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Fiberon supports Frame to Finish Clinics

BY Ken Clark

Fiberon, manufacturer of composite and PVD decking, railing and fencing, will be a major sponsor of the 2012 Katz Roadshow, providing educational clinics for leading progressive lumberyards.

Fiberon composite decking will be featured in 16 hands-on training clinics that equip professionals with skills needed in the construction industry. As a key sponsor, Fiberon is participating in 12 Frame to Finish Clinics with Mike Sloggatt and four Sustainable Building Clinics with Rick Arnold to be held between March 7 and Oct. 26.

“It is important to us to reach out to remodelers and deck builders to both teach and learn the latest installation techniques with composite decking materials,” aid Edie Kello, director of marketing communications with Fiberon. “The Katz Roadshow is a unique and strategic partnership of leading manufacturers and installation specialists, and we are thrilled to be supporting these important industry events.” 

The Frame to Finish Carpentry Clinics will feature a segment on high-end decking and cover a variety of decking topics, including structure of ledgers, flashing and framing, improved deck design, weather-resistant design details and borders, and inlays and durable joinery. Additional segments covered in the Frame to Finish Clinics include waterproof windows and doors, water management and elliptical porticos.

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Fatalities found among bathtub refinishers

BY Ken Clark

An investigation into the death of a Michigan bathtub refinisher in 2010 has uncovered more than a dozen other fatalities that may be related to the same chemical compound. In the Feb. 24 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, a publication by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, researchers looked at the effect of methylene chloride, a paint-stripping product for aircraft maintenance marketed for use in aircraft maintenance. 

Working in tandem with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the agencies identified 13 bathtub refinisher fatalities associated with methylene chloride stripping agents that had been investigated in nine states during 2000 to 2011. Each death occurred in a residential bathroom with inadequate ventilation. Protective equipment, including a respirator, either was not used or was inadequate to protect against methylene chloride vapor, which has been recognized as potentially fatal to furniture strippers and factory workers, but has not been reported previously as a cause of death among bathtub refinishers.

Bathtub refinishing is offered to consumers through a number of home improvement outlets and service providers. 

The ages of the 13 decedents ranged from 23 to 57 years. Twelve were male.

Ten different products were associated with the 13 deaths. Six of the products were marketed for use in the aircraft industry, the rest for use on wood, metal, glass and masonry. None of the product labels mentioned bathtub refinishing. The percentage of methylene chloride in the products ranged from 60% to 100%.

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A.Burma says:
May-21-2012 10:16 am

This is really unfortunate.
This is really unfortunate. Hopefully they would soon ban the material along with the products. We need safer products. When it comes to bathroom we hardly pay attention to its decor but with things like bathroom vanity cabinets we could change the look of our bathroom.

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Leviton appoints new sales executive

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Electrical device manufacturer Leviton has promoted John LaMontagne to the position of VP sales for the company’s Lighting Energy Solutions business unit. In his new role, LaMontagne will be responsible for the sales and specification of Leviton’s broad portfolio of lighting systems, metering and energy management products.

LaMontagne most recently served as the director of technical sales for Leviton’s Lighting Energy Solutions group. He initially joined Leviton in 1994 as a specification engineer working for the Electrical Distribution group. He played an integral role in the launch of this group and was instrumental in building Leviton’s commercial and industrial initiatives in the Northeast. LaMontagne then moved into a corporate training position, where he continued to develop Leviton’s technical support and training capabilities.

In 2001, LaMontagne was promoted to Eastern Region Sales Manager of Lighting Management Systems and spearheaded the growth of this energy management initiative.

"John has a multitude of valuable skills combined with a deep industry background with focused technical training expertise and experience," said William Marshall, Leviton’s senior VP sales and marketing. "These skill sets will be a key asset as Leviton faces the challenges of an ever-evolving energy solutions marketplace.”

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