When they say the builders’ show has miles of aisles they’re
not kidding. Even if you spend all three
days hiking the show floor, it’s still hard to see everything that’s new and
interesting. Here are four products,
though, that did catch my eye because they really do save time and deliver great
The Bilco Company The news here is the impressive,
factory-applied powder coat finish on their classic basement door. The company claims it virtually eliminates
on-site painting, cuts way down on maintenance and resists nicks and
scratches. After the show I took a
sample to the shop and pummeled it with everything we could think of – dirt,
paint, garden tools, rakes, shovels, wood logs, big rocks, and even a bowling
ball. Afterward, we examined the door and found that it had only one small
knick that was easily touched up.
Mark E. Industries Shower
floors need to have the right slope in order to drain properly and avoid
pooling water that can cause mold, mildew and leakage. The company’s Quick
Pitch system is designed to guarantee the proper slant – even for inexperienced
do-it-yourselfers. The company calls it
a Goof-Proof system. It uses
interlocking tapered float sticks that can be easily cut to length for any
sized shower up to twelve feet square.
Schluter Systems This
innovative shower system features lightweight substrate panels called KERDI-BOARD
that can be applied directly to stud framing. The seams are sealed with thinset
mortar and strips of waterproof membrane known as KERDI-BAND. Existing drywall is made waterproof by first
applying thinset mortar and then a bonded polyethylene membrane.
The system also features a sloped shower tray and a pre-formed curb both
made of lightweight, expanded polystyrene.
GRK Fasteners When is a screw not an ordinary
fastener? When it comes from a company
called GRK. These screws feature several
patents that make them truly unique. The self-drilling Zip-Tip is designed for
fast starts while the W-Cut thread design acts like a mini saw blade, actually
cutting through any fibrous material and dramatically reducing the amount of
torque required. The screw virtually pulls itself into the material with
practically no pressure on the drill. The threads are designed to cut through
fibers rather than pressing them aside, which significantly reduces
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