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Published: Thursday, 10/13/2005

American Hardwood Info Just A Click Away

Interested in new kitchen cabinets or countertops but concerned about matching with your hardwood floors? Not sure how to remove white rings and water marks from furniture? Need to remove a pet stain or silence a squeaky step? If so, helpful hints, ideas and answers are just a click away at www.hardwoodinfo.com -- the American Hardwood Information Center s comprehensive and user-friendly Web site.

With new tips each week, the site is a reliable one-stop source for practical information about the American hardwoods and American hardwood floors, furniture, cabinetry, millwork and built-ins.

The information is organized into easy-to-navigate categories, with helpful advice for every stage of a design or remodeling project. Checklists, how-to s, and details are found in About American Hardwoods, Ideas and Trends, Product Choices & Considerations, Care & Repair, Materials & Methods and Green Design & Building.

One popular feature is the guide to American Hardwood Species, which encompasses everything you need to know about 23 major American hardwoods from oak, ash and aspen to hickory, basswood, walnut and maple. You ll learn the woods characteristics and how they look in light, medium or dark finishes.

Practical tips help clear up the confusion on a wide range of topics, including:

* How to tell what type of finish is on your hardwood floor and whether it s time to refinish.

* Considerations for using hardwood floors over concrete slabs or radiant heat.

* Ideas for adding hardwood moulding and trim throughout the home.

* The sustainability of American hardwoods and their prominence in environmentally-friendly interiors.

The site also features the weekly Ask Rose feature, in which author and columnist Rose Bennett Gilbert answers visitor questions about decorating and remodeling. (You can submit your own questions if you can t find the information you re looking for on the site.)

The Web site, www.hardwoodinfo.com, is sponsored by the American Hardwood Information Center, an independent, nonprofit organization.

CAPTION: The American Hardwood Information Center adds fresh decorating tips and advice each week at www.hardwoodinfo.com.

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