July 17, 2012

Pulte Homes has signed on as the builder of a new 1,956-sq.-ft. home addition for Aimee Copeland, the young woman who developed a rare bacterial infection called necrotizing fasciitis. She suffered from multiple amputations and is now facing a number of health issues. 

The home builder expects the addition to be completed within 40 days, when Copeland returns home from rehabilitation. 

April 26, 2012

Houston-based PF WaterWorks introduced the DrainEASY No Clog Bathtub Drain Replacement Stopper to eliminate trapping of hair and build-up of clogs in the bathtub drains.

February 13, 2012

With the new requirement in the 2012 International Residential Code (IRC) stating that builders must install mechanical ventilation in all homes, it is more important than ever that builders understand what ventilation solutions are available, according to Mike Moore, PE, LEED AP, Research Associate, Newport Partners, LLC, Davidsonville, Md. 

February 13, 2012

What began quite innocently as a pet project turned into a national movement for Anders Lewendal, the Bozeman, Mont., builder who has since gained wide acclaim for constructing a house made entirely from U.S.-made products.

Initially, Lewendal set out to build an “efficient, affordable and environmentally healthy” home for a client whose daughter has cystic fibrosis. In researching the building materials and parts required for the project, Lewendal was struck with this idea: Why not go for all-American parts and materials.

July 24, 2011

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission and Homelite Consumer Products, the 15-in. Homelite Surface Cleaner attachment for pressure washers can break, causing a laceration hazard. 

According to a notice on the Homelite website, "The nozzle can detach from the spray bar and eject from the product housing, posing a laceration hazard to consumers." Only the 15-in. single walled surface cleaner attachments with hexagonal brass colored nozzles are affected by the voluntary recall.

June 29, 2011

Valspar Paint has rolled out Valspar Plus, certified asthma and allergy friendly by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA).

June 20, 2011

Two news items last week -- here and here -- pointed to the potential for sales of medicinal marijuana-related products. Here's what we heard from readers. 

June 14, 2011

Its nickname is "the Walmart of weed."

Described as the nation's only hydroponics franchise that openly talks about medical marijuana, weGrow opened a 21,000-sq.-ft. store in Phoenix earlier this month. 

June 8, 2011

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that it is moving to ban the sale of “the most toxic” consumer rat and mouse poisons, as well as most loose bait and pellet products. The agency is also requiring that all newly registered rat and mouse poisons marketed to residential consumers be enclosed in bait stations so children and pets cannot access the pesticide.

June 7, 2011

An article in Consumer Reports highlighting Home Safety Month listed the top injuries that occur to homeowners doing home repairs, remodeling, yard work and other projects. Citing statistics from the Home Safety Council, the magazine reported that one in five consumers will need medical attention this year, as 43 million homeowners tackle 57 million home improvement projects. 

May 5, 2011

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSP), in cooperation with importer One World Technologies of Anderson, S.C., is recalling approximately 300,000 Ryobi 1/4th sheet sanders due to a risk of injury. 

Pieces of the fan can break off from the fan assembly and be ejected from the product, posing a laceration hazard to consumers, the CPSC announcement said. 

The firm has received 31 reports of broken fan pieces being ejected from the sander, including two reports of minor lacerations. 

March 22, 2011

A warning issued on March 22 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) indicates that U.S. consumers can still purchase harmful home and garden insecticides over the Internet.

March 3, 2011

St. Paul, Minn.-based Ergodyne announced an expansion of its Chill-Its Cooling line of products, including the new Chill-Its 6700CT Evaporative Bandana with Cooling Towel, and Chill-Its 6710CT Evaporative Triangle Hat with Cooling Towel.

February 19, 2011

Coast Hardware, a True Value dealer in Willits, Calif., keeps some unusual merchandise in the front of the store: a large cage full of cats, ready for adoption. According to an article in the Willits News, owner Don Buchanan and staff have been helping place animal rescue shelter cats in homes for several years. 

The Northern California hardware store partners with the local chapter of the Humane Society and a group called Anderson Valley Animal Rescue.

January 26, 2011

HCN asked readers: What do you think about the plans to attempt to repeal the recent overhaul of the healthcare system? Here is what we heard: 

January 17, 2011

Muscatine, Iowa-based Prefense, maker of Prefenz Botanicals hand sanitizers, has signed several contracts with major retailers, including Do it Best and True Value, according to the DesMoines Register. 

December 21, 2010

According to an article in the Washington Post, there are certain drawbacks to expanding ethanol content in gasoline to produce E15.

If consumers use the increased-ethanol-content gasoline for their outdoor power equipment -- even though they are not supposed to -- it could cause damage or dangerous conditions.

December 16, 2010

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has fined Monterey Park, Calif.-based Kinetic Solutions Inc. -- doing business as Rabbit Air -- $82,400 for allegedly selling unregistered and misbranded pesticides and making unproven claims about their effectiveness.

October 13, 2008

County Line Farm and Hardware in Brimfield, Mass., recently received a license to sell beer...

July 8, 2008

The incident occurred at a Pembroke Pines, Fla., Wal-Mart Supercenter garden center....

March 10, 2008

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September 30, 2007

Black & Decker issued a recall on its Grasshog Trimmer/Edgers due to a laceration hazard...