Tools & Equipment
Professional Remodeler’s annual roundup of the top 100 products as chosen by you, our readers
A platform to streamline and simplify texting your leads
The Hadrian X is loaded through its tail end, by a human. The machine uses half-meter precision blocks, the equivalent of 15 regular house bricks, and so the human needs a forklift to get the job done. That’s basically the only job a human has working with the Hadrian X, apart from helping to place lintels. It’s conceivable both could eventually be automated.
After it’s loaded, the Hadrian X takes over. The blocks move along its conveyor belt being cut, ground, and ultimately fed up the machine’s boom, which is fitted with a robotic arm and a multi-axis stabilization system—the latter being particularly important for working in changing environments. The blocks are then placed (relatively rapidly) using CAD designs and lasers—one on the boom and one on the site—going course by course, laying adhesive and using gravity to set the blocks in, until both the interior and exterior walls are fully erected, complete with router channels for electric and plumbing.
The trades come in day three, while the robot starts another job somewhere else.
Robots in construction are no longer a thing of the future, but robots in remodeling are. Here’s what that future could look like.
Designed for the construction industry, 3M’s new post-its stick to lumber, brick, cement and steel
A single device to bring water monitoring into the smart home technology mix
It can heat nearly five showers at once and could save homeowners thousands
When a balloon loses air or depressurizes, it gets smaller (and makes a funny sound), but houses don’t roll like that
Restored ironwork and a return to French doors in the façade keep the focus of The New American Home on the original home’s core as something that remained true to its period design while also transcending the traditional architecture of its old Orlando neighborhood. The side additions and connecting stone-and-brick terraces project a timeless estate feel that fits Florida, but would be equally at home in the Northeast or Midwest.
Carefully chosen and finely detailed products define the 2018 New American Remodel
These vinyl beads come with a handy modification that makes them perfect for remodeling jobs
For fast, accurate installation, organize and cut trim pieces by window size, then preassemble into frames in the shop
The fastest deck fastener we’ve seen yet
A dustless solution that doesn’t sacrifice speed or accuracy
A lightweight, cordless blower that pushes air out at hurricane-force speeds
As technology innovations proliferate, those who use them first will win
Combine a point laser and a rotary laser, throw in a range of handy features, and you get this Makita product
Drones have become an important sales and marketing tool for exterior remodelers with new uses for the technology just around the corner
A tracking system for, well, pretty much anything