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Happy Father’s Day

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Happy Father’s Day

This Sunday is Father’s Day. Don’t forget to give your old man a call. And tell the kids what you really want. Otherwise, you’ll have to suck it up and wear the ugly tie they buy you some day.

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World Cup starts

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World Cup starts

Hosts Russia kicks off the most-watched sports tournament in the world with a game against Saudi Arabia. The 32-nation competition wraps up a month later on July 15.

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No “I” on this island, but lots of “us”

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No “I” on this island, but lots of “us”

Here in Canada, there’s much talk about improving urban density to avoid continuous sprawl. But we’ve got nothing on other parts of the world. Take Santa Cruz del Islote, a tiny island off the coast of Columbia. More than 1,200 people live on the 130,000-sq.ft. (0.012 km2) island, making it one of the most densely populated places on earth. Residents are serviced by a school, two stores, and one restaurant. Haiti’s Ilet a Brouee lays claim to the most densely populated island on Earth, with 500 people crammed into 0.004 km2, which works out to 125,000 people per km2. The most densely populated place in the world is thought to be the Dharavi slums in Mumbai, India, where as many as 300,000 people live per square kilometre. By comparison, Toronto has about 4,500 residents per km2.

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Recall Roundup: Leaky Line

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Recall Roundup: Leaky Line

For our outdoor themed June/July 2018 issue, we’ve pulled together a two-page list of related product failures, including this item:

Makita Line Trimmer

Model affected: ER2600L with serial numbers ranging from 161200801 to 161200870.

Potential Problem: A grommet can come loose, allowing fuel to leak from the tank.

Sold: Approximately 70 units were sold between June and September 2017.

Contact: Makita Canada, 800-263-3734; Makita.ca

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Renovators’ Roundtable, October 10-12, 2018

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Renovators’ Roundtable, October 10-12, 2018

The Renovators’ Roundtable in coming up on October. For full details and to register, visit the Roundtable page on our website.

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Renovation Contractor – Jun/Jul2018

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Renovation Contractor – Jun/Jul2018

Renovation Contractor is a trusted trade publication written by and for Canada’s small to medium-sized home renovators.

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Walk A Mile in His Shoes

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Walk A Mile in His Shoes

Renovation Contractor was once again invited to Milwaukee Tools’ annual New Product Symposium. We have a photo recap in the June/July issue that includes company president Steve Richman’s custom kicks.

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Terracotta teardown

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Terracotta teardown

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An iconic – some might say eyesore – home in Toronto’s Junction neighbourhood is about to be demolished, even though it has a heritage designation.

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The home was constructed in 1905 by a local builder, who covered the exterior in reddish brown tiles with elaborate motifs. Heavy winds in early April caused a large section of the exterior wall to fall off. City inspectors recently deemed the building structurally unsound.

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Recall Roundup: Log off

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Recall Roundup: Log off

For our outdoor themed June/July 2018 issue, we’ve pulled together a two-page list of related product failures, including this item:

 Woods Log Splitter

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Model affected: Wedge accessory, model # 581196

Potential Problem: According to the recall notice, “The 4-way wedge accessory can loosen or detach from the log splitter and hit an operator or bystander, causing an impact injury hazard.” While no serious incidents have reported in Canada, one U.S. operator had a head injury.

Sold: Only 2 units were sold in Canada, but more than 5,000 were sold in the U.S. between July 2016 and January 2018.

Contact: Woods, 800-319-6637; WoodsEquipment.com

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Video: Dig this pollen bomb

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Video: Dig this pollen bomb

A digger operator in New Jersey bumped his machine into a tree to see how much pollen  would come off. The results are enough to make you sneeze.

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