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Posted on:February 21, 2020

We’ve spent the last few months looking at our own history, but we haven’t investigated the history of Klein Tools’ foundation: hand tools! A hand tool, by definition, is any tool that you power with your hand and not a motor. While the tools that we use today are streamlined and often multi-functional, rudimentary versions of these tools have existed as long as humans have.

Stones were the first tools, as seen during the – aptly named – Stone Age. Because humans don’t have claws or teeth long enough to tear through skin, cutting tools were necessary to obtain and prepare food. “Cutting” stones that had naturally sharp edges came to use first. Following this, early humans began to sharpen blunt stones to get the same effect. They also used fire to shape wood into useable tools for hunting and other needs.

Posted on:February 14, 2020

Every month in 2020, we’ll be brining you a Klein Timeline Snapshot: a look back in time at a specific year, looking at what the world was like in said year, and what was happening with Klein Tools.

This month’s year: 1941

4 piece bedroom set: $10
Quart of ice cream: $0.30
Movie tickets: $0.15-0.25

What was happening in the world: With the Great Depression over and the U.S. economy growing steadily, the transportation industry was experiencing growth. More people were traveling longer distances for work, and the number of cars on the road was steadily increasing. In New York City, transportation was booming, and less than a year prior, the Queens-Midtown Tunnel had opened. This tunnel was the first roadway under the East River connecting Manhattan and Long Island. February 14, 1941 marked a historic day, as the one-millionth vehicle drove through the tunnel, which is quite surprising considering the tunnel had only been open just shy of three months. Another fun fact: President Franklin D. Roosevelt was actually the first person to drive through said tunnel, a few weeks before it opened to the public.

Posted on:February 7, 2020

Tuesday, February 11 is National Inventors’ Day, created in 1983 by President Ronald Reagan in order to recognize the contributions that inventors make not only to the United States but also to the world as a whole. In honor of that, today we’ll be looking at a few of the most important inventors, and what they contributed to the world of electrical innovation in their lifetime.

Posted on:January 31, 2020

February 3-5 is the annual AHR Expo in Orlando, Florida, the world’s largest HVACR marketplace, and an excellent place for HVAC professionals to meet, learn and find the latest and greatest tools for their trade. In honor of this, today we’re looking at some of our best HVAC tools, built to last and stand up to the tough conditions of HVAC job sites.

Posted on:January 24, 2020

As we move full swing into the new year, it’s always interesting to look at the trends shaping the electrical industry that might affect business and technicians. Many of the big changes across electrical and other industries involve modernization and integrating systems that are more friendly to the environment, especially as concerns about climate change continue to grow each year.

One of the most interesting trends coming out of larger cities is the move away from natural gas to electrical power. More specifically, some metropolitan cities have actually made moves to ban natural gas in buildings, and have been spending large amounts of money on electrification. California is an example of this process: towards the end of 2019, regulators in California made policy changes that allowed them to direct $1 billion from their budget for energy efficiency to electrification efforts, as they move to stop using fossil fuels completely and reduce carbon emissions across the board.

Posted on:January 17, 2020

As with any product, hand tools have to go through a long process of development before they make it into the hands of trade professionals. From the initial concept all the way through to when tools are on shelves for purchase, there are dozens of steps involved to make a tool idea into a tool in-hand.

One of the most important steps in development for Klein Tools is product testing.

Klein Tools uses two main methods of product testing. The first method is in-house testing. As a product is being developed and manufactured, our engineers put it through a rigorous process that includes drop testing, pressure testing, and seeing how many times said tool can hit or cut something before the product wears out. They do this through manual use so that they can make sure the in-hand fit is right, as well as using specialized machines to perform these actions thousands of times, repeatedly. Both our Lincolnshire, Illinois, facility and our state-of-the-art manufacturing headquarters in Mansfield, Texas, have product testing labs where engineers spend hours upon hours with each new tool in development, making sure they can stand up to the repetitive use that tradespeople need them to.

Posted on:January 10, 2020

Every month in 2020, we’ll be bringing you a Klein Timeline Snapshot: a look back in time at a specific year, looking at what the world was like in said year, and what was happening with Klein Tools.

This month’s year: 1912

Posted on:January 3, 2020

As population rates continue to rise, and the boom in both residential and commercial construction continues, the need for more trained HVAC professionals across the country is also rapidly growing. Previously we’ve looked at the best cities for electricians, taking into account both average salaries and availability of jobs. Today, we’ll use the same criteria to look at what the best cities are for HVAC professionals.

Posted on:December 27, 2019

As we move into the new year, many people have taken part in the time-honored tradition of setting New Year’s resolutions. While it is estimated that around 80 percent of people break their New Year’s resolutions within the first month and a half of a new year, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t value in setting them and trying to make improvements to your own habits.

Going into 2020, there are several things you can resolve to do that both will help improve the electrical safety in your home, as well as reduce your overall electrical costs.

As far as safety goes, make sure that you’ve done a thorough inspection of your home. Repair or replace any appliances or faulty wiring and make sure alarms are working with new batteries. It’s important to make sure all your breakers and fuses are labeled properly so that you can identify and address any tripped circuits quickly and conveniently.   

Posted on:December 20, 2019

With the costs of college rising exponentially over the last decade, many students are choosing to pursue trade schools rather than traditional four-year universities. While enrollment rates in colleges have risen this century, so have those for trade schools, at almost equal rates. Trade schools are often much more affordable in terms of tuition and time commitments, and give students a set of skills that are always in need, therefore making the process of finding post-graduation employment much quicker.

Given all these benefits, a trade school education opens up a world of opportunity to students, and it can be overwhelming to decide where would be the most advantageous place to pursue their career. Below we look at some of the best cities for electricians, and what is drawing skilled tradespeople there.

Many things go into what would make a city more desirable for an electrician, including a higher starting salary, higher average salary and an abundance of open job positions. With

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