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Looking back: The top 10 stories, plus the worst

BY HBSDEALER Staff

From “dead-net” pricing to “bad language in the boardroom,” here are the top-viewed stories from the year that’s almost over. 

After about a million page views and a few seconds studying online traffic patterns, homechannelnews.com has identified the 2013 most-viewed stories.

Counting backwards from 10th to first on the charts, here are the year’s most popular stories, as measured by user traffic analytics, 

10. Orgill signs distribution deal with BMC (Jan. 10, 2013)

9. Lowe’s hires new chief merchant (Jan. 25, 2013)

8. At BlueLinx, restructuring is under way (June 26, 2013) 

7. Sold: Handy Hardware to Littlejohn (April 25, 2013)

6. The Top 300 Ride Again (June 19, 2013)

5. 84 Lumber launches All American initiative (Jan. 24, 2013)

4. Stanley rolls out a new logo (June 6, 2013) 

3. Bad language in the boardroom (June 4, 2013) 

2. Home Depot vs. Lowe’s: a Q4 comparison (Feb. 26, 2013) 

1. Lowe’s CEO embraces dead-net pricing (March 14, 2013) 

The same analytics engine that produced the top 100 also gives us this year’s “Mr. Irrelevant Award” — the tag for the homechannelnews.com story that produced the least amount of interest online.

This year’s low-click generator and low-time-on-site cultivator comes from December: “China Ceramics announces board member resignations.”

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Red Wing Shoes recalls work boot

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Steel toe work boots from Red Wing Shoes are being recalled for lack of protection.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commision, the steel toe cap in the boots could fail to protect the wearer’s feet in case of impact. 

No incidents or injuries were reported. 

Manufactured in the United States, the product was sold at retailers from October 2012 through November 2013 for \ $185 to $340. 

This recall involves 45 styles of Red Wing men’s steel toe work boots in sizes 11 to 18 and widths ranging from B to H depending on the size and style. The boots have 6-, 8-, 10- or 11-in. ankle height and were sold in brown, black and maroon-colored leather.

 

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Milwaukee hole saw promises longer life

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Milwaukee Tool Corp. introduced the Diamond Plus Hole Saws that are engineered to stand up to the hardest, most abrasive materials on the jobsite. 

The Milwaukee, Wis.-based company said the new diamond grit hole saw range utilizes a higher grade of diamonds and heat-resistant braze to deliver up to 10 times longer life than other products.

“The use of hard tile and stone like porcelain and granite is growing at a rapid pace as many designers and architects are specifying them for their durability and versatility,” said Ed Lau, product manager for Milwaukee Tool. “Because traditional glass and tile bits and carbide grit hole saws are not effective solutions in these hard materials, it was important for us to deliver a highly durable, long-lasting option that could get the job done quickly and easily.” 

Milwaukee’s Diamond PlusTM hole saws provide a single solution for drilling anchor and clearance holes in abrasive materials including tile, stone, glass, brick, block and cement backer board.

The new offering will include 1-pc hole saws that range in diameter from 3/16 in. to 1 in., and Threaded Hole Saws that range in diameter from 7/8 in. to 2-1/2 ins. Angle Grinder Adapters and Retractable Pilot Bits have been included in the line for added compatibility with common tools and to increase productivity.

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