Content about Products

November 22, 2014

[The following letter is in response to the article "The home channel's seeing green," which included the Newcandescent Rough Service light bulb.]

“As you likely know, the federal government has lamp efficiency regulations that ban the incandescent. And as you likely know, the federal government has set light bulb regulations that eliminate the incandescent lamps that we grew up with.

"Rough service bulbs are a loophole in the law.

November 21, 2014

Atlanta-based Atlas Roofing introduced a new roof underlayment designed for tile, slate, and metal roofing applications, adding to their array of leading residential and commercial building materials. WeatherMaster TU Ultra SE, a high temperature, self-adhering underlayment is the solution when quality and lifespan of a tile, slate, and metal roofing system is important.  

November 21, 2014

In observance of the product's one-year anniversary this October, Kwikset has updated its Kevo suite of products with a new Android Beta platform and updated user experience.

Additionally, the company is launching international purchase availability, expanding its reach beyond the U.S. an

November 21, 2014

Event organizers selected a new backdrop for the 11th consecutive Distribution America/PRO Group 2015 Executive Planning Conference -- the towering Santa Rosa Mountains of California. But the focus was the same: business, buying and networking for the two-step distribution channel.

And during the Nov. 18-20 event held in Palm Desert, nine items earned the title "Best New Product Award" winner, ranging from a digital shower head to bacon jerky to a battery-powered reciprocating saw.

November 20, 2014

Herndon, Virginia-based Continental Building Products, a manufacturer of gypsum wallboard and complementary finishing products, announced a secondary public offering of stock.

The launch involves 7,000,000 shares of common stock to be offered by the company’s largest stockholder, an affiliate of Lone Star Funds. 

November 20, 2014

Mohawk is recalling its Altitude Gold shag rugs that are sold exclusively at Home Depot, citing a failure to meet federal flammability standards.

Specifically, the rugs do not meet federal labeling standards, which require rugs to have the following statement on a permanent lablel: “FLAMMABLE (FAILS U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE STANDARD FF 2-70): SHOULD NOT BE USED NEAR SOURCES OF IGNITION.”

November 20, 2014


The Apex Hose Division of Teknor Apex Co. rolled out a new website that lets visitors select from a wide range of water hose products for consumer and commercial uses.  

The site demonstrates the company’s dedication to providing end-users with innovative and meaningful products, according to the company.

November 20, 2014

After seven years of rapid business growth, Georgia-based builder-turned-consultant Bobby Parks teamed up with Versatex Building Products to develop a course in marketing and lead generation for contractors and remodelers. 

Parks is founder of Peachtree Decks and Porches LLC, the category-leading construction firm based in Alpharetta, Ga.

November 19, 2014

American Standard is commemorating World Toilet Day on Nov. 19 with the release of its 2014 Global Sanitation Report, which draws attention to inadequate sanitation conditions affecting roughly 40% of the world's population.

That amounts to approximately 2.5 billion people, with a daily death toll of about 2,000.

The company also provided the latest details on its Flush for Good effort, which has the stated goal of bringing improved sanitation to 20 million people by the year 2020. 

November 17, 2014

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a recall of all models of single- and dual-purpose Coaire and Quietside brand tankless gas water heaters.

A possible fire hazard is the reason for the recall.

November 14, 2014

NeverWet is moving into the textiles space with the release of NeverWet Fabric, a consumer fabric spray designed to repel moisture.

The coatings use a transparent, superhydrophobic substance that leaves the feel of the fabric intact and can be used on outdoor furniture, shoes, uniforms, hunting gear, and automobile interiors, to name a few applications.

The NeverWet Fabric line includes NeverWet Oudoor Fabric, NeverWet Boot and Shoe, NeverWet Hunting and Outdoor Fabric, and NeverWet Auto Interior.

November 13, 2014

The new ProScribe tape measure from Swanson Tool features a patented retractable scribe guide and centering pin to help contactors’ measure and mark to cut lengths and radiuses. 

Marketed under the company’s professional-grade Savage brand, the ProScribe integrates several valuable marking functions, including the compass-like ability to measure and scribe circles, as well as the chalk-line-accuracy to measure and mark/score straight lines.

November 12, 2014

Dremel has introduced the VersaFlame and VeraTip tools, two butane torches for multi-purpose DIY applications such as soldering and brazing. 

"The VersaFlame and VersaTip offer our consumers compact, multifunctional tools that are easy to use," said Ed Pchola, product director for Dremel. "With an extra-wide variety of applications in and around the house, these two new tools will help consumers complete projects and crafts with precision."

November 12, 2014

Irvine, California-based Insteon announced the industry’s first dual-on/off, dual-band outlet. Now consumers can separately and remotely control each of two sockets with a degree of reliability 100 times greater than competing protocols, the company claims. 

The new On/Off Outlet includes Separate controls for each socket, Dual band communications via the combination of RF and Powerline communications, and tamper-proof shutters to prevent shocks and burns.

November 11, 2014

Power-tool maker Makita is approaching its 100-year anniversary, plus the planned release of the 100th tool in its 18V LXT cordless tool line-up. 

The company said ergonomics means more today than ever, the company says. Makita says it delivers tools that are more compact with less weight and have lower vibration. 

November 10, 2014

Towson, Maryland-based Black + Decker introduced a newly updated Mouse Sander as well as new 1/4 Sheet and Random Orbit Sanders. 

November 10, 2014

Schlage, a brand of Allegion plc, launched Schlage Touch, an electronlc lock innovation. 

In doing so, the company released results of a consumer survey of 2,000 adults that found the majority of Americans would consider a keless electronic lock if they could more easily access their home without compromising security.

November 7, 2014

Robert Bosch Tool Corp. has introduced the Bosch Power Ready Wireless Charging System, which is based on the concept of contactless energy transfer, also known as inductive charging. When the charger is plugged in and the compatible battery is placed on it, the charger begins wirelessly transmitting an alternating magnetic field. The battery, featuring an internal copper coil, acts as a receiver. As the alternating magnetic field penetrates the coil, voltage is induced and a charging current flows to the cells until full.

November 7, 2014

The Briggs & Stratton Power Products Group has announced its  new SnowShredder serrated auger on single-stage snow blowers, which allows the user to clear snow and ice. 

November 6, 2014

DeWalt's new Premium Tapes are "Guaranteed Tough" to withstand harsh jobsite conditions -- perfect for heavy-duting framing and other construction measuring tasks.

The tape measures are available in 16', 25' and 35' sizes and feature a reinforced housing and cast metal impact plate to absorb shocks.

Rubber over-molding covers add an extra layer of grip, and a five-screw design adds to its overall drop resistance.

November 6, 2014

Whirlpool's new Premium Slide-In Electric and Gas Ranges are thoughtfully designed to cater to busy home cooks. As such, among its many features is the option to skip the preheating stage.

"Our new technology is always inspired by the way we care every day," said Jon Hall, senior brand manager, Whirlpool Corporation. "We outfitted our newest slide-in range with purposeful features that are meaningful and practical for families."

November 5, 2014

Louisiana-Pacific has added three new colors to its CanExel prefinished hardboard siding collection, developed in collaboration with Valspar.

The additions -- dark brown Cliffside, light brown Sandalwood and gray Coastline -- bump up the color options to a total of 21.

November 4, 2014

Durham, North Carolina-based Cree is promoting a new LED bulb designed for superior lighting and resembling a traditional incandescent bulb.  

The Cree LED Bulb features a new innovative design with the same cost savings and 25,000-hour lifetime that made the original Cree LED Bulb America’s best-selling LED bulb. 

The Home Depot sells the new Cree LED Bulb for as low as $7.97.

October 31, 2014

TimberTech has expanded its Earthwood Evolutions Legacy Collection with the addition of Ashwood, a warm earthy gray with a subtly aged look.

October 27, 2014

Meadville, Pennsylvania-based Channellock -- long known for its made-in-USA pliers coated in distinctive Channellock-blue handles -- introduced a line of “Professional Screwdrivers. The line features slotted, Phillips, Torx and nut drivers designed and manufactured in the United States.