I just finished working four days of setup for the National Association of
Home Builders in Las Vegas, NV, which opens tomorrow.
What an awesome site, including a two story 2000 sf house built in the North
Hall. And a couple of more built in the parking lot on the Paradise Blvd.
side. And all built in four days. Tons of exhibits from everything from
nail guns to $12,000 decorative glass/ornamental metal doors. $8,000 Viking
stoves. Every darn thing you can imagine that is used in homebuilding and
Anyone here lucky enough to attend? If so, I will see you there. I got
lucky, and get to work during the show.
A truly awesome sight.
Most trade shows are easy to get into. If you write in advance, you can get
reregistered with most any letterhead or business card, even if it is
generated in your computer. They send you badges in advance. Usually no
registration fee. Go to LVCVA.com and get a convention schedule. Figure
which ones you want to go to, and apply in advance. At the door, a polite
manner, and a business card that relates to the show usually does it. Can
even be as generic as "Smith Consulting Services", and be accepted. Lots of
lookie-lous and rubberneckers there. Dress the part and act right, and you
will sail right in. Only a few shows that are closely scrutinized. They
want buyers, and don't want to offend anyone. You will get lots of
freebies, free entertainment, and a pretty good price break on anything they
The show is absolutely like Disneyland for a home repair guy. I bought a
Drill Doctor 750 for $149 at show special price. Hope they work as good as
people say they do. I have been wanting one for a long time. I must have
200 dull drill bits kicking around here. I could spend thousands at the
show. I saw a huge set of entry doors today for $10,000. Now, if they
would just pick the RIGHT darn lottery numbers.
Looking around at the convention makes me want to go out and get busy around
the house. But for now, I am going to relax until I have to go back
Thursday for teardown. Consumer Electronics Show and Home Builders back to
back have been two VERY busy weeks. More shows in the pipeline, and then
it will be time to do my honeydoos around the houses.
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