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Perky-Pet donates bird feeders to schools for the ornithology cause

BY HBSDealer Staff

Thanks to the efforts of Perky-Pet, a recognized name in birdfeeding, children at schools across the country will have a teacher-approved reason to gaze out the window all day. The company recently donated 100 birdfeeders to schools ranging from New Hampshire to California.

The donation comes on the heels of its recent giveaway of hummingbird feeders and seed feeders to five elementary schools in May. The move encouraged the schools to incorporate birdwatching lessons and, as the company puts it, "get kids unplugged from technology and plugged into nature."

"With around 10,000 different species of birds in the world, children can learn so much from birds including diversity, environmental responsibility, and geography,” explains Jenna Lefever, category development associate at Perky-Pet. “With our school program, we really want to teach children the importance of birds and their habitats."

The company is also encouraging the schools to trade notes with each other on their birdwatching programs.

 

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LP’s new SolidGuard LSL defends against shrinkage

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LP Building Products has created a new line of defense against termites, decay and shrinkage in the form of its new SolidGuard LSL.

The product is designed to provide a treated sill plate solution to guard against plate shrinkage as wood framing becomes more prevalent in taller multifamily buildings. According to the company, standard dried lumber can contain up to 19% moisture, which can shrink down to 8-12% once the building is finished, disrupting the framing, plumbing, window seals and more.

"Shrinkage is an important concern for lumber in multistory structures as it can affect shear wall performance and structural capability," said Kim Rogers, EWP product manager for LP. "Using LSL for wall plates and sill plates as a part of a wood framing system can significantly reduce plate shrinkage."

SolidGuard LSL is also treated with zinc borate to protect against fungal and termite damage.

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Home Depot bags a fashion coup

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It seems as though Home Depot’s latest entry is into the fashion market. According to Paper Magazine, the hardware giant’s signature orange tote bag is quickly becoming a bit of a statement piece among the young and hip.

The evidence? Cameos on Instagram and sightings around New York City (namely in "hipster party photos"). Fashion icons have even been spotted wearing Home Depot jacket patches and t-shirts sporting the logo.

The $2.99 bag, which is currently sold out, is apparently going for as much as $41 on eBay, according to Yahoo! Shine.

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