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Made for construction site environments, the High Performance Glove family marries hand protection with touch. Constructed from washable, premium grain goatskin, the gloves are designed with a half-finger first, second and thumb which allows easy finger movement for working with fasteners and other small parts.

In the April issue, we talked about preparing an offer of employment and the steps leading up to it. While the offer itself is important, the candidate's motivation to make the change, as well as his or her expectations going forward is equally important. Before the offer Before making a job offer, the hiring manager should conduct a pre-offer discussion with the candidate.

Leakproof is a liquid adhesive designed to quickly form a water tight, leak-proof flexible seal on nearly any clean, dry surface. Intended for applications on surfaces such as aluminum, copper, galvanized, wood, plastic or vinyl. Leakproof expands and contracts depending on the substrate. Leakproof's liquid polymer technology eliminates curing time and provides for an instantaneous seal.

Building in both the city and suburbs of St. Louis, CF. Vatterott Construction Co. is always on the lookout for a new product type to add to its portfolio in either or both of those market segments. The company recently created Tower Grove, a new, upscale house plan for tight lots. A display model was introduced to the public last fall as part of a local single-site, multi-builder, parade-style...

The Aquia dual flush toilet enables homeowners to select the level of water to use each time the toilet is flushed. The dual-button flush activator is incorporated into the lid and designed to easily distinguish between the heavy flush option - 1.6 gallons and the lighter mode - .9 gallons. The Aquia can save homeowners almost 20 percent on water usage than a normal ultra-flow toilet.

The Whirlpool Gold side-by-side refrigerator with The Fast Fill Dispensing System can fulfill all of the water needs in the kitchen. The Gold model can fill pitchers, pots, cups and coolers. The 180-degree rotating faucet makes it easy to fill large, awkward items such as pitchers, coolers, and pots.

Professional Builder introduces its newest monthly column — New Home Knowledge. Based on a weekly web interview show specifically for new home sales professionals, New Home Knowledge will provide information on sales education, training and development. We sit down with new home sales agents Nancy Smith, Kim Hodgskin, Denise Rolfe and Jennifer Leo.

Nirvana Bath is Acryline's new soaking bathtub. Nirvana is offered in three different hydromassage therapy systems: Aquamassuer, Healthmassuer System and the Ultimate System Bath. These systems provide a variety of bathing options from gentle to vigorous, massaging warm air bathing experiences. The Ultimate System Bath comes with a separate control system, which allows homeowners to customize t...

Huot Manufacturing's Bit Buddy is a clip-on drill index that holds up to 29 drill bits. The Bit Buddy has a cup-shape with a dome cover. Its plastic housing is water resistant, which makes it suitable for inside production work and adaptable to outside production work in inclement weather. Crafted out of high impact plastic, this handy drill holder is designed to withstand dropping or dislodging while keeping the drill bits secure and in place.

Whether they sold their previous companies or left on their own terms after a sale, some home building alums can't seem to stay away from the building business. They're scratching their entrepreneurial itch and starting over with a new company — usually in the same market and often with the same team of people.

RIDGID has a new 18-volt cordless adhesive/caulk gun, Model R884040. This model is designed for applying construction adhesive or roofing sealer. The dual capacity tube holder feature can handle 10.1 or 30 oz. Tubes. There are no special fittings or attachment needed to switch between sizes. The adjustable speed control helps deliver consistent bead application and the lock-off button feature p...

For the homeowner that wants a hearthy home both indoors and outdoors, Heat & Glo introduces its Twilight II fireplace — an indoor-outdoor see-through gas, fireplace. The Twilight II can operate in an interior family room and exterior patio simultaneously by functioning as both a window and a fireplace.

Jack Welch, legendary former CEO and chairman of General Electric, is back with another business book: Winning. I wonder why the billionaire would bother. Writing, after all, is hard and frustrating work. Is he bored? Is he trying to further define his legacy? Or perhaps he is just trying to help make things better.

Bob Flaherty,
Assistant Vice President
Toll Brothers, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Scapa's A1179G-PE is a pressure-sensitive, acrylic double-sided foam tape for construction assembly applications. Composed of high-density acrylic foam and double-coated with an acrylic adhesive, this tape can be used for joining panels, fixtures and architectural signs and frames. It can also be used for sealing skylights and muntin bars as well as serving as a filler and barrier for substrates.

Laticrete has an updated offering from its Spectralock line: Spectralock Pro. Offering many of the same qualities as its predecessor, Spectralock Grout, Spectralock Pro works better in hot weather, has a longer working time (80 minutes), greater resistance to stains and chemicals and reduced haze potential.

How do you make money in the home building business? Monte Hewett says it's not rocket science, but you ought to follow a few key principles to stay profitable as you grow: "I'm an infill builder. I don't develop land. I don't build in master-planned communities where we'd have to compete with the big national builders.

The new acrylic walk-in bathtub by Safety Tub is ideal for adult-active community projects. The Safety Tub has a watertight, walk-in door that allows for easy entry and exit, an easy-grip ergonomic latch and seating height that is comfortable for adults. In addition to its slip-resistant floor, the Safety Tub is offered with these additional options: temperature control, air jets and/or water j...

John O'Sullvan wrote in 1845 that it was "our manifest destiny to overspread the continent ... for the free development of our yearly multiplying millions." A journalist covering Texas' bumpy annexation to the union, he coined a term sorely in need of an update; it is density that appears manifest in the context of development today.

Part 5 of the Financial Management series will show how a disciplined approach to financial management can save time and improve margins. What is a system? A system contains the following four items: Each of the four components can work individually; however, it takes all four working in conjunction to make a system.

Motiv has released its fifth collection, the Frame collection. Tagged as an urban chic design, the Frame collection is characterized by rectangular glass and round bar features. This series is comprised of more than a dozen pieces, including towel bars, toilet tissue holders, hooks, toiletry shelves, lights and mirrors.

The new Town and Country Collection by Tarkett is characterized by varying length slats, a ClicLoc finish and aluminum oxide Smooth Coat finish. The wood slats are offered in 9/16-inch thickness and 7 1/2-inch and 8-inch widths. The slats are installed three across and come in varying lengths up to 39 inches.

I can't claim authorship of the headline on this page. That right belongs to Monte Hewett, president of the Atlanta-based home building company that bears his name. In describing his company, and its success in the highly competitive Atlanta market, Hewett offered this comment: "We fit into the niche between the big builders who won't do that, and the small builders who can't.

Thermador has added the Personal Culinary Assistant to its built-in wall oven series. This technological helper is interfaced by a 16-digit alphanumeric display that provides single touch oven programming. The Personal Assistant provides step-by-step text feedback and audio cues to provide greater control of cooking outcomes.

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