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A conservation ad that’s just plain weird

BY Ken Clark

“Rip the Drip” may not be a household name. But he’s a positive influence on household water consumption.

Rip is the star of a series of public service announcements from the WaterSense program and its three–time WaterSense Partners of the Year, Kohler Co. and Lowe’s.

In the commercials, Rip shows up in people’s homes when water is being wasted. He reminds them just how weird it is to use more water than you need. Appropriately, the announcements are called "Wasting Water Is Weird."

You can watch the videos here.

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A mixed bag of home channel merchandise

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IPG Decorative Concrete Line of Tapes
Intertape Polymer Group has targeted the decorative concrete industry with a new line of products. The line consists of five products: DC Ultra2in1 is a new double-sided masking tape designed to act as a barrier to an overlay application; DC Blue is a blue masking tape designed to prevent chemical bonding resulting in sealer failure; DC Orange is a clean removal duct tape designed to work on rough surfaces; DC Grout is reinforced tape for strong grout line pulls; and DC Drape is a film that prevents overspray and provides solvent-resistant protection. (intertapepolymer.com)

Bosch Angle Grinders with Protection Switch
Bosch Angle Grinders with Protection Switch only operate as long as the switch is being pressed. If the switch is released, the machines immediately shut down. The “Protection Switch” is designed so that the switch can be operated over the entire length of the handle, regardless of whether the angle grinder is held at the front, back or in the middle. As a result, users always have full control over the tool even in difficult working positions. The angle grinders offer power ratings of 1,100 to 1,500 watts. (boschtools.com)

Makita 18V Impact Driver
Makita’s new 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Brushless Quick-Shift Mode 3-Speed Impact Driver is the latest addition to the company’s 18V cordless line up. The tool features Quick-Shift Mode, an automatic electronic controller that downshifts and reduces rotation and impact speed prior to driving the screw into place. It is engineered to minimize screw thread stripping, screw breakage and damage to work. (makita.com)

Kuhn Rikon Classic Snips / Classic Mini Snips
Kuhn Rikon’s new Classic Snips and Classic Mini Snips can cut almost anything, whether for cooking, gardening, crafting or cutting packaging open quickly. Self-sharpening and rust-free, these stainless steel snips feature a spring-loaded design, ultra sharp shears and serrated lower blades. The Classic Snips and Classic Mini Snips feature ergonomic easy-grip handles for left or right-handed use. They lock shut for safety and storage. (kuhnrikon.com)

Weyerhaeuser Hardwood Edge
Hardwood Edge is the industry’s first OSB floor panel specifically engineered for use under hardwood floors. The panels offer enhanced dimensional stability and high density that provide for outstanding fastener holding — ideal for the demands of hardwood floors. Along with improved fastener-retention and high density, the panels include patented Down Pore drainage technology: Three specially shaped grooves at panel ends that eliminate standing water to reduce the potential for water absorption. That built-in drainage reduces edge swell, virtually eliminating the need to sand. (woodbywy.com)

Heat & Glo New Ultra-Slim REVO Fireplace Series
The Heat & Glo REVO Series features slender, 7-in.-deep profiles and the patented Razor burner. Once a hole is made in the wall and SLP venting pipe is set, the lightweight units are hung on mounting brackets. The fireplaces are available in square, linear and vertical models and can easily be installed during any stage of building or remodeling. (heatnglo.com)

Arrow Steel Sheds
Arrow Shed’s new sheds offer a range of durable, affordable vinyl-coated steel storage solutions. Along with protection for garden tools and other outdoor gear, Arrow Steel Sheds feature vinyl-coated steel that will not warp, split or crack. (arrowsheds.com)

Moen Faucets with Antimicrobial Product Protection
Moen is using technology from Microban International, which specializes in built-in antimicrobial product protection, to help keep faucet surfaces visibly cleaner and resist stain-causing bacteria. Microban technologies are engineered to work continuously and won’t wash off or wear away. The new Ashville and Walden collections are sold exclusively at The Home Depot. (moen.com)

Jenn-Air Ventilation System
The telescoping Jenn-Air Accolade ventilation system is arc-shaped, with a curved, sculptural profile designed to place ventilation power even closer to the cooking source than traditional systems. The 36-in. Accolade system is equipped with a pressure-stabilizing in-line blower system that removes cooking smoke at a rate of up to 1,200 cubic feet per minute. The inline blower system minimizes operating sounds. (jennair.com)

Larson 6-Outlet Waterproof Power Distribution System
Larson Electronics has added a 6-outlet portable low-voltage spider box to its line of power distribution systems. Equipped with six waterproof outlets, the system combines the benefits of a step-down transformer with the flexibility of a spider box, enabling operators to split a single 120 or 240 VAC input into six 12/24VAC or 12/24 VDC outlets. (larsonelectronics.com)

Husqvarna All-Wheel Drive Mower
The new Husqvarna HU800AWD features All-Wheel Drive technology, designed for uneven terrain and the toughest mowing conditions. It features a heavy-duty steel deck and a Honda GCV 190 engine. Its wheels feature an aggressive tread pattern, which provides additional traction and maneuverability. The All-Wheel Drive walk mower is available exclusively at Lowe’s and authorized Husqvarna dealers nationwide. (husqvarna.com)

John Deere 50G and 60G Compact Excavators
The John Deere 50G and 60G Compact Excavators are the newest models of the G-Series line. The 50G and 60G are outfitted with a DOC/DPF after-treatment device to meet the Final Tier 4 emissions requirements. Both models incorporate the auto-idle feature that slows engine speed when the pilot-control levers are momentarily released. (deere.com)

Milwaukee 18V Compact Impact Wrenches
As part of the new M18 FUEL line, the new tools feature Milwaukee’s exclusive combination of the PowerState Brushless Motor, RedLink Plus Electronic Intelligence and RedLithium 2.0/XC4.0 Battery Pack to deliver up to two times more runtime, up to 50% more torque and a proprietary 3-Mode Drive Control feature. The new PowerState Brushless Motor works harder, lives longer and converts energy into power more efficiently. RedLink Plus Intelligence hardware and software allows the user to choose between three fastening modes with the Drive Control feature. (milwaukeetool.com)

Aqua Mizer Toilet Flush System
The new version of the Aqua Mizer Adjustable Flush System delivers the same leak prevention and flush volume reduction as the original, features a new design that has fewer parts and enables the product to be sold at about half the price of the original. The system’s leak-prevention feature gives the user full control of the water entering the tank. The new chlorine-resistant flat flapper is adjustable to set the optimum flush volume for each toilet. (aquamizerinc.com)

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National Hardware Show preview

BY HBSDEALER Staff

As home building begins to rebound after a five-year slide, the National Hardware Show is celebrating with an expanded Building Products category that calls out exhibitors with special signage to make them easy to pick out on the show floor. Among those scheduled to represent this enhanced category are GRK Fasteners, Louisville Ladder, CoverGrip Corporation and Dumond Chemicals, and pro dealers planning to attend include Gahahl Lumber and BMC.

“Timing is everything, and we are confident that this is the right time to welcome traditional hardline building products back to the Show,” said Sonya Ruff Jarvis, VP attendee programs for Reed Exhibitions. “We will offer building products that complement the core hardware category, such as tarp, twine, rope, blades, tools, fasteners, power tools, metal framing and more.”
Dumond Chemicals, in its 22nd year at the National Hardware Show, will unveil new environmentally friendly paint removal products, Catch-N-Cover microfiltration membranes and graffiti removal products. “Being under the Building Products umbrella, it’s going to be good to have a dedicated space to introduce new products to the dealers and heighten their awareness of these new products, which can ultimately lead them into new customer segments,” said Dumond president and CEO John Petroci.

Also for the first time this year, the Farm & Ranch category will have a dedicated area of 20,000 sq. ft. on the show floor and will feature such exhibitors as Hengjin Electron Co., MaxPower Precision Parts, Solo Inc. and The Cordage Source. Megan Menzer, owner of Newton’s True Value in Cherryvale, Kan., is happy to see the expansion of Farm & Ranch at the Hardware Show, which reflects what’s been happening in her own two stores.

“Farm and ranch is big in our area, and we recently started a dedicated section in our stores,” said Menzer, who opened her second location in October 2012 and carries such products as cow tags, electric fences, minor medical supplies, herbicides and pesticides. “Instead of having special Farm & Ranch stores, you’re now finding the category is present in more diversified locations, including many hardware stores. Fifty years ago, that’s what the hardware store was — a farm and ranch supply store — and I think that’s coming back.”

In other developments, Made-in-the-USA products will have their own area on the show floor and include displays from more than 50 companies; the Pet Pavilion has been expanded and features special signage; and the Energy Efficient Products section, being sponsored by Polaroid and Intelligent Green Products, has been beefed up and will include exhibitors Heat Controller, Niagara Conservation Corp. and Polaroid Lighting. n

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