Archives for February 2014

From cocoon to carpet

In creating its Zee Silk collection of custom handmade luxury carpets, Amala has developed a new eco-friendly and sustainable silk fibre manufactured with 100-percent organic methods and materials. This collection was born after several years of research and testing in order to preserve the silk’s best qualities, including its natural strength, shimmer and durability. The […]

What do you think?

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) wants your opinion on how broadcasters are regulated in Canada. We think it might be worth a few minutes. You can start the survey here. Clicking on the “next” button at the lower-right corner should take you through each page.

It’s easy

The DriTac 7700 Easy Clean 4-in-1 is an enhanced MS polymer wood-flooring adhesive with sound and moisture-control features. This product is designed to be easy-to-clean off the surface of hardwood flooring — wet or dry — and is a single-component moisture-curing adhesive with no VOCs, no solvents and no isocyanates. The DriTac 7700 Easy Clean […]

Wet or dry situations

DeWalt has introduced two compact and portable 18V/20V Max wet/dry vacuums: the DCV580 and the DCV591H. Both units can excel in tight spaces where larger vacuums may not be able to reach, or when AC power isn’t convenient or available. The multi-port interface on these vacuums allows the DeWalt 18V stem pack lithium ion and […]


The Fastback II Utility Knife from Milwaukee is a direct reflection of jobsite research and requests to include blade storage for added convenience. Designed  to activate the blade three times faster than a two-handed opening, the Fastback II features a press-and-flip one-handed blade opening. In addition, a tool-free blade change allows for fast and efficient […]

The value of foreign workers

A quite passionate argument for the hiring of permanent foreign workers in Canada is offered in the Globe and Mail. It’s an issue we have discussed in our magazine for some time, too.

Longer, wider, tougher …

According to Gaylord Hardwood Flooring, its domestic flooring features the longest lengths and toughest finish in the industry, backed by a lifetime structural warranty and 40-year finish warranty. Domestic species include ash, cherry, hickory, maple, oak and walnut. This flooring features 40- to 48-inch lengths (versus competitors’ claimed average lengths of 20 to 27 inches), […]

Let’s get real

It bothers me the phrase “conventional wisdom” has nothing to do with either convention or wisdom. In fact, it is usually the opposite of both. Take the conventional wisdom: “perception is reality.” My recollection of Plato is that he took that one head-on and debunked it. It’s not that people should read Plato, but somebody […]

Smoking hot, or warm

For HomerWood, wood is one of the most important design elements in any home. While nature may provide the inspiration, the company says its premium hardwood flooring brings individuality and singular beauty to a hardwood floor design. As a result, the alluring and striking Smoked Specialties hardwoods take the natural splendour, elegance and distinction of […]

Pacemakers rejoice

ThermoTile from ThermoSoft is an electric radiant heating system to be used under floor tiles. This product is designed to be installation-friendly as the 10-inch grounded lead wires are pre-attached to one end of the 1.5-inch wide radiant floor-heating mat. The company also says this product emits zero EMF (electromagnetic field) because, unlike other heated […]