Friday, August 1, 2014


Spruce Up Your Outdoor Space With Deck Of Your Dreams Sweepstakes  

                Summer may be winding down, but the fun doesn't have to stop. 

Thompson’s® WaterSeal® is offering its Deck of Your Dreams Sweepstakes to help transform your dull outdoor space into a vision of perfection, with a grand prize valued at more than $15,000. That includes $10,000 in cash for building or repairing a deck, $5,000 in gift cards from the popular Plow & Hearth ( of home furnishings and an in-person visit from HGTV/diy Network star, Jeff Wilson, who will offer his expert guidance throughout the design and building process. Enter at from April 5-October 4
Past winners have included the Beck family in 2011 (tore out a 250 square foot composite deck and built a 750 square foot deck), the Durands from Minnesota in 2012 (built a 10x18 screened-in deck on their new house) and the Freeman family from Georgia in 2013 (just completed a 12x12 octagon-shaped deck.)

Wilson says that considerations when building a deck include size, shape, built-ins and type of wood. “But there are also a lot of creative choices to make once the deck is finished, he commented. “It’s no different than finishing a family room or any indoor space.” To choose a color of deck stain, Wilson suggests referencing the color wheel, and choosing a color that is opposite of your house color for a complimentary effect.

“The new line of Thompson’s® WaterSeal® Waterproofing Stain at The Home Depot® come in the five most popular colors – Acorn Brown, Maple Brown, Harvest Gold, Sequoia Redwood and Woodland Cedar – which will work with most home styles,” he said. 

And since “deck-cessories” make the deck, Plow & Hearth offers the following tips to up the style, function and comfort factor:

·          When selecting furniture for outdoor use, be sure to pay attention to the materials from which it was made. Woods like teak, cedar, eucalyptus and cypress are durable, long-lasting and require little maintenance. While wicker can be made of natural materials like rattan and bamboo, it is often crafted of resin—a durable, low-maintenance, easy-to-clean material. Wicker is often lightweight, which makes it easy to move around to create new seating looks whenever you wish.

·          The addition of deck planters can really make a deck come alive (literally!) Self-watering planters are an ideal choice, because their reservoir system ensures plants get the water they need to grow.

·          It’s important to find the right style of furniture for an outdoor space. Adirondack chairs remain a favorite outdoor option. Rockers and gliders offer a traditional, comfortable way to enjoy a leisurely afternoon on your deck.

·          Adding a trellis is an effective and affordable means to add vertical interest to an otherwise boring wall on the deck. Trellises can be almost any size.

·          Looking for the perfect lighting so the deck can be enjoyed late into the evening? Solar lighting is an eco-friendly, energy-saving option, plus it requires no wiring or cords, which means  installation is quick and easy. (And adequate lighting even makes the deck safer for use at night.)

Along with the 2014 Deck of Your Dreams Sweepstakes, the Thompson’s® WaterSeal® web site ( will feature a new look and inspirational new projects and deck care advice for the 2014 season. And there’s even more “deck-citement” at, and

"Experts Creating Experts" Contest Will Award $25,000 to Pursue Your Passion ( USA only)

Does the dream of being a top chef stir your soul? Does the possibility of getting your pilot’s license make your heart soar? Want to fine-tune your musical talent? What kind of expert do you  want to be?

Service Experts Heating and Air Conditioning, one of North America’s largest heating and air conditioning brands, wants to make your passion happen.

 The “Experts Creating Experts” contest, open now through September 30, will award $25,000 to be used toward gaining expertise and training in that one topic you’re most passionate about.

To enter, visit or, and submit an essay, presentation, photos or video explaining one subject in which you would like to become an expert, why you are interested in that subject and how/why this expertise would improve your life. The winner will be awarded $25,000 to be used for professional instruction, to attend school, take a trip, for equipment or in other ways that help make them an expert on the topic.

 “We know that becoming an expert isn't easy, and it doesn't happen overnight, but the upside is tremendous” said Dave Moody, director of marketing for Service Experts. “We’re committed to being experts in home comfort because that is what our customers deserve. Now we want to also “pay it forward”, and help someone else in their pursuit of expertise and excellence. We cannot wait to see what America wants do to!”

Judging of entries into the Experts Creating Experts contest will be based on: the creativity of the entry, the uniqueness of the area of expertise and the inspirational appeal of the entry.
The initial round of judging will be conducted by a panel selected by Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. Finalists will then be posted on the Service Experts Facebook page for the public to encourage Service Experts to help one person’s dream come true.

 About Service Experts
 Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning, based in Plano, Texas, is one of North America's largest heating and air conditioning brands, with over 95 locations serving more than 2,000 homes and businesses per day. Service Experts service centers provide heating repair, air conditioning repair, indoor air quality sales and service, HVAC system sales and installation, HVAC maintenance for both the residential and commercial HVAC markets. Find Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at or at