Readers Respond: Shutdown averted
While legislators were able to head off a government shutdown, readers found very little to celebrate. Here’s what we heard.
“It disgusts me how our national politicians act and spend our money. The $38 billion was nothing to cut — a pathetic effort to correct previous run-a-way spending. The U.S. economy is like the Titanic. We haven’t hit the iceberg yet, but it’s visible through the fog.”
— Mike Uhl
Fatal Funnel, Inc.
“Partisan political grandstanding with the common good at stake can’t be very positive! It really makes you wonder what is going on inside the Beltway.”
— Richard Freund
DeWalt launches its first line of hand tools
Towson, Md.-based DeWalt is launching a line of hand tools that will hit the market beginning June 2011.
The company, known for its power tools, is getting into the hand tool category for the first time with products that include utility knives, pliers, wrenches, tape measures, hammers, saws and toolboxes, among others.
The new hand tool line has been "rigorously tested on job sites across the country and incorporates feedback we’ve received from the people who use these tools every day to earn a living," said Tracie Gildea, director of global brand marketing.
Among the more than 100 products offered in the line, five of the most innovative tools include a 15-oz. Framing Hammer, a 1.25-in., 25-ft. Short Tape, a Power Tool Case with Tote, a Folding Retractable Utility Knife and multiple Heavy-Duty Adjustable Wrenches.
Air King unveils dual-speed Quiet Series exhaust fan
Air King, the West Chester, Pa.-based exhaust fan manufacturer, introduced a dual-speed exhaust fan designed for cost-effective, energy-efficient ventilation.
The Air King model AK100D dual-speed Quiet Series exhaust fan features a low profile grill design and a spring-loaded, back draft damper prevents drafts from entering back into the room through the ducting.
“Our AK100D dual-speed exhaust fan adds to our extensive line of ENERGY STAR qualified ventilation products, and provides a perfect ASHRAE 62.2 ventilation solution,” said Jeff Kenkelen, president, Air King.
The model AK100D unit is ETL listed for installation over a tub or shower on a GFCI circuit. It is available in contractor packs of four units.
An electronically balanced centrifugal blower wheel assures maximum ventilation with minimum sound. The low sound level and energy efficient operation of the model AK100D allows the unit to be both Energy Star qualified and California Title 24 compliant.