New GSA standards announced for carpeting
The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), which serves as the purchasing arm of the U.S. government, has announced new standards for all broadloom (wall-to-wall) carpet and carpet tile purchased through the GSA. Current GSA carpet suppliers have until Jan. 1, 2012, to certify their products to NSF/ANSI 140 Gold Level in order for their carpets to be considered for purchase.
NSF International, an independent organization committed to protecting human health and the environment, developed the official American National Standard for Sustainable Carpet (NSF/ANSI 140) to establish sustainability performance requirements for evaluating a carpet product’s life cycle and supply chain. The criteria include evaluating the product’s social and environmental performance, including labor practices, human rights, product life cycle assessment, energy efficiency, environmental management, reclamation and end-of-product-life management. The standard was initially released in 2007 and updated in 2010.
GSA has required that broadloom carpet and carpet tile purchased by the government meet the Gold Level certification requirements of the NSF/ANSI 140 standard as part of the GSA’s overall sustainable acquisition goals. GSA has mandated that 95% of all purchases made through the agency meet sustainability requirements by the end of 2011.This includes products and services that are purchased for internal use, such as building construction, repairs and alterations, as well as for maintenance. The GSA will further define its sustainability requirements for other products and phase them in by product category throughout the year.
New private-label circ saw at Menards
MasterForce, the private-label line of power tools made for Menards, has announced a new offering in the circular saw category: a 6-1/2-in. model powered by either an 18-volt lithium ion or NiCad battery. The cordless saw delivers 4,500 rpms, according to its manufacturer, and contains a bevel adjustment that tilts the blade from 0 to 45 degrees.
Most saws are equipped with a general purpose 18-to-24-tooth, carbide-tipped blade, and incorporate an LED work light to help illuminate the work surface.
Menards has more than 280 Midwestern locations.
Show business: Time to shine
The 2011 National Hardware Show kicks off May 10 In Las Vegas. Highlights of the three-day event include:
• An outdoor tailgate party making the most of the latest in tailgating products on display;
• Celebrity autographs, including football great Jack Youngblood and actor Ed Begley Jr.;
• A data dive from the Home Improvement Research Institute (HIRI) on consumer projects;
• Retail Prophet Consulting’s theories on ‘the end of big-box retail as we know it;’ and
• More than 100,000 products exhibited by more than 2,300 vendors organized across nine “shows within a show.” On the following pages, we present a tiny sample.
Warner Manufacturing ProGrip
Warner’s new ProGrip line helps the user find the right blade flexibility and size for any project. The patented color-coding system identifies the three levels of blade flexibility available: Stiff, Flex and Full Flex. The soft-grip handles are ergonomically designed for specific project applications. The Stiff handle is contoured with a thumb and finger grip for scraping control, and the Flex and Full Flex handles are contoured for a comfortable pulling motion. (warnertool.com)
Just Ducky Perfect Bungee
The Perfect Bungee decreases the risk of injury or lost transports with its polyurethane construction. Allcords and straps, including the flex-web, loop-end cord and the utility suspender, are non-load-bearing and have nylon ends that won’t stretch or gouge. The galvanized straps are for load-bearing applications. It extends up to twice its original strength and comes back to its original form. The Perfect Bungee cords is available in a variety of lengths and colors and are resistant to saltwater, oil, ozone and other common household chemicals. Look for Just Ducky in the Tailgate section at Booth TG14. (justduckyproducts.com)
Rockler Deluxe Interlock Signmakers Kit
Rockler Woodworking and Hardware has combined two of its signmaking template sets, making it easier and more convenient to rout professional-looking wooden signs. The Deluxe Interlock Signmakers Kit includes 40 letters with duplicates of common letters and three spacers. The kit also offers 30 Comic Sans numbers and symbols. All templates have interlocking dovetailed tabs that lock together for alignment and letter spacing. (rockler.com)
Gorilla Glue’s Gorilla Tape was designed to stick to rough, uneven surfaces such as wood, stone, stucco,plaster, brick and more. Gorilla Tape is available in various roll sizes: 35 yds.; 12 yds.; the Handy 1-in. Roll, which is 1 in. by 30 ft.; and the new Tough & Wide, which is nearly 3 ins. wide. The tape’s reinforced backing creates a strong, tight weave that can still be easily ripped straight. (gorillaglue.com)
General Tools Energy Audit IR Thermometer/Scanner
General Tools & Instruments’ new Energy Audit IR Thermometer/Scanner with Star Burst Laser Targeting is a precision point-and-shoot, gun-style instrument that measures the surface temperatures of unreachable or hazardous objects. Users can designate a set point and determine whether the readings are within or outside selectable ranges from that set point. The Star Burst laser targeting system clearly indicates the measured area. (generaltools.com)
Cuisinart Portable Table Top Gas Grill
Cuisinart’s compact, high-performance grill can be used almost anywhere. It offers plenty of cooking space with a grate large enough to cook eight steaks, eight hamburgers, six to 10 chicken breasts, or more than 4 lbs. of fish. The grill heats up quickly and uses less gas than a full-sized grill. Also included are folding legs, grill lid latch, carry handle and a spill-resistant drip tray. (cuisinart.com)
Generac Power Systems Pressure Washer
Generac Power Systems’ new line of residential and professional pressure washers is available in six units, from 2500PSI to 4000PSI. Each pressure washer features a Generac horizontal shaft OHV engine with low-oil shutdown. According to the company, the washer has the largest engine on the market for its pressure rating. The pump is at the same level as the engine, allowing the user to easily make hose connections. The high-pressure hose conveniently connects at the rear of the spray gun. (generac.com)
Dramm Fan Nozzle
The redesigned Fan Nozzle now has a longer life and improved water spray pattern. It delivers a gentle shower for flowers and is made with a heavy-duty metal. The Fan Nozzle offers the user an ergonomic insulated grip and is available in six colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue and berry. (dramm.com)