Sears deducts H&R Block
A new agreement with Jackson Hewitt Tax Service will keep tax preparation in the Sears lineup.
For Sears stores, H&R Block is out, and Jackson Hewitt Tax Service is in. The Hoffman Estates, Ill.-based retailer announced the agreement with Jackson Hewitt that will enable tax preparation services both in-store and online.
The service will begin in January 2013.
"Sears continues to look for opportunities to put the customer at the center of everything we do, and we are pleased to extend our Sears Tax Services with today’s agreement with Jackson Hewitt," said Dave Schuvie, VP licensed business and specialty income, Sears Holdings. "This new agreement will offer professional tax services in Sears stores nationwide and deliver added an benefit to the millions of ShopYourWay members."
Dust control system launched by DeWalt
DeWalt has launched a new Dust Extractor Vacuum (DWV012). The Dust Extractor Vacuum was designed to provide dust control solutions for drywall sanding and concrete grinding, cutting and drilling applications.
“Using a dust control system can decrease the potential for inhaling dust, increase visibility and reduce cleanup and maintenance costs,” said Jeff Beck, product manager, DeWalt.
The Dust Extractor Vacuum meets the EPA Lead Related Renovations, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule for HEPA vacuums when used with DWV9320 HEPA filters (included with the vacuum).
The DWV012 has continuous auto filter cleaning, which means that every 30 seconds one of the filters is backflushed with air to remove dust to provide suction until the tank is full. The HEPA filters should be replaced every six months under normal applications.
The DWV012 includes a tool activation setting that turns on the Dust Extractor Vacuum whenever the user starts the connected tool, a variable speed to set the amount of suction and a bail handle for gripping and tying the tool down, ideal for users working on scaffolding or for transporting the unit.
Delta Faucet enters new category
Delta Faucet has expanded its product portfolio to include a new collection of water-efficient toilets, the company has announced. Aimed at the DIY customer as well as the professional installer, Delta’s “SmartFit” design focuses on eliminating leaks through external tank-to-bowl connections and integrated supply lines. The toilets also come with a mulit-tool, which includes a wrench specifically designed to fit the bolts and a two-in-one screwdriver adapter to secure the other mounting components. The two-piece toilets are easy to install and require no additional tools, according to Delta.
The 1.2-gallons-per-flush SmartFit toilets offer savings of more than $90 per year in reduced water bills, according to the manufacturer. They come in a variety of styles, including a round front suitable for smaller spaces. Select models offer a quick-release seat designed for easy undocking prior to cleaning. Some of the models also come packaged with an “EZ Out toilet removal kit” that includes a disposable scraper, pair of gloves, absorbent sponge and a cloth for cleanup that doubles as a temporary drain plug while the new toilet is being prepped for installation.
Delta’s new line of toilets began shipping last month and is currently available for sale at Home Depot, according to a Delta spokeswoman.