Silent Scrubber. Fully loaded, the 800 Plus
Dishwasher operates at 39 dBA, making it the quietest dishwasher
currently available in North America, according to Bosch.
It’s also the most energy-efficient, says the company; it
uses barely 2 gallons of water per cycle and consumes 97 percent
less energy than federal standards allow. A half-load option
further reduces energy and water consumption when washing small
loads. Costs range from $1,400 to $2,000. BSH Home
Appliances Corp., 800/944-2904, bosch-home.com.
Screws. Simpson says its Dexxter screws ease installation
and enhance the appearance of composite decking. Features include a
Type-17 point that easily pierces composite substrate, threads that
carry away excess material, and a trim head designed to reduce the
mushroom effect. Five head colors match a variety of decking
choices. The screws come loose or in collated strips for use with
the company’s Quik Drive auto-feed screw guns. Prices for a
350-count box start at $80. Simpson Strong-Tie
Co., 800/999-5099, strongtie.com/fasten.
Nontoxic Paint. Most paint makers tout their green
credentials by citing their products’ VOC content. Mythic
says its paints are not only VOC-free — they’re also
free of toxic ingredients and suspected carcinogens (such as
formaldehyde and crystalline silica) routinely found in other
paints. The company offers three paint lines: Black Label ($62 per
gallon), Classic ($48 per gallon), and Pro ($30 per gallon).
Southern Diversified Products, 888/714-9422,
Compliant Caulk. DAP has taken the guesswork out
of choosing sealants, adhesives, and foam. Each of the seven
products in The Spec Line is designed to help professionals meet
industry specifications for a particular job — and the
product name references that spec. (DAP Dynaflex 920, for example,
is an exterior elastomeric sealant that meets industry
specification ASTM C920.) The product line contains three
categories: Dynaflex sealants, Dynagrip adhesives, and Draftstop
foam. Prices range from $4.50 to $14. DAP
Products, 888/327-8477, dap.com.
Clients who like an industrial or loft-style look may be interested
in Crowder’s Round Track sliding-door hardware. The exposed
stainless steel bar and concave wheels are capable of supporting as
much as 400 pounds. Thanks to precision-ground ball bearings, the
wheels roll smoothly and silently, says the maker. The hardware
needed for a 3/0 door costs about $2,000, and for a 4/0 door, about
$2,300. K.N. Crowder Mfg., 800/567-0123, kncrowder.com.
Double-Duty Plug. For
outlets certain to become dedicated charging stations, consider
installing a Combination USB Charger With Tamper-Resistant
Receptacle. Its twin USB charging ports add capacity and eliminate
the need for a bulky adaptor. According to the manufacturer, using
this receptacle rather than a traditional charger to charge a
cellphone can save about $30 per year in electricity. It costs
about $18. Cooper Wiring Devices, 866/853-4293,
Pull-Out Fridge. The company that first put a
dishwasher in a drawer has done the same with a refrigerator. The
CoolDrawer is a 36-inch single-drawer unit that can be programmed
with the touch of a button to serve as a freezer, a chill drawer, a
wine saver, or a fridge. A humidity-control system keeps fruits and
vegetables fresh. The appliance is Energy Star–approved and
sells for about $2,200. Fisher & Paykel,
Authentic Trim. Whether you need to replicate
period moldings or you’re simply looking for inspiration,
Hull Historical is a good place to start. The company’s
Historically Accurate Moldings catalog offers a wide variety of
early American styles like Georgian, Federal, and Greek Revival,
and includes background information about each. Prices range from
$3.50 per linear foot for simple base moldings and chair rails to
$50 per linear foot for complex crowns. The Brent Hull
Cos., 817/332-1495, brenthull.com.
Battery-Operated Heater. Getting heat to where
it’s needed on a wintry job site may be easier with the Hero
cordless forced-air propane heater. Its maker says that this
compact 12-pound unit delivers 35,000 Btu of heat — enough to
warm 800 square feet. It can run for up to 12 hours on a 20-pound
tank of propane and make it through a full day’s work on a
single battery charge, the company says. It’s also quieter
than other forced-air heaters and comes with an integrated charger
that revives a dead battery in 5 1„2 hours. It costs
about $190. Mr. Heater, 800/251-0001, mrheaterhero.com.
Grab Bar in Disguise. Moen’s Toilet Paper
Grab Bar looks like any stylish bathroom accessory and features a
curved design that makes it easy to replace the paper. But should
anybody need a little help, its extra-long arm can support a
250-pound load. The fitting is part of a new line dubbed Grab Bars
With Integrated Accessories, which also contains a towel bar and a
bath shelf; all feature a brushed nickel finish and come with
heavy-duty anchors so you can mount them even where there
isn’t a stud. The toilet-paper bar costs about $60.
Moen, 800/289-6636, moen.com/homecare.
Efficient Fridge. Whirlpool says its Resource
Efficient Refrigerator is the industry’s most
energy-efficient side-by-side refrigerator and exceeds federal and
Energy Star standards by 30 percent and 10 percent respectively.
Perks include a “Fast Cool” button that lowers
temperatures instantly to accommodate new food additions, and
“6th Sense” technology, which automatically adjusts
cooling to bring food to the proper temperature in half the normal
time. The appliance costs about $1,600. Whirlpool
USA, 800/253-3977, insideadvantage.com.
Fireproof Foam. Ignition Barrier Coating is an
intumescent latex-based product that forms a protective
char-barrier when applied to open-cell or closed-cell spray
polyurethane foam. It can be applied with a sprayer, roller, or
brush. According to the maker, it meets code requirements for a
nonprescriptive ignition barrier and should be used only in attics
and crawlspaces that satisfy specific qualifying conditions. It
comes in a 5-gallon pail for $340. Commercial Thermal
Solutions, 800/664-0063, tigerfoam.com.