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As 2014 comes to a close, AWDI would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of Door & Window Business a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Jan. 7, 2015.

They aren't kidding: EPA fines over 35 companies for violations of the RRP Rule
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
From July 23: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has taken enforcement actions that will require 35 home renovation contractors and training providers to take additional steps to protect communities by minimizing harmful lead dust from home renovation activities, as required by the EPA’s Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting Standards. These actions are in addition to the fines levied against Lowes Stores. They aren’t kidding. The rules are in place to protect families, children and workers.
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How much extra does it cost to do RRP when replacing windows?
AWDI
From Aug. 6: AWDI, working with window installers and other RRP professionals, has created a Time and Materials document to demonstrate the additional cost necessary to properly follow RRP when replacing windows.

Window Replacement is the most egregious project when it comes to raising lead dust because, like a pepper mill, the raising and lowering of window sash grind the lead paint into dust. Also, windows are the most frequent spot in a home where lead paint was used because it weathered so well when it first was applied. And, windows and doors get wet (rain and condensation for example) and that water gets under the paint causing bubbles, and eventually paint chips.

When adding RRP to the cost of window replacement is tough enough in a highly competitive marketplace. Over-estimating or worse, under-estimating, can affect your bottom line. The Time and Materials projection should help make you more accurate and protect your bottom line.

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10 sweet, often overlooked tax breaks
NASDAQ
From Feb. 19: The goal of every taxpayer is to make sure the Internal Revenue Service gets as little as possible. For that to happen, you need to take every tax deduction, credit or other income adjustment you can. Here are 10 tax breaks, some for itemizers only, others that any filer can claim, that often get overlooked but could save you some tax dollars.
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10 tax write-offs you aren't using to your advantage
Mashable
From Feb. 5: You already know that you’re legally obligated to pay your taxes, but that doesn't mean you should pay more than you owe. Each year, American taxpayers leave money on the table by missing some key deductions. Run through these commonly overlooked write-offs to see if there are any you should be taking. It might just mean more money in your pocket this year.
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John Solari: 5 tax deductions to know before filing
Reno Gazette-Journal
From Feb. 26: Every spring, taxpayers leave an estimated $1 billion on the table because they don't take advantage of all the tax deductions and tax credits available to them. Some of those tax deductions are common ones that are missed because taxpayers don't itemize. But other deductions are new, not as well known, or complex.
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Lowe's settles EPA allegations on lead paint
Los Angeles Times
From May 15: Lowe's Cos., the home-improvement retail giant, has agreed to pay a $500,000 civil penalty and roll out a new record-keeping policy for contractors that could encounter lead paint. The settlement, announced in April, ended a federal investigation into allegations that Lowe's had violated safe practices to prevent lead pollution. The Environmental Protection Agency alleged that Lowe's failed to show in its records that its independent contractors on renovation projects were certified by the EPA, received the required training and followed lead-safe practices.
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Top 5 reasons why 'the customer is always right' is wrong
QCSS Smartcenter
From Oct. 8: Businesses have all heard the saying, "The customer is always right." Many have been told to live by it. However, it may be time to start re-thinking this phrase and use a different approach because ironically, it leads to worse customer service.
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7 home improvements that pay for themselves
The Christian Science Monitor
From Jan. 15: Energy savings is certainly on a lot of people's minds as Winter 2014 has kicked off in fearsome fashion across the United States. Yet savings know no season, and are sometimes affected by a timeline of when energy investments will have paid for themselves.
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Glare from energy-efficient windows can melt siding, vehicles
WRAL-TV
May 7: Energy-efficient windows make up more than 90 percent of all new window installations in the U.S., according to a survey by the National Association of Home Builders. But they can become problematic for homeowners when sunlight bounces off the windows and is so intense that it can melt siding on houses and parts of vehicles.
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A dozen deductions for your small business
Fox Business
From March 19: Small business tax rule No. 1: don't mess with the IRS. But that doesn't mean you should cheat yourself. Take every legal deduction you can. Here are a dozen that even savvy small-business owners and entrepreneurs sometimes forget.
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