More stories about Legislation

  • New Tax on Wood Creates Confusion in California

    As of January 1, California retailers have been required to collect an extra one percent tax certain lumber products. Plywood, framing lumber, and unfinished decking are among the products subject to the tax. Doors, windows, trim, and other more heavily processed items are not.

  • Bill Bans Use of Sulfur-Tainted Drywall

    Congress passed a bill that limits the amount of sulfur allowed in drywall and directs the administration to press Chinese manufacturers to compensate victims of tainted Chinese wallboard products.

  • OSHA Extends Temporary Fall-Protection Enforcement Once Again

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has decided to push its toughest enforcement measures for its new fall-protection rule back to March 15, 2013, according to a memo released on Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Labor.

  • Cutting Edge: Confusion Surrounds Lead Rule

    By now, everyone involved in residential remodeling should know about the EPA's Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) rule. As of midsummer there were still plenty of questions and confusion regarding the requirements for tools and equipment. In particular the government was still in the process...

  • Cutting Edge: Blue-Collar Jobs Turn Green

    With home building at a near standstill and the government promising financial stimulus for energy-producing and conservation initiatives, a number of industry, private, and government cooperative programs have emerged to help builders and tradespeople get back to work.

  • Nail Pricing Survey

    The January 16th anti-dumping ruling on nail imports by the U.S. Department of Commerce caused nail prices to jump an average of 30% within days of the announcement. Help us track this important issue by answering the following survey questions.

  • Warranty Wars

    Performance, features, and price will always be first-choice deal-makers for tool buyers, but warranty coverage has become the latest competitive battleground among tool companies.