Remember when builder's trade shows were raucous affairs, full of hype and wildly expensive products? It's a different world out there now, thanks to the recession. Many of these events have seen their attendance plummet as more and more builders and remodelers choose to stay home and concentrate on simple survival. This has not been the case for JLC Live, however, as anyone who attended the Providence, R.I., show in March can attest: Throughout its three-day run, the exhibition floor was jam-packed. Attendees were able to put their hands on a wide variety of new products - many of them American-made - and in some cases speak directly to the designers. High-quality materials, labor-saving devices, and a host of products designed to prevent moisture problems and energy leaks were in abundance. As were tools, of course - lots and lots of tools. Here's just a small sample of what was on display.

Velux has redesigned its entire lineup of deck-mounted products and now promotes the collection as the No Leak Skylight. The company is so confident of its leak-free claims it offers a 10-year warranty - not just on the products but on installation, too. No Leak skylights provide three layers of protection against moisture intrusion: a...

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