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Worker Misclassification

Worker Misclassification in Construction as Independent Contractors

It’s a temptation that nearly every business owner faces: classifying an employee as an independent contractor. It’s easy enough to understand why. You aren’t responsible for paying their end of Social Security and Medicare. You don’t have to pay unemployment or worker’s comp claims. Overtime and minimum wage requirements can be skirted. Until recently, worker […]

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Tool Fool’s Stool: After the Break

When I was shopping for my first home, I did a walk-through of a house that looked, on paper, to be everything we wanted. Even approaching the door, I was full of hope. But the minute that door opened, those hopes were dashed. It started with the paint. You could see where they tried to […]

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Women Who Love Tools | She’s a Keeper!

Like some of the guys I run with, I’m finding more women who love tools—but it’s a rare treat when you find one that will enjoy talking about them as well. It’s extremely offensive, therefore, when a manufacturer thinks that he’s figured out “what women want” and makes a tool that condescends to their view […]

Change Orders for Construction

Change Orders for Construction Can Be a Financial Lifesaver

You can probably count on one hand the number of projects you’ve completed without some kind of change along the way. Changes are a fact of life for contractors. However, how you document and deal with those changes can make a huge difference in your bottom line—and your sanity! So the question is: Are you […]

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Klein Tools Manufacturing and Heat Treatment Plant Tour

I had the opportunity to tour the Klein Tools manufacturing headquarters in Mansfield, Texas. At the same time, I attended the grand opening of the Klein heat treatment plant. Klein focuses heavily on the electrical and utility industry when designing tools and remains committed to manufacturing in the United States. With those two manufacturing plants […]

Top 5 Things Our Fathers Yelled

Top 5 Things My Father Yelled Growing Up

When you’re just a kid, you want to help. You want to be useful. You want to hang out with your old man. But invariably, you’re going to mess up. You’re going to drop something, be where you’re not wanted, or just plain be in the way. Now that we’ve grown, we’re starting to hear some of the same things our fathers’ said come out of our mouths. While they are usually true, we can’t help but think we should try to learn something from the past. We decided to list some of the things we’ve said and had said to us. Maybe we can all remember what it was like to try to help and get yelled at for it.

Payback and ROI on Energy Efficiency Home Improvements

Payback and ROI on Energy Efficiency Home Improvements

There have been a couple of “hot” topics of late in the world of energy efficiency home improvement – namely, the the pay-back period (Return OF Investment) and the potential savings as a factor of investment (Return ON Investment) a customer receives from home improvements. but how do you actually calculate the pay-back and return on investment when it comes to energy efficiency home improvements?

Worst Grouting and Caulking Jobs

Top 10 Worst Grouting and Caulking Jobs 2021

I never intended to do an article about the worst grouting and caulking jobs of 2021. In fact, it never occurred to me that my penchant for nice caulk and grout lines would cause me to begin noticing just how badly accomplished some of these jobs are. I just started seeing so many bad examples… […]

Greenworks 50 Acts of Green Earth Day Challenge

Greenworks 50 Acts of Green Earth Day Challenge

Greenworks Tools is celebrating environmental action today with its partner Earth Day Network! In support of Earth Day Network, Greenworks has pioneered the Green Generation. Green Generation is a national grassroots movement that champions environmental stewardship in line with Greenworks’ own long-standing corporate culture. As a part of the Green Generation and Earth Day, the […]

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Voltage vs Amp Hours: What’s the Relationship?

Maybe you just want to know more or see if your notions about voltage vs. amp hours are right. Maybe you’re brand new to cordless tools and don’t know where to start. Glad you could make it to the party! Voltage vs. amp hours is one of the most basic questions asked of cordless tools. It […]