PR December 2002

August 16, 2010


Previously available for the kitchen, the Triflow water-filtration faucet now comes in a smaller size for bathroom sinks.

Styro Tek 1-, 1 1/2- and 2-inch rigid foam insulation panels are available in aggregate, stucco, brushed, swirled and brick textures in various colors.

Made for high-torque applications, the USE 8 corded power screwdriver has a 4.8-amp motor and 10 adjustable torque settings ranging from 27 to 159 inch-pounds.

Change orders always increase sales but don’t necessarily increase profit margins.


Scotch Self-Release painters' masking tape for faux and decorative painting can remain on a surface for 60 days without leaving adhesive residue behind, the company says, so a second coat can be applied weeks after the first.

Older homes often lack sufficient wiring for the burgeoning amount of electronic equipment available to consumers.

Custom-built storm doors are designed to protect entry doors from the elements and add an extra element of safety to homes occupied by small children.

Here's an addition to your financial software options: QuickBooks Premier: Contractor 2003, designed specifically for contractors with up to 20 employees.

The 1 3/4-bowl Interlaken sink is made of type 304 18/10 stainless steel. Configuration options include 8- and 10-inch depths, top-mount or undermount applications and having the full bowl on the left or right side.

Gregory Plouff, CEO of remodeling firm Albert D. Thomas Inc. in St. Clair Shores, Mich., lists his five favorite field and office tools:

The company's built-in refrigerators are designed to look as if they're part of the cabinetry.

While laminate remains the clear choice among kitchen countertop materials, remodeling customers are more open to variety in their choice of kitchen flooring.

The company's new ground fault circuit interrupters include SafeLock protection, so if critical components are damaged and ground fault protection is lost, power to the receptacle is disconnected.

Two new wallboard panels from G-P Gypsum, DensArmor Interior Guard and DensArmor Plus Interior Guard, are designed to resist mold and mildew growth on interior walls and ceilings.

Acrylic block inserts for exterior doors are made to fit slab and panel doors that are 1 3/4 inches thick.

Short form: Sample med-arb clause for small jobs (i.e., projects less than $3,000):

For installation ease, the SteamPro steam generator is pre-installed in the Sedona steam and shower base.

HammerSmith, a design/build firm in Decatur, Ga., reached its 10th anniversary this year.

The I/O (indoor/outdoor) fan can be installed on porches and other covered areas where dampness but not direct water spray might be present.

R.C. 'Rosie' Romero Jr., CR, founded Legacy Custom Builders, Scottsdale, Ariz., in 1988 with the intention of selling it to his employees. This year, it finally happened.

Designed for various applications, Journeyman pump pliers have six machined tongue-and-grooves for smooth adjustments up to 1 3/4 inches.

A few months ago I got a call from John, a small remodeler with a 10-year track record and a respectable reputation.

The Moentrol tub/shower valve has been redesigned to provide a 12% increase in water flow to 7.5 gallons per minute at 60 pounds per square inch.

Remember when customers clamored to get rid of their 1970s-style bathrooms, with their confined spaces and lack of amenities? Now there's a new enemy: the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Are your HVAC ducts going in according to a specified plan? Are they being tested?

The Supreme pedestal lavatory now includes the company's SanaGloss glazing, which forms a nonporous surface that repels dirt and bacteria and cleans with a rinse of water, the company says.

We Americans love our celebrities. Why should remodelers be any different?

The G60 gas furnace features two-stage heating designed to reduce temperature swings and thermostat adjustments.

The frameless Bikini Bypass shower door has been redesigned with a new two-sided header, a more slender towel bar bracket and a finger pull.

Premium Vinyl Railing is available in a 36-inch rail height in picket and decorative spindle designs.

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