The Nuts and Bolts: January 21, 2013

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A little DIY, FYI…

January is National Radon Action Month

There may only be two more weeks left but it’s not too late to take steps to reduce radon in your home in observation of National Radon Action Month. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) created the promotion with the objective of alerting the public about the health dangers of radon gas and providing information on finding and fixing the problem if it exists. According to the EPA’s website, “You can’t see, smell, or taste radon, but it could be present at a dangerous level in homes. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in America and claims the lives of about 20,000 Americans each year.” The website further states: “There are several proven methods to reduce radon in your home, but the one primarily used is a vent pipe system and fan, which pulls radon from beneath the house and vents it to the outside.“ Tjernlund Products, operating out of White Bear Lake, Minn., recently introduced a family of radon mitigation fans and accessories available to qualified contractors. For more on these valuable products, visit

Ace Helps Homeowners Ring in 2013

Follow the Law, Win a Carbon Monoxide Alarm
Ace Hardware has launched an Instant Savings program exclusively for Ace Rewards members that allows them to receive valuable discounts instantly, right at the register. The program is free and provides exclusive member benefits such as 10 points for every $1 spent, a $5 Reward for every 2,500 points earned, money-saving coupons and sale reminders, along with helpful tips and content. Additionally, Ace Rewards members no longer have to redeem rebates through the mail and wait the four-to-six weeks it typically takes for those to be processed. Ace's most valuable customers can now receive Instant Savings on their purchases right at checkout. To sign-up as an Ace Rewards member and take advantage of Instant Savings today, visit or stop by your local participating Ace Hardware store.

Follow the Law, Win a Carbon Monoxide Alarm

California has taken another stand against the “silent killer,” with new CO legislation enacted statewide on January 1. The law had already required CO alarms to be installed in all single-family homes. Now rental units in apartments also are required to have alarms. Landlords are responsible for installation, so for tenants whose units do not have a CO alarm – help inform them that now is the time to follow up with their landlord and request one. To help Californians comply with the new carbon monoxide law, First Alert, the most trusted leader in home safety, is giving away CO alarms via a “Get Alarmed!” Facebook Sweepstakes! On January 25 and February 1, First Alert will be giving away one CO alarm each to 50 winners at More information on California’s carbon monoxide alarm laws may be found at

OREGON® Expands Cordless Line

January is National Radon Action Month
OREGON®, a world leader in forestry, lawn and garden products since 1947, has announced the expansion of the OREGON® 40V MAX* Cordless Tool System. The line expansion includes a new Trimmer/Edger, Hedge Trimmer, and Rapid Battery Charger offering a yard maintenance system that operates on the powerful and light-weight OREGON 40V MAX Lithium Ion batteries. As with the Chain Saw, the ST250 Trimmer/Edger and HT250 Hedge Trimmer continue to combine the convenience of cordless tools with power and performance. Both follow the OREGON CS250 Chain Saw in delivering high quality and ergonomic design and handling. The new tools utilize the OREGON PowerNow™ battery platform, a system of premium Lithium Ion batteries that are compatible across all OREGON Cordless Tools, including the CS250 Chain Saw and the ST250 Trimmer/Edger. All products will be available in Spring 2013 at retailers across the USA and Canada. For more information or to locate a dealer, visit

Hello, It’s Your Sump Pump Calling

In a move toward more peace of mind for homeowners, WAYNE Water Systems has intr

In a move toward more peace of mind for homeowners, WAYNE Water Systems has introduced Sump Minder, a sump pump system that actually notifies you with the status of your pump and power situation. It is uniquely designed to gauge urgency and contact the homeowner so they can make informed decisions. The new WAYNE Sump Minder is available in hardware stores and home centers nationwide. Sump Minder’s one-of-a-kind technology combines self-testing and continuous battery checks with an auto-dial feature connected to a standard phone line. “The homeowner can program up to three different phone numbers,” said Matt Dempsey, Sales Director at WAYNE Water Systems. “No matter where they are, they know exactly what is happening with the sump pump at home.” Updates on availability will be posted on the WAYNE website at and Facebook page at