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Product Picks: February 2018

Product Picks: February 2018

Each month, hundreds of products hit the market. Here’s our pick of the ones to watch.

Simpson Strong-Tie fire wall hanger

Simpson Strong-Tie Fire Wall Hanger

The Simpson Strong-Tie DGH fire wall hanger can now be ordered with a skewed or offset option. The hanger is part of the new DG fire wall hanger series designed for connecting floor trusses and joists to wood stud walls. All models in the series are said to be easy to install on a two-hour wood stud fire wall (e.g., Type III construction) during framing. These top-flange hangers are designed to feature space to allow two layers of 5/8″ gypsum wall board (drywall) to be slipped into place after the framing is complete. The DG/DGH/DGB fire wall hangers have been tested according to ASTM E814 and received F (flame) and T (temperature) ratings for use on one or both sides of the wall. All models of the DGH hanger may be ordered with a skew angle of up to 45° or with the top flange offset left or right. The skew and offset options may not be combined. www.strongtie.com/firewallsolutions

LP-TopNotch sub-flooring

LP TopNotch OSB Sub-Flooring 250

TopNotch OSB sub-flooring from LP is designed for optimum stability in both directions. A unique RainChannel™ notch system allows water to drain quickly from the surface. Combined with a moistureresistant edge seal, the RainChannel system is designed to help prevent moisture absorption and edge swell, reducing the need for sanding. Available in performance categories from 19/32″ to 1-1/8″. The product is backed by a 25-year transferable limited warranty, and can be used for residential and light commercial applications. www.lpcorp.com

Deckorators Porch Flooring

Deckorators Porch Flooring

Deckorators has introduced porch flooring in three colors that are designed to offer the traditional look of painted wood: Chicory (brown, variegated), Kettle (gray) and Macadamia (beige, non-variegated). Deckorators porch flooring is available in two profiles: Tongue-and groove: 3 1/8″ by 7/8″ x 10′, 12′ or 16′; and Solid: 3 1/8″ by 7/8″ x 12′. The company says Eovations™ technology makes Deckorators porch flooring strong, lightweight and stable. Because Eovations technology was developed to allow virtually no water absorption, Deckorators porch flooring is backed by a 25-year structural, 25-year stain-and- fade and 25-year removal-and- replacement limited warranty that covers water and ground contact. www.deckorators.com/gobeyondordinary

Huber tape roller

Huber Engineered Woods ZIP System Tape Roller

Huber’s ZIP System sheathing and tape line of products now includes a new ZIP System tape roller with a tape marker designed for rolling accuracy. The roller features a unique marking mechanism, leaving a Z-shaped indent in the tape where pressure has been applied. The marking mechanism provides indication of where tape has been rolled and is said to allow for a quick quality assurance check by general contractors, project leads, waterproofing consultants, and installers. The new ZIP System tape roller is light weight and includes a wide, split roller head. The handle is specially designed to allow easy rolling in hard-to-reach areas like inside corners or around windows and doors. www.huberwood.com

COAST rechargeable flashlight

COAST Rechargeable Flashlight

The all-new POLYSTEEL 600R LED flashlight from COAST is dual-powered, able to operate using its high-quality lithium rechargeable battery pack or with four standard AA batteries. The lithium battery pack also includes an out port, which allows the recharging of other devices that use USB cords via the battery pack. The light projects a beam up to 810 feet, is equipped with COAST’s Twist Focus, and boasts three levels of light output. The POLYSTEEL 600R is said to be waterproof, crush-proof and drop-proof. It has a waterproof rating of IPX8 at three meters and has an impact-resistant rating of two meters. It is designed to withstand daily use in even the toughest environments. Available in five colors. www.coastportland.com

Masonite Heritage Series

Masonite Heritage Series™

The Heritage line of fiberglass entry doors from Masonite is available in 6’8″ and 8′ heights and features an optional dentil shelf and Craftsmanstyle architecturally correct detailing to mimic the look of a real wood cottage or bungalow-inspired door design. The doors are offered in smooth surface and fir-grain textures and either clear or opaque glass in a 22″ x 17″ light frame that allows the door to be glazed. Add SDLs to any Heritage Series Craftsman door. Available in hollow or solid core with a paintable finish. www.masonite.com

Johnson barn door hardware

Barn Door Hardware from L.E. Johnson

L.E. Johnson has introduced new modern styled barn door hardware. The new Soft Close Wall Mount Barn Door Hardware features built-in bronze fascia. The new Soft Close feature is designed to protect fingers from getting pinched and allows anyone to open and close doors even when their hands are full. The door is developed to be easy to install. The hardware supports barn style doors that are marketed as space-saving alternatives, allowing homeowners and additional 14 square feet of floor space. The hardware holds doors up to 200 lbs. Tracks are 48″ to 96″ to fit a wide variety of room openings. L.E. Johnson hardware carries a lifetime warranty against defective manufacturing. www.johnsonhardware.com

CertainTeed Ceraspray

CertainTeed Certaspray

CertainTeed’s CertaSpray open cell spray foam insulation is said to expand to fill every opening that can potentially leak air, resulting in a more energy-efficient living environment. As an all-in-one insulation air sealing system, CertaSpray foam insulation is designed to solve extreme insulation requirements. A high R-Value minimizes hot and cold spots in a home to improve efficiency and comfort. According to the manufacturer, CertaSpray foam reduces the penetration of moisture, outdoor allergens and pollutants while diminishing the sounds like wind and traffic from outside as well as inside noises like plumbing and playrooms. www.certainteed.com

Irion-America caulking gun

Caulking Gun Applicator from Irion-America

Irion-America’s FX7-90 Caulking Applicator is a professional grade quality cartridge applicator for use in construction or manufacturing. The product features a rubber-coated handle and trigger along with a rotary cartridge and ladder hook. It has double sided bearings designed for smooth-running function and high viscosity dispensing material. Its thrust ratio is 17:1, said to provide extra power with thicker materials, and has multiple-strength thrust block (resistance 6000N). The product is ideal for cartridges 310ml/10.5 fl. oz. www.irion-america.com

TamlynWrap drainable housewrap

TamlynWrap® Drainable Housewrap

TamlynWrap Drainable Housewrap is the newest moisture management product from Tamlyn. The product is designed to effectively eliminate excess moisture and mitigate the damaging effects of mold and rot. The housewrap’s design is said to remove at least 100 times more bulk water from a wall versus standard housewraps. This is achieved through the gap created by 1.5 mm spacers bonded to a high performance housewrap. Available in Drainable or Commercial grades. Drainable product offers a unique drain plane that removes accumulated moisture from the wall cavity without need for costly furring strips. Drainable grade is available in 5′ x 100′ rolls at 24 or 28 rolls per pallet. Commercial grade comes in 5′ x 200′ rolls. www.tamlynwrap.com

Porter-Cable sander

PORTER-CABLE® Random Orbit Sander

PORTER-CABLE has introduced a new 20V MAX 5″ Random Orbit Sander. Sold as a bare tool (battery and charger are not included), the new sander is an extension of the PORTER-CABLE 20V MAX System, and is designed for professionals working in residential construction. The sander is said to quickly help users remove old material, like paint and varnish. The 20V MAX Random Orbit Sander boasts a 12,000 OPM (orbits per minute) speed, and a high-performance dust collection system. To collect dust, users can either utilize the included PORTER-CABLE dust collection bag or use the sander’s integrated multi-port adapter to connect to a vacuum like the PORTER-CABLE 20V MAX 2 Gallon Wet/Dry Vacuum. The multi-port adapter accepts vacuum hoses of different diameters. www.portercable.com