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Handy Item for Fall/Winter

Fall has officially arrived! Tuesday marked the official first day of Fall. Although it is still a pleasant 70 degrees in northern Illinois, we’ve already had a taste of the brisk cold that will be here before we know it. And if forecasters are to be believed, it’s going to be another brutal winter.

I’m not waiting around for it. I’ve already ordered a new hi-viz Klein Tools Orange Fleece Jacket and a Knit Hat. I also got my hands on a pair of our brand-new Journeyman™ Cold Weather Gloves.

Klein Journeyman Cold Weather Gloves - icy conditions

Oh the Horror!

When you ask electricians about their experience using wire pulling lubricant, you can pretty much count on a negative response.

Now, I’ve never pulled wire before, but I’ve had the…displeasure…of handling the traditional wax lubricant, so I completely understand why. There is nothing nice you can say about that stuff. The texture, the color, the fact that you can’t ever seem to get the stuff off your hands, clothes, etc.

It’s a wonder that no one has come up with an alternative before.

Thankfully, there is one now… Klein Tools’ Exclusive Foam Wire Pulling Lubricant.

Working at 101

Turning 101 years old would be a major milestone in anyone’s life, so how did Herman “Hy” Goldman celebrate his 101st birthday? By going to work.

Yep, Hy still clocks in at his 9-to-5 job four days a week….as he’s done for the last 73 YEARS! As if that wasn’t impressive enough, he’s worked at the same company for that entire time.

Keep Calm and Share Electrician’s Memes

Internet photo meme’s….It seems you can’t escape them lately. And as much as I try to ignore them, every once in a while I come across one that catches my attention. That’s what happened this weekend, when a friend sent me a good one about electricity (scroll down to see it).

It got me thinking, I wonder what other good electricity/electrician meme’s are out there?

Head of the Class

It’s back to school time! School supplies at seemingly every store you go to, big yellow buses moving slowly through traffic and Facebook news feeds full of pictures of kids heading off on their first day of school.

This time of year always makes me nostalgic. I was always one of those kids who actually LIKED going to school, and I credit a lot of that to my teachers. I was lucky enough to have great teachers from grade school all the way through college who taught me a lot, but also instilled in me a love of learning that I still have today.

American Ninja Electrician

With every turn of a screwdriver and step up a ladder, a master electrician from Virginia has inched his way closer to becoming an American Ninja Warrior.

32-year-old Stephens Nunnally has made it all the way to the finals of NBC’s obstacle course competition show. A couple of weeks ago Stephens crushed the course in the Miami finals round and qualified to compete in the finals in Las Vegas, which start Monday, August 18th (9/8c)!

The really amazing part of Stephens’ story is that he credits his day job with helping him prepare for the grueling obstacles that test your balance, grip strength, and overall athletic ability. Stephens said on the show that climbing up ladders with heavy cables and equipment helped build his core strength and he’s built amazing grip strength from turning screwdrivers hundreds of times a day. You can watch some of his on-the-job training in his audition video.

Skilled Trades Shortage: Part 2

A couple of weeks ago, we presented some eye-popping statistics about the shortage of Skilled Tradesman. Earlier this year, we were pleased to hear that targeted training and apprenticeship programs across the country were receiving $600 million in competitive grants to support tradesmen and apprentices.

Skilled Trades Shortage: Part 1

If you follow the Klein Tools Facebook page, you might have noticed a post we made last week showing some pretty interesting information about Skilled Trade Workers. The post was about the ManpowerGroup’s 2014 survey on the hardest jobs to fill in the U.S. For the fifth year in a row, Skilled Trade Workers was at the top of their list.

If you are a glass half-full kind of person, this may seem like good news. A surplus in jobs! But the reality is, this is more of a glass half-empty situation, and it looks like it could get even worse.

Father’s Day Gift List

Father’s Day is Sunday…this Sunday…as in 3 days away! For those of you who already have a gift, a card, or plans made, good for you. For those of us who haven’t (guilty!), or if you are a dad looking for ideas to give your procrastinating children, you have come to the right place.

US News & World Report came up with a good general list of Father’s Day gift ideas, but I’m going to help you out even more by giving you some specific suggestions based on their general suggestions. Here goes:

The Standards for Insulated Tools

Have you seen the sleek design of our brand-new Electrician’s Insulated Tools? The slimmer handle design makes them more comfortable in your hand and easier to store in a tool pouch. Great features, for sure, but when you’re talking about insulated tools, the most important feature should be safety.

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