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2012 Incandescent Phase Out - Which Replacement Bulbs to Buy?

Ready to Turn in Your Incandescent Bulbs? You May Not Have To

The government has affected many different aspects of home construction, some good, like primary building codes that keep home safer and set standards for quality construction. Other things, like regulating low-flow toilets in 1994, have been more… problematic. Now, consumers are facing an essential “ban” on all residential incandescent lights that is slated to start next year for 100 watt bulbs. So how is this a “ban”? In December 2007 the federal government enacted the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. This act mandates that all household and commercial light bulbs producing between 310 and 2600 lumens be 30% more energy efficient then 2007-era incandescents by 2012-2014. This would put them in step with halogen technology. The efficiency standards starts with 100-watt bulbs in January 2012 and works its way down to 40-watt bulbs in January 2014.

Home Depot Ken Langone Interviewed on Obama Business Views

This week Neil Cavuto interviewed Ken Langone, co-founder of Home Depot and former director of the NYSE on his show, Your World. Last week the Dow Jones finished up lower for the sixth week in a row – inciting fears of a double-dip recession (which Ken Langone believes we’re basically in right now). The news media are looking to CEOs and business leaders to help figure out the right way to navigate the data. What caught our attention was a pointed question put to Ken by Neil in regard to a statement by Obama’s about not being worried about a double-dip recession. Ken flat out said that he feels Obama absolutely doesn’t like business and that it’s clear [to Ken] by his actions he doesn’t realize the value.

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Zombie-proof Safe House Built by Architects in Warsaw

Some people worry about the stock market, others their childrens’ education. But a team of architects in Warsaw Poland decided to build a structure that would provide a beautiful place to live – and also withstand a zombie apocalypse. The “Safe House” is as secure as you can get above-ground. With a single control, the entire structure can close itself up into a concrete cube that is virtually impregnable. And when we say impregnable, we mean it. Concrete slabs slide and fold over, and down, to completely seal in the structure from anything barring a nuclear explosion. Those unwanted summer guests, not to mention Jehovah’s Witnesses, should be no match for this.

Irwin Tools and Elevating the Role of Tradesmen

Spending a weekend with the folks from Irwin Tools, covering the Ultimate Tradesman Challenge World Finals and watching the Food City 500 at the Bristol Motor Speedway is almost more than any tool guy could imagine. Yet, under all this fun was really a message that Irwin is extremely intent on communicating. And since we wholeheartedly agree – it is our pleasure to help them do it. It is the concept of elevating the roll of today’s tradesmen. On the surface this does not sound like much, but if you really start to think about it, when was the last time you heard of a young person going to a vocational or trade school? When was the last time you honestly thanked your mechanic, plumber, electrician or carpenter for the job they did? How about the last time you heard a student enthusiastically proclaim that they wanted to be a builder, electrician, or plumber? Makes you think, doesn’t it? If it were not for craftsman and tradesman, we would not have fine furniture, beautiful buildings, hand built cabinetry, electricity in our homes, running water, air conditioning, working automobiles and the list goes on and on. Somehow in today’s society, we tend to unconsciously look down on folks that work day in and day out with their hands. We have progressed from a time when hard work equaled job satisfaction (and perhaps calloused hands) to a time where the expectation is that you should get a college degree and work smarter, not harder. What Irwin really drilled home (yes, pun intended, darn it!) was that they want to be here to bring honor and elevate the roles of tradesmen. All we can say is: Preach it, brother!

Irwin Tools Ultimate Tradesman Challenge World Finals

Six incredibly talented tradesmen from nearly all corners of the globe were brought together to compete for the top position in the Irwin Tools Ultimate Tradesman Challenge at the Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol Tennessee. These six guys were not chosen by chance but by rather by their displays of speed and adeptness of working with their hands. All together over 16,000 folks competed in nine countries and 250 events all over the globe; to finally be whittled down to the six that represented the very best of the best in their respected countries. These six finalists were already recognized and award-winning champions in their own regions but there needed to be ONE ultimate world winner and that’s what this weekend was all about. The location could not be more fitting and appropriate with the Irwin Tools Ultimate Tradesman Challenge taking place at Bristol Motor Speedway and the Jeff Byrd 500 (normally known as the Food City 500) With the festive atmosphere that a race weekend brings, there was plenty of enthusiastic spectators to cheer the guys on.

2011 Ultimate Tradesman Challenge World Finals

2011 Ultimate Tradesman Challenge World Finals

Irwin Tools, a manufacturer of a wide line of professional hand tools and power tool accessories, will host the Ultimate Tradesman Challenge World Finals on Sunday, March 20, 2011. Six competitors from around the world will use their trade skills to perform a series of precise tasks. These include gripping, sawing, marking, clamping and drilling, all in a race against the clock. The tradesman with the top time will be crowned the Ultimate Tradesman Challenge World Champion and will have a chance to win up to… wait for it… one million (meeeeellion) dollars. Irwin Tools hosted over 250 competitions in nine countries to identify the top six competitors who can Grip It, Rip It, and Drive It faster than any other tradesman. On Sunday, March 20, 2011, one will be crowned the IRWIN Tools Ultimate Tradesman Challenge World Champion.

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Self-healing Li-ion Batteries on the Horizon

Self-healing li-ion batteries would mean a dramatic improvement in the battery’s ability to sustain itself through extended use. Lithium-ion batteries undergo cracking, deterioration, and electrochemical pulverization during the significant volume changes associated with the insertion and leaving of Li+ ions during charging and discharging. This damage accumulates over time and, as a result, the efficiency […]

Irwin Calls for National Tradesmen Day - September 16th

Irwin Calls for National Tradesmen Day – September 16th

America’s tradesmen: they build our homes, roads, businesses, and schools. They keep our cars running, our lights on, our water flowing, and so much more. They are the backbone of our functioning nation – and that’s why they deserve a national day of recognition… Well, at least according to according to Irwin Tools. Irwin is […]

Marlborough Men Tool Thieves at Home Depot

Marlborough Men Tool Thieves at Home Depot

My image of the Marlborough man is forever tainted now, after a news report out of the Massachusetts town with the same name. It seems two “Marlborough men tool thieves” were arrested this week after police said they went into a Home Depot and returned a tool kit they had never purchased for store credit. But they didn’t get […]

DNA Used to Catch a Tool Thief

DNA Used to Catch a Tool Thief

Technology is moving along – and in more ways than you’d imagine. This week an alleged thief, Martino Galeaz, somehow left his own blood at the scene of a burglary in Berlin. Investigators said they were able to analyze that and Galeaz’s own DNA to finger him as the perpetrator. Now, I don’t know about most police […]