Cold Pack. As a rule, spray foam
doesn’t seal or dispense very well in cold temperatures
— but there’s an exception: Hilti’s CF 512
Cold Weather Foam is designed for temperatures as low as
30°F. The cans screw onto standard dispensing guns.
A case of 12 24-ounce cans costs about $175.
Antiperspirant. A sweaty
toilet tank is a maintenance headache and a menace to floors
and framing. A 109-503RP Toilet Anti-Sweat Valve from B&K
can help. The bronze valve mixes a little hot water into the
tank, which raises the overall water temperature and stops the
sweating. It can be connected with threaded, sweat, or
compression fittings and costs about $25. B&K
Tube Shade. ODL’s remote-controlled
Solar-Powered Dimmer keeps tubular skylights from overheating a
home’s interior. Designed for 10-inch units, the
device’s on-board solar panel powers a remote-controlled
shade during daylight hours and charges the four niMH batteries
that control nighttime shade adjustments. The product costs
$129. ODL, 866/635-4968,
Range. Looking for a standard-width high-performance
range? Dacor’s new 30-inch Epicure has all the same
features as larger Epicure models, including continuous
cast-iron grates, a high-powered wok burner, and blue LED knobs
that glow when the burners are on. It’s available in
island and against-the-wall versions; pricing starts at $3,800.
Quick Well. Bilco’s new StakWel Window
Well makes it easy to provide code-compliant basement egress.
The 21-inch-high by 48-inch-wide modules can be stacked for
foundation walls of up to 10 feet. Molded footholds and
handholds eliminate the need for a separate ladder. My local
lumberyard quoted me a price of $79 per section.
Slate Substitute. Promising the look of slate
without the weight and installation hassle, Crane’s
Verona Slate roofing — actually interlocking polymer
panels — has 7-inch reveals and Class 4 impact
resistance. It carries a 50-year warranty, satisfies Dade
County wind requirements, and comes in black, brown, and two
shades of gray. The maker declined to provide pricing.
Modern Look. Clean lines and flat panels give
Armstrong’s Calibra cabinets a sleek, uncluttered look.
They come in five finishes and with a wide variety of hardware
choices. Armstrong, 800/527-5903,