May 2006                                Volume 45,  Issue 4


      Product Focus


Young’s Tread Keeps It Tight

Moisture Compensating Return® tread from Young Manufacturing Inc. of Beaver Dam, Ky., is constructed of red oak, white oak, poplar or maple. The company says it joins classic design with its tongue-and-groove construction that alleviates stress and gaps by allowing the tread to slide along the groove instead of separating from the return. A special fastening and adhesion design completes the exclusive patented features to resist joint gaps.

Historically-Accurate Mouldings Available

The WindsorONE™ Mouldings-Collection, manufactured by Windsor Calif.-based Windsor Mill, offers a whole-room style concept that makes it easy for homeowners to choose a complete style of moulding most appropriate for any room within the home. The mouldings are available in four historically-inspired styles and feature high-quality, fingerjointed, double-primed wood profiles that are historically accurate.

WindsorONE’s fingerjointed trim boards also add quality, style and design flexibility to any home remodeling project without needing much maintenance, according to the company. Smooth, knot-free surfaces on all four sides and precision square edges make the double-primed S4SSE board ideal for a variety of interior applications, including custom trim and wainscot.


Eliminate Bird Problems

Bird-B-Gone Inc. has introduced Bird Spike 2001, a low-cost, effective and permanent solution in bird control. The product prevents birds from landing or roosting, and comes in 3-, 5- and 8-inch widths. It is virtually invisible when installed, and costs less than $3 per foot.

The product won’t cut or injure the installer and carries an industry leading ten-year guarantee. The company says it will not harm birds.


MSR Lumber Now Available

Temple-Inland of Diboll, Texas, has introduced machine stress-rated (MSR) lumber to its extensive line of southern pine lumber and studs. Temple-Inland MSR lumber is intended for use in trusses, wall components and laminated beam manufacturing, where design specifications require tested mechanical properties. 

Available in 2-by-4 through 2-by- 10 dimensions with lengths ranging from 8 to 20 feet, the lumber will initially be offered with a tested value of 2400f-2.0E. Future plans include offering MSR lumber in several additional tested strength ratings. 

Temple-Inland has invested in industry-leading Metriguard 7200 testing equipment, which utilizes the physical bending stress process to optimize product consistency. Temple-Inland MSR lumber is available for wide geographic distribution by either road or rail.


Select Trimboard Line Stands Up to Weather

Gossen Corp. of Milwaukee has introduced a new, versatile line of stock board for exterior use, especially where weather resistance is important.

The Gossen Select PVC Trimboard can be used for fascia, soffit, rake, frieze, window and door trim — anywhere a non-structural wood product would be used.

The product holds up against extreme weather conditions, and exceeds the 308-04 cellular PVC standard of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association.

Smooth-edge technology is used on all four sides of the trimboard, with one side of the board having a totally smooth surface and the opposite side having a smoothened wood-texture appearance. The four finished sides provide smooth exposed edges with no absorption. The product was developed to maximize contact with masonry or galvanized metal.


Vertical Panel Saw is Improved

Colonial Saw of Kingston, Mass., has introduced an improved Optisaw vertical panel saw from Striebig. Named the Optisaw Standard, it features many upgrades that are not found on competitive saws, and it builds on the Swiss quality of the original Optisaw. 

The all-welded steel frame provides rigidity and stability, making it suitable for free-standing, as well as wall-mounted installation. Sheets up to 14-feet, 1-inch by 5-feet, 6-inches can be accommodated easily.


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