December 2, 2011

In addition to alerting the industry to trends in new products, this holiday edition of the New Product Showcase can be seen as a gift guide for the beginner or serious DIYer. From stocking stuffers to show stoppers, or from impulse items to big tickets, here’s our holiday sampler. It’s the thought that counts.

Toro Z Master and GrandStand

November 9, 2011

Columbus, Ohio-based Dorcy, the flashlight leader, introduced the Dorcy Metal Gear XLM (extreme lumen) LED aluminum flashlight.  Producing 618 lumens from a single LED chip, the new high-performance flashlight provides a beam distance of up to 1,100 ft.

August 29, 2011

Stocks continued to show monthly declines, but not as much as last week. Gas prices, meanwhile, held steady at $3.59 per gallon of regular.


June 17, 2011

Residential remodeling activity continued to rise across the United States, showing a 15% increase in April 2011 in year-over-year comparisons, according to an index compiled by BuildFax, which uses a national database of building permit data. 

The latest BuildFax Remodeling Index (BFRI) indicates that residential remodeling activity registered its eighteenth-straight month gain.

March 10, 2011

San Diego-based WD-40 is giving away Now & Then Twin Packs to help celebrate the 10-year anniversary of its WD-40 Fan Club.

Fans who share their top 10 uses for the lubricant receive the twin pack -- an 8-ounce collector's can from the 1950s and a modern 8-ounce smart straw can. 

February 23, 2011

Madison, Wis.-based Wolf Appliance introduced its largest grill to date -- a 54-in., 51,000 Btu unit with five stainless steel burners. 

An optional side burner for high heat and preparing side dishes is available and packs 25,000 Btu into the outdoor configuration.

The company says the product is a response to consumer demand for more variety in outdoor grills. 

January 18, 2011

The home improvement and home building industry remains a leading cause of statistics. And here's the latest industry metric: the BuildFax Residential Remodeling Index (BFRRI).

Launched by the BuildFax, the Austin, Texas-based provider of building permit data, the BFRRI reports residential remodeling activity across the nation based on building permit activity filed with local building departments.

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