Archives for August 2013

U.S. home prices continue to rise

NEW YORK, N.Y. — Data through June 2013, released  by S&P Dow Jones Indices for its S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, showed that prices continue to increase. The National Index grew 7.1 percent in the second quarter and 10.1 percent over the last four quarters. The 10-City and 20-City Composites posted returns of 2.2 percent for […]

Passing the smell test

Sherwin-Williams has launched four additional products to its F3 line-up of high-performance, formaldehyde free finishes: Sher-Wood F3 Hi-Bild PreCat White Lacquer, Sher-Wood F3 Kemvar Plus Conversion Varnish, Sher-Wood F3 Kemvar Plus Surfacer, and Sher-Wood F3 PreCat Primer/Surfacer. F3 products are traditional, catalyzed products with none of the formaldehyde typically emitted during application and curing, and […]

Pumping up

The MX series of pumps from Binks features an advanced design that requires a reduced amount of replacement parts. The MX series allows for ramping up finishing during periods of increased production. The HD version (pictured) is also designed for harsh environments. With quieter operation levels, says Binks, the MX HD outperforms and outlasts other […]

Accountability adjustment

If you have a Lance Armstrong Live Strong yellow wrist bracelet, you should keep it. Relics of tragedies grow in value. Tragedy, in the classical sense, does not mean grief for survivors, as we use it now. It meant the destruction of a person as the result of his or her character. MacBeth was one, […]

Canadian new home prices continue to climb

According to Statistics Canada, the New Housing Price Index (NHPI) in rose 0.2 percent in June, following a 0.1 percent increase in May. This continued a series of similar gains over the past 15 months. Calgary was the top contributor to the national advance for the fifth consecutive month, as prices for new homes rose 0.5 percent in June. Builders […]

Hardwood alternative

The new 0.6-millimetre Xcora Strand bamboo veneer matches Teragren’s existing Xcora Strand flooring and panels, and is ideal for custom cabinetry, furniture construction, interior paneling, countertops, tabletops and other interior applications where hardwood might traditionally be considered. According to Teragren, their Xcora products are 160 percent harder than oak, 1.5 times more stable than maple, […]