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Poll results: let the sun shine

BY HBSDealer Staff

Many people view photographs of post-hurricane Puerto Rico and see destruction. Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, also saw opportunity.

In a well-publicized Twitter conversation, the Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello expressed interest in the suggestion that the island territory could use an electrical makeover infused by Tesla’s solar power technology.

HBSDealer asked readers: Should Puerto Rico convert to solar energy? Here’s what we heard”

• 76% — Yes. The time is right for a great long-term investment.
• 24% — No. Solar power is way down the list of Puerto Rico’s priorities.

The poll remains open. Cast your vote by clicking here.

 

 

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Houzz Stat: How much does a building permit cost?

BY Erin Carlyle, Houzz

More than half of homeowners — both first-time applicants and experienced ones — report paying $500 or less in fees for an approved permit.

A little less than one-fifth of each group reports paying between $501 and $1,000. And a small minority spends far more: 1 percent of first-time applicants and 3 percent of experienced ones say they pay more than $5,000 in total fees for an approved permit.

Continue reading the survey here.

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Lenox introduces new carbide-tipped reciprocating saw blades

BY HBSDealer Staff

Lenox, a division of Stanley Black & Decker, has introduced two new carbide-tipped reciprocating saw blades: the Lazer CT and Demolition CT, which are designed to handle difficult-to-cut metals, including stainless steel and cast iron, along with tough, nail-embedded wood.

“Our focus on blade durability and performance has allowed us to extend and enhance our product offering in the recip category — which means our customers can continue to focus on increasing jobsite performance instead of tool limitations,” said Matt Lacroix, director of product marketing for Lenox.

The new Lenox Lazer CT reciprocating saw blades feature high-performance carbides that are welded to increase durability and prevent tooth loss. Lenox says the Lazer CT delivers up to 10 times the life and fast-performance cutting of applications such as stainless steel. A tall blade profile facilitates straight cuts in demanding metal cutting applications like stainless steel and cast iron. The blade also delivers advanced performance when cutting non-ferrous metals, ferrous metals with a variety of thicknesses and threaded rod. Lazer CT is available in 4-inch, 6-inch and 9-inch lengths to cover the most popular cutting applications.

The next generation of Lenox Demolition CT reciprocating saw blades are designed for tough, nail-embedded wood applications. Each tooth is precision-ground on multiple surfaces, creating optimum angles that allow the blade to cut through nails with ease, according to Lenox. The thick blade profile provides increased durability and greater control to deliver up to 10 times the life. The new Demolition CT blades are available in 6-inch, 9-inch and 12-inch lengths.

Lenox is part of Stanley Black & Decker, an S&P 500 company and a diversified global provider of hand tools, power tools and related accessories, electronic security solutions, healthcare solutions, engineered fastening systems. 

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