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Posted on:June 7, 2018 3:48 pm CDT

Hut, Hut, Hike!

For the fifth year running, Klein Tools is honoring the MVP of electricians, and this year, we’re kicking off the 2018 Electrician of the Year search with a blitz.

Every year, hundreds of nominees compete for the title of Klein Tools Electrician of the Year. But what's the key to winning?

The first step is to submit an outstanding nomination. We know our customers are skilled professionals who are dedicated to quality, safety and integrity day in and day out. Now it’s time to tell us how you or someone else you know stands unrivaled on the jobsite.

5 Tips for Writing a Great Nomination

Posted on:May 30, 2018 12:17 pm CDT

With over 7.4 billion people in the world, it’s no surprise that the demand for power has risen in recent years. Advanced developments in the datacommunication industry have enabled such growth, introducing new power delivery methods such as Power over Ethernet (PoE). PoE technology allows Ethernet devices to transmit and receive data as well as DC power through the same cabling.

Posted on:May 24, 2018 4:50 pm CDT

Hardworking lineman by day, talented songwriter by night – that’s how we’d begin to describe Dustin Steen, a tradesperson from Mississippi.

When you grow up with parents performing in a southern rock band and generations of skilled welders as role models, joining the trades and exploring the music industry is a natural path to take. But it wasn’t until Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005 that Dustin’s plans for the future began to shine bright before him.

Posted on:May 18, 2018 10:18 am CDT

The sun is shining. The birds are chirping. The trees are swaying ever so slightly in the warm breeze. And more than half of Americans feel motivated to take on home- or lawn-improvement projects simply to outdo their neighbors.

Wait… that doesn’t quite fit in to our description of a perfect spring day. It does take spring-cleaning to a new level though, adding some friendly competition and upping the ante for lawn care.

But don’t worry! Klein Tools has some ideas for quick projects that any busy professional can tackle in the off-hours.

Brighten Your Backyard

Posted on:May 11, 2018 3:12 pm CDT

Have you ever taken on a DIY project that failed to uphold its “low-cost” promises? How about the near and dear frustrations related to trying to find a tradesperson after too many rough starts?

From the tradesperson’s perspective, these false-starts and DIY-whoopses leave pros working on the fly, balancing many tasks at once. It can be difficult for foremen and contractors to stay organized while managing their clients and their crews throughout these one-off or otherwise unpredictable projects.

Situations that leave owners or skilled workers feeling stuck may be more common than you think. So common in fact that entrepreneurs around the world have developed new search engines and apps specifically to find new solutions, helping all doers, homeowners and tradespeople alike, get the job done.

Klein came across a few of these pretty impressive digital tools and we want you to check them out for yourself!

Posted on:May 1, 2018 4:12 pm CDT

Did you know that every day about 215 tradespeople report a tool theft?

According to Trade Direct Insurance, professionals in the U.K. would have to work over 450,000 days to pay for replacement tools each year. That sure is a lot of overtime, isn’t it?

Tradespeople in Plymouth have had enough. Earlier this year, over 150 tradesmen and women rallied together in protest. After noting an increase in the number of stolen tools, including power tools and other equipment, concerned workers wanted to do something to address the problem.

Concerns addressed on Facebook brought over 150 tradespeople together to protest
the heightened number of tool thefts in the U.K. Vist BBC News for more information.

Posted on:April 23, 2018 3:04 pm CDT

You’ve heard about white-collar and blue-collar workers but what about green-collar?

Green-collared workers develop sustainable energy and focus highly on environmental conservation. Each job included in the industry, however, takes on very different tasks. From waste management officers and biological engineers to the tradespeople working on solar, wind and other alternative energy sources, professionals around the globe are working toward a “green” lifestyle.

In fact, the global renewable energy sector increased by 1.1% people in 2016 compared to 2015 … that’s 9.8 million people that had jobs because of renewable energy! The industry is expected to continue growing along with the demand for renewable energy sources, which means more jobs and increased tech-development.

So, what role do tradespeople play in supporting sustainability? Let’s take a look…

Posted on:April 18, 2018 4:36 pm CDT

Around the world, people depend on line workers to keep the power on, no matter the circumstances. That’s why every April 18, we take the time to celebrate National Lineman Appreciation Day. From being fiercely dedicated to their careers to putting their lives on the line, there are so many reasons to take the time to recognize these hard working men and women.

Here are a few reasons why Klein thinks we should all take the time to #thankalineman.

1. Linemen Put their Lives on the Line

Lineman work is recognized within the top 10 most dangerous jobs in the U.S. and, according to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), the Utility Industry recorded 2016’s highest rate of fatal electrical injury. Even with safety measures in place, line workers still face risks when working on or near high-voltages and at heights, putting their lives on the line for their communities.

Posted on:April 12, 2018 3:59 pm CDT

A variety of industries utilize magnets – the health industry uses electromagnetic fields in medical equipment such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging machines(MRIs); credit cards control monetary data with small magnetic strips; refrigerators, compasses, computers and so many other devices all rely on magnets for functionality.

Researchers have even recently discovered atomically thin magnets to improve data storage. Meanwhile, Klein’s family of engineers, workers and craftsman are busy using magnets to provide tradespeople with reliable and durable tools needed to get the job done.

Posted on:April 6, 2018 2:23 pm CDT

Earlier this year, Klein tested your knowledge of the variety of careers within the electrical industry. From journeymen and master electricians to commercial, residential, industrial or even line workers, the options are almost limitless. But with so many career electricians retiring, we wondered what they do after stepping out of the profession.

When it becomes time for tradespeople to put down their pliers, after years of dedication to their career, it’s common for them to find new ways to put their skills to good use. Outside of working their own DIY-style projects, many retired tradespeople turn their trade into a hobby, using their tools and tricks after hours to help others.

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