Editor's Blog

Editor's Blog
ICS editor Eric Fish sounds off on events, news and all the latest hot topics surrounding the carpet cleaning and restoration industries.

Housing Mess = Pent-Up Demand For Your Services

November 19, 2008
Earlier this week the U.S. Commerce Department released October stats indicating that new home and apartment construction have dropped to an annual rate of 791,000 units, a 4.5% decrease from September.
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Eat or Be Eaten

November 7, 2008
I love nature shows, especially those that demonstrate ferocity in the animal kingdom. Last night I caught a segment where an imposing monitor lizard went looking for lunch in a badger’s den, only to end up becoming lunch for the badger.
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California Dreaming ... or Nightmare?

October 31, 2008
When I took my first trip to California in 1982, the state’s sunny skies, palm trees and ocean views entranced me. With the Mamas and the Papas’ “California Dreaming” playing in my head, I understood why people were moving there in droves.
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Finding Hidden Treasure

October 24, 2008
Who wouldn’t love to discover hidden treasure? Wouldn’t it be great to stumble across a priceless painting at a garage sale or find a rare historical document in your attic?
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Green Gold

October 17, 2008
It’s been fascinating watching the world turn green, i.e. “environmentally sensitive.” Because BNP Media has published Environmental Design + Construction magazine since 1997, we’ve been able to watch the recent “green rush” from a position of insight.
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In Memoriam: Philip J. McLaughlin, CR#045

October 15, 2008

ICS columnist Doug Heiferman shares his thoughts and feelings on the passing of Phil McLaughlin and the impact he had on the cleaning and restoration industries.
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That Will Be $49 for Parts and $99 for Fuel

October 9, 2008
Fuel prices are adding to the pressure on construction pros.
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I've Got the Bailout Blues

October 3, 2008
Bailout or keep bailing?

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The Sky's Not Falling Quite Yet

September 29, 2008
When it comes to pronouncing the arrival of doomsday, the bandwagon is open for business 24-7.  But don’t feel bad; with the sledgehammer-to-the-skull approach the headlines are taking these days, it’s not much of a stretch to find yourself buying into the program lock, sinking stock and $700 billion bailout. 
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Houston, We Have Big Problems

September 23, 2008
Many in Texas are returning to homes that look like this tornado-ravaged home in Florida.

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