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The Metropolitan Council approves a $2M grant to fund a landmark, transit-oriented development in the heart of St. Louis Park, Minnesota

St. Louis Park, MN, December 11, 2015 — /EPR CONSTRUCTION NEWS/ — On December 9, 2015 and after overwhelming enthusiasm and support from a rigorous application and vetting process, the Metropolitan Council approved funding for PLACE’s St. Louis Park Community. The Council approved 2 million dollars in funding from its Livable Communities Account for a Transit-Oriented Development (LCA-TOD) grant after the proposed project demonstrated a breakthrough approach to meeting housing and economic development needs in the Twin Cities. The funds will be used to help secure site acquisition at the former McGarvey Coffee property, pioneer alternative energy sources, and integrate stormwater improvement with infrastructure like green roofs and an urban forest.

A nonprofit called PLACE (Projects Linking Art, Community, and Environment) heads up the community endeavor in concert with the City of St. Louis Park, fellow eco-minded and socially conscious companies like Allianz Life, Stantec, Shaw-Lundquist, Lindquist & Vennum, MSR, LIFT, and Rachel Contracting that have invested in the project, other private partners, and public collaborators like Hennepin County. The community will elevate affordable living, design, and artistic culture in the city and will be located near the expected Green Line extension (Southwest Light Rail) Wooddale Station. The development’s potential positive impact is staggering, with healthy homes for 300 households across the income spectrum supported by a mobility hub, urban agriculture, live and work spaces, a hotel, and a renewable energy generation system that consumes food waste created by its inhabitants and surrounding neighbors.

Chris Velasco, PLACE’s Executive Director, observed, “I think this project will be of national significance for communities that want to effectively leverage their scarce resources.”

Ryan Kelley, City of St. Louis Park Planner, says, “The City of St. Louis Park is extremely proud to be the co-recipient with PLACE of the Met Council’s largest transit oriented development grant for a new sustainable community of regional significance.”

“PLACE is an excellent project, for the city and the region. Turning vacant, unused property into a community space with alternative energy features, that is connected to other uses, like transit, is just the kind of investment the Council wants to make toward a livable communities and a prosperous region” – Erin Heelan, TOD Grants Coordinator, Metropolitan Council Livable Communities.

Executive Director Velasco thanks the Metropolitan Council for its confidence and support on behalf of the entire team and the residents of St. Louis Park.


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Howden Thomassen Awarded Major Project With Korea Gas Corporation

Howden Thomassen Compressors have been awarded a major project with Korea Gas Corporation, the largest liquefied natural gas import company in the world, to install two new HP compressors at in the LNG terminal in Samcheok, South Korea.

Howden Thomassen Compressors has been awarded a major project by the largest Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) company in the world, the Korea Gas Corporation (KOGAS), to manufacture and install two C-45.3 HP compressors in two stages at the planned LNG Terminal in Samcheok, South Korea.

A spokesperson for Howden Thomassen Compressors explains: “Because we specialise in manufacturing compressors we knew that this was a project that we wanted to be involved in. This new project is not only a really big project for us, but also a very important one for the LNG market, which has steadily increased in popularity over recent years. We are thrilled to be working with KOGAS on this project, and we’re very much looking forward to creating and installing these two new C-45.2 HP Compressors at the LNG Terminal.”

The LNG Terminal, in Samcheok in South Korea has yet to be built, but once construction is completed on the terminal, it will be the fifth terminal of its kind in South Korea, and it will provide gas to the North East of the southern half of the Korean peninsula. The company is looking forward to working with KOGAS on the project, particularly because of the growth of the LNG market.

The spokesperson for Howden Thomassen Compressors continues: “As the LNG market has increased in popularity over recent years, it’s understandable that a fifth terminal is not yet built, we have a lot of time to plan, design and build the compressors. These compressors will be non-lubricated and will be equipped with Thomassen’s Free Floating Piston (FFPâ„¢) technology, which reduces rider ring wear to an absolute minimum. Also process piping, process air fin coolers and local control panels will be part of the scope of supply. The compressors will be driven by induction motors with a power rating of 2,8000kW each. We are very much looking forward to starting this project with KOGAS in the near future and we think this project will present us with a new and refreshing challenge in the coming months.”

Howden is one of the world’s largest and longest established manufacturers of air and gas handling equipment. The company was established in Glasgow in 1854 as an engineering firm, and has grown to become a worldwide organisation with over 4,000 employees and companies in 21 countries. Howden is owned by Colfax Corporation, and designs and supplies heavy duty industrial fans, rotary heater exchangers, compressors and gas cleaning equipment to customer specifications. Howden products will typically be highly engineered to perform at the optimum level for customers in Power Generation, Oil & Gas, Petrochemical, Mining and Metal Refining plants internationally, amongst many other energy intensive, environmental and heavy industrial applications.

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More Construction press releases Wants to Empower Homeowners & Change How Homes are Built

The Founders of have launched a campaign on to raise the funds they need to build a free, online database of ideas and products capable of making our homes more energy and resource efficient. will offer product specific information on everything from roofing materials to appliances to finishing materials and everything else that goes into a home. The focus of the website will be providing in-depth comparisons of the products that might fit a homeowners needs so that the homeowner can chose the product that works best for them.

“Typical ‘green’ home building websites are either directory listings, collections of articles, or product specific websites,” says Taylor Reynolds, Co-Founder of, “We want to take all the great features of the existing sites, and build on that by creating a database of products with information on cost, performance, warranties etc. We want to empower homeowners by harnessing the power of the internet to condense massive amounts of information into a single source, easy to use website.”

According to Google’s Keyword Tool, over 3 million searches are performed every month on topics relating to green building materials, improving energy efficiency in the home, and sustainable building practices. aims to become the site du jour for those viewers who are ready to take action. Mr. Reynolds continues “While having lots of educational information is important to the scope of the website, the real emphasis is going to be placed on connecting users with the product that most closely matches their economic, project specific, and sustainability needs; then giving them everything they need to act on that information.”

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Tool-NET Sales Heat Up This Spring

Online tool superstore Tool-NET has reported that the unusually warm spring weather caused a spike in product purchases from their range of DIY tools. With an unseasonably hot March, Tool-NET has experienced significant growth in sales of gardening and DIY tools and accessories. This is largely thanks to UK householders shaking off their winter inertia and starting projects in the home and garden.

The hot March weather appears to have encouraged a lot of fair-weather spending. The British Retail Consortium claim retail sales across the board were up year-on-year by 1.3% in March, with clothes, barbecue foods and gardening goods as the most popular products. Online retailers saw rises of 13.9%, and Tool-NET saw an even stronger sales rise.

Tool-Net has developed a strong customer base among trade tool purchasers, DIY fanatics and casual purchasers of tools for the home and garden. Offering a no-nonsense returns policy and dispatch times where 98% of orders are sent out the day they are received, Tool-NET also offers strong savings with discounts of up to 70% off list prices. These are available on a wide range of more than 6500 power tools, gardening accessories, fixings, fastenings, hand tools, ancillaries and consumables.

Another factor which has helped Tool-NET sales heat up this spring is an ever-growing catalogue. With new lines being added daily it has never been easier for customers to find the right tool at the right price.

Among the new gardening lines which are proving popular is the innovative cordless gardening multi-tool from CEL-UK. The PS1 Powerstick dispenses with the hassle and trip hazard of a cord while adding an unrivalled versatility which allows it to convert effortlessly from a grass trimmer to a hedge trimmer to a garden rake and broom.

More traditional brands continue to fare well in the fair weather, too. Black & Decker’s reputation for performance and reliability at an attractive price has been continued in its latest range of gardening tools, including chainsaws, hedge trimmers, line trimmers, blower/vacs and lawn mowers.

With its ever-expanding catalogue, competitive pricing and fast dispatch times Tool-NET is continuing to help fuel the UK’s spring clean of gardens and homes.

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Tool-NET Advises Homeowners To Get Ready For Summer Now

Leading online garden and power tool retailer today urged homeowners that in the run-up to spring now is the best time to get those outside spaces ready for summer.

Tool-NET has highlighted five jobs that should be an essential part of summer preparations this spring:

Clean gutters may not be the first thing commented on by summer guests, but nonetheless, spring is the best time to get those gutters clear of the leaves, twigs, and debris left in winter’s wake. Failing to do this can lead to clogged water being driven under the eaves of the house and ultimately into its walls.

Decking that has been scrubbed down and protected with decking oil will not only look a lot better and help frame your outdoor space, it will also last a lot longer.

Sorting your shed out will make storing gardening equipment, along with barbecues and chairs, so much easier. First, throw away or recycle what you do not need. Next organise what is left into groups and then store it in boxes, on shelves or on hooks. Try to keep things off the floor to maximise your space.

Now you can turn your attention to the garden. Rake your lawn to remove dead growth, stray leaves and twigs. This will give the soil the light and air it needs to support grass growth. If you spot bare or damaged patches of lawn, spring is a great time to reseed them before the garden gets heavy use in the summer.

Finally, weed your beds before unwanted plants become established. Now is the time to move any shrubs you wish to relocate so they can establish themselves in their new location. Use an organic dormant oil spray to remove pests who have overwintered in your fruit trees, magnolias, crab apples and shrubs.

Tool-NET is currently offering discounts of up to 70% off the list price of gardening tools and other power and hand tools so that, whatever tool you need for your garden, it needn’t cost the earth.

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Tool-NET: The Best New Tools And Accessories Available

Since the start of this year the team at have been adding innovative new products to its already extensive range of power tools, hand tools, accessories, site equipment and consumables. You can now browse and order more than 6500 products from big name brands and hard-to-source specialist suppliers alike.

The buying team at Tool-NET have taken a short break from their endless search for the latest and greatest tools and accessories to rate and review the latest products to appear online and pick their favourites.

First up is the small but perfectly formed hammer drill from Bosch (GBH18VLI-CP). A plumber’s or electrician’s dream come true this tiny hammer drill weighs in at just 1.9kg and measures just 278mm. Like a champion flyweight boxer, however, this incredibly light tool packs a punch much more powerful than you may expect. It is capable of delivering an unrivalled power-to-weight ratio of 1.7 joules to 2.6 kg. Small, light and strong and perfect for those working in confined and cramped conditions.

Keeping with the small but perfectly formed theme is the latest cordless Jigsaw from Makita. The JV100DZ delivers the sort of power you would expect from a much heavier, corded model but weighs only 1.7kg. With a list price of £80.00 Tool-Net customers need puzzle no longer about this Jigsaw purchase as it is available from Tool-NET at only £44.40.

The Sliders are the latest offerings from Van Vault and they offer all the safe, secure, strong and convenient tool storage that has come to be associated with this manufacturer. These ultra-strong tool drawers will slot into the floor-space of any commercial vehicle and are tough enough to take the heaviest load piled upon them. With a list price starting from £319 exc. VAT Tool-NET customers can safely expect to pay no more than £274.86.

With hundreds of new products being added to the Tool-NET catalogue there are many other great new products at fantastic prices available on Tool-NET. Tool-Net can help you find the right tool for the job at the right price.

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Tool-Net: Making Winter Easier

This chilly time of year can be very difficult if you work outdoors as a builder, joiner, mechanic or another type of labourer. If you shop with Tool-Net, you can find a whole world of products which make these winter months a lot more straightforward.

Icy conditions, freezing temperatures and dangerous weather conditions are just some of the things that you will have to combat over the next few months, so it is important that you take care and make your job easier. There are many products and items available in the Tool-Net catalogue that can help you do this.

Some of these include:
• How annoying can it be having to take your tools and equipment home with you every night? If you leave them on site they are prone to weather damage, especially at this time of the year. The Van Vault Site Store Strong Box therefore is an essential item; designed to store and protect tools, flammables, chemicals and other substances. Available for £662.40 (RRP £790.50).

• Another product that could come in handy includes the Clarke air compressor. This is perfect if you are looking to apply pressure to any number of devices. This air compressor is known for its durability and has a reputation for high performance. Yours for just £662.22 (RRP £1,120.74).

All you need to do to make your winter months a lot less complicated is log on to the easy to use Tool-Net website. Soon you could be performing your day-to-day job in a much more straightforward manner. If you struggle to get online when at home, you can access a mobile-friendly version of the website from your smartphone. On top of the wide range of items in the store that can make the next few months a lot more bearable, Tool-Net give you seven days to return your products. So if you are not happy with what you have bought, you get a ‘no fuss’ returns period.

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DIY Becomes More Popular

Continued economic difficulties have placed severe constraints on the budget of the average UK family. Today, most families look for ways to reduce their monthly expenses.

In addition to cutting out luxuries – such as satellite TV and high speed internet connection – many families are also looking for ways to reduce the cost of maintaining their homes. Homeowners can no longer afford the inflated charges levied by tradesmen. They have therefore resorted to DIY methods in order to repair small problems around their homes.

Until now, people have been hesitant to resort to DIY methods because they were regarded as too difficult. The current economic climate has left many families with no choice but to try their hand at DIY.

The internet, YouTube in particular, has become a popular reference guide for people interested in DIY. It is has become easy to find step-by-step instructions on how to repair almost any problem in the home.

The technological advancement of tools has also made it easier for the average person to build or repair household items. Older power tools were difficult to control, but this has changed. Today’s tools have versatile, user-friendly designs, suitable for any amateur.

In addition, DIY has also become easier because of multipurpose tools, which can complete a host of tasks. A modern Bosch power tool can often fulfil a variety of functions, making it unnecessary to invest in many new tools. The development of tool technology has resulted in affordable tools, which enable more people to attempt DIY projects.

DIY has become popular because it is easier and more affordable than it has ever been. Technological advancements and the internet have combined to make it possible for any person to complete a DIY project. Today, you no longer need to pay the exorbitant fees charged by a tradesman, because you have the option to do it yourself.

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San Diego Heating Air Pro Celebrates Eight Years in Business

Gabriel Carini, a San Diego heating air expert, marked his eighth year in business with a new, larger office for his company, Carini Heating and Air Conditioning.

“As our business quickly grew, we realized we’d outgrown our previous location and needed to increase our square footage in order to better serve our customers,” said Carini, an expert in all brands of heaters and whole house air conditioners. The new location, a house turned office, has a much larger shop area.

Carini said the primary goal of the company has always been to provide excellence in allair conditioning and heating service, repair and installation. He specializes in retrofitting the HVAC system in older homes in historic neighborhoods, such as Kensington, North Park, Mission Hills, South Park, Hillcrest and Bankers Hill. Carini and his team of technicians also work with property managers in large developments and rental properties, as well as contractors in new construction, for service and installation of heating and air conditioning units.

Carini Heating and Air Conditioning has been an Accredited Business of the Better Business Bureau since 2008, which means that the BBB has determined that they meet their accreditation standards. Carini has maintained an A rating, on a scale from A+ to F. The rating standards are based on 16 factors, including complaint history, time in business, background information, commitment to BBB standards and no known issues with licensing, government or advertising.

“Right from the beginning, we made a point to offer the highest-quality service and most-competitive pricing in the area,” said Carini. “Over the years, that has paid off, and we want to thank all of our customers and friends who helped us get there.”

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Let Tool-Net Warm You Up

Winter has well and truly arrived. As chilly Brits up and down the country look set to spend the next few months up to our eyeballs in snow, rain and cold weather, Tool-Net offers up a solution with a fantastic range of heaters.

It’s no fun working in cold conditions – productivity levels drop and it’s certainly no good for your health. This year, why not pick up a heater to help you through those chilly winter months? With the aide of a heater your workshop, factory, garage, office or home will be transformed into a much nicer place to work. If you’ve suffered with these problems in the past, then you should waste no time in getting in touch with Tool-Net as soon as possible.

The catalogue contains many different types of heater – from affordable budget options through to more high-end, professional models. There are many different choices and Tool-Net looks to offer something for everybody. With offers and discounts on some of the world’s leading brands and manufacturers, it is easy to see why customers keep flocking back to Tool-Net as the cold sets in.

There’s lots of choice in the Tool-Net store, with many different models and brands on offer. It’s worth doing a bit of research to make sure you purchase the perfect heater for your needs, so why not take a look at the different styles in stock such as: Butane and Propane, Ceramic, Diesel and Paraffin, Electric, Infra-Red and Halogen, and Oil.

Tool-Net also offers its customers lots of other products with both power and hand tools, DIY accessories, garden equipment and much more. It’s a great place to stock up on essentials for your business, build up your reputation as a handyman and find those perfect presents for friends and loved ones. The website also offers up-to-date industry news and a blog featuring all the latest products and offers.

So whether you’re looking to buy site lighting, a Bosch drill, an outdoor heater, some new gardening equipment or anything else tool-related, chances are you’ll find it at The best news is, everything is competitively priced too, with new offers and deals becoming available all the time.

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Tool-Net Urges Power Tool Users To Be Safe

Nearly every home in the country has an electric drill but today the power tool experts, Tool-Net, suggested that very few users are aware of basic safety precautions that should always be taken when using their drill. Those who do not follow these precautions run the risk of having an accident that could hurt them or damage their drill.

Tool-Net highlighted the risk that loose clothing, jewellery or long untied back hair can pose. Any of these can easily be snagged in the drill as it rotates. Whilst these should be avoided safety goggles should be worn as these help prevent damage to your eyes caused by filings or shavings that are created by drilling. Whilst the heat of a drill bit can burn hands those who choose to wear gloves should make sure they are tight fitting.

The main area of risk when drilling is that caused by the drill slipping. Tool-Net outlined five simple steps that will greatly reduce this risk. First is to use a centre punch to start your drilling and to apply even pressure throughout. Second is to secure the material you are drilling in a vice. Third is to use a drill frame if you are drilling harder materials such as metal. Fourth is to make a pilot hole if you are drilling a screw into wood. The fifth rule is to always double check that the drill bit you have selected is sitting correctly and is held tightly by the chuck.

Both corded and cordless drills have specific rules that Tool-Net urged users to follows. A common way that corded drills are damaged is through careless treatment of the electrical cord which can be damaged if strained through being tripped over, used to pull a plug out of a socket or used to carry the drill itself. Cordless drills can easily be damaged if the incorrect charger is used to charge the drill or if it is charged in temperatures beyond those recommended by the manufacturer.

A Tool-Net spokesperson commented that “drills are an essential power tool and following these simple rules will help users avoid the risk of accident, injury or damage to their drill”.

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Tool Company Helps Build Better Environment

Businesses generate approximately one quarter of all waste in England, according to the Department of Farming and Rural Affairs. To help reduce this figure, Tool-NET has introduced a company-wide environmental policy that targets any inefficient use of resources.

A spokesman from the company said that it is “committed to treating the environment with consideration and respect, particularly in the way it affects our staff, our customers and the local communities in which we operate.”

The most sustainable of waste management techniques is to avoid the creation of waste in the first place. With this in mind, the company does not to buy in materials for packaging its products ready for shipping, choosing instead to re-use materials from deliveries made to it.

Staff are encouraged to re-use paper whenever possible. Used paper is saved and collected by contractors for recycling, as is a variety of other unavoidable waste. Waste bins are collected for controlled disposal as required by the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

The company invites its customers to return old batteries. These are then sent out to its manufacturing suppliers for safe and environmentally friendly disposal. Tool-NET has a policy to minimize the disposal of waste electrical and electronic equipment as unsorted municipal waste and to achieve a high collection of WEE for treatment, recovery and environmentally sound disposal.

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Japanese Disaster Sparks UK Nuclear Fears

The controversial debate concerning the UK’s dependence on nuclear power has been reignited. In the aftermath of Fukushima, many UK citizens have grown doubtful of the safety of nuclear power.

Certain branches of the public have called for a re-evaluation of the UK’s safety measures in the event of a nuclear disaster. Some people are even beginning to take matters into their own hands by investing in nuclear bunkers. Online companies, like Tool-net, have noted an increase in the number of portable generators sold as people prepare for potential power cuts.

Some experts claim that the concerns are unwarranted, because the United Kingdom is not susceptible to severe earthquakes. The worst earthquake ever recorded in UK history only measured 5.75 on the Richter scale. This is comparatively mild when placed next to the 9.0 rating afforded to Japan’s disaster in March.

Approximately 15% of the United Kingdom’s electricity is supplied by 19 nuclear reactors in various locations. Nuclear meltdown at any of these reactors would leave thousands of UK citizens without electricity. This fear, when coupled with risk of radiation poisoning, has left many wondering whether the UK’s reliance on nuclear power is a good idea.

UK nuclear history has been marred by three accidents. In 2005, 20 tonnes of Uranium leaked from a cracked pipe at the Thorp nuclear processing plant. Although no radiation reached the environment, the British Nuclear Group was fined £500 000 for a breach of safety regulations.

This recent case illustrated that design errors pose as great a risk as natural disasters. Even if the UK is safe from devastating earthquakes, there is no guarantee that plants have been designed perfectly.

Many members of the public refuse to remain complacent and have chosen to protect themselves from the danger of nuclear fallout. Small portable generators, like the Clarke IG1000, can already be found in nuclear bunkers throughout Europe. The Cold War may have ended, but the fear of radiation remains as real as ever.

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Tool-NET Issues Essential Safety Tips For All Power Tool Users

Tool-NET, a leading online power tool superstore, has issued some simple safety tips that are applicable for all electrical power tool users, regardless of the country in which they are using their tools. Tool-NET’s superstore ( stocks more than 6,500 power tools, gardening accessories, fixings, fastenings, ancillaries and consumables. It has customers in more than 50 countries across five continents. The essential safety tips, however, are universal for all countries and all tools.

A spokesperson commented: “When using any electric tool, there are some simple safety steps you can take that can greatly reduce any possible risks. Whether you are using a jump start kit, a drill or a Clarke FG2000 generator, by taking a few simple precautions and making some quick checks, you can stop potential accidents and get your project completed safely.”

Firstly, Tool-NET advised exercising particular caution if working near liquids or in damp conditions. This includes thinking carefully about where you store your tools. They should not be stored anywhere that is damp. Electricity and moisture can be a dangerous mix, so jobs such as washing down walls should be prepared for carefully. Electrical tools should be removed from the room and electrical sockets covered. If water is spilt over an electrical appliance, it should not be used until it has completely dried out.

Secondly, Tool-NET advised that devices such as power breakers can help prevent a tool malfunction leading to a dangerous accident. By stopping the power supply automatically, these devices make power tool use safer in all conditions, but are strongly advised if working outdoors or in damp conditions indoors.

The third essential electrical safety tip that Tool-NET offered concerns care of your tool’s electrical cord. This should be regularly checked for damage, and the tool should not be used if any is apparent. Knots in cords should be untangled immediately, because they can lead to an excessive build-up of heat and present a potential fire risk. To avoid damaging the cord, you should never carry a power tool by the cord or yank it to remove its plug from a socket. The cord’s position should be noted, as it can be a trip hazard, but also because it must not lie near sources of heat, oil or any sharp edges that could cut it (including the cutting surface of your power saw or your drill, for example).

Finally, Tool-NET advised that a power tool should always be unplugged when not in use. This will avoid any possibility of the tool being started accidentally. When servicing or changing the accessories for your power tool, always make sure first that the tool is not plugged in.

Tool-NET suggested that these simple safety tips are applicable across all electrical tools, wherever they are used and whoever is using them. Tool-NET’s spokesperson concluded: “DIY enthusiasts and professionals all use electric tools to get jobs done. Our safety tips will help them get them done safely.”

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Tool-NET Trims Down Essential Garden-Strimming Considerations

The online power-tool superstore Tool-NET today claimed that there has never been a greater choice of strimmers available for customers on its site. With an ever-expanding range of strimmers on the market, Tool-NET has trimmed down the attributes of all its strimmers to offer its customers the most essential points to consider when selecting a strimmer.

A Tool-NET spokesperson commented that, “It is important that customers not only hunt down a good deal on price but also make sure they choose a strimmer model that is suitable for the jobs they have in mind”.

Tool-NET’s four essential considerations for selecting the right strimmer are: the cutting width, nylon-cord features, adjustability for comfort, and power source.

The cutting width is important because for jobs such as cutting down large overgrown areas you need greater width, whereas for precision finishing jobs, less width gives you the precision and flexibility you require. The true perfectionist should also look for a rotating head for those delicate finishing jobs.

The nylon cord is what will do the cutting. It spins at high speed and slices through the grass. If you need the strimmer to cut through thick overgrown grass and weeds, look for a model that has a double cord for the extra strength and power that this offers. Many models now feature automatic cord feeds, which mean you do not have to manually feed the cord each time it breaks – a useful time-saving device.

Height and weight are the main comfort considerations. If you are intending to be using the strimmer for long periods of time, or have back problems, think carefully about comfort. Adjustable, ergonomically designed handles are a must, and wrist supports a useful adjunct.

The weight of your strimmer is mainly determined by its power source, and there are three options here: electricity, petrol or rechargeable battery. Electric strimmers are cleaner to run than petrol ones and much easier to maintain. In addition, they are light and very easy to use. However, they do need to be near a power supply, which limits their range, and that trailing electric cord can become annoying. Petrol strimmers are favoured by professionals for offering greater power, longevity and the freedom to roam. They do, however, require regular maintenance and are heavier, noisier and smoky. If customers have a large tract of land, a petrol strimmer is strongly advised. Battery strimmers, by contrast, are only really suited to small areas and finishing jobs. They too allow you to roam free, but they only offer about 30 minutes’ battery time per charge. They are delightfully light, but not very powerful.

Taking into account these four essential points, ToolNet suggests that customers will be able to choose the right strimmer for their needs. With a hot summer forecast and more of us spending time in the garden, there has never been a better time to ensure we have the right tool for the job.

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No Excuses This Summer With Tool-NET’s Bargain Prices!

There are many things to enjoy at this time of the year: trips to the beach, ice-creams in the sunshine, barbecues, music festivals, sporting competitions, and home improvements. The latter is something that many men and women undertake over the warmer months, but often they do so with cheap, poor-quality equipment. Investing in the best gear unquestionably gives you the finest results, the safest working environment and the quickest speeds. But often DIY enthusiasts are put off by the high price of some of the top-of-the-range products and therefore make do with their cheap old tools.

Now there is a group of DIY professionals, enthusiasts and newcomers getting huge savings on the tools of their dreams. They smugly look at their friends and workmates splashing unnecessary cash as they reap the benefits. These people have discovered the discount website Tool-NET. Once you’ve bought products from here, there is no turning back.

Tool-NET stocks a huge range of the best power tools, hand tools, consumables, hardware, heaters, gardening equipment and so much more. To make sure it offers its customers the cheapest prices, the Tool-NET team continually renegotiates with manufacturers, and scours the internet and the high street to check competitors’ prices. This dedication is clear and the prices speak for themselves.

But it is not just the fact that you can buy all of this professional kit for bargain-bin prices that appeals to those in the know – Tool-NET customers also receive fantastic customer service, which leaves them wanting to come back for more.

Sometimes shoppers are put off using the internet because of the anonymity, but with Tool-NET there is a live chat feature, whereby you can ask any questions you may have to the helpful staff. Think of it as a virtual shop assistant.

Perhaps you don’t trust the picture and description that you see on the internet and you like to actually look at something in real life? With Tool-NET you get a satisfaction-or-your-money-back guarantee. A try-before-you-buy service, if you will.

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The MultiMaster – Now Available at Tool-NET

With its April collection, Tool-NET now gives its customers the chance to enjoy their favourite DIY activities with the most advanced power tools. Hundreds of new products have been added to an already extensive list of tools that are ideal for all kinds of constructions and repairs. There is a wide selection of energy generators, nail guns, air compressors and other tools to choose from, all available at affordable prices. On the top of that, you can also find on Tool-NET everything you need for summer activities such as gardening, fishing and camping.

Tame wood and steel with a MultiMaster

No job is too small or too large for a handy MultiMaster, a Fein professional tool ideal for interior fitting and renovation. As its name implies, it is a versatile tool suitable for cutting, polishing and rasping all kinds of materials. Its metal gear head can guarantee steady performance on the hardest surfaces. Few tools can be as useful as this one for the DIY enthusiast who needs something more advanced than an ordinary saw.

All DIY aficionados can find their own Excalibur with a brief look at the Tool-NET April collection, bearing in mind that modern swords do not have any kind of magical powers. Not that you cannot do magic with a new state-of-the-art MultiMaster.

Reduced prices for 100s of products

Apart from the MultiMaster, there are hundreds of existing products on offer on at a reduced price. That means you will skip any potential rise in the price of these tools, thus saving a few extra pounds. As a matter of fact, Tool-NET makes sure, through its unique Dynamic Competitive Pricing policy, that all products are available for the best prices in the market.

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More Construction press releases Report An Early Spring In Power Tool Sales

The Easter weekend has for several years now been about more than fluffy bunnies, chocolate eggs or even religious services. For many the extended Easter break is annual DIY time – it represents a chance to get around to those jobs in the house that have been crying out for attention., an online retailer of power tools, commented today that during every year of their trading they have seen a growth in power tool sales just prior to the Easter season as people have kitted themselves out for planned DIY jobs. Tool-Net added that this year there has been an earlier surge in power tool sales and a spokesperson today suggested that this may be due to the additional Bank Holiday that has been announced for the Royal Wedding. Tool-Net suggest that this early peak in power tool sales may indicate that rather than watching the wedding at home many may be welding at home.

This year we are all being given an extra opportunity to carry out our annual batch of spring DIY due to the way that Easter falls and the Royal Wedding. The marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton on Friday April 29th allows the nation an extra day’s holiday which follows hard on the heels of our four-day Easter weekend break. This in turn is followed quickly by the May Day Bank Holiday on Monday, May 2nd. This means that this year many will enjoy a four-day week, a three-day week and then another four-day week.

Tool-Net have noticed sales of power tools to home users, rather than trade users, seem to be peaking earlier this year than in previous years and a spokesperson hypothesised that “it is possible the additional bank holiday, and the fortuitous late Easter, is really concentrating minds on the opportunity to catch up on some jobs about the house. It is also possible that more people are planning to undertake DIY this year rather than call in a tradesperson due to the continuing economic uncertainty.”

A recent survey of more than 200,000 people found that Easter was the time of year most people were likely to undertake DIY in their homes. The survey also discovered that the DIY job people are most likely to complete over the Easter break is working in the garden. This was followed by indoor DIY jobs such as laying down new flooring, replacing the bathroom suite or fitting a new kitchen. Back outdoors the laying down of a new patio or decking were also popular Easter DIY projects.

The early power tool sales this year reported by Tool-Net suggest that we are tooling up with a Makita LXT202 or a Fein Angle Grinder for an extended Easter of DIY. Rather than watching the wedding it appears many are planning to be drilling, grinding, sawing and fixing. Either that or we are all kitting out our kitchens and gardens early for celebratory wedding parties!

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Messer Construction Co. To Host Graduation Ceremony For Green Build Boot Camp Participants

The National Sustainability Coalition is on a mission to take small and diverse companies to a higher level of operational efficiencies in the emerging green economy. In November, the organization launched the Green Construction Education Program. Partners in the initiative are the City of Cincinnati Small Business Enterprise Program, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky African American Chamber, Hispanic Chamber Cincinnati USA, Ohio River Valley Women’s Business Council, Ohio Small Business Development Center at the Urban League of Greater Cincinnati and Messer Construction Co.

At the core of the NSC’s initiative is a unique Green Build Boot Camp blended learning initiative designed to give businesses in construction and construction-related trades a basic understanding of sustainability concepts, the emerging green economy and the green built environment. The program has three levels of training that move a participating business along a Sustainability Continuum™ of continuous improvement. The intent is to increase sustainability-based thinking, perspectives and behaviors that are integrated into everyday operating procedures and the culture of the company, with an outcome of a complete transformation to sustainable operations.

“Through the Green Build Boot Camp workshops, we are ensuring that our inclusion program represents businesses of all kinds and sizes. It’s a way to support the development and utilization of small businesses, and especially businesses owned by minorities, women and veterans,” says Tom Keckeis, Messer’s President and CEO.

Messer sponsored the Green Construction Education Program by hosting the first level of basic training at its headquarters on Fishwick Drive in Cincinnati. The NSC positioned the Green Build Boot Camp© as the first step for small and diverse businesses to become marketable in the green construction economy. Over 80 individuals participated in the Level 1 Knowledge component, which is an engaging, interactive workshop that combines 4 hours of classroom instruction with 2 hours of web-based training. The workshop included a “show and tell” virtual tour of Messer’s green headquarters, which was recently awarded LEED Silver EB Certification for an existing building. Participants learned first-hand how transitioning their existing company to sustainable operations can build value and competitive advantage into the enterprise. Messer intends to extend the program through September.

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Constant Sales with Tool-Net

Forget about waiting for the next sale to kick-in at your local tool warehouse because you might be hanging around until next January. Tool-Net offer massive discounts throughout the year on a large range of quality Power-Tools.

There really is no excuse to shop anywhere else once you’ve seen the amount of money that you can save at Tool-Net. One of the many highlights of the website is that all it takes is a couple of clicks and you’re surrounded with deals. You needn’t wait around to make a long trip to a retail park as everything is organised from the comfort of your home or place of work. Perfect for a keen DIY fanatic or a professional labourer.

At Tool-Net you can buy the Bosch 36V 5-Tool Lithium-Ion Power Kit which includes a rotary hammer drill, a combi drill driver, a circular saw, a reciprocating saw and a wall scanner. The list price including VAT for the product is £1,827.00, whereas the Tool-Net price is just £1,109.94. This is just one example of the huge savings available throughout the website.

Another illustration of the incredible savings available is the DeWalt DCX5PAKL2 18V Li-Ion NANO 5 Tool Combo Pack. This contains lithium-ion battery technology, combi hammer drill driver, circular saw, jigsaw, recip saw and flexible flashlight. Including VAT the list price is £1,680.00 but at Tool-Net you can find it for just £687.59.

Become one of the 10,000s of Tool-Net customers and reap the fantastic benefits on offer. With hundreds of prices reduced each day, a unique Live Chat feature where you can talk to a helpful Tool-Net employee, a vast catalogue of the best names and brands in power tools, hand tools, accessories, site equipment and consumables, and 98% of orders dispatched on the same day as order.

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