Kodiak Launches “Built for Generations” Collection

Kodiak, a Canadian bootmaker, has launched its new Built for Generations lifestyle boots collection. The collection comes in both men’s and women’s styles and is being launched for Fall/Winter 2020. The Built for Generations Collection also celebrates Kodiak’s 110th anniversary as Canada’s Boot and is highlighted by two distinct styles for both genders: the women’s Cloverdale Plaid and Canora Plaid waterproof styles and men’s McKernan Chukk and Clayburn boot. “We celebrate Kodiak’s 110-year anniversary as Canada’s Boot with the introduction of our new Built for Generations collection. Built for Generations…

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Preventing Tool Theft on the Jobsite

Vault-like jobsite boxes are ideal for deterring theft of tools and supplies, but must be designed with attention to seemingly “small” details that increase security to keep thieves at bay According to some insurance companies, tool theft on construction sites cost over a million dollars each year. But, the National Equipment Registry (NER) places that figure even higher, at over a billion dollars annually.The NER figure may be more accurate as theft of smaller power tools and equipment are often not reported to insurance. Sometimes, going through the claims process…

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Discreet Smoke Detectors Gain Favor in Homes

Small, unobtrusive smoke detection sampling points replace traditional smoke detectors for improved look, superior fire protection Although smoke detectors are essential for safety and mandated by the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association), traditional, bulky models mounted on ceilings or walls in high end residential homes can interrupt – even ruin – the overall design and feel of a space. As a result, many affluent homeowners are seeking out alternative solutions that allow for the discreet placement and even concealment of smoke detectors. For some, this has meant adopting more advanced…

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Stone Deck Market Opens Up for Contractors

Proven installation system opens up market for elevated stone decks and patios, balconies and stairs For years, decks, elevated patios and balconies have been popular choices for homeowners when designing or remodeling their outside living spaces. However, until recently, decking options have been limited primarily to wood or composite materials. Natural stone, pavers and tile – while aesthetically appealing – were simply too heavy and difficult to install on traditional wood joist framing. Fortunately, a new durable, plastic polymer grid system is facilitating the installation of stone up to 3”…

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Milwaukee® Develops the First Brushless, 18V One-Handed Reciprocating Saw

  Milwaukee Tool once again solidifies its leadership in the reciprocating saw category with the introduction of the M18 FUEL™ Hackzall® One-Handed Reciprocating Saw – the first brushless, 18V one-handed recip saw on the market. Combining the power of M18 FUEL™* with a compact, ergonomic design the M18 FUEL™ Hackzall® is the fastest-cutting 18V one-handed recip saw on the market. Delivering up to 3X faster cutting in key plumbing, electrical, and remodeling applications versus other one-handed recip saws, the new tool allows users to make 50% more cuts per charge…

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RoyOMartin Rebrands, Expands its Eclipse™ Product Line

  Updated nomenclature better defines the products, their uses and benefits RoyOMartin has unveiled updated branding for its popular Eclipse™ line of radiant barrier oriented strand board (OSB) sheathing products and expanded the line. Alexandria, La.-based RoyOMartin manufactures OSB and plywood at plants in Louisiana and soon in Texas. “Eclipse ™ Air & Moisture Barrier is a panel and tape method that integrates the energy efficiency of a radiant barrier and the benefits associated with diffusing vapor and air in a single housewrap product,” said Leigh Ann Purvis, RoyOMartin’s marketing…

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Essential Home Soundproofing Tips for Contractors

In residential homes, condos and multi-family apartments, protecting occupants from recurring, excessive noise has become a growing and increasingly important part of the renovation business. By doing so, contractors can not only generate more revenue but also literally improve the quality of life of appreciative homeowners or tenants. Noise can come from both exterior and interior sources. Locations near busy streets must suffer vehicle traffic, sirens, alarms, squealing tires and brakes, not to mention passing trains and airplanes. Neighbors that share a common wall often must endure loud, thumping loud…

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Spotlight on Spring 2017: Introducing the Davenport

As more and more millennials join the workforce, the demand for younger, more adaptable work footwear is increasingly evident. Featuring lighter, faster and more colorful styles, the KEEN Utility™ Spring ’17 introductions re-imagine the look and feel of the work boot, blending premium protection with quality comfort and ease of wear. Leading the charge is the Davenport, a medium-duty boot with a remarkably lightweight design and 100% non-metallic construction. With the versatility of a hiker and top-notch safety features, this boot is a must-have on and off the job site….

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Paver Restoration: Hardscape Contractors Learn to “Seal the Deal”

Application of premium cleaners and sealers to aging hardscapes is opening the door for new opportunities in paver restoration   In the past, the hardscape industry has sold concrete pavers and natural stone as a maintenance-free investment that will last a lifetime.  However, over time, wear and tear as well as harsh weather conditions inevitably reduces a once-beautiful installation into a patchwork of dirty, stained or moldy pavers with weeds between the joints. While little can be done to stop Mother Nature or the march of time, paving installers do…

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