Load. The Trakloc Steel Framing System installs up to
50 percent faster than conventional steel studs, says the
maker, because the telescopic studs — which lock into
place without fasteners — don't have to be cut to length.
According to the company, costs run about 25 percent higher
than for traditional light-gauge metal studs.
Mega Brace. Unlike many other manufactured
shear panels, the iLevel Shear Brace can be trimmed to length
in the field. Made from LSL lumber, it comes in 12- and 18-inch
widths in lengths up to 20 feet. Predrilled holes help with
mechanical installation; the mounting system allows some
front-to-back adjustment. For pricing and availability, the
manufacturer suggests contacting a dealer.
Go. Framing an eyebrow dormer can be difficult and
time-consuming — so why not leave it to the experts? The
Eyebrow Construction Co. specializes in preframed eyebrow
dormers for projects nationwide. Standard models come with 3-,
4-, 5-, or 6-foot-wide windows, zinc-coated copper sill pans,
and preformed casing. Prices start at $9,300. The
Eyebrow Construction Co., 631/653-7800,
Door HardwareDeep Pockets.
Johnson's original pocket-door kit has long been a favorite
among carpenters and GCs who know their stuff, but until now
there wasn't a version available for really heavy doors. The
new Series 2060 pocket-door frame has a 300-pound capacity and
can accommodate 21/4-inch doors up to 9 feet tall and 5 feet
wide. It's made for a 2x6 wall. Prices start at $240.
Hold It Together. It's actually pretty easy to pry
open an entry door secured with a conventional lockset and
deadbolt — unless Don-Jo's Wrap-Around Door Reinforcer
has been installed. Available in six finishes, the 22-gauge
metal plate resists prying and banging tools and keeps the door
edge from splitting. In other words, it makes breaking in a lot
harder to do. The product costs about $10.
Extra Security. If your clients want a door
that seals tight and provides heightened security, suggest a
model with a multipoint lock. Once reserved for big-dollar
patio doors, three-point locks are now showing up on regular
doors. Therma-Tru offers a Multi-Point Hardware upgrade on all
of its entry doors. The company says multipoint hardware costs
about $200 more than conventional lever sets.