Volume 47, Issue 3 - April 2008

The Next Big Thing

Door Displays
A Space Saver
EMES Marketing Inc. recently introduced its Roll-Out Garage Door Display. Company officials say that it is the "ultimate" space-saver. It holds seven full-sized garage doors (96 inches wide by 86 inches high) in a space no wider than 4 feet. Garage doors easily roll in and out of the metal display on wheels provided. www.emidisplays.com

Problem Solvers
Stop Chipped Jambs
If you’re tired of complaints about chipped jambs, try using the Bottom Skid by Doorframer Inc. The Lincoln, Calif.-based company’s product makes interior and exterior doors easy to slide and protects jambs during shipping and handling.The Bottom Skid is attached by stapling and a sleek, continuous design reduces the chance of it being dislodged by rough floors or wire racks. It also can be installed on the head jamb for easy movement when a door is inverted. www.doorframer.com

Moisture Management
Automated Moisture Monitoring
If you have customers who build or renovate commercial projects in moisture-prone areas, help them keep up with the latest technologies. Dri-Eaz in Burlington, Wash., has teamed up with GE Protimeter to offer a remote, wireless system for monitoring moisture levels in buildings. The new HygroTrac continuously measures building-wide humidity, temperature, moisture levels and other key data necessary for managing indoor environments and preventing damage from water intrusion.

With the HygroTrac system, moisture problems and potential water hazards can be identified in real time. It includes a main router unit plus ten lithium battery-powered wireless moisture sensors that can be set up at various locations within a structure, up to 500 feet away from the main gateway. The system can be expanded with additional sensors if desired and HygroTrac transmits data securely through the Internet, which means the user always has access to readings. www.dri-eaz.com

Help Your Contractors Save Time
Even if you don’t sell metal roofing products, chances are your contractors install it. They will thank you when you introduce them to a new tool that can cut installation time in half, according to company information. Simpson Strong-Tie offers an auto-feed screw driving system for standing-seam metal roofing. The Precision Placement Quik Drive® System is lightweight and designed to drive fasteners into the pre-existing hole of a standing seam clip and in close proximity to the clip bend without interference by the tool. It uses collated screw strips, so there is no fumbling for bulk screws and installers can drive screws with one hand.

“We saw a 50-percent increase in speed when we used the tool with our 10-foot panels,” says Lindoll Wallace, supervisor at Collis Roofing in central Florida. “Since the tool uses collated screws, the guys aren’t bent over as far, which reduces back strain. Plus, they aren’t holding individual screws in their mouths or slipping and driving the bit into their fingers.”

The tool’s attachment works with most brands of screw guns and it comes with a limited lifetime warranty.4www.strongtie.com 

Exterior Products
Versatile PVC Exterior Trim
In addition to its WeatherReady™ PVC exterior door frames, exterior mouldings, decking and window systems, Gossen now offers a line of WeatherReady PVC trim board. Company officials say all four sides of its trim board are sealed completely, so it does not attract dirt and this product is designed to be a versatile stock board for all exterior applications. It can be used for door and window trim, fascia, soffit, rake, frieze, deck and dock—anywhere a non-structural wood product can be used. www.gossencorp.com 

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