CertainTeed rolls out new siding
CertainTeed introduced ICON, a new composite siding that the company calls “revolutionary.” Made in the USA, ICON combines the look of wide cedar planks with moisture resistance to withstand harsh conditions.
“Our engineers have created a revolutionary, unique premium cladding that delivers a new level of beauty and performance,” said Kelly Warren, marketing manager for CertainTeed Siding.
A thermoset, polyurethane composite cladding, ICON is engineered to have superior moisture resistance to prevent expansion and contraction. Additionally, ICON is lighter and more flexible than fiber cement or natural wood to offer remarkable speed and ease of installation. In fact, a single installer can cut several planks at once, carry up to five at a time and precisely fasten each plank to a structure in fewer steps — reducing man-hours by a considerable margin.
“Homeowners will love ICON’s rich texture, wide flat face and highly defined shadow lines. Building professionals will appreciate its light weight, easy installation and proprietary features that take the guesswork out of the equation,” Warren said.
ICON’s extended-length, 16-foot panels can be installed without flashing or caulking and butted together tightly, preventing unsightly joints and seams. CertainTeed’s STUDfinder feature identifies wall stud placement for accuracy, and the self-aligning Stack Lock ensures each plank is hung securely for superior wind load performance. In addition, a wide 7-inch reveal and hidden fastener system eliminates visible nail heads for a cleaner, more attractive exterior.
A storage bag that’s on the level
Early this year, Milwaukee Tool introduced the Redstick Box Levels and Compact Box Levels. Now comes the new Redstick Storage Bags.
Available separately, or as part of Starter and Master Sets, the new storage bags are constructed of water-resistant 600D Nylon and 1680D Nylon on the backside for maximum durability when sliding in and out of areas such as truck beds. All-metal integrated tool loops and a carrying handle provide added versatility and easier transportation.
Each bag features storage options for multiple lengths of levels. The 48” Storage Bag has 3 pockets that fit 24” and 48” Redstick Box Levels or Compact Box Levels, while the 78” Storage Bag has 4 pockets that fit 24”, 48”, and 78” levels. Each bag also has external storage to give users and extra option for storing miscellaneous building materials or small layout tools, such as the Milwaukee Pocket Level and Block Torpedo. A debris vent on the bottom of the bag ensures any dust or refuse left on the box level when stored has a place to escape and doesn’t build up.
The 48-inch Level Storage Bag carries an MSRP of about $70. The 78-inch version sells for about $100.
Safety First, Second and Third
You would like Chris Falcon if you met him. You’d probably want to hire him. He is a combination of polite, serious, professional, friendly and knowledgeable. He was on our cover back in December 2010 when we wrote about the Home Depot’s distribution strategy (see picture).
I was reminded of Falcon when our staff was researching ideas for a safety-related story by typing the words “forklift accident” into a popular internet search engine. Even though our editors have been desensitized by the violence of “Game of Thrones,” we were shocked by what we saw on the small screen.
[Note: You can take the forklift accident video poll at HBSDealer.com. Better yet, turn to the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association forklift safety program. Recorded in an actual lumberyard environment, the best-practice-rich program has trained thousands of employees across the country, and offers steps towards compliance with OSHA standard 1910.178.]
The accident videos demonstrate that this stuff can’t be exaggerated. And companies at the top — such as Home Depot, which ranks No. 1 on our Top 300 Industry Scoreboard — embrace that attitude.
That brings us back to Chris Falcon and the time I visited Lake Park, Ga., to tour one of the retailer’s modern distribution centers.
The massive facility was carefully designed — even the tools on the pegboard were outlined to show what tool goes where. More to the point, lines were painted on the floor to guide the paths of foot traffic and forklift traffic. At intersections of these paths, the word “stop” was written for the pedestrian to obey.
During the morning rush, Falcon would stop at these lines, look left, look right and proceed safely.
Now picture this place at lunchtime. Nothing moving for miles. No sound of whirring machinery. And here’s Falcon leading our group to an intersection in the empty building. I wondered if he would stop at the line and look both ways.
Let me emphasize: There’s neither machine nor soul for seemingly miles around. The only sound was our footsteps in this huge, empty space.
Here’s what happened: Falcon walked to the line, stopped, looked left and right, and proceeded safely.
Point made. If you’re going to follow safety best practices only when it’s convenient, then you might as well not follow them.
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