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New online tools for remodelers

September 05, 2000

NIBCO Inc.’s latest Plastic Fittings Catalog is now available online. In addition to standard specification information on general application plastic products, the new catalog also features technical information not contained in earlier versions. Contents include material selection, plastic irrigation products, engineering data, warranty information and more. To view the new catalog, visit www.nibco.com.

Quest Solutions, provider of construction estimating tools, has enabled users to access customer support and service via the Internet. Online training sessions with live trainers, software updates, usage tips, technical essays and more can be accessed at www.questsolutions.com. For additional information, contact the Internet Support Center at 800/452-2342.

RedLadder.com now allows remodelers to bid online with QuickBid 2.0. The bidding workflow system enables contractors to broadcast invitations to bid to their subcontractors and suppliers, as well as receive responses online. The updated program now includes integrated tools such as maps, weather reports and driving directions. Organization tools allowing remodelers to manage and expand personal contact lists round out the program. For more information, call 415/641-9000 or visit www.redladder.com.

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National Contractors.com has allied with Handyman Online to provide contractor referral services for smaller home repair and improvement projects. Now, homeowners who need help finding professionals for smaller projects and improvements will be sent directly to Handyman Online via National Contractors.com’s Web site. More information on both companies can be found at www.nationalcontractors.com or www.handymanonline.com.

Now, small and midsize remodelers can access the power of a full-service advertising agency at www.wenailit.net. The site provides sales and marketing tools as well as ideas and advice online. The site also offers custom-designed and industry-specific lead generation, advertising and brand-building tools. The tools are based on graphic designs provided by the Cyr Group advertising team. The site allows customers to select a creative concept, customize with company logos and personalized text, and select custom colors for individualized marketing tools.

Web-enabled software from Solutions On Site allows homeowners to work on the product selection process at their convenience. Remodelers can lead customers through the selection process in a secure, customized environment. Product comparisons, time lines and budgets can be generated through the service. For more information, call 847/317-3800 or visit www.sosmarketplace.com.

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