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The cold months are upon us and so is the season of giving. No matter who you are buying for, a nice winter jacket, pair of socks or beanie is the perfect option. We have a few items below that make wonderful gifts for the outdoors person in your life.


Carhartt Men’s Traditional Arctic Quilt Lined Coat (C26)


This extremely warm and comfortable coat is great for anyone spending a lot of time outside. It is one of Carhartt’s best selling coats. Lined with quilted nylon, it holds in heat while the cotton sandstone duck outside can endure the nastiest kinds of weather. There are plenty of pockets for storage and to keep hands warm. The contrasting colored collar adds a touch of something unique. It is available in Black, Carhartt Brown, Dark Brown and Moss.


Dickies Heavyweight Quilted Fleece Hoodie (TW394)

If you’re looking for a gift not quite as expensive or heavy as a coat, this Dickies Hoodie could be the best option for you. Available in black or grey, this fleece lined hoodie is great for wearing alone or under a coat. The hand warmer pockets are perfect for enduring the cold wind while the ribbed knit cuffs & waistband keep the wind out.


Wigman Heavyweight Fully Cushioned Boot Socks


Wigwam knows socks. These super warm, thick socks are made of wool, acrylic, nylon & olefin. Did you know that wool is the best sock material for those that wear boots often? It keeps your feet dry & comfortable all day long. These grey socks with a black accent are available in M, L & XL. They offer all over cushioning and a fortified sole. Who wouldn’t want a pair of made in America socks for Christmas?!


Occunomix Two Tone Reflective Beanie

This hat is perfect for cold weather due to the extended fabric around the ears.You can purchase the hat in high-visibility colors or in grey. The rib knit material is comfy and warm and the stripe of reflective material adds safety while you’re outside.



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Here we are, already mid November. I had hoped to finish this room before the end of October. I had to be careful with the carpet, as it required one seam and there is a pattern. I made sure I measured twice and had a sharp blade on my cutting knife.

20140719_13265120141102_111441If you plan to lay your own carpet, this is a really helpful link: http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/how-to-install-carpet/index.html  I was pleased to find out that my plan of laying the padding perpendicular to the orientation of the carpet was spot on. However, I had not thought to staple the pad’s seam, so I am glad that I read this tutorial first.

To cut and lay the actual rug, you measure the room at its longest point and add 3”. Take the carpet to a larger area (if possible) and notch the back at both sides at that length+3” point. With any luck, you will have help with this part. Roll the carpet back up with the backing facing out, and mark the point with the notches. Finish rolling, and take the carpet back inside. Roll it out flat and cut it to fit, again leaving about 3” extra next to the walls. If there are seams, make sure they are straight, put down a piece of seaming tape, heat the tape, and press the carpet seam into the tape. Place heavy objects on the seam as the glue dries. Seams should run parallel to the room’s main light source, with pile for both pieces headed in the same direction.

20141102_11150220140719_132626Now start with one end of the room and attach the carpet to the tack strip. Work one side.  Trim excess with a wall trimmer and then a stair tool to press cut edges under the baseboard trim. Stretch and attach to the strips at the opposite end of the room. Do the same for the two other sides. Sounds easy, looks easy, right? I rolled up my sleeves.

I immediately succeeded in wedging the carpeting in another room and being unable to move it, when I was trying to cut it. I called Andy and he came over the next day to help me with that. Then we took it to the sitting room (new room) and unrolled it. Since it had a repeating design (what was I thinking?!?) we had to make sure it was straight. That took some lifting and shifting. After we had it positioned, I stretched, tacked, and wedged, while Andy laid on the carpet (pressing out the wrinkles) and drank coffee (supervised). What a lucky girl I am! I am glad I had the knee pads, because without them I probably would not be able to walk today.

20141101_165134The seam was tricky, and you are to make sure the nap of the fabric is the same for each piece of carpet, which I didn’t do, because my remnant wasn’t big enough. But I did make sure the carpet was cut at the same part in the pattern both sides of the seam. I did a good job there. I think as soon as I have more money and time, I will replace that small extra piece of carpet with the same vinyl plank flooring I want to put in the bathroom upstairs, so that carpet and its seam will go.

Andy left to take Lucy to hockey while I finished up, while Grace   volunteered at the library. I am going to attach before and after photos of the entire room here so you can oooh and aaah! Next week I will start on what will be my living room. I will remove the carpet and wallpaper, polish the wood floor, strip the wood trim, and paint the upper walls. I will feature the half-mask respirator as well as poly gloves, and ToughChix gloves. I will again be using the paint brush and rollers from Construction Gear.

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ImageAccording to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov), the sector’s unemployment rate decreased by 1.9% from March to April of this year. Reflecting more than seasonal callbacks, this number represents a 3.3% increase compared to April 2013. It remains to be seen whether the growth will continue, or slow, but we think 32,000 jobs added is a very good thing.

When neImagew jobs are added in the construction industry, it impacts the economy positively everywhere. From those who own mom-and-pop restaurants near the construction sites, to those of us who distribute construction and safety gear; from manufacturers of heavy highway construction truck bodies, to engineers and architects designing the roads and buildings, rising construction starts are an indicator of a brighter future.

You need reliable and durable equipment to protect your reputation, whether you are newly employed in the construction industry or it is your three-generation business that has been picking up. Gear like hard hats, work boots, and safety glasses come in a wide array of styles and colors to add customization without sacrificing protection. Equipment like fall protection and confined space entry (CSE) kits can ensure Imagecompliance while helping your employees do their jobs more effectively. And products like eyewash stations, first aid kits, and double booms can mitigate damage when accidents do happen.

For more products that can help you be as safe as you can be, check out our sister websites: www.constructiongear.com, www.safetygirl.com, and www.discountsafetygear.com.

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Tool Bags

by the Professional Power Tool Guide

Do you work in the construction or home repair industries? When someone needs to build a new deck on the front of their house, or figure out what keeps clogging up the garbage disposal, do they call you? Although some people may find these blue collar jobs unexciting, the men and women that work them every day know that they are the ones that keep people’s homes and lives running smoothly. If you require a lot of different tools for your job, you already know how frustrating it can be to not have the right materials on hand when working a project. Even if you are only working on projects on your own home, tool bags are an essential accessory.

Carhartt Work Bag

When you set out to go shopping around for new tool bags, you should keep a couple of things in mind so that you get the right bag for your needs. The first thing that you have to consider is the type of job that you will be using the bags for. The whole purpose of the tool bag is to maximize you level of efficiency on the job. The best tool bag that you can possibly choose will be one that is specially designed to hold the tools that you regularly need on the job. Some professions or projects have very specifically shaped tools that just can’t be shoved into any pocket or strap.

When looking at potential tool bags, you need to keep in mind the tools you’ll be carrying in it. Does your job or project require that you carry a lot of light, small, but delicate tools? Or are you constantly lugging around larger, heavier tools, like hammers, wrenches and screwdrivers? Depending on the overall weight of your tool collection you’ll want to consider the materials that make up your tool bags very carefully. While cheaper lighter materials like nylon or fabric might be alright for carrying around gardening tools or paint brushes, they might tear or rip if you tried to carry a drill.

If your tool bags need to be as tough as possible, look for brands that use heat treated leather with double stitching to make up the main portions of the bag. Leather that has been heat formed and double stitched has the advantage of being able to be flexible without collapsing or forming holes. You will be able to wear these heavy duty accessories for a long time.

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