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Show business: Time to shine

The 2011 National Hardware Show kicks off May 10 In Las Vegas. Highlights of the three-day event include:

• An outdoor tailgate party making the most of the latest in tailgating products on display;

• Celebrity autographs, including football great Jack Youngblood and actor Ed Begley Jr.;

• A data dive from the Home Improvement Research Institute (HIRI) on consumer projects;

• Retail Prophet Consulting’s theories on ‘the end of big-box retail as we know it;’ and

• More than 100,000 products exhibited by more than 2,300 vendors organized across nine “shows within a show.” On the following pages, we present a tiny sample.

Warner Manufacturing ProGrip
Warner’s new ProGrip line helps the user find the right blade flexibility and size for any project. The patented color-coding system identifies the three levels of blade flexibility available: Stiff, Flex and Full Flex. The soft-grip handles are ergonomically designed for specific project applications. The Stiff handle is contoured with a thumb and finger grip for scraping control, and the Flex and Full Flex handles are contoured for a comfortable pulling motion. (warnertool.com)

Just Ducky Perfect Bungee
The Perfect Bungee decreases the risk of injury or lost transports with its polyurethane construction. Allcords and straps, including the flex-web, loop-end cord and the utility suspender, are non-load-bearing and have nylon ends that won’t stretch or gouge. The galvanized straps are for load-bearing applications. It extends up to twice its original strength and comes back to its original form. The Perfect Bungee cords is available in a variety of lengths and colors and are resistant to saltwater, oil, ozone and other common household chemicals. Look for Just Ducky in the Tailgate section at Booth TG14. (justduckyproducts.com)

Rockler Deluxe Interlock Signmakers Kit
Rockler Woodworking and Hardware has combined two of its signmaking template sets, making it easier and more convenient to rout professional-looking wooden signs. The Deluxe Interlock Signmakers Kit includes 40 letters with duplicates of common letters and three spacers. The kit also offers 30 Comic Sans numbers and symbols. All templates have interlocking dovetailed tabs that lock together for alignment and letter spacing. (rockler.com)

Gorilla Tape
Gorilla Glue’s Gorilla Tape was designed to stick to rough, uneven surfaces such as wood, stone, stucco,plaster, brick and more. Gorilla Tape is available in various roll sizes: 35 yds.; 12 yds.; the Handy 1-in. Roll, which is 1 in. by 30 ft.; and the new Tough & Wide, which is nearly 3 ins. wide. The tape’s reinforced backing creates a strong, tight weave that can still be easily ripped straight. (gorillaglue.com)

General Tools Energy Audit IR Thermometer/Scanner
General Tools & Instruments’ new Energy Audit IR Thermometer/Scanner with Star Burst Laser Targeting is a precision point-and-shoot, gun-style instrument that measures the surface temperatures of unreachable or hazardous objects. Users can designate a set point and determine whether the readings are within or outside selectable ranges from that set point. The Star Burst laser targeting system clearly indicates the measured area. (generaltools.com)

Cuisinart Portable Table Top Gas Grill
Cuisinart’s compact, high-performance grill can be used almost anywhere. It offers plenty of cooking space with a grate large enough to cook eight steaks, eight hamburgers, six to 10 chicken breasts, or more than 4 lbs. of fish. The grill heats up quickly and uses less gas than a full-sized grill. Also included are folding legs, grill lid latch, carry handle and a spill-resistant drip tray. (cuisinart.com)

Generac Power Systems Pressure Washer
Generac Power Systems’ new line of residential and professional pressure washers is available in six units, from 2500PSI to 4000PSI. Each pressure washer features a Generac horizontal shaft OHV engine with low-oil shutdown. According to the company, the washer has the largest engine on the market for its pressure rating. The pump is at the same level as the engine, allowing the user to easily make hose connections. The high-pressure hose conveniently connects at the rear of the spray gun. (generac.com)

Dramm Fan Nozzle 
The redesigned Fan Nozzle now has a longer life and improved water spray pattern. It delivers a gentle shower for flowers and is made with a heavy-duty metal. The Fan Nozzle offers the user an ergonomic insulated grip and is available in six colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue and berry. (dramm.com)