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Swanson introduces Savage tape rule

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Swanson Tool unveiled a new tape measure under its premium Savage brand.

The product features a patent pending rotating tip designed to hold rounded edges up to 2-inches in diameter, such as metal conduit, rebar, threaded rod, PVC and black iron pipe. 

With the ability to catch, hold and measure multiple types of materials, the new GripLine tape is ideal for plumbing, electrical, builder and carpenters, framing pros and DIY enthusiasts.  

A slotted groove in the innovative, pivoting head allows the oversized 1-3/8-inch tip to slide seamlessly toward an object, thereby extending the tape’s gripping range and strength. With a 360-degree hooking capability, this new tip design gives contractors’ maximum control when drawing the tape against an object, making the tape feel more like an extension of their arm than a hand tool. 

“This multi-function, magnetic and pivoting tip is what makes the GripLine tapes a truly innovative solution for builders, contractors, plumbers, electricians, carpenters and DIYers,” says Loren Doppelt, director of product development and marketing for Swanson Tool Co. 

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HCN Stock Watch: Midweek slump

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HCN Top 30 stocks were largely lagging at Wednesday’s close, with only Boise Cascade (BCC) and Builders FirstSource (BLDR) making substantial gains.

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PVC prices to rise significantly in 2014

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According to PetroChem Wire’s PVC & Pipe Report, PVC is expected to rise by five cents per pound in the first two months of the new year.

Much of the increase can be attributed to the higher cost of ethylene, which is used in the manufacture of the plastic.

"PVC prices are usually under pressure during the fourth quarter as market seasonality kicks in and demand drops, but this year rising spot ethylene prices and strong export demand kept a floor under the market," said Donna Todd, senior editor for PVC & Pipe for PetroChem Wire.

PVC is the most commonly used plastic in construction and is often used in plumbing pipe and vinyl siding. Converters, and especially pipe manufacturers, are expected to be hit hardest by this change.

According to Todd, prices were down one cent per pound in October and were unchanged in November. Prices are expected to stay stable in December as well.

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