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No Mess is so Sweet

Guys...just a heads up. Saturday, October 18th is Sweetest Day.

I know what you’re thinking, what the heck is Sweetest Day? Think Valentine’s Day, but in October.

This “hallmark holiday” is generally only celebrated in the Midwest and parts of the Northeast in the US, and according to this website, it commonly involves women giving their husbands or boyfriends candy. But from me to you, get your lady something to mark the holiday….a card, some candy, or a nice dinner out.

And if you are going to be on the jobsite that day, let me make another recommendation, especially if you are pulling wire. Ditch the old yellow wax wire pulling lubricant. I STRONGLY recommend you get Klein’s new Foam Wire Pulling Lubricant instead.

Why? Watch this...

Fire Safety...for Firefighters

Today, October 9th, marks National Fire Prevention Day. This day, in conjunction with National Fire Prevention Week, is a platform for fire officials to educate the public about the importance of fire safety.

Fire Safety

While firefighters and fire officials are providing us with this very important PSA, I’d like to take this opportunity to return the favor.

Last month, I received an email from Hector, who recently became a big fan of Klein Tools. Hector is a certified structural firefighter and he wrote to tell us about how much our new Hi-Visibility Tools have helped him on the job. But something he wrote in particular caught my attention:

"I recommend the glow in the dark tools to my fellow firefighters because it enhances life safety," he wrote.

Last Chance!

With just days left, I am on the edge of my seat, because the race for Klein Tools Head of the Class instructor of the year award is still anyone’s game! And with a $1000 prize on the line, EVERY VOTE COUNTS!

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.

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