The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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February 27, 2014

More than 100 exhibitors ready to show off faucets to do-it-yourself projects

— The Home Builders Association of Southwest Missouri is putting on its 28th annual Home Show this weekend, and some exhibitors will be trying something new.

For the first time, the Home Show has scheduled workshops and demonstrations to help those who want to tackle do-it-yourself projects.

More than 100 exhibits will be at the Joplin Holiday Inn Convention Center, and 12 workshops are scheduled for today and Saturday. The workshops include how to make a rain barrel, how motion sensing faucets work, and how to make chic garden treasures.

Crystal Harrington, executive officer of the association, said that after each hourlong workshop, those in the audience will have a chance to win $100. It’s up to the demonstrator whether the money will be given in the form of cash, gift card or product.

Harrington said the demonstrations will appeal to people who are renovating or building their first homes, including those of younger generations who frequently look at Pinterest — a photo-sharing website that allows users to create and manage theme-based image collections, including home decor.

“It’s a changing world,” Harrington said, adding that the demonstrations will help people create what they see online.

“For instance, these girls are painting a wall with horizontal stripes of different sizes and colors,” she said. “Because it’s kind of a Pinterest world, we’re trying to fill that gap of how do you actually do what you see on the Pinterest pages.”

Harrington said people who visit the Home Show can talk to professionals and get advice from those who have background information about different projects.

“If you see it on TV or in a book, that’s interesting, but you don’t have the knowledge,” she said. “That’s the advantage of coming out and spending a couple of hours walking around here.”

Amanda Wilmoth, director of advertising at Derailed Commodity, said a lot of the products the store carries are “super friendly” for folks to install at home.

“It used to be that tile and grout was kind of tedious,” she said, adding that people now can install vinyl and tile almost as easily as putting a puzzle together. But there are tougher projects that the store’s staff might discourage people from attempting to do on their own.

Holly Hukill, co-owner of Joplin Floor Designs, said the store has been a part of the Home Show for about 15 years, and this is the first time it will have full granite slabs at the event.

She said it’s a chance to show people a little bit of everything the store has to offer, including its new products. She said it’s also an opportunity for people to stop and ask questions.

“People who are looking to remodel or build, this is the place they all come,” she said. “I think they wait for it.”

Harrington said there are more contractors this year than there have been at past shows.

“That means that if at any time in the next year or two you’re thinking about building or remodeling your home, this is your chance to talk to these guys,” she said. “If you come out here and talk to them, most of them have gone to great lengths to make a booth that shows you what they do.”

Jeff Owen, sales manager at Joplin Supply, said the company organized a demonstration of touch faucets to show how they operate and “educate the people so they aren’t scared of new technology.”

Harrington said about 3,000 people attended last year’s show, and this year she’s hoping for up to 4,000. There has been a resurgence in building, she said, because people who have been waiting to rebuild their homes have decided it’s time.

“Three years out from the tornado, we’re ready to go,” she said.

Hours and cost

THE HOME SHOW will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and Saturday, and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 per person, $3 for seniors and free for children under 12.

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