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Irwin introduces multi-material drill bits

BY Ken Clark

Irwin Tools has introduced a new full line of multi-material drill bits, which the company says will simplify the tasks facing tradesmen.

Irwin Multi-Material drill bits will drill through just about any type of material, the company said, including brick, block, tile, metal, wood, laminate, plastic and marble. And the product can drill through multiple materials at the same time. 

The new bits have a unique diamond-ground, four-facet carbide tip with super-sharp cutting edges that guarantee centered starts with no walking, fast drilling and excellent hole quality. These bits are built tough for hammer drilling, but recommended for use in rotary mode.

Jon Schlosser, director of marketing for Irwin Tools, said tradesmen "repeatedly express frustration with having to carry around multiple types of drill bits, and switch out bits depending on a particular material they need to drill into at any given time. It’s time-consuming and discouraging.”

Irwin Multi-Material drill bits are compatible with all standard 1/2-in. and 3/8-in. chuck drills. They are available in 3-in. to 5-in. jobber lengths and 16-in. extended length, with diameters ranging from 1/8 in. to 1/2 in. The suggested retail price ranges from $3.99 to $20.99, depending on length and diameter.

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BrassCraft releases no-lead instructional video

BY HBSDealer Staff

BrassCraft Manufacturing has produced a video that provides information on the new federal no-lead law, which takes effect nationwide Jan. 4, 2014. The video, “Leading the No-Lead Wave,” comes on the heels of the company’s no-lead law landing page on its website and a national advertising campaign. 

The offers asummary of the Federal Public Law 111-380, which will prohibit the sale of plumbing fixtures with a wetted surface area containing more than a weighted average of 0.25% lead. This law will virtually eliminate the lead content of pipes, pipe fittings, plumbing fittings and fixtures intended to dispense water for drinking or cooking.

“The video not only does an excellent job of explaining the new law, it provides plumbers and wholesalers with some vital information on how to prepare for the mandate,” said Patty Stinson, director of product management and innovation. “Included in the video are tips on transitioning to a 100% compliant inventory and ways to stay current with the latest industry developments.” 

BrassCraft has also published its no-lead catalogs for water supplies, fittings, and gas appliance and water heater connectors in advance of the 2014 deadline.

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The Home Depot prepares for phaseout of penny in Canada

BY HBSDEALER Staff

The Home Depot Canada has joined other Canadian retailers in complying with the government’s planned phaseout of the penny.

However, the retailer noted that many Canadians were unaware of the phase-out, and wanted to ensure its customers that it is doing its best to inform them of the change. As of Feb. 4, the penny will no longer be in circulation. 

The Home Depot Canada said it wants its customers to know that after this date, anyone shopping at its stores using cash, will have their total rounded down to the nearest nickel. In addition, if a customer makes a cash return to the store, it will always round up to the nearest nickel. The Home Depot feels it’s vital to continually meet the needs of its customers.

 "The Home Depot Canada is passionate about customer service and lives by its core values, including doing the right thing," said Vinod Nalajala, senior director of Canadian Operations. "Always rounding down on sales and up on returns is one more way we are committed to delivering value to our Canadian consumers."

To prepare associates and customers for the change, The Home Depot Canada ran a number of pilots across the country in January. Full implementation across all 180 stores will begin on Feb. 4.

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