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July 10, 2014

Customers in Utah, Nevada and Wyoming can now buy NuvohH2O's water softeners at certain Ace Hardware stores, the supplier announced Thursday. 

Instead of using salt like most water softeners, NuvoH2O's products work with the help of a citrus agent and don't require electricity, brine tank, drain or soft water loop to work/. The absence of salt reduces buildup on fixtures and shower doors.

July 9, 2014

Mequon, Wisconsin-based Johnson Level launched a new website at The new site has a streamlined and modern look, and an "Advanced Product Search" for contractors to find precisely the right level, laser or square for the job. 

July 9, 2014

WOLF has a new collection in its arsenal. Its Poly-Ash Moulding is a new line of exterior trim made with more than 70% recycled material that seeks to correct the limitations of wood and PVC.

The mouldings are made with Boral TruExterior Trim and are manufactured entirely in the U.S. They're also covered by Boral TruExterior Trim's 20-year limited warranty once painted.

Designed with durability in mind, the mouldings offer resistance to rotting, cracking, splitting and termites, and they eliminate the need for end-sealing or special adhesives.

July 8, 2014

A potential fire hazard is behind the recall of the Single Stage Snow Thrower from All Power America.

Menards stores and independent hardware retailers sold the products from September 2012 through December 2013 for about $200.

Hazard: According to the recall announcement from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, exposure to Chinese gasoline for extended periods of time while testing the product overseas caused the carburetor needle to become corroded and allow fuel to leak, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

July 8, 2014

Atlanta, Georgia-based Zep Commercial has released a fast-acting Quick Clean Disinfectant, which portends to kill 99.9% of bacteria in just five seconds.

According to the company, Quick Clean Disinfectant does the job in a fraction of the time. Many popular anti-bacterial cleaners can take up to 10 minutes to work.

It uses a special quaternary active blend that kills germs quickly, including viruses and bacteria like Rhinovirus, Norovirus and Salmonella.

July 3, 2014

Calculated Industries, maker of the jobsite-ubiquitous Construction Master calculator, is now offering a line of four measuring wheels.

Able to measure up to 9,999 ft., 11 ins., the products are described by the company as durable, reliable and accurate.

“Every building professional, from contractors and remodelers to flooring installers, landscapers and pavers, can find the Wheel Master that fits their needs,” reads a company satement.

July 3, 2014

Irvine, California-based Insteon says its home automation and control technology products are now available in Microsoft retail stores.

The company’s connected-home devices are also available through and at such stores as Best Buy, The Home Depot, Walmart, Sears and Menards, among others. 

July 3, 2014

Rexburg, Idaho-based Monkey Bar Storage is expanding its product lineup to include Swisstrax flooring for its North American customers.

The selection process was extensive for Tyler Patterson, Monkey Bars flooring specialist. “Quickly, I found that Swisstrax provides the best quality, products and durability,” said Patterson.

July 2, 2014

Caledonia, Wisconsin-based CalStar Products is now offering its brick and Thru-Wall units in a split-face option.

Split-face bricks have a textured face for a more natural, rustic look that mimics the appearance of natural stones. As per the name, the backside of the brick is smooth and straight for ease of installation.

The split-face option will be available for CalStar's 8"x24" facing units and Monarch bricks, as well as the new Ambassador brick.

July 2, 2014

Stanley Black & Decker is recalling certain Porter-Cable routers after discovering that uninsulated handles present an electrical shock risk.

The fixed-based routers and router bases have not been responsible for any reported injuries or incidents so far, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

June 30, 2014

GE is following closely on the heels of Quirky's recent announcement that it was launching a smart-home offshoot (called Wink) for incubating various technologies, as well as an integrated app to connect them all.

The GE Link connected LED 60-watt replacement (A19) bulb is a smart LED bulb that's enabled by the Wink app -- one of several new (and incumbent) products that are beginning to emerge within the Wink suite.

June 30, 2014

For homeowners interested in sustainable building products, Masonite International Corporation is promoting several interior door options as part of the Safe ‘N Sound collection.

June 30, 2014

Knipex Tools introduced a series of angled pliers and cutters. 

The German-made Orbis angled pliers and cutters feature an innovative 25-degree comfort angle that makes the tool a natural extension of the user’s hand, according to the manufacturer.

The 25-degree, 8-in., angled, long-nose pliers features three different-sized pulling grooves, preserving a tight grip when holding or pulling round items.

June 30, 2014

Ontario, Canada-based Wolf Steel is recalling several of its Napolean-model propane gas fireplaces, citing a laceration hazard.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the glass front has displayed a tendency to break due to the pressure from the propane gas igniting.

There has been one reported incident so far in Canada, in which a customer had to seek medical attention after getting cuts to the face and neck. No incidents have been reported in the U.S.

June 26, 2014

London-based paint and coating manufacturer AkzoNobel has employed the technological acumen of String, a U.K. computing company, in its bid to enter the augmented reality ring.

This latest addition to virtual reality-based home improvement applications -- most recently exemplified by Lowe's -- helps consumers visualize paint colors in their own homes.

June 26, 2014

Krylon is trying to speed up spray paint projects with its new line of Dual Superbond Paint + Primer.

The new paint -- which is available in 24 colors -- uses a formula that prevents rust and cuts out the need for primer or a sander, removing an entire step from metal painting projects.

Dual Superbond dries in about 25 minutes and adheres to such substances as melamine and plastic.

June 25, 2014

Johns Manville is unveiling the next generation of its polyisocyanurate product line, which will be known in home improvement circles as ENRGY 3.E.

The main thing setting this new insulation product apart from its predecessor is its ability to meet fire tests and codes without any added halogenated flame retardants. In a word, it's inherently fire-resistant.

To get to that point, Johns Manville added a reactive polymer modifier to boost the foam's cell structure.

June 24, 2014

Black + Decker is updating its handheld vacuum repertoire with the addition of Lithium Ion technology.

The new range of cordless handheld vacuums includes the 20V MAX and the 16V MAX Lithium Flex Vacs with Floor Heads and the 20V MAX Lithium Pivot Vac.

June 24, 2014

GE is releasing more details regarding one of its newest and most exciting projects, part of a new partnership with MakerBot and TechShop that will serve as an incubator of sorts for innovations in the appliance space.

June 24, 2014

National Nail Corp. has announced it will introduce the CAMO Edge Pro on July 1. The product is a collated screw system for edge-fastening wood, composite or PVC deck boards. Part of the CAMO Hidden Deck Fastening System, the Edge Pro is an auto-feed screw system that secures deck boards through the board edge. 

June 24, 2014

Weyerhaeuser is welcoming Interfor to its product assortment, which will be available through its distribution centers in the Pacific Northwest and Mid-Atlantic regions.

"With the addition of Interfor's premium wood to our already extensive offerings, Weyerhaeuser Distribution is providing dealers with a high-end option for custom builder and remodeler customers," said Pat Graham, national product manager for Weyerhaeuser Distribution. "We're thrilled to add this new line from Interfor and look forward to working with this highly respected brand."

June 19, 2014

Brooks Furniture Glider Rockers are being recalled due to a fall hazard.

The products were sold exclusively by Kaplan Early Learning Company nationwide from October 2011 to December 2012 for about $390 to $540, depending on style.

The spindles in the glider base can separate while rocking, posing a fall hazard to the user, according to the recall announcement.

June 19, 2014

Craftsman is one of the biggest names in tools. It’s also one of the busiest. 

This year, the Illinois-based brand of Sears -- and also sold in Ace Hardware stores -- has been working on expanding its existing product categories like lithium-ion-battery-powered tools and hand tools while making a foray into newer territory. 

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