It's tough to know what future technology will bring, but you can at least make sure your customer's home is ready for future wiring upgrades. WireTracks CM is a plastic channel that works in conjunction with conventional crown molding to provide a great space for running communication and other low-voltage cable. The channel includes brackets that screw to the back side of the crown, so you can remove the molding from the wall when it's time for adding wires. According to the manufacturer, the product works with any common spring angle and crowns as small as 3 inches wide. The company also makes a similar product for baseboard. Adding WireTracks CM to a 12x12-foot room should run about $70, not including the crown. WireTracks, 888/886-9473, www.wiretracks.com.
Protecting glass and windows during construction should be easier with a new protective coating from Cortec. Sprayed, brushed, or rolled onto windows and other non-porous surfaces, MCI Peel-Off Coating creates a film to prevent scratches, nicks, and overspray. According to the maker, the VOC-compliant clear film allows inspection of the surface...
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