During construction, subfloors are damaged by weather, traffic, and spilled or dropped materials.
KleenWrap polyethylene tear-resistant barrier covers plywood and concrete subfloors to prevent this damage. Walls can be built directly on top of KleenWrap, and removal simply involves running a utility knife along edges. Available in 5-foot-wide by 250-foot-long rolls, KleenWrap is 100% recyclable.
masonry hooks have an integrated glue anchor that securely holds the durable plastic hooks in masonry, concrete, block, brick, and stone. The TapSet installation kit includes a masonry drill bit, drill brush, wood punch, and offset. When tapped into a pre-drilled hole, the self-expanding glue will set in 4 hours and cure completely in 24 hours; 14 hook styles include utility hooks, coat hangers, eyelets, door stops, curtain mounts, and more.
Hunter Fan Co.
Eliminate the wobble once and for all, the maker says, with the
Perfect Balance ceiling fan. Years of development has resulted in technology based on a shifting disk that continuously relocates the fan's center of balance, preventing wobbling. The blades self-correct with each rotation over the life of the fan. Two Perfect Balance ceiling fans will be available in May 2008, and the maker plans to incorporate the technology into all of its fans by 2012.
An updated builder commodity, the
Silhouette low-profile smoke alarm sits just ½ inch off the ceiling and offers a smooth, square design that blends into the surroundings. A single Smart Touch button lets users test and hush the alarm when necessary. The hard-wired unit runs off the home's electricity and has a sealed rechargeable lithium battery backup warranted for 10 years to never need replacing. Available in May 2008.
Easily install standing seam metal roofing with the new
QuikDrive PROPP150 fastener. The tool's precision placement nosepiece is narrow enough to find screw holes in the roofing panels even in tight corners. An auto-feed mechanism allows for hands-free screw advancement and collated fastener strips virtually eliminate fastener waste and prevent damage from dropped fasteners. Screws come in three head styles and two levels of corrosion resistance. Suitable for panel clips up to 2½ inches tall.