Builders’ Tip: Make Your Stiff, Leather Gloves Fit Like a Glove
For many years, I have worn leather gloves for heavy construction work and have found that the inexpensive, stiff gloves I used lasted just as long as the more expensive, soft and pliable ones.
Rather than spend more money for gloves, I have found a simple way to make the less expensive ones fit me more comfortably — while also helping heal my rough hands.
Here’s my solution:
- Coat your hands with a liberal amount of the thickest hand cream you can find, then slip on the gloves and go about your work like you normally would when wearing gloves.
- While you are working, the cream soaks into the leather, softens it and forms the gloves to your hands.
- In a matter of minutes, the old, stiff gloves will become pliable and you won’t be able to tell the inexpensive gloves from expensive ones.
By the way, the lotion also helps keeps gloves that have gotten wet from becoming stiff when they dry out. The lotion also seems to make the gloves last a little longer.
— Bill Rutledge, via e-mail
Tips & Techniques provided by Fine Homebuilding.
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Tax Credit Web Site Looks at Opportunity of a Lifetime
Builders and other industry professionals can help spur home sales by referring prospective first-time home buyers to www.federalhousingtaxcredit.com. The NAHB Web site provides detailed information on the $8,000 federal tax credit for first-time home buyers included in the economic stimulus legislation signed into law by President Obama.
Consumers can use the Web site to find information on the tax credit — including a detailed question and answer section. It also includes information about other housing-related and small business measures in the legislation and a number of home-buying resources for consumers.
Spanish Version Also Available Online
A Spanish version of this increasingly popular Web site is also available to provide detailed information on the tax credit to Spanish-speaking first-time home buyers.
Industry professionals are encouraged to highlight either tax credit Web site when marketing to their potential first-time home buyer market.
Set Yourself Apart With CGB Designation
Join the ranks of the nation’s top building industry professionals with the Certified Graduate Builder (CGB) designation. The “Builder Assessment Review” (BAR) is your first step towards obtaining the CGB.
This comprehensive assessment measures your expertise in the four key areas of the building industry: building technology, business and finance, project management and sales and marketing.
Your results will show the areas where your knowledge is strongest and weakest and will help determine the courses required for you to obtain your CGB.
To learn where the next BAR will be held, visit NAHB’s education listings, or call the Professional Designation Help Line at 800-368-5242 x8154.
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