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 If you're tackling a project, obviously cost is a huge factor, but so is quality. You don't want to settle for cheap materials. Call for Action has found a pretty great tool for you to use before heading out to the home repair store.

A remodeled kitchen, hardwood floors, and a new master bedroom...these are just some of the projects Barbara Bestini recently hammered out in her home.

Barbara Bestini, Consumer

 "With the floors we did a lot of comparison shopping because there were just so many different floors available."

 If you're tackling a project, you don't just want to look at cost, you want to consider quality..but that can be time consuming, now Call for Action found an easy way to get it done.

Chris White, Pathnet.org

"We put together a set of durability data and combined it with a very good economic decision model to help people make economically efficient decisions about building materials."

 Do-it-yourselfers can log onto www.pathnet.org and download the nest toolbox..a computer program to help you make home repair decisions.


"Enter the specifics of your house, how many windows, doors, square feet, how many garages you have. The program creates a virtual model of your house.

Next, pop in your zip code and the durability doctor does the rest.


"We than can estimate your labor rates , how much it's going to cost to install it."

 You can play around with different roofing, siding, garage doors, and window choices. Using the durability calculator, you can even decide if it makes sense to pay more for materials that last longer. Best part about pathnet.org...it's free.

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