A Better Bulkhead. Bilco is celebrating its 75th anniversary with improvements to its Classic Series steel bulkhead. Changes include a new low-VOC primer by Sherwin-Williams and gas spring lifters, which help raise the doors and keep them from slamming shut. The product comes in several sizes and two models to fit either flat or angled stairway walls. Prices start at about $500. Bilco, 800/854-9724, bilco.com.
Slick Nail. Paslode has developed a nail that takes less energy to drive, making it a good option for engineered lumber. The company says a special coating makes it so smooth it can be driven into LVLs with a hoseless nailer. As an added benefit, using these nails increases the altitude range at which nailers are effective (our testing in Denver...
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