Kitchen & BathPatrick McCombe
Reasonable Range. With Premier Pro Series
ranges, your clients get the style and features of a
commercial-style appliance at considerably less cost. Each
stainless-steel unit — available in 24-, 30-, and 36-inch
widths — has a 15,000-Btu high-power burner, a 600- to
6,000-Btu simmer burner, and multiple 9,100-Btu burners, all
with continuous cast-iron grates. Prices start at around
$1,300. Peerless-Premier Appliance Co.,
Stone Stand-In. Easily damaged and hard to
clean, natural slate isn’t the best choice for kitchen
and bath flooring — but that doesn’t make it any
less popular. Mannington’s Serengeti Slate offers the
look of slate without the problems. According to the maker, the
porcelain tiles are durable and easier to clean than slate.
They come in 6x6-, 12x12-, 18x18- and 12x24-inch sizes, plus
two mosaic and several bull-nose styles. They cost about $4.50
per square foot. Mannington, 800/482-9527,
Lighten Up. The next time you have an
attic-level tile job, keep ProSpec’s PermaFlex Lite 525
in mind. Although it provides the same coverage as conventional
thinset mortar, the product weighs half as much and offers
better grab and a longer open time, says the manufacturer. It
comes in gray and white; a 25-pound bag costs $25.
ProSpec, 800/ 738-1621,
Self-Supporting. Making the transition from
PEX tubing to a shut-off valve can be tricky. Most plumbers use
a copper stub-out for this detail, but now there’s
another option: Uponor’s ProPEX Out-of-the-Wall Support
System, which allegedly eliminates stub-outs and cuts
installation time in half. The support bracket is sized for
16-inch framing and includes both 1/2- and 3/4-inch openings.
The components for a single lavatory cost $16 in chrome.