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Here comes Prop 65

In California, Prop 65 expands into everyday retail business on Aug. 30.

BY HBSDealer Staff

Proposition 65 will expand its reach into day-to-day business dealings on Aug. 30.

Enacted as a ballot initiative in California in 1986, Proposition 65 protects the state’s drinking water sources from being contaminated with chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm, and it requires businesses to inform Californians about exposures to such chemicals.

Proposition 65 also requires the state to maintain and update a list of chemicals known to the state to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity. It is overseen by the state’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, which is the lead state agency for assessing health risks posed by environmental contaminants.

Now retailers must be ready to post proper signage that warns consumers of the dangers and toxins contained in some products. Noncompliance could result in heavy fines or unwanted litigation.

The other challenge retail outlets face is just how much warning is sufficient enough. While a warning sign might be placed near a product, a lawsuit could challenge that the sign was not large enough or prominently displayed due to a lack of definition in the code.

A major concern for the average lumberyard in California is knowing what suppliers are putting into the products carried by a yard. Unknowingly, a retailer could carry hundreds of products with hundreds of ingredients deemed toxic by California authorities.

The West Coast Lumber and Building Material Association (WCLBMA) has been working for months on making sure dealers can be compliant for Prop 65 coding. At the same time, the WCLBMA hopes that the regulation does not result in a standoff between dealers and suppliers.

“We should have enough information to keep this from becoming an ‘us versus them’ issue,” Ken Dunham, executive director of the WCLBMA told HBSDealer.

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DeWalt expands Metal Tool Storage line

The storage lineup is constructed of double-wall steel for strength and durability.

BY HBSDealer Staff

DeWalt has expanded its Metal Tool Storage line, including top chests, workbenches, and rolling cabinets ranging from 26 inches to 52 inches width and 18 inches to 21 inches deep.

The new collection is made in the United States, using global materials, DeWalt said.

The 21-inch depth metal storage options include the 41-inch wide tool chest rolling cabinet combination, the 41-inch wide mobile workbench with wood top, and 52-inch tool chest and rolling tool cabinet combination.

They are each constructed of double-wall steel for strength and durability. The drawers in the rolling cabinets provide a 200-pound load capacity with one 300-pound, full-width load capacity drawer. Each drawer of all 21-inch deep units features full-extension ball-bearing drawer slides that are equipped with the Posi-Latch drawer latching system for easy release.

The 21-inch units each include an integrated power and USB port in the top chests and mobile workbench as well as a keyed internal locking system and embossed drawer liners and top mats in each unit. Each top chest and rolling cabinet combination offers an overall load rating of 2,500 pounds with reinforced mounting channels and four 6-inch by 2-inch casters, for easy mobility around the shop floor. These storage units are perfect for mechanic’s tool sets, hand tools, and accessories storage needs and more.

The 18-inch depth series of metal storage options include three top chest and rolling cabinet combinations, ranging in size from 26” inches wide to 52” wide. They are constructed of double-wall steel for strength and durability. Each drawer comes equipped with 100-pound load capacity drawers featuring full-extension, ball-bearing drawer slides with soft close latching for smooth and quiet operation. Each top chest and rolling cabinet features a keyed internal locking system to safeguard tools and each chest has built-in power and USB strips to conveniently charge power tools, batteries, and electronics.

Each top chest and rolling cabinet combo has a 1,500-pound load capacity with four, 5-inch x 2-inch casters. Embossed drawer liners and an embossed top mat come standard and help protect drawer and unit surfaces.

 

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Big state, tiny house

The tiny house movement continues with 84 Lumber's redesigned “Degsy” offering.

BY HBSDealer Staff

Everything might be bigger in Texas.

But 84 Lumber plans to unveil its redesigned “Degsy” tiny house at the Tiny House and Simple Living Jamboree in Austin, Texas. The event runs Aug. 23–26.

The company recently enhanced the contemporary, single-level model to include more storage, custom elements, and living space to appeal to those who prefer simpler, smaller homes. Event-goers will be able to tour the tiny house and meet with experts from 84 Lumber’s Tiny Living team.

The redesigned Degsy from 84 Lumber.

Launched in 2015, the Tiny House and Simple Living Jamboree is the world’s largest celebration of the growing movement toward simpler lifestyles. The event highlights the latest trends in tiny houses and other tiny structures while raising awareness of eco-friendly practices, products and services. It also seeks to educate attendees on current issues surrounding the housing market.

“The conversation around tiny houses and simplicity is rapidly growing,” said Thom Kuntz, 84 Lumber’s director of merchandising and head of the company’s Tiny Living program. “We’re excited to play a role in promoting lifestyle habits that are more efficient, manageable and environmentally responsible.”

84 Lumber implemented its Tiny Living program in 2016 with the introduction of four tiny house models.

Aside from the Degsy, the company also offers the cottage-style Shonsie, the rustic-style Countryside and the cabin-style Roving. Since the program’s inception, tens of thousands of visitors have toured the tiny houses at outings across the country, including more than 13,600 who toured the Countryside at the State Fair of West Virginia earlier this month.

Based in Eight-Four, Pa., 84 Lumber operates more than 250 stores, component manufacturing plants, custom door shops, custom millwork shops, 84and engineered wood product centers in more than 30 states.

 

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