Habitat and Valspar launch a new endeavor
Habitat for Humanity is taking its partnership with Valspar to a new place with the launch of the first national A Brush with Kindness Week.
Taking place Sept. 19-26 (and also in partnership with Wells Fargo), the event will bring painting, landscaping and minor exterior home renovations to low-income homeowners throughout the country.
"Habitat's home preservation work focuses on affordable housing in existing communities and often helps homeowners continue to live independently and securely in their homes," said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. "We are grateful for the commitments of the volunteers and sponsors that make such a difference in the lives of families across the country."
More than 2,000 volunteers will be pitching in to help more than 150 families in 24 states.
As the lead sponsor and founding partner of A Brush with Kindness, Valspar has donated more than 2.2 million gallons of paint to Habitat through 2014 and pledged $36 million in financial and paint contributions through 2019.
Meanwhile, Wells Fargo has donated more than $40 million to Habitat for Humanity International and affiliates in the past five years.
FEIN introduces ergonomic compact angle grinders
FEIN has unveiled compact angle grinders with a new narrow handle design, which offers a secure grip and machine control with a defined hand position. Angle grinders are not held around the motor housing like baton machines, but by a narrow extended handle. All of the thrust is applied in the direction of work.
"We have developed various handle designs in comprehensive studies and practical tests to find the optimal handle shape,” said Rainer Warnicki, FEIN's product development manager. “Achieving maximum contact between palm and handle was our top development priority. FEIN has applied for a patent for this slim grip zone. The large contact area ensures that craftsmen use less energy and do not tire as quickly.”
The new compact angle grinders with FEIN ErgoGrip are equipped with a slim and convex handle. The machines can also be comfortably controlled, due to a handle length of 4 and 3/4 inches. Angle grinders with FEIN ErgoGrip are optionally available with lockable or constant pressure switches.
The drive head can be rotated in 90-degree steps, so an ergonomic working position can be adopted for both cutting and grinding work. They are equipped with a spindle lock, and the safety guard is removable and non-slip.
What’s the buzz at HBSDealer?
HBSDealer's story on the Innocent Sellers Act prompted one reader to share a personal account of what it's like to be on the wrong side of an unjust piece of legislation:
"We have experienced this problem first hand," wrote user collinssupply. "We were sued by a group of homeowners unhappy with their improperly installed windows. We did not sell the windows, did not sell to the builders involved nor did we operate in the area of these homeowners. They used an internet dealer locator and chose us because our name sounded similar (shared the first four letters) to the defunct dealer who did sell the windows. Our insurance company would offer no assistance and the manufacturer disavowed any responsibility. We were forced to retain an unknown, out of town attorney with a large advance retainer who did succeed in having our name removed from the lawsuit but only with the stipulation that we not pursue redress from the homeowners. The only saving factor was that times were good, we took our beating and moved on. Had this occurred several years later it could easily have put us out of business."
Another reader rose to the challenge presented in last week's Throwback Thursday, where an old photograph raised questions of the mystery men in its frame.
Wrote Sandy Steiger to the HBSDealer inbox:
"The gentleman on the left with the striped sport coat and white shoes, is the President of Rickel at the time, Chuck Davis. I’m sure I can find out the others to complete the picture. I worked for the company while attending college in the mid-seventies as an area manager, before I got started in the Cabinet Hardware Business. I worked myself up to become Vice President of David Allison, before starting Laurey and Strategic Brands Inc. We offer over 1700 SKU’s of fine Decorative Hardware under the brands Laurey, MNG and Bath Accessories under the brand Paradise Bath Works."