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  • Risk goes up the more a job differs from a typical project. To calculate disaster potential, multiply the first three columns, then divide by the last two in succession.

    Four Common Delusions

    Contractors are often their own worst enemies. Here are four ways they make it harder for their businesses to succeed.

     

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Products

  • Low-Impact Footing

    The Diamond Pier system consists of a precast concrete head, which you install at the ground surface, and steel bearing pins that you drive through the head into the ground.

     
  • Simplified Soffits

    Simpliframe offers an alternative to wood-framed soffits, allowing you to create a variety of soffit shapes and sizes.

     
  • PVC Decking Plugs

    A special tool and pre-made plugs help speed up the process of screwing down and plugging PVC deck boards.

     
  • Lighter Concrete Sinks

    Concrete is reinforced with jute fibers for a lightweight, crack-resistant sink.

     
  • Smooth Ride

    Gentle closing action saves fingers from getting caught between the door and the door jamb.

     
  • i-Lighting Iluma Hardscape Retrofit Lighting

    Strips with removable LED lights are designed to be added to existing outdoor masonry features.

     
  • QuietWalk Floor Underlayment

    Also available in 360-square-foot contractor rolls, this synthetic substrate for laminate floors is designed to inhibit sound transmission.

     
  • Hard-Wear Paint

    In both exterior and interior versions, colorants are completely free of VOCs.

     
  • Product of the Day: Milawaukee Tool Jobsite Backpack

    Haul what you need, where you need it, hands-free with this clever case

     
  • MFM Offers Underlayment Co-Branding Program

    Could co-branding be the right extension for your marketing efforts? These underlayments let you shout your name from the rooftops.

     
  • NativeStone Sinks Offer Beauty with Heft

    Formed from modified concrete, Native Trail’s new line of kitchen and bath sinks blends style, sturdiness, and sustainability.

     
  • Sealant With Stretch

    The new Quad Max formula offers strong adhesion to a wider variety of building materials as well as greater stretch than other sealants, the manufacturer says.

     
  • Super-Efficient Hybrid

    This Prestige Series water heater is the most efficient the company has offered to date.

     
  • Washable Dust Barrier

    A portable dust-wall-in-a-box, the pack includes seven reusable nylon panels that zip together on the jobsite.

     
  • No-Shim Trim

    Grooved to accept any siding product, without shims, this cellular PVC trim is available for remodeling and new construction.

     
  • Load-Bearing Pan

    This easy-to-install load-bearing glass-reinforced plastic pan is designed for use with curbless showers.

     
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    Low-Profile Base

    This stand-off base keeps the post the code-required 1 inch above the concrete, and can be cast in place or anchored to an existing slab.

     
  • Prefinished Cement Shakes

    Shakes are now available pre-primed or prefinished in one of three semi-transparent colors.

     
  • Vent-Free Backup

    The convector uses an electronically controlled modulating burner and modulating fan convector to deliver just the right amount of heat.

     
  • Power Where You Want It

    This flexible strip fits neatly into any inside corner. It’s available in various lengths and can be customized with any combination of devices.

     
  • Custom Cable Pattern

    This radiant heating system provides floor warming and uncoupling in a single layer.

     
  • Retrofit Guardrail

    Kits come in 6-foot sections for installation between existing posts.

     
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    Coordinating Doors

    Clopay is offering coordinating doors with matching paint finishes, glass options, and panel designs.

     
  • Trimmable Shear Panel

    A wood shear panel for large openings made from Timberstrand LSL, the product can be trimmed on site by the installer.

     
  • Decorative Vinyl

    Available in 10 standard colors, the faces of this decorative vinyl siding are molded with a cedar texture and other eye-catching details.

     
  • More Contemporary Doors

    Marvin’s newest window and door styles include doors with narrower stiles and rails, as well as more glass.

     
  • Four-Door Fridge

    The refrigerator offers rapid cooling and quick-freeze capabilities, humidity-controlled shelves, and 22 cubic feet of storage.

     
  • Storm-Proof Entry

    This multifunctional door has impact glass, multi-point locking hardware, and a stepped wood sill to shed water.

     
  • Single-Layer Barrier

    This Energy Star-certified board offers an R-value of 6.5 per inch.

     
  • Clean Tech

    This kitchen faucet’s self-cleaning technology keeps the spout free of mineral deposits thanks to resilient outlets in the faceplate.

     

Toolbox

  • DeWalt Deep Pro Organizer

    De Walt Pro Organizers

    Keep fasteners handy with these sturdy and portable containers.

     
  • Ridgid LM-400 Laser Distance Meter

    Though packed with features, the meter falls somewhat short of expectations.

     
  • Senco Finish Pro 23- Gauge Pinners

    The 23SXP and the 23LXP pinners sport all the essential features and look durable. Check out our field test results to see how they fared.

     
  • De Walt Dual- Speed Cordless Framing Nailer

    Several cordless finish nailers substitute flywheel power for internal combustion, but DeWalt's DCN690 and DCN692 are the first framing nailers to do so.

     
  • Smart Safety

    Other finish nailers force you to compress a spring-loaded nose against the work surface to fire a shot. But with Smart Point nailers, you just touch the non-marring tip to the surface—no pushing required.

     
  • Gentle Impact Driver

    A unique Quick-Shift Mode combats overdriving, but it isn't cheap.

     
  • Quick-Change Nailer Hook

    The Pneuhook universal quick-change hook is equipped with a coupler and a male plug so you can simply snap it onto the nailer’s male plug and snap the air hose onto the Pneuhook.

     

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