STAFDA—the Specialty Tools and Fasteners Distributors Association—held its 38th annual trade show this past November at the Charlotte Convention Center in North Carolina. Open to members only, the lively event allowed hundreds of manufacturers to show off truckloads of construction tools and hardware to distributors and retailers. Inspired by the NASCAR Hall of Fame next door, we sped up and down every aisle in the allotted 11 1/2 hours to see what will be available over the coming year.

Here are some of the promising products we found—something useful for just about any builder.

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