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HANDY Unveils 2012 Innovation Award Winners

Dec 10, 2012

Minnetonka, MN — HANDY is proud to announce its 2012 Innovation Award winners. Now in its 12th year, the HANDY Innovation Award program is known for honoring products that showcase initiative, creativity, invention, reinvention and eco-innovation.

This year’s champions receive elegant trophies; honorable-mention winners receive award plaques; and members of the Handyman Club of America will vote for three products to receive Members’ Choice recognition. All products will be prominently featured in the December 2012/January 2013 issue of HANDY Magazine, as well as mentioned in the HANDY TOOLBOX e-newsletter, at HandymanClub.com and on the Handyman Club of America Facebook page.

And the winners are ...
  >  Black & Decker Gyro
  >  Bosch GSL 2 Surface Laser
  >  Briggs & Stratton Amplifi
  >  Crescent Code Red line of renovation
    and demolition tools
  >  Franklin Sensors ProSensor 710
  >  General Tools & Instruments iBorescope
  >  Ridgid Roofing Cutter
  >  Rockler 3-Piece Silicone Glue Application Kit
  >  Toro Xtra Smart Precision Soil Moisture Sensor
  >  Werner Compact Aluminum Extension Ladder

Those that earned honorable mention:

  >  Black & Decker paint sprayers with QuickClean
  >  DAP 3.0 sealant line
  >  Fiskars Cut-and-Grab Lopper
  >  Kreg Tool Rip-Cut Circular Saw Guide
  >  Krylon Rust Protector
  >  Lee Valley Pipe Vise
  >  Moen Twist Showerhead
  >  Multiplaz 3500
  >  Rockler Mixing Mate
  >  Rust-Oleum Ultimate Wood Stain
  >  Sani Seal Toilet Gasket
  >  Thomas & Betts Corp. Catamount Twist Tail Cable Ties
  >  Universal Arch Kit
  >  Vu1 Corp. R30 ESL bulb

While this year’s winners are basking, HANDY editors will be scouting out next year’s contenders. Watch for the 2013 HANDY Innovation Award nominees, which will be featured in the magazine and online throughout the coming year.

HANDY and the Handyman Club of America represent the core of America’s home-improvement experts: the consumers who are always remodeling or improving their homes, woodworkers who spend weekends in their workshops and guys and gals who are as good with metal and machines as they are with maple and moldings. HANDY also reaches many building-trades contractors who are experts in their fields and opinion leaders among their peers. Their influence on others extends far beyond HANDY’s guaranteed 525,000 subscribers and 1.9 million total readers.

Grayle Howlett
(646) 862-3915

Larry Okrend
HANDY Editor in Chief
(952) 988-7294

Jenny Stanley
HANDY Senior Editor
(952) 352-7562


Different types of ladders are designed to keep you safe and productive when climbing or standing. Using the wrong style of ladder or simply ignoring the limitations of climbing equipment can result in a fall or serious injury.
Height reach Height is referring to the actual ladder height. Extension ladders should be 7 to 10 feet longer than the highest support or contact point, which may be the wall or roof line. The highest standing level is four rungs down from the top. The highest permitted standing level on a stepladder is two steps down from the top.

Reach height is the maximum reach assuming a 5’6” person with a vertical 12” reach.
Ladders are designed to safely hold up to a specific amount of weight. The Werner Performance System defines five different capacities using a color and star rating system. The Duty Rating is defined as the maximum safe load capacity of the ladder. A person’s fully clothed weight plus the weight of any tools and materials that are carried onto the ladder must be less than the load capacity.

Performance system
Werner offers ladder made from fiberglass and aluminum. Each material has characteristics which make it best for certain applications, or one material may simply fit the personal preferences of the user. For example, if working around electricity users should select fiberglass products due to their non-conductive side rails.