The Nuts and Bolts: April 8, 2013

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A little DIY, FYI…

The Home Depot's Spring Black Friday, a Prime Opportunity to Upgrade the Home for a Fraction of the Cost

Last week Home Depot had its Spring Black Friday sale to mark the start of the busiest home improvement shopping season, Spring. Deals will last until supplies run out, so you can still stock up for that Spring time outdoor project.

"We see increased traffic in our stores during the spring season as customers kick-off their home improvement projects," said Craig Menear, executive vice president for merchandising. "In a recovering housing market, we know our consumers are continuing to look for ways to affordably improve their homes. Through Spring Black Friday, we offer incredible savings to meet all of their indoor and outdoor needs."

National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation to Kick Off in Washington, D.C.

The Wyland Foundation and Toyota have launched the second annual National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation. With support from city leaders from around the country, the challenge will last from April 1 - 30 and asks residents to show their commitment to conserving natural resources by taking an online pledge at Participants will be rewarded with hundreds of environmentally friendly prizes, including a Toyota Prius c, water-saving fixtures and gift certificates to Lowe's stores. During the event, Wyland will create a five-by-ten foot conservation-themed mural that will be awarded to one of the Mayor's Challenge winning cities.

"There has never been a more important time to make a commitment to conserving water in the District of Columbia and across the country," noted Mayor Vincent C. Gray. "I proudly stand with the Wyland Foundation, Toyota and mayors from across the country to urge residents to conserve this important natural resource and build a more sustainable future."

In addition to Gray, other mayors who will encourage their residents to participate in the National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation include:
• Mayor Michael B. Coleman, Columbus, OH
• Mayor David Coss, Santa Fe, NM
• Mayor Michael B. Hancock, Denver, CO
• Mayor Mike McGinn, Seattle, WA
• Mayor Kasim Reed, Atlanta, GA
• Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, Tucson, AZ

Elmer's® Introduces First Heavy-Duty Acrylic Adhesive That Won't Foam Up

Elmer's® Products, Inc. recently released Elmer's® ProBond Advanced™—“the only multi-purpose adhesive on the market that delivers professional strength and versatility without the foamy mess that polyurethane glues leave behind.”

ProBond Advanced works on nearly any substrate – wood, concrete, metal, glass, ceramics and more. It is 100 percent weatherproof, making it ideal for almost any project on your list. Unlike popular polyurethane glues, ProBond Advanced won't foam up after it's dry, thanks to its acrylic formulation. This saves DIYers, contractors and woodworkers the time and hassle of cleaning up their projects and hands after working.

"We developed ProBond Advanced in response to demand from consumers," said Emily von Stein, associate product manager for Elmer's hardware category. "They've told us that they don't like the messy foam of polyurethane glues, but still need an adhesive that can provide heavy-duty adhesion on nearly any surface. ProBond Advanced satisfies that need and goes a step beyond by not only eliminating the annoying foam mess, but also being easy enough to clean with just water."

Ace Hardware Deploying 65 GenDrive Fuel Cells From Plug Power

Last week Plug Power Inc., a leader in providing clean, reliable energy solutions, announced it will deploy a fleet of 65 GenDrive™ fuel cell units for customer Ace Hardware Corporation.

Plug Power's GenDrive units are proven to be the best power source for material handling fleet and can be fueled by truck operators in less than two minutes. With this energy efficient power source, Ace Hardware will see an increase in productivity in its lift truck fleet as well as a more efficient use of its facility space.

"Ace Hardware is pleased to align with Plug Power, an organization that will help drive our commitment to clean energy," said Dave Forte, Director of Distribution Support and Engineering, Ace Hardware Corporation. "The implementation of a hydrogen fuel cell based application for our material handling equipment advances our strategy to provide the highest level of support to our customers and the communities that we serve, and that includes distribution centers that are focused on sustainability."