Product Spotlight: Skylights
The YG2800i generator offers "cleaner" power because its power
inverter better stabilizes voltage and frequency than the
alternator on traditional generators, allowing users to run
welders, battery chargers, and computer-controlled equipment
without risking damage from power spikes or drops. The
2,800-watt generator features a 5.5-hp overhead-valve engine, a
low-oil warning system, and a 12-hour run time on a full tank.
It weighs 66 pounds and has a list price of $1,545.
Promising to make roof tear-offs quicker, safer, and more
profitable, the 11-pound TarpEase helps roofers move up to 500
pounds of old shingles and debris in one trip. The 6x6-foot
rubber-infused tarp comes complete with gusseted handles and a
set of four steel casters to make moving the loaded tarp fast
and easy. The maker claims the replaceable tarp will survive 40
to 70 roofing jobs and cut tear-off time by 35%. It looks good
for carrying demolition debris, too.
Cure for Fast Cure
Epoxies are great for doweling and anchoring, but warm
temperatures frequently create shorter working times that clog
nozzles or make material too stiff to flow easily. But, at 70
degrees, Red Head's G5 two-part epoxy has a 15-minute nozzle
life, leaving a little more time to set fasteners without
wasting product or money. The odorless formula cures fully in
about two hours; it works in damp holes and even under water. A
22-ounce dual-cartridge tube costs $30.
ITW Ramset/Red Head
Coastal areas can put a real beating on typical windows, but
Stormbreaker vinyl windows use a combination of laminated glass
and a heavy frame to meet or exceed the windborne-debris
standards established by the Southern Building Code Congress.
In order to pass the standard a window must withstand repeated
impact from a 9-foot 2x4 traveling at 50 feet per second. The
windows are approved in most hurricane-prone areas of the
country. They are offered in double-hung, casement, awning,
geometric, and picture styles for both new construction and
replacement applications. A 3-0x4-0 double-hung lists at $508;
a 2-0x4-0 casement lists for $566.
Recessed Can Pan
Recessed lighting can provide an easy path to a building's
next level for flames and heat. Maintaining an adequate fire
rating requires some kind of enclosure around the light fixture
to prevent flame spread, typically a site-built plywood box.
But building enclosures is a time-consuming process, and then
you have to convince the inspector that a site-built box hasn't
compromised the fire rating. A better solution is to use the
e.z. barrier firebox. The code-approved sheet-metal pan
maintains the fire rating and eliminates the slow process of
building and installing site-built barriers. This firebox works
with 16- and 24-inch on-center spacing and costs $42.
Cubicles Plus, Inc.
Homeowners with large jetted or garden tubs often complain
about the fill times. But Posi-Temp scald-protection tub and
shower valves promise 34% greater flow (6.3 gpm at 60 psi) and
faster tub filling than any other comparatively priced shower
valve, according to the manufacturer. The redesigned valves
also have rigid mounting aids for direct attachment to the
framing without additional hardware. Older Posi-Temp
installations can be upgraded with a newly designed cartridge
for improved performance. Prices for the valves start at
You're Getting Warmer
It's convenient to have a source of hot water outside, for
washing the car, hosing off the kids, or filling an outdoor
spa. The all-brass Model 22 hot-and-cold wall faucet is offered
in freezeless and close-coupled versions. The freezeless model
is self draining and can accommodate a wall thickness of up to
24 inches. A push-and-turn hot water handle prevents scalds and
accidental use. The outdoor faucet is offered in vertical and
horizontal layouts; rough-in dimensions are shown on the
manufacturer's website. Prices start at about $60.
DeWalt's new self-leveling rotary laser is accurate to within
1/8 inch at 100 feet, and its dot is said to be visible indoors
up to 100 feet away without a detector. An impact- and
weather-resistant housing and an aluminum cage protect the
expensive instrument from impact and falling objects. According
to the maker, an intuitive control panel with one-button
leveling and a wireless remote control make it easy to use.
Complementing the new laser is a waterproof and
impact-resistant detector. Capable of withstanding a one-story
drop, the detector can be used with any visible or infrared
rotary laser. If it drops into a mud puddle or wet concrete,
all you have to do is hose it off. The DW077KD indoor-outdoor
kit includes laser, waterproof detector, battery, remote
control, wall mount, and a plastic case for $1,400. The DW077KI
indoor kit, without the detector, costs $100 less. The
waterproof detector can be purchased separately for $250.