Join Olympic Peninsula Title Company for Building Connections!

Olympic Peninsula Title Company is hosting the North Peninsula Association’s Building Connections on Thursday, March 24 from 5-7 pm at their Port Angeles location, 319-A S. Peabody Street.  Join Maureen Pfaff and Olympic Peninsula Title Company staff for a tour of their offices and learn about the services they provide.  OPT has been a member of the NPBA since 1984!  For more information about Olympic Peninsula Title Company click here.

The purpose of Building Connections is to provide members an informal opportunity to network within the Association while encouraging members to “Do Business With A Member”. For more information, contact the NPBA office at 360-452-8160 or email faleana@npba.info.

Ed Hume Headlines The 14th Annual Building, Remodeling and Energy Expo, March 12 and 13 at the Sequim High School

Planting a garden can be as easy as putting seeds in the ground.  Then why does the garden not produce?    Landscaping is just planting flowers, scrubs and trees.  Yet plants die and others take over the yard.  If you have experienced either of these problems, or both, with your vegetable garden or landscaping, there is hope and there are solutions.

NPBA has the pleasure to present Northwest gardening expert Ed Hume to the Expo this year. He is the host of KONG TV’s “Gardening in America” and author of “Gardening with Ed Hume, Northwest Gardening Made Easy.” He will be at the show presenting “Easy Landscaping Ideas” on Saturday at 2:45 p.m. and “Northwest Vegetable Gardens” on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. He also will be available for book signing before and after his presentations. Please plan to attend his presentations as well as those of the many great speakers that are a part of our show.

Expo 2011 offers a variety of activities in addition to the over 90 inside and outside booths with over 75 exhibitors ready to talk about your new home construction, remodeling, landscaping, enerby or other home project needs.

Attendees can attend any of the free live demonstrations ranging in topics from the 400 square foot rule on building a garage or barn; all you need to know about heat pumps; solar electricity for your home and business; ‘passive house’ construction and heating benefits; to how to select a builder.

In the middle of Expo attendees will find an oasis to reenergize them.  The Sequim Gazette offers a place to rest, chat with friends, or attend a book signing with Ed Hume.  Find your comfort zone in booths 218-219 located in Hall #2. Come away refreshed and ready to take on more of Expo!

Food fare continues with the Sequim High School Sophomore and Junior classes teaming up to provide snacks and lunch items at a reasonable cost.  Leonard Johnson, with the family owned and operated catering business,  Mystery Bay Seafood Catering,  returns bringing mouth watering, fresh seafood along with other traditional fare.

Spinning its way into the 21th century is John Elliott and his live wood turning exhibit of making wooden tops.  Children, young and old alike, will be mesmerized by an almost forgotten trade and filled with wonder as John turns out tops to occupy hours of your time.

Children can experience the accomplishment of building their own birdhouse under the supervision of the 2011-12 Future Builders students and instructors.  Watch as your special child’s eyes light up putting hammer to nail creating a sanctuary.

This year we also have arranged for a live building demonstration called re:structure re:design. Peninsula College Green Construction instructor Jon Martin and students will be building a small garden shed out of recycled and salvaged building materials on the show grounds. This portion of the show is sponsored by Built Green Clallam County as part of its commitment to educate the public and builders about reducing construction waste. A special thank you is owed to Around Again, our local recycling, deconstruction and salvage store for helping provide materials for this competition. Please check in with Gavin Wuttken at 3:15 p.m. Sunday for a presentation about projects and information about the nonprofit store at 765 W. Washington St.

Capstone Sponsor for the 2011 Expo is PUD District No. 1 of Clallam County.  Cornerstone Sponsors include Angeles Millwork and Lumber Co., Inc., Hartnagel Building Supply, Bliemeisters’ Wood Works, Inc., Built Green of Clallam County, First Federal, KSQM 91.5 FM, Sequim Gazette and WAVE Broadband.

Expo is the place for building, remodeling and energy ideas.  Experience Expo March 12 and 13 at the Sequim High School.  For more information please visit sequimexpo.com.

New OSHA Residential Fall Protection Guidelines

On Dec. 16, 2010 OSHA rescinded STD 03-00-001 – STD 3-0.1A – Plain Language Revision of OSHA Instruction STD 3.1, Interim Fall Protection Compliance Guidelines for Residential Construction which had been in place since 1995. This directive allowed employers doing specified residential construction activities to comply with the requirements of OSHA’s Subpart M by implementing alternative fall protection and work procedures prescribed in the directive, however without a prior showing of infeasibility or greater hazard and without a written fall protection plan. OSHA did not intend STD 3.1 to be a permanent policy and it has been replaced by STD 03-11-002 Compliance Guidance for Residential Construction, which becomes effective June 16, 2011.  To read about the major changes in the rule, click here.