alignment issue on bootstrap page

I have the following page that is using Bootstrap 3.x, It's not currently using media queries, but I expect to implement them soon, thus the reason why I'm using BootStrap.

I'm currently trying to get the different sections of the content to align up properly, but am having trouble doing so. The page is essentially composed of 3 horizontal sections:

1) banner section, section with the dark green background
2) nav section - section with the light green background and nav menu items
3) content section - includes the logo in column 1, and 2 side by side boxes that contain the main content of the page

what I'm looking to do is line up the left margins, so that the text in the (ExchangeTree) in the banner section left aligns the the first menu item (Home) which then aligns up to the left border of the left content box.

I've tried playing around with the different "col" classes in BS but nothing seems to work. I'm hoping to accomplish without putting the banner and nav sections in their own BS "row", I believe I tried that and it screwed up my menu. If that's the only solution, I'll do it, but want to explore other options as well.

I'd prefer to this via CSS but am not opposed to using javascript/jquery to do the calculations.

URL: http://www.exchangetree.org/_newDesign2/test.asp

TIA
Josh
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Scott Fell, EE MVEDeveloper & EE ModeratorCommented:
The outer box of #1 and #2 actually do align.  The reason your nav does not align is because you have it nested a few times over. Each of those could have some padding or margin.  div.container-fluid .verticalCenter has 15px and the 2nd div below that with id #bs-example-navbar-collapse-1 has another 15px.  Keep looking for padding and margin in those nested div's. I saw border colors spec'd meaning you could have boarders as well and those take up space too.

The reason #1 and #2 don't match up with #3 is because you have div#xtCol1 set to col-sm-3 where the leftmost columns of #1 and #2 are set to col-sm-2.  Start by making div#xtCol1 set to col-sm-2.

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Big MontyWeb Ninja at largeAuthor Commented:
thx for the advice, I'll have a go at it probably tonight and report back
Big MontyWeb Ninja at largeAuthor Commented:
removing the specified width on xtCol1 and adding padding-left: 0px to each of the nested divs seems to have resolve the alignment issue

thx again for pointing me in the right direction
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