Volume 46, Issue 9 - November/December 2007

The Next Big Thing

Garage Displays Galore
EMES Marketing Inc. in Toronto is introducing its roll-out garage door display. This display holds seven full-size garage doors, and the doors can be rolled in and out of the display easily. 

EMES’ displays are lightweight, easy-to-assemble, inexpensive and low-maintenance, according to a company release. The company says the displays have a modern look that will bring out the architectural aspect of the garage doors. They also come in more than 50 colors and textures. www.emidisplays.com

Tools and Hardware
Easy-Access Toolboxes
Do your contractor customers need a solution for unorganized tools? The DiamondBack Side Toolboxes are open tool bins that mount to the underside of the DiamondBack HD truck cover and provide convenient and accessible tool storage. The toolbox allows your customers to store tools at the edges of their trucks making the toolbox at arm’s reach at all times.

Installation of the toolbox requires no drilling into the truck bed. The boxes vary in length, depending on the truck bed and the toolboxes can be modified to meet industry-specific requirements. www.diamondbackcovers.com

Drilling Power
Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp. in Brookfield, Wis., has a new 18-volt compact/drill/driver that is lightweight and powerful enough for electrical work, light assembly, installation and carpentry. It has the power and speed for drilling holes and driving screws faster. 

It has fade-free power until the end of a charge and provides a compact, lightweight solution without sacrificing features or durability. Some of its key features include: a lithium-ion battery, built-in fuel gauge displays, a 22-position clutch setting, a Yukiwa single-sleeve ratcheting chuck, a built-in LED light and on-board bit storage. www.milwaukeetool.com

Simple Solution
Hilti Inc. in Tulsa, Okla., has released the new Hilti X-U Universal Fastener. It is used for many applications, including fastening wood, wall ties and installing suspended components.

The X-U’s twist design of the knurled nail tip allows it to have a secure hold, a high-loading capacity and resists bending.

The company says the fastener is quick, convenient and efficient.  www.ca.hilti.com

Peaches’ Variety
Want to provide more to your customers’ window options? Peachtree® Doors & Windows in Mosinee, Wis., has released its new 700 Series Replacement Windows. The 700 Series is available in many styles and can be tailored to fit your most desired shapes and sizes. The 700 Series also offers a variety of sills, wood species, colors and grilles. A Zo-e-shield 5 with Real Warm Edge™ Spacer Systems comes with all the series, too. www.peachtreedoor.com

New and Updated
Integrity Windows and Doors has added new features to its Wood-Ultrex casement and awning windows. The windows’ toughness has been tested by an independent organization and meets the standards necessary for a DP-50 rating from the Window & Door Manufacturers Association. The company says the windows’ multipoint sequential lock and heavy-duty sash keeper secures the sash to the frame for enhanced performance and structural robustness and the dual-arm operating roto gear ensures smooth, dependable operation of the sash. In addition, the window’s removable hardware simplifies window finishing and keeps hardware pristine, according to the company. The windows come in five new casement sizes. www.integritywindows.com

Stairs and Stair Parts
Stairway Choices
Choice Stairways of Prince Frederick, Md., offers four staircase designs. The Pierpoint Staircase is freestanding and made of red oak, with a triple-stacked bullnose; The Gibson Island with its custom Brazilian teak handrail, Sappelle mahogany balustrade and annondized aluminum post system, encompasses a full ellipse.

The Patuxent Properties is a maple stairway with an eloquent custom handrail and Tuscany panel iron balustrade, and the AR Design is an elegant double-stacked red oak and poplar stairway with a continuous handrail spiraling from the second floor to the ground level. www.choicestairways.com

Plywood Guides
The American Plywood Association (APA) has issued the 2007 “Engineered Wood Construction Guide.” The guide provides suggestions for floor, wall and roof construction, along with specifications for glulam, I-joists, wood structural panels, rim board and a new section on structural composite lumber. One section provides product descriptions for a variety of lumber. Engineering principles also are discussed, while there are several revised design tables, too. www.apawood.org

Warehouse Spaces
Cut Down on Real Estate Costs
Ever thought about using a swap-body delivery system? Demountable Concepts in Glassboro, N.J., says its Warehouse on Wheels system can reduce real estate costs and increase profitability by allowing you to consolidate warehouses into a hub-and-spoke style centralized warehouse system with truck-based regional distribution centers.

The company says its system works with truck dealers and leasing companies to install the system onto a new or existing fleet. Multiple demountable bodies are loaded at your facility and doors between the bodies allow each to be loaded in the order deliveries are made. Tractors and trailers depart for the regional marketplace and loaded bodies are demounted to serve as a hub-style distribution center. After delivery is made, empty bodies can be mounted and returned to your facility for re-loading.

The company says demountable equipped straight-truck power units mount each body in a process that takes approximately five minutes per truck. www.demount.com 

Tapes and Adhesives
Wrestling with Sumo™ Tape
Henkel Corp. in Avon, Ohio, has launched Loctite™ Sumo™ Tape. The company says the tape is two times stronger than all-purpose duct tape. Loctite™ Sumo™ Tape receives its power from three layers. The first layer is a thick polyethylene film, which gives the tape its water resistance, and because it is black the company says it provides ultraviolet resistance and outdoor durability. The next layer is a stitched fiber to give it its strength while still allowing it to be torn by hand. The final layer is the thick adhesive that gives the tape its powerful grip. www.sumotape.com

Old Man Winter is Coming
Offer the Latest Solutions
With the onset of cold weather, it’s time to start thinking of ways to keep contractors warm, and cold-weather wear has come a long way. Here are some products that may draw attention to your work-clothes rack, or help keep your employees moving:

Thermostat Controlled Clothing
Gerbing’s Heated Clothing has been manufacturing electrically heated clothing for more than 30 years. The Union, Wash.-based company offers a complete line of work-related, rechargeable battery-powered clothing, including jackets, pants, vests, gloves, socks and much more. Various clothing items can be linked together to share a power source and feature a temperature control system that allows workers to set the desired level of warmth.

Gerbing’s gloves feature a new system that heats the entire length of each finger as well as the back of the hand. Each glove is powered by a 7.4-volt lithium battery pack that is housed in a zippered pocket on the cuff and incorporates a 4-level push-button thermostat. On the highest setting the gloves will provide up to 135 degrees of heat output for a minimum of three hours; the lowest setting provides 85 degrees of heat output for up to 12 hours. www.gerbing.com

Toe Protection Without the Cold
Nothing hurts worse in cold weather than a piece of lumber landing on your toe. Steel-toe boots are the obvious answer, but cold metal isn’t exactly comfortable on the toes either. Timberland PRO says it has an answer—Thermal Force. These boots feature a heat retention system, without added bulk, designed specifically for those who work in cold environments.

The Stratham, N.H.-based company says the toe cap area of its steel-toe version is coated with a ceramic-based material to add a primary layer of insulation. In both the steel- and non-steel-toe versions, aerogel nano-technology is applied atop the toe box to provide a lightweight, space-saving insulation.

Thermal Force combats another challenge in cold climates—outsole rigidity. A typical work boot’s rubber outsole can freeze and stiffen in severe temperatures, but Thermal Force includes the Timberland PRO® Ice Trax Outsole, a rubber outsole designed to retain flexibility in cold environments. www.timberland.com

Worker’s Wear
Carhartt Inc. in Dearborn, Mich., offers a new nylon outerwear product called Carhartt® Soft Shell jackets that offer ease of movement while maintaining water, wind and abrasion resistance. Carhartt’s new Soft Shell Traditional Jacket and Soft Shell Active Jacket feature flexible nylon shells bonded to polyester fleece interiors that maintain durability, comfort and fit. www.carhartt.com


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