Current Tips & Appearances

This is my blog, where you’ll find my latest “Pro Tips” and news about upcoming appearances. Check back often!

Avoid Disaster!

Posted By on July 20, 2012

Avoid Disaster!
Installing a new bathroom faucet? Here is Ed’s “Pro Tip.” Always hook up the pop-up assembly and sink drain connection first. Then, install the faucet body and make the water connections. This will eliminate the possibility (and mess) of the faucet running without the sink drain line connected. It happens more than you think!

It Was A Good Thing!

Posted By on April 12, 2012

It Was A Good Thing!

I recently made an appearance on the Martha Stewart Show on behalf of Kohler Standby Generators. Pictured here, left to right, are Todd Weber (PR, Kohler), Martha herself, and Yours Truly. You can visit marthastewart.com or kohlersmartpower.com to get more information on the TV appearance and Kohler generators. Ed Del Grande working with Martha Stewart… how do you like them apples?!

Todd, Martha, and Ed

Credit: Rob Tannenbaum/The Martha Stewart Show

The Three “G’s” of Spring

Posted By on April 2, 2012

The Three “G’s” of Spring

Spring is here and with “April showers” on the way as well, don’t forget to check Ed’s “Three G’s” to help keep your basement drier:

  • Gutters—Make sure to extend your gutter downspouts at least 4-feet away from your home to carry water away from your foundation.
  • Grading—Make sure the soil area directly around your home slopes at least 1-inch per foot, so surface water does not flow towards you home.
  • Ground water—Install a basement “sump pump” system to control ground water before it reaches your basement flood level.

If you follow Ed’s list, you may avoid a “storm” of wet weather home problems!

Get a Grip!

Posted By on March 1, 2012

Get a Grip!

Decorative grab bars are now a popular accessory for any tub/shower stall. Remember, installing a grab bar is serious business. Safety depends on the grab bar being properly anchored directly into the wall studs. Pulling any needed permits and knowing your local grab bar codes before you start, can help you get a better “grip” on this project!

Looking for a Warm Reception

Posted By on January 23, 2012

Looking for a Warm Reception

Leaving frozen New England and appearing at the International Builder’s Show in Orlando, Florida, on behalf of the Kohler Company. If you’re attending the show, stop by the Kohler booth and say “hi!” If you can’t find me in the main area of the booth, you can usually “flush me out” in Kohler’s Toilet Area. Hope to see you there!