New: Products of the Week, 3.13.14

An elegant tub, durable demo blades, a shearwall solution, and two other products that caught our eye this week.

MTI Baths Parisian Tub

The Parisian tub from MTI Baths captures the glamour of 1800s Paris, boasting an oval shape with flowing curves and exaggerated rounded areas. Inside, softly curved backrests promote relaxation. The Lucite cast acrylic tub is available as a soaker or an air bath, and also can be specified with the MTI Radiance heating system or chromatherapy. It is available in two sizes.

Diablo Demo Demon Reciprocating Saw Blade

Diablo Tools has enhanced its Demo Demon carbide-tipped reciprocating saw blade with an improved tip design for more efficient plunge cutting, an optimized carbide tip bond for better performance and lifespan, and enhanced grinding geometry for durability. The first carbide recip blades designed for nail-embedded wood, they offer double the cutting speed for those applications and last 10 times longer than standard blades. A 1-inch oversized blade body contributes to straighter cuts and less vibration, while a Perma-Shield non-stick aluminum alloy coating reduces heat, gumming, and corrosion. Three sizes are available.


The new field-trimmable, pre-fabricated Strong-Wall SB shearwall from Simpson Strong-Tie provides greater lateral-force resistance for a range of installations, including garage portals and large openings. It comes in sizes from 12 inches by 7 feet to 24 inches by 20 feet for standard, portal, two-story stacked, balloon framing, and rake-wall applications. The wall, which is code listed to the 2012 IBC, includes drill zones for easy fastening to headers and a wire chase.

Therma-Tru Fiber Classic Mahogany

Therma-Tru has expanded its Fiber-Classic Mahogany fiberglass door collection with a two-panel square-top door, a two-panel plank soft arch door, a two-panel Craftsman door, a flush door, and a flush sidelite. The doors feature a deep grain and high-definition panel embossments for an authentic wood look. A range of decorative, privacy, specialty, low-E, and clear glass options are available.

Skil wet-tile saw

Skil’s new 7-inch Wet Tile Saw 3550 features a HydroLock System that keeps water splash to a minimum, reducing mess and allowing tiles to be cut indoors. The saw features a rust-resistant aluminum table top, with a sliding side extension that can be used on the right or left side to support tiles up to 18 inches by 18 inches. It also includes an adjustable aluminum rip fence and miter gauge, and a built-in cord wrap.

New: Products of the Week, 12.2.13

5 new products that crossed our desks this week, including a retro wine panel, a curvaceous kitchen faucet, and high-R-value insulation. 


Elmira Stove Works is expanding its line of retro appliances with the Model 1946 Wine Cellar Panel, allowing homeowners to optimally maintain their wine collection while adding vintage style to the kitchen. The panel is designed to fit the Jenn-Air Model JUX24FRACX wine cellar, which offers a 46-bottle capacity on six pull-out racks, LED lighting, dual-temperature zones, and a UV-resistant thermal glass door. The panel comes in nine standard “by-gone-era” colors, including mint green, flamingo pink, and buttercup yellow, or in custom colors.


The contemporary-style Antioch pull-out kitchen faucet from Danze features a 7-inch-high spout with a 9 ¾-inch spout length. For easier handling, the spout offers an ergonomic, organically curved design and conveniently placed, two-function spray/stream trigger. The faucet includes a ceramic disc valve, operates at 2.2 gpm, and comes in chrome, stainless steel, or tumbled bronze.


New from Ronbow, the Jenna vanity features a modern design, with clean lines and open shelving, along with a hidden, soft-close drawer for additional storage. The vanity boasts dovetail construction and comes with a ceramic, glass, TechStone, or Wideappeal top. Blush taupe, slate gray, and glossy white finishes are available.


CertainTeed has added an R-20 insulation to its Sustainable Insulation line. The batts will allow contractors to meet 2012 IECC requirements, in which wood-frame walls in climate zones 3 through 6 must have at least an R-20 thermal performance, without needing to add exterior insulated foam sheathing. The Greenguard-certified insulation is made from recycled and renewable content, including a plant-based binder, and contains no formaldehydes, dyes, or acrylics.

Weather Shield

Weather Shield’s new line of steel and fiberglass entry doors offer a range of options to appeal to virtually any taste and budget. The high-definition fiberglass panels offer the look of wood without the maintenance, and they absorb sound and insulate six times better than most wood doors, the company says. The three new fiberglass styles comprise the Deluxe, which features a deep woodgrain in oak, fir, cherry, and mahogany; Textured, which offers a distinctive, rich grain in oak, rustic, and Craftsman; and Smooth, for an upscale, painted look. The 22-gauge steel collection comes in a Stainable Steel style with a deep grain embossment for the look of wood or Smooth Steel with a steel-wrapped edge for a superior security rating.

New: Products of the Week, 10.21.13

5 new products, including contemporary interior doors, gel knee pads, and innovative surfacing.

Masonite Hamel interior door

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Buzz: Product News Roundup, Robotic Blocks Edition

Blocks that self assemble, bathtubs made from wood and stone, the push for transparency, Remodeling Show preview, and other product news from the past week.

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Products of the Week, 10.7.13

5 new product options, including classic-style faucets, modern entry doors, and high-performance recip saw blades.

Summit Appliance_Refrigerator
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Buzz: Product News Roundup, Keeping It at Bay Edition

Bay windows go modern, barn doors slide into homes, tall wood buildings capture more attention, and other product news from the past week. 

• Throw out your assumptions about bay windows. These six houses bring the traditional-home fixture into the modern aesthetic.

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Products of the Week, 12.14.12

Retro appliances, jobsite-ready fleece, a magnetic chalkboard door, and two other products that caught our eye this week.

Elmira Stove Works

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