January 2009 Product Preview

New products for remodelers plus a review of flooring and structural products

December 31, 2008

Fina's so fine

Highlights of ShowHouse by Moen's Fina collection include the lavatory faucet, which features a high-arc spout and contemporary-style base. But it's also as versatile as it is stylish. The wall-mount lavatory faucets incorporate a flow-optimized aerator, allowing the faucet to flow at a rate of 1.5 gallons per minute. A Roman tub faucet, handshower, rainshower and other accessories complete the suite.

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Take a bite outta wires

The original Rapid Shark, made by Rapid Tools, was the first utility knife with a wire stripper (patents pending worldwide) for AWF 10-18 wires. It now has a bigger brother in the new Big Bite Rapid Shark, which has stripping holes for larger AWG 6-12 wires. You'll get the same precision bite with a big, bad appetite.

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Vibrant Damask

Damask is the ultimate in luxury fabrics, but what if you put it on a sconce? Check out Besa Lighting's new hand-applied Damask Glass Decors. Both black and white Damask Glass Décors are featured on Amelia Pendants, which use 50-watt halogen or 40-watt xenon lamps. Find them in handsome bronze or satin nickel finishes.

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It's good to be abrasive sometimes

You can't run hot when it comes to abrasive wheels. Rex-Cut's Sigma Screen Type 27 depressed center wheels are ideally suited for cleaning up weld splatter; light grinding; and paint and rust removal. Featuring a blend of zirconia-ceramic abrasive grains bonded to a flexible mesh, these wheels run cool and provide chatter-free performance.

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I see it!

If you are involved in plumbing or mechanical contracting, service or repair, a camera can be a powerful tool to help you grow. Ridgid's right there with several new SeeSnake models. In addition to being able to see in a wall, the SeeSnake comes with three little attachments that clip on the camera end. It sports a small magnet for metal objects, a mirror for seeing around corners Saving Private Ryan-style and a clip for pulling wires.

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A glowing inspection

The Lubrizol Corp. has partnered with the the IPS Corp. to introduce FlowGuard Glow. Applied in the same manner as FlowGuard Gold one-step solvent cement, FlowGuard Glow cPVC solvent cement is yellow when applied but glows fluorescent blue under ultraviolet light, allowing installers to inspect solvent cement joints easily and quickly with a UVA light kit.

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Tight as a snare drum

It's targeted toward commercial jobs, but you should still try the Sta-Tite system for all your toilet installations. The single-piece fastener includes a glass-filled nylon nut and integrated washer that outperforms traditional stainless steel fasteners and allows installers to quickly achieve the exact amount of torque needed to keep seats tight.

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Decked-out vanity

It made a splash at K/BIS, so maybe it'll work on your jobs, too. Decolav's Model 5243 is a multi-dimensional vanity that features a solid wood frame, a white marble top and built-in accessory shelves. An intricate weaving pattern on the front cabinets provides both texture and dimension to this 1950s-inspired design.

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Feeling wired

The new Wirescraped finish by Canadian hardwood manufacturer Preverco is offered on the company's Original Series and Engenius Series of engineered hardwood. The textured flooring has colors ranging from gray and silver tones to brown and green. The Kilamanjaro finish, shown, features a bold, contrasting color scheme.

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Solidly ridgid

It isn't often you see a one-time sanding warranty. You'll have it with Bruce Hardwood Floors' Westchester Plank, a 3/4-inch engineered flooring product that boasts a variety of colors and finishes. The 4 1/2-inch hickory plank Country Natural, for example, provides great dimensional stability, even over subfloors with wide joist spacings.

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The return of class

This is something different. Crafted in Italy, Summit International Flooring's Class line features leather-look rubber tiles. You can drape these on floors, walls or nearly any surface. The tiles are available in two versatile sizes and six colors. The rubber construction allows for simple trimming to create custom sizes and shapes.

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Somebody say waffles?

Italian stone and tile manufacturer GranitiFiandre has expanded its NewStone product line with the addition of the Belgian Blue Collection. The porcelain flooring product offers conformity in sizing, easy maintenance, guaranteed frost-resistance and 100 percent UV stability. The line is suitable for interior and exterior applications.

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Score big leed points

Polycrete's Big Block ICFs measure 2 by 8 with standard alternate wall thicknesses. The Big Block panels are bear-hugged together, with steel connecting the panels and a web of steel embedded and welded in the foam. Nothing's breaking that grip. You erect 16 square feet of wall in one motion. All it takes is some rebar fill with concrete for a strong green home.

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Opening up

We hate working around floor joists. Installing plumbing, duct work and wiring normally requires cutting holes in the joists to complete the work. It takes time and, if done incorrectly, can result in red tag delays. Thanks to the open configuration of iLevel by Weyerhaeuser's iLevel Trus Joist TJO, you can run pipes, ducts and wires through the joist.

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Caught in the moment

You can't put a price on strength! Stronger than site-built or factory-built shearwalls, Simpson Strong-Tie's Moment Frames allow larger openings and smaller wall sections while offering the high load values that some additions need. This should help your guys in the field because moment frames always have been time- and labor-intensive to install.

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Say no to mold

USG will help remodelers stop mold growth with the new Securock glass-mat sheathing panels. A non-combustible, moisture- and mold-resistant gypsum core helps the panels achieve an ATSM 10 rating, the highest possible rating for mold resistance. Panels are encased in a double-sided, green-colored fiberglass facer and are easy to score and snap with no saws or special tools required.

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