Innovative Tools and Materials
From the International Builders Show: water purifying faucets and innovative new tools.
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vinyl siding — Alcoa Home Exteriors
Alcoa's vinyl siding is available in 700 colors; they can match your existing siding for remodeling additions.
embossed vinyl — Realistique by Mannington
Mannington's new laminate collection uses textures and patterns to mimic slate.
deck carpet — DeckSTRIP
This line of deck carpet can extend the life of boards and improve the look of worn decks. The pre-glued carpet strips come in a variety of widths and adhere to individual deck boards.
water filtration system — Simply Pur by Delta
These fixtures combine elegant style with filtered water. The filter canister is hidden beneath the sink.
trellis system — Jakob Inc.
Metal trellis systems turn plant supports into works of art.
convenience gas outlet — Plug1 by Maxitrol
Connect and disconnect gas appliances quickly and easily with the PLUG1 gas outlet.
demonstration homes — New Urban Challenge
These three homes were designed using the latest concepts and materials to meet the needs of empty nesters, young couples without children and a young family.
chuck-less circular saw — Porter Cable
The Quik-Change feature lets users change the blade quickly and without tools.
no-oil power tools, finish nailers and staplers — Stanley Bostitch
These tools do not require oil, eliminating the chance of a leak ruining your project.
Mercedes Mattila does a wide variety of projects using tile. Here she demonstrates how to make a tile picture frame.