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Klein extends its Voice-Data-Video line

BY HBSDealer Staff

Klein Tools introduced a variety of new additions to its Voice-Data-Video (VDV) product line. The line extension includes the Coax Explorer 2 Tester with Remote Kits, the Pass-Thru Modular Crimper and two new models of radial strippers.

The Coax Explorer 2 Tester and its attachable remote kit tests and maps coaxial cable up to four locations at once for convenience. The Pass-Thru Modular Crimper cuts, strips and crimps twisted pair cable, reducing prep work time and eliminating wasted materials with pass-through technology. Both radial strippers are equipped with automatically adjusting blades for consistent cuts that won’t damage internal conductors. This extension to the VDV line was developed to increase efficiency on the job when preparing, connecting and testing twisted-pair and coaxial cables.

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Houzz Stat: Top Bathroom Remodel Splurges in 2017

BY Erin Carlyle, Houzz

Indulgences include showers and vanities. Among renovating homeowners, the most common splurges during master bathroom renovations were showers, cited by 42 percent of respondents, and cabinets or vanities, cited by 40 percent.

Toilets, not so much. If there was any feature on which renovating homeowners collectively decided to save, it was the toilet. About 15 percent of renovators said they saved on toilets, while 11 percent saved on lighting fixtures. 

Read more about this year's study here.

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Consumer confidence at 17-year high

BY Marianne Wilson
Consumers are entering the holiday season in very high spirits.
 
U.S. consumer confidence increased for a fifth consecutive month and remains at a 17-year high, according to The Conference Board. The Board’s Consumer Confidence Index, which had improved in October, increased further in November. The Index now stands at 129.5, up from 126.2 in October. It is the highest mark since the index hit 132.6 in November 2000.
 
“Consumers’ assessment of current conditions improved moderately, while their expectations regarding the short-term outlook improved more so, driven primarily by optimism of further improvements in the labor market,” said Lynn Franco, director of economic indicators at The Conference Board. Consumers foresee the economy expanding at a healthy pace into the early months of 2018, Franco added.
 
Consumers’ assessment of current conditions improved moderately in November. The percentage saying business conditions are “good” increased from 34.4% to 34.9%, while those saying business conditions are “bad” declined from 13.5% to 12.7%. Consumers’ assessment of the labor market also improved. Those stating jobs are “plentiful” increased from 36.7% to 37.1%, while those claiming jobs are “hard to get” decreased slightly from 17.1% to 16.9%.
 
Consumers’ optimism about the short-term outlook was also more favorable in November. The percentage of consumers expecting business conditions to improve over the next six months increased slightly from 22.1% to 22.4%, while those expecting business conditions to worsen decreased from 7.0% to 6.5%.
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