems, burglar alarms, fireplaces, garage doors, paint and chain saws.

Hidden fences?

Check.

Custom countertops?

Check.

Real estate advice?

Got it.

“We install sunshine,” proclaimed a sign above a booth where information about sunrooms was offered.

It seemed hardly a thing was missing as the home show — sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Washington County, Herald-Mail Media and Shawley’s Superior LP Gas — entered its second day Sunday at HCC’s Athletic, Recreation and Community Center. Organizers said close to 100 vendors made it convenient for homeowners who were looking for a variety of home-improvement help under one roof.

For homeowners tired of the continuous chore of scaling up an extension ladder to clean leaves out of gutters, there are a variety of new styles of gutters designed to keep debris out.

Bill Grove was at the home show to demonstrate the Leaf Filter, which involves the installation of a surgical-grade stainless steel mesh that covers the top of a gutter. The covering can go over existing gutters, and part of the process involves capping any openings in a house’s gutter system to prevent bugs, birds or snakes from entering, Grove said.

“People get a lot of problems with black snakes in their (gutter) troughs,” Grove said.

A man passing by Grove’s booth asked him how the Leaf Filter holds up in torrential storms.

“It will not sheet over,” Grove said.

“Ever?” the man asked.

An iron bathroom pedestal sink sat on the floor at the booth for Miracle Method Surface Refinishing. Half of the sink was rusty, dirty and worn out, while the other half had a bright, new look.

Company spokesman Ryan Gladhill said the refinishing involves a three-part system that includes a patented chemical bonding agent and an acrylic top.

Gladhill said his company has been enjoying good business in recent years as homeowners have decided to keep their houses and make improvements to them. He said the cost of refinishing pedestal sinks starts at about $150 and goes up depending on the amount of damage and size. Bathtub refinishings start at about $375, Gladhill said.

VanMetre had a layout in his booth showing a variety of sand and gravel offered by his company and how the materials find their way into assorted products.

Some of VanMetre’s sand and gravel go into concrete, but he also specializes in material that surrounds drain pipes for septic systems. He also offers a sand that is ideal when laying patio pavers.

“This touches so many industries,” VanMetre said.

VanMetre said he has been in business for 26 years and things have been picking up recently as home building starts to rebound.

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